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.

News from NHS Networks

nhs networksFrom NHS Networks
NHS England is to launch a new pilot scheme that aims to help general practitioners assess the care and support needs of people with long-term conditions.
Updated immunisation schedule showing the introduction of the rotavirus vaccination at two and three months of age, the withdrawal of the second MenC vaccination at four months and the introduction of the MenC booster at 13 to 14 years.
A new paper from Community Links looks at the growing issue of an ageing society, noting that by 2025 13.5 million people will be over 65, up from 10.8 million today.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a new quality standard aimed at helping all healthcare professionals, including GPs, pharmacists and school nurses, to improve the care of children and young people with idiopathic constipation.

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 Draft guidance was circulated across the NHS in December 2013 and views were sought from academic experts working in the field of staff engagement.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.

Further information/supporting publications

News from NHS Networks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released a multimedia package of social media guidance for pharmacists.
Doctors and nurses are to get better information about patients so people get safer care thanks to a new £260 million NHS technology fund, announced by NHS England today.
Department of Health request to NHS England on long-term conditions.
This guide aims to enable people who want to die at home to do so while improving the quality of care they receive.

BMJ topics: 2 May

Measles and stroke show why healthcare must innovate   Trevor Jackson

 

Keeping hand hygiene high on the patient safety agenda   Sheldon Stone, Graziella Kontowski, Rose Gallagher, Julie Storr, and Louise Teare
Measles in the UK: a test of public health competency in a crisis    Felix Greaves and Liam Donaldson

Understanding patterns in maternity care in the NHS and getting it right
  Lucy C Chappell, Catherine Calderwood, Sara Kenyon, Elizabeth S Draper, and Marian Knight

Orlistat: should we worry about liver inflammation?
   John Wilding

Recognising and responding to victims of human trafficking
   Sharon Doherty and Rachel Morley

NHS Networks: HR and Social Media guidance

NHS Employers has published guidance to help the NHS realise the benefits of social media and implement a more permissive approach to its use.
‘HR and social media in the NHS’ explains that social media is increasingly becoming central to the ongoing effectiveness of the NHS. It argues that there is a need for a more open approach alongside greater clarity on professional behaviour and the importance of confidentiality.  The guidance provides examples to help human resources managers, leaders and communications staff use social media more effectively within their organisations.

News from NHS Networks: NHS elearning course

The NHS has constantly changed since it was created in 1948. It is a complex organisation with complex issues. The most recent changes are arguably the greatest since its creation.
Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It provides genuine comprehensive health care that is free at the point of delivery. It is a hugely complex organisation with many aspects to it.

This course will give you an insight into the NHS through an understanding of its history, its structure and the challenges it is facing. It is designed for those who are new to the NHS or need to understand the recent changes and the organisations it created.

Introduction to NHS (£25 for 6 months access)

The NHS has constantly changed since it was created in 1948. It is a complex organisation with complex issues. The most recent changes are arguably the greatest since its creation.  This course explains in simple language the history of the NHS, the present structure and the challenges it is facing.

Introduction to the NHS enables you to:

• Understand the role and complexity of the NHS
• Develop an understanding of the history
• Consider the recent changes and their impact
• Identify the challenges the NHS faces

Toolkit for improving care for frail older people

This is the third in a series of acute care toolkits which aims to improve the care of the frail older patient.

The toolkit, produced in collaboration with the British Geriatrics Society, recommends procedures for both initial assessment on admission and later comprehensive geriatric assessment.

via NHS Networks at http://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/toolkit-for-improving-care-for-frail-older-people

News from NHS Networks: Children with Diabetes

Every child and young person with diabetes in England can now expect an improvement in their level of care as a landmark funding agreement for paediatric diabetes services comes in to force.
 
The Health Education England transition team has launched its first bulletin to start providing regular updates on the development of the new organisation.

News from NHS Networks

Prime minister’s challenge on dementia

The prime minister has launched a programme of work which aims to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015.  Read more »

Self-management of diabetes in Hospital

These guidelines have been commissioned by the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care Group in collaboration with NHS Diabetes.

Read more »

Institute’s Productive series available as e-learning

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has published the first of several promised modules in its Productive series of improvement aids as an e-learning course.  Read more »

Vitamin D for pregnant and breastfeeding women

NHS Networks news
 
With Britain and much of Europe in the midst of a cold snap, many of us have been doing our best to stay warm and fight off viral infections. However, research shows that during the winter months it’s also worth being aware of the dangers resulting from a lack of sunlight.