Saying ‘thank you’ to millions of unsung heroic volunteers

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On 5th June NHS England published the last two blogs in a series it had been running all week dedicated to people who give up their time free as health and care volunteers.

The blogs have marked Volunteers’ Week celebrations in recognition of the invaluable contributions of people up and down the country. The Week acknowledges and says “thank you” to the millions of people who offer their time, skills and expertise to help and support other people.

2015 Heatwave Plan for England

The 2015 Heatwave Plan for England has now taken effect, and the Met Office will be issuing Heatwave Alerts from 1 June to 15 September 2015.

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The Heatwave plan for England remains a central part of the Department of Health’s support to the NHS, social care and local authorities, providing guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a heatwave which can affect everybody’s health, but particularly the most vulnerable people in society.

NHS England releases new framework to assure CCGs

The new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) assurance framework for 2015/16 was published last Thursday.

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The new framework describes the assurance process which supports CCGs to commission safe, high quality and cost effective services for patients. It includes a strengthened focus on a CCG’s performance in delivering improvements for patients, as well as assessment of its capability to deliver core and additional delegated responsibilities.

NHS Mental Health Apps Library to increase access to psychological therapies and help to improve mental health outcomes

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NHS England has launched a ground breaking initiative to help treat depression and anxiety and improve access to psychological therapies by unveiling the first ever directory of NHS-endorsed digital mental health services.

The Mental Health Apps Library will feature online tools, resources and apps that have a proven track record of effectiveness in improving mental health outcomes.

It will be accessible through the NHS Choices platform, a website which gathers over 40 million visits per month, 9.7 million of which are to pages on depression; 6 million per month to stress and 9.4 million to anxiety.

Major bid to prevent illness with launch of national diabetes prevention drive

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The NHS and Public Health in England on Thursday started a major national initiative to prevent illness by unveiling the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive, announced the move in a major speech at the Diabetes UK conference in London.

The programme, which is a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, aims to significantly reduce the four million people in England otherwise expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025

Sign up for NHS Change Day 2015!

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The countdown has begun to NHS Change Day 2015 on 11 March. It is hoped that Change Day 2015 can surpass both the 189,000 pledges of action made in 2013 and the phenomenal 500,000 made by individuals, teams and whole organisations last year.

Change Day is a grassroots movement for change backed by the NHS but instigated, developed and managed by frontline staff throughout the country.

It began with a single tweet two years ago and since then has grown into a remarkable success story.

Health Visiting: listening to patients, transforming services

NHS_EnglandHealth visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life and provide a vital link between individual and community services, and between primary care and early years of a child’s life. NHS England is working with the Department of Health to showcase to showcase some of their health visiting development work and the differences improved services are making to new parents and children.

 

NHS England launches new framework for commissioning support services

NHS_EnglandNHS England has today (Thursday) announced the organisations that have been approved to join the new Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework, following a rigorous procurement process.

The organisations from across the NHS and private sector have successfully met the tough quality and value for money tests to deliver the best support services to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other commissioners of health and social care services.

Important information on data sharing opt out

 

Following today’s media coverage on the care.data programme NHS England would like to clarify the following points in relation to patient care.NHS_England

  • Under the care.data programme no patient data has been collected so far from GPs
  • The Pathfinder stage will test the care.data programme in four different English regions
  • The opt out for the care.data programme will apply to confidential GP data being used for purposes beyond direct care
  • The opt out is not currently live and will not impact upon direct care
  • How we communicate this to patients will be tested in the Pathfinder areas

NHS England launches new bid to beat cancer 

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informed_nhs_englandNHS England has announced a new independent taskforce to develop a five-year action plan for cancer services that will improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. The taskforce has been asked to deliver the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, which calls for action on better prevention, swifter diagnosis and better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer.

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NHS England announces outcome of Cancer Drug Fund review

NHS England has published the outcome of a review of drugs included in its Cancer Drug Fund, to ensure that the drugs available to patients offer the best clinical benefit. It also announced that the fund’s budget will grow to an estimated £340 million from April 2015.

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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.”

NHS Networks: The Staff Friends and Family Test

The latest news headlines from NHS Networks are regularly featured on our Home Page and today we focus on the Staff Friends and Family Test which NHS England is introducing in all NHS Trusts providing acute, community, ambulance and mental health services in England from April 2014.

NHS England’s vision for Staff FFT is that all staff should have the opportunity to feedback their views on their organisation at least once per year. It is hoped that Staff FFT will help to promote a big cultural shift in the NHS, where staff have further opportunity and confidence to speak up, and where the views of staff are increasingly heard and are acted upon.

The Staff FFT was developed by NHS England and a working group made up of representatives from provider trusts, staff side representatives and NHS Employers. Draft guidance was circulated across the NHS in December 2013 and views were sought from academic experts working in the field of staff engagement.

For the first year, NHS England has adopted a flexible approach to how organisations may implement the Staff FFT. This decision has been taken as a result of feedback received and because it is important that Staff FFT is an improvement tool which works at a local level.

Research has shown a relationship between staff engagement and individual and organisational outcome measures, such as staff absenteeism and turnover, patient satisfaction and mortality; and safety measures, including infection rates. The more engaged staff members are, the better the outcomes for patients and the organisation generally. It is therefore important that we strengthen the staff voice, as well as the patient voice.

The key principles of Staff FFT, the full guidance for implementation, and a list of frequently asked questions are provided below.

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