The Year 2011/12 – NHS Chief Executive’s annual report published

The year 2011/12 launched today at the annual NHS Confederation Conference and Exhibition. This is the annual report for 2011/12, in which Sir David Nicholson reviews the NHS achievements of the previous 12 months and considers the challenges to come.

This edition includes the quarter, which provides the definitive account of how the NHS is performing at national level against the requirements and indicators set out in the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12.

In his introduction to the year (PDF, 3.9MB), Sir David acknowledges the hard work and diligence of NHS colleagues, with the service now fully committed to delivering the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) efficiency savings.

Against a backdrop of massive organisational change, Sir David praises, ‘the heroic efforts made by the 1.2 million staff who work for our patients in the NHS.’ Together, they have delivered key successes, including the lowest infection rates since the introduction of mandatory surveillance, lower waiting times for A&E, cancer care and dentistry, and the delivery of £5.8 billion efficiency savings.

Sir David acknowledges the efforts of GPs to begin driving clinically-led commissioning and the wider NHS engagement with the new public health agenda and the creation of the Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Although the Health and Social Care Bill has now passed through Parliament, Sir David reminds NHS colleagues of the hard work to come ‘to implement the transition from the old system to the new’. While acknowledging this ‘daunting challenge,’ he believes the annual report demonstrates strong foundations are in place to deliver further change for staff and patients.

Watch the video of Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS, discussing the challenges facing the NHS and the huge progress being made across health services.

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012 – explained

Health and Social Care Act explained
A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic. The factsheets were first published in October 2011 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.

Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health

Health and Social Care Act explained via Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health.

15 June, 2012

A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic.

The factsheets were first published in October 2011 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.

  • Overview
  • Case for change
  • Overview of health and care structures
  • Scrutiny and improvements
  • Key policy areas in the Act
  • Clinically-led commissioning
  • Provider regulation to support innovative and efficient services
  • Greater voice for patients
  • New focus for public health
  • Greater accountabilty locally and nationally
  • Streamlined arm’s length bodies
  • Factsheet on support worker regulation
  • Cross-cutting themes of the Bill
  • Improving quality of care
  • Tackling inequalities in healthcare
  • Promoting better integration of health and care services
  • Choice and competition
  • The role of the Secretary of State
  • Reconfiguration of services
  • Establishing new national bodies
  • Embedding research as a core function of the health service
  • Education and training

Health and Social Care news

Here is a brief extract of some of the news available from the Health and Social Care Newsletter courtesy of epublicservice.co.uk

NHS 111 online trials begin 
Department of Health considers new digital channels to implement NHS 111 service

Cancer care shift could save 1,000 lives
Hospital specialists, GPs and scientists have come together under the name of London Cancer

NHS trust to challenge largest ever £325k data breach fine
ICO slams NHS with a £325,000 after hard drives were sold online containing data on tens of thousands of people

NPfIT supplier admits ‘error’ over NHS income
Computer Sciences Corporation admitted to ‘intentional’ errors, in which its income from the NHS was exaggerated

‘NHS silver surfers desperate to use telehealth’ 
Electronic solutions recommended for older patients to ease burden of long-term conditions on health service

The deal’s done, but what’s in our hand? 
The NHS has endured a gruelling 18 months of hiatus and distraction, right at the point when we most need certainty and clarity. While reforms lack staff support, no one can afford them to fail, says Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

The NHS Information Strategy

This information strategy from the Department of Health sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care. One of the key commitments is that you will be able to view your GP record online by 2015.

View the easy read version of the information strategy or go to http://informationstrategy.dh.gov.uk/ for a wider perspective.