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 Draft guidance was circulated across the NHS in December 2013 and views were sought from academic experts working in the field of staff engagement.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