Healthwatch calls for change to discharge process

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Healthwatch England has called for national change to the process of discharging people from health and care settings, following a special inquiry which has underscored the human and financial cost of poor and unsafe discharges from health services.

With more than one million emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge in 2012/13 alone, costing an estimated £2.4 billion, the organisation said on Tuesday that the time has come for “concerted action and coordinated national leadership to ensure the discharge process meets people’s needs.”

NHS drive for action to tackle trans inequalities

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Health leaders urged to work together to tackle issues faced by transgender and non-binary people across NHS services. NHS England is spearheading a collective drive to improve the experience of transgender and non-binary people when accessing health and care services.

GPs want longer consultations, BMA survey finds

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GPs want more time to treat their patients, a survey of the profession has found.

The survey of GPs’ work, carried out by IMC Unlimited on behalf of the BMA, received 15 560 responses from GPs across the United Kingdom. The BMA has described it as one of the largest recent tests of the profession’s opinion.

It found that less than a 10th of GPs (8%) thought that the standard 10 minute consultation in general practice was adequate. Around two thirds (68%) of respondents thought that it would be better to provide longer consultations of greater quality

RCS article: Professional attributes of surgeons

The professional attributes of surgeons

C Marx, R Tomlinson
Extract from the  Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Vol.96, Number 7, p220-223, 2014

An interesting article from The Royal College of Surgeons – hailed by RCS as a landmark publication of individual surgeons outcome data.

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July update from AQuA

In this edition you will find:


• AQuA launches Improving Outcomes Pack for Diabetes

• AQuA Improvement Methodologies Plus (AIM+)

• AQuA’s Lean Network

• Spotlight on organisational improvement

• Safety Seminar with Robert Francis QC

• Patient Safety Champions

• Academy events round-up

• Community SAFE – programme update

• A New Role for Finance in Quality Improvement – Cohort 4

• Update on Academic Health Science Networks

• Showing the value – EPaCCS Economic Evaluation Report now available

• Advancing Quality under conference spotlight

• iNetwork’s services free to AQuA’s members

• Shared Decision Making’s Ask 3 Questions campaign shortlisted for efficiency award

• AQuA at this year’s NHS Confederation annual conference and exhibition

• Annual report highlights mortality rates for people with severe mental illness

• Sharing the Shared Decision Making process

• Chance to join Advancing Quality’s new COPD Pilot

• Twitter round up