Guide for commissioners on end of life care for adults

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This guide aims to support commissioners in designing high quality, evidence-based services to improve outcomes for patients and to help the NHS make better use of resources. It also includes an end of life care commissioning and benchmarking tool to help users determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to help cost and identify potential savings associated with commissioning end of life care services.

News from NHS Networks: Infection management

New guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community settings have been released.
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An evaluation report on a new laundry system using ozone disinfection is available to help reduce healthcare associated infections. Ozone disinfection properties are well recognised and documented but its use for laundry is relatively new.

NHS Networks: 25 November

A major international study published today shows that NHS is performing well for patients in many areas including some aspects of mental health care, vaccinations and preventative care, such as the number of unplanned hospital admissions for people with diabetes.
 
This briefing features examples of good practice from across the NHS to help inform the planning of strategies to further reduce sickness absence and highlights the opportunities for financial savings that can be made through the introduction and implementation of new policies.
 
NHS Employers has published a new briefing. Medical Revalidation: What Employers Need to Know and Do’.
 
The NHS Employers organisation has developed guidance to assist NHS organisations in moving towards a total reward approach.
 
Four new bedside furniture designs to reduce healthcare acquired infections are available for the NHS to purchase after testing showed positive patient and staff feedback.

Cancer genetics project launched

A new initiative to develop personalised cancer treatment has been launched. The experimental project has been designed to develop a screening program to test tumours for key genetic changes. It is hoped that in the future the results of such tests would influence treatment programmes, helping doctors choose the best drug for each person.

New Self Care resource

 

 

The Health Foundation has launched a new online self management support resource centre. “It is full of information and practical resources that can be adopted and adapted locally to help services and health professionals to develop their own self management support programmes.”

 

 
Self Care Week 2011   Self Care Week 2011 started yesterday. Read more »
 
 

NHS Networks: 11/11/11

Report published by NHS Diabetes calls for more investment in specialist diabetes care.
 
Six out of ten people with dementia in England go undiagnosed. This means almost 400,000 people could be going without the vital support the NHS and social care services can offer.

News from NHS Networks: Cancer

In its latest draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) intends to advise the NHS against routinely prescribing a drug that can be used to delay the growth of a particular type of breast cancer.
 
NICE has set out recommendations for the treatment of colorectal cancer from diagnosis through to management, ongoing care and support.

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Progress report from the Department of Health on the four year plan to improve training for health visitors.
 
Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
 
This report focuses on three Health Professions Council regulated professions – chiropodists / podiatrists, occupational therapists, and paramedics – and explores their understanding of what professionalism means and how it develops.   Read more »
 
 

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

This report highlights the process of care of children less than 18 years of age, including neonates who died within 30 days of emergency or elective surgery on the same admission.
 
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS stop smoking services in England during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011.
 
A major push forward in the implementation of a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which will save the lives of thousands of older men, has been launched by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
 
A survey by the Medical Technology Group to explore the provision of and access to uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) treatment for fibroids, found significant variation between PCTs and acute trusts in the numbers of women undergoing UFE, and a lack of patient involvment in commissioning fibroid treatments.
 
Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness”.
 

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
 
The cold weather plan for England, which aims to protect people’s health throughout the cold winter months, was launched today – the official start of winter.
 
Carers UK has published a briefing outlining a joint call with over 50 other members of the Care & Support Alliance for action to reform social care
 
Four new case studies outline how some NHS trusts have trialled a variety of solutions to reduce spend on agency staff.
 
The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research in partnership with Health and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced the creation of a new Clinical Practice Research Datalink service, which will be fully established by 1 April 2012
 
This report highlights the process of care of children less than 18 years of age, including neonates who died within 30 days of emergency or elective surgery on the same admission. A copy of the Executive Report is available in The Staff Library.
 
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS stop smoking services in England during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011.
 
A major push forward in the implementation of a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which will save the lives of thousands of older men, has been launched by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
 
A survey by the Medical Technology Group to explore the provision of and access to uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) treatment for fibroids, found significant variation between PCTs and acute trusts in the numbers of women undergoing UFE, and a lack of patient involvment in commissioning fibroid treatments.
 
Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness”.
 
GPs will be able to prescribe ticagrelor (Brilique), in combination with low-dose aspirin for up to 12 months, for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), following final guidance from NICE.

News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
NICE has recommended a drug for treating bone cancer in children and young people.
 
The Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers.
 
Radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery in breast cancer patients almost halves the risk of the cancer recurring, according to latest research published in the Lancet.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
A new charity has been established by the Department to provide financial assistance for those people who were infected with hepatitis C before September 1991, as a result of NHS treatment by blood transfusions or blood products.
 
Speaking to the Royal College of General Practitioners, health secretary Andrew Lansley announced 11 new areas of medicine whose outcomes for patients will be audited, monitored and regularly published in future.
 
Report published by the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) team for service managers
 
Prime minister David Cameron has announced that the government is investing up to £15 million to support the recommendations to improve prosthetics services for military veterans who have lost a limb due to activities while serving their country.
 
Mixed sex accommodation in the NHS has fallen by over 90 per cent in under a year, according to new data published by the Department of Health.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

Acute care toolkit 2: high quality acute care from RCP

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Acute care toolkit 2: high quality acute care
This toolkit focuses on the delivery of high-quality acute care, looking at current problem areas and factors threatening care delivery, and suggesting a range of recommendations for improving quality.The toolkit is accompanied by two appendices: the RCP position statement on out-of-hours care, and guidance notes on the provision of 12-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week consultant care.

News from NHS Networks: 21 October

This briefing paper is about the findings and recommendations from a research project conducted at the University of Nottingham, with funding awarded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
The CQC has published a report on the care of older people in hospital.
 
Self Care Week 2011 takes place 14-20th November and aims to help people to take care of themselves by learning more about what’s available to help them look after their own health better. This year’s campaign builds on the success of Self Care Week 2009 and 2010 and is being run in partnership with the Self Care Forum (www.selfcareforum.org ), whose members are all committed to embedding self care in all walks of life.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme has supported the Bereavement Services Association and PCC in the publication of When a Person Dies: Guidance for Professionals on Developing Bereavement Services.
 
The winners of a competition to identify outcomes indicators for stroke recovery, and children and young people’s experience of healthcare, have been announced.
 
CQC published a report into the standards of care that older people receive in hospital – and calls for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.