Home care visits should be at least 30 minutes long, NICE says

nice_logoMost home care visits should be at least half an hour long to enable carers to provide the personalised and dignified care that elderly patients need when being supported to stay in their own home, says a guideline on social care services from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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Shorter visits would be appropriate only rarely, said the finalised guideline on home care, published on 23 September. This might be when the visit is part of a wider package of support, made by a carer who is known to the patient, or made to complete a specific time limited task, such as checking that a medicine has been taken or that a person is safe and well.

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Launch of new alliance in health and social care

News from NHS England announcing details of a major new alliance committed to improving care and support for people with long-term conditions was launched on 21 November.

The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) puts people with “long-term health conditions at the heart of its powerful alliance and brings together some of the sector’s most influential national groups and organisations.”

Skills for Health news in September

Never Again? a book on the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Never Again? The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explains why and how the Act became law; from the legislation’s origins 20 years ago, through the development of the 2010 White Paper Liberating the NHS to the passage of the controversial Bill through both Houses of Parliament.

The book, published jointly by the Institute for Government and The King’s Fund, focuses on what Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, is trying to achieve through the NHS reforms and considers the role the Liberal Democrats played in introducing amendments to the legislation and passing the Bill.

Written by ex-Financial Times public policy editor Nicholas Timmins, the book discusses:

  • the fact that details of the NHS reforms remained  unclear before  the May 2010 election
  • how ‘the pause’ to the legislation came about
  • the appointment of Sir David Nicholson as chief executive designate of the NHS Commissioning Board
  • Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, reviving opposition to the Bill
  • how the coalition government helped the passage of the legislation through the House of Lords.

See the key moments that led to the Act reaching the statute book in our Health and Social Care Act timeline
Read Anna Dixon’s blog: Evolution or revolution: the story behind the Health and Social Care Act 2012

The Staff Library does not endorse this book but merely includes it here as part of further reading around The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

News from NHS Networks

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Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times
The NHS Confederation has published a report on the impact of the health reforms on children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Read more »

NHS Improvement turns spotlight on stroke
NHS Improvement has published Spotlight on Stroke.  Read more »

Health survey comes of age
The Health and Social Care Information Centre is running the annual health survey for England (HSE) for the twenty-first time.  Read more »

Action plan for improving the use of medicines and reducing waste
A report commissioned by the Department of Health looks at how the NHS is working to improve the use of medicines and tackle avoidable medicines wastage.  Read more »

Direct access to diagnostic imaging for cancer 
NHS Improvement has produced a document to help diagnostic imaging for cancer. Read more »

The health and social care ratings review  The Nuffield Trust has been commissioned by the secretary of state to review whether aggregate ratings of provider performance should be used in health and social care.  Read more »

National continence survey
The all party parliamentary group (APPG) for continence care is pushing to make integrated services more widely available to all age groups, and also to help break the taboo which prevents individuals seeking and receiving medical attention. Read more »

Key performance indicators for improving access to psychological therapies
Latest figures from the NHS Information Centre.  Read more »

Smoking campaign gets under way
The Department of Health has launched a new campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the new year.  Read more »

Making integrated out of hospital care a reality
This report discusses the foundations for integrated care for adults, children and young people, with a focus on implementing out of hospital care, and connecting primary, community and social care. Read more »

Primary care IT services operating model published The NHS Commissioning Board has published a document setting out how the management of IT systems will be organised for primary care providers (dentists, pharmacists and optometrists) from April 2013.  Read more »

New child abuse alert system for hospitals announced  Hospitals will have a new system to help doctors and nurses spot children suffering from abuse and neglect, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has announced.  Read more »

Lessons learned from the hospital pathways programme The hospital pathways programme aims to improve both processes of care and interactions between staff and patients through a collaborative programme involving five acute trusts, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation to apply techniques, not widely used in the NHS.  Read more »

Allied health professionals bulletin – December 2012
December edition of the Allied health professionals bulletin.   Read more »

Cancer services coming of age report published   The cancer services coming of age report has been published.   Read more »

NHS funding transfer to local authorities
The Department of Health has written to the NHS Commissioning Board with provisional information on the transfer of £859m in 2013/14 to from the NHS to local authorities.  Read more »

Transforming end of life care in acute hospitals
A short report reflecting the views from a focus group complements progress reports from acute trusts involved in the transform programme pilot.
Read more »

NHS Commissioning Assembly: next steps
The NHS Commissioning Board has published further information about the NHS Commissioning Assembly, the community of leaders for NHS commissioning.  Read more »

Payment by results 2013/14 road test package   The road test exercise provides an opportunity for the service to test out the new tariff and supports the planning process. Read more »

Advance care planning toolkit   A team at the National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCP) has developed an advance care planning toolkit to help care providers approach the planning process with confidence and knowledge.  Read more »

Summary of news from Health and Social Care News

Young people have hospital only mentality
Twenty five per cent admit they would call an ambulance when a trip to the doctor would suffice

NHS trusts to spend on new IT systems
50 per cent of trusts are looking to invest in either an electronic patient record or portal solution

Darlington care home fined for medication
A care provider that failed to comply with national standards has been fined £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission

Emergency ambulances ”use first-aiders”
Medical staff with basic first-aid training are being used instead of fully-trained paramedics

New SEN legislation ”needs improving”
Government must consult more with parents and young people on its new programme for children with special educational needs

A force for revolution 
Does the NHS Commissioning Board have what it takes to break down resistance to NHS reforms? Matthew D’Arcy reports from Public Service Events’ Digital by Default conference

Pilot projects focus on severe mental illness
The government wants to prioritise mental health ”like never before”, says Norman Lamb

”Give people surgeon performance data”
The public should get greater access to data on the performance of individual surgeons working in the NHS

NHS must be a seven days a week service
”We have got outpatient departments that are empty, operating theatres that lie fallow,” says Sir Bruce Keogh

£500m Tamiflu spend to be investigated
MPs asked Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge to look into if the NHS got it wrong

Burnham slams coalition’s record on NHS
We’re losing the NHS and that’s why we will keep stepping up the fight for it, says shadow health secretary

Cash for research – patients will be the real winners
Patients are set to benefit from more efficient delivery of highly effective new therapies tailored to their needs, writes Hilda Kalap, Technology Strategy Board communications manager