Diabetes prevention counseling is cost effective, US study finds

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Medicare, the US insurance program for elderly people and people with disabilities, announced plans on 23 March to cover diabetes prevention programs that focus on lifestyle counseling, after an independent evaluation found that a pilot program had successfully reduced participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes while creating savings that more than covered the program’s cost.

Earlier this week, NHS England announced that it was launching a national lifestyle education program to reduce the risk of diabetes, with a similar approach to that taken in the US. The initiative, called the Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, will begin this year and will eventually enroll 100 000 participants a year by 2020.

NHS staff invited to comment on new policy to encourage whistleblowing

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The first national whistleblowing policy for the NHS aims to encourage doctors and other NHS employees in England to report bullying, threats to the safety of patients, and other harmful practices in their organisation, without blighting their careers in the process.

The draft policy, drawn up by Monitor, the NHS Development Authority, and NHS England, will be open to consultation for eight weeks from 16 November. NHS organisations, patients, and staff are invited to comment, in confidence if they wish.

Patient safety alert – Support to minimise the risk of distress and death from inappropriate doses of naloxone

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A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England to support providers of NHS funded care to minimise the risk of distress and death caused by inappropriate doses of naloxone.

The new ‘Stage 2: Resource’ alert highlights a number of resources now available to help providers ensure their local protocols and training related to naloxone reflect best practice.

Patient safety incident reporting continues to improve

 

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NHS England has today (23 September 2015) published a six-monthly data report on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2015.

BETHLEM 351-11202Acute hospitals, mental health services, community trusts, ambulance services and primary care organisations report incidents to the NRLS where any patient could have been harmed or has suffered any level of harm. The reporting of incidents to a national central system helps protect patients from avoidable harm by increasing opportunities to learn from mistakes and where things go wrong.

The 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare – published

england map The latest NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare has just been published, with 102 maps detailing widespread variation in the quality, cost, activity and health outcome of healthcare in the English NHS. The indicators focus on a variety of services.

The Atlas is a collaboration with NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Right Care and can be accessed here
(Previous versions of the atlas are also available online.)

Recently highlighted in the media, information about the Atlas and its themes can be found here

You can read the recent Public Health England Press Release about the atlas here
The NHS Confederation also commented (see link)  on the usefulness of the Atlas which provides intelligence and highlights variations in care across regions.