Integrating mental and physical health: the role of general practice

The Kings Fund has published several items including an article by Chris Naylor which considers the prospects for better integration of mental health care with general practice and the importance of integrated care provision. This follows on from the recent publication of NHS England’s implementation plan for The five year forward view for mental health. 

The Kings Fund  report-  Bringing together physical and mental health: a new frontier for integrated care describes examples of services that have developed a more integrated approach.

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Will NHS.UK be the next GOV.UK?

A blog post from the King’s Fund about the possibility of a single NHS portal for all services. NHS.uk is currently the site NHS Choices, an information site for patients who want to know about information about health and local services amongst other things, but the possibility is being mooted of it being the one stop portal for booking appointments, managing repeat prescriptions, and (eventually) for accessing health records and care plans.

Think tanks echo Confed call for transformation fund

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The health service in England needs a dedicated fund to finance and drive forward essential changes to services, a new Health Foundation and King’s Fund report has concluded, echoing long-standing calls by the NHS Confederation for such a measure.

In a detailed report published on Wednesday (22 July), the think tanks say a transformation fund would support and accelerate a shift to new models of care, as per the Forward View, and help to unlock efficiency savings.

Integrated care: the end of the hospital as we know it?

‘Hospitals are often seen as an impediment to integrated care. The concern frequently voiced is that their dominant role in the health system makes it harder for commissioners to shift resources into the community and to develop more co-ordinated services that cross organisational boundaries.’

This blog post talks about how the role of hospitals compared to other healthcare providers, particularly in the community, can change and develop as integrated care is brought in more. It also contains a link to the publication discussed in the blog post.

Leading change in diagnosis and support for people living with dementia

DementiaAccording to The King’s Fund, there are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom – a figure set to double over the next two decades – plus an estimated 500,000 carers for people with dementia.

On 24 February, The King’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a one-day conference to celebrate recent progress in support for people and families living with dementia.

King’s Fund: Putting patients with long-term conditions in control

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 Patients in control: why people with long-term conditions must be empowered

patientsin_controlThis report argues that more should be done to recognise and support the amount of self-management done by people with long-term conditions and their carers, and to enable people to work in partnership with healthcare providers to agree the services that fit their needs.