NHS England: Revised funding approach for palliative care

NHS England has published a revised draft funding approach for NHS_Englandpalliative care featuring a ‘currency’ for ensuring services match patient needs, offer best value and that providers are reimbursed fairly. The revision is informed by feedback received through consultation, events and seminars since publication of the original document in October 2014.

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News from NHS Networks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released a multimedia package of social media guidance for pharmacists.
Doctors and nurses are to get better information about patients so people get safer care thanks to a new £260 million NHS technology fund, announced by NHS England today.
Department of Health request to NHS England on long-term conditions.
This guide aims to enable people who want to die at home to do so while improving the quality of care they receive.

AQuA weekly update

This week’s news:

Event: Academic Health Science Networks: Who, What and Why?
24 April 2013
Secondary Care Toolkit for COPD from NHS Improvement Lung available here….
25 April 2013
The Kings Fund explain the top ten priorities for commissioners….
26 April 2013
Developing a specification for lifestyle weight management services. Best practice guidance for tier 2 services” from the Department of Health dated March 2013, find it here…
26 April 2013
The Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy has been published recently..take a look
26 April 2013
End of Life Care profiles added to our benchmarking section…
26 April 2013
GP outcomes indicators added to our benchmarking section
26 April 2013
New End of Life Care resources available
26 April 2013
New Spirometry guide…
29 April 2013
New materials added to our CKD pack, see what they are in the discussion forum
29 April 2013

End of Life Journal – Spring Issue 2013

End of Life Journal is the free, online, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care.   It is primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. However, many articles will also be of interest to the specialist palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team.   The journal focuses on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.

Articles include:endoflife_logo

CLINICAL REVIEW

CLINICAL SKILLS

CLINICAL PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT

ETHICAL/LEGAL DISCUSSIONS

NURSING CASE REVIEW

NATIONAL END OF LIFE CARE PROGRAMME UPDATE

BMJ analysis: NICE’s end of life decision making scheme: impact on population health

Reference: BMJ 2013;346:f1363, published 21st March 2013

Date published: 22/03/2013 16:56

Summary

by: Devika Sennik

The authors of this article estimate the effect of the end of life criteria on the NHS in England and Wales since they were introduced in 2009.  They quantify the impact of raising the cost effectiveness threshold for end of life drugs and find that the effect on other NHS services could be substantial.

Is educating community nurses about end-of-life care a waste of resources?

Brian Nyatanga, British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 18,
                          Iss. 2, 01 Feb 2013, pp 77

The health system-and palliative care in particular-are facing difficult financial times due to spending cuts. It seems that when times are this hard one of the first things to go is staff education, which is disturbing considering that it takes years to train community palliative care nurses to function at specialist level.

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