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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.”

Hospices still outperform hospitals on quality of care at end of life

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Bereaved people in England rate the care provided by hospitals at the end of their relative’s life lower than that provided by hospices, care homes, and services in the community, show the results of a survey published by the Office for National Statistics.

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

New toolkit launched to help reduce poor in-patient care

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A new toolkit is published today by NHS England to help commissioners reduce poor experience of in-patient care.

It has been co-designed with the help of a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) so it could be tested for its ease and usability.

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

https://www.aquanw.nhs.uk/content_items/7540

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

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EC Trust in the top 40 for 3rd time

Extract from The Knutsford Guardian

EAST Cheshire NHS Trust has been named as one of the top 40 hospitals in the country by independent healthcare analysts CHKS for the third time in a row.

The trust made the 2013 40Top Hospitals list on the basis of evaluation carried out by CHKS around 22 key performance indicators, covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

East Cheshire NHS Trust was also placed in the top 40 in 2012, 2011, 2006 and 2005, as well as being shortlisted for a much-coveted Quality of Care award in 2010.

Feedback from medical graduates

Extract from British Medical Association (BMA)

Cohort study: 2006 medical graduates
This longitudinal study of medical graduates of 2006 finds that more than one in four junior doctors feel they do not have the time to deliver the quality of care that patients deserve. It also highlights problems with staffing shortages and rising levels of stress.

BMJ Learning – FREE modules for NHS Change Day


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NHS Change Day is about making a difference with one simple action.  BMJ Quality Improvement Programme and BMJ Learning have made the following modules free for one day only as part of NHS Change Day.

These modules are usually exclusively available for individual users subscribed to the BMJ Quality Improvement Programme

AQuA News Bulletin – November 2012

Please find attached a link to the November edition of AQuA News at https://www.aquanw.nhs.uk/content_items/6134

In this edition you will find:

• AQuA Launches its Improving Outcomes Pack On Chronic Liver Disease

Chronic Liver Disease
Liver disease is now the 5th commonest cause of death in the UK and one of the few developed nations with an upward trend in mortality from liver disease.

• Academic Health Science Networks

• Registration Open For Final Advancing Quality Collaboratives Of 2012

• Advancing Quality: An Introduction For CCGs

• New Collaboration Website Launched For Advancing Quality Teams

• AQuA 2012 Member Survey

• AQuA Mental Health Bespoke Work

• Preventing Suicide In England

• Congratulations To HSJ Efficiency Award Winners!

• Are You Shared Decision Making Positive?

• Your Health Your Decision: A Conversation About Shared Decision Making

• AQuA Improvement Methodologies (AIM): Next Cohort Open For Bookings

• AQuA Lean Network

• A New Role For Finance In Quality Improvement: Cohort 3

• Take Advantage Of AQuA Lean Opportunity!

• AIM+ Programme

• AQuA Patient Safety Ambassadors

• IHI Open School Licences

Introduction to Lean Resources
In this area you will find resources from the Introduction to Lean programme for utilisation in your workplace.

Quality and Innovation

Stoke-On-Trent Partnership NHS Trust – Quality and Innovation

A CQUIN scheme is a Department of Health payment framework aimed to drive quality of health care. It was launched in April 2009, and is used to ensure quality www.staffordshireandstokeontrent.nhs.uk/…/quality-and-inno…

Nurse ratios to be published by trusts for first time | News | Nursing Times

26 June 2012 | By Sarah Calkin

Nurse-to-bed ratios are to be published for every hospital in England under plans to monitor quality in the reformed NHS, Nursing Times has learnt.

via Nurse ratios to be published by trusts for first time | News | Nursing Times.

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Aqua news update

AQUA news and events

The trust is a member of the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA,) a membership health improvement organisation in theNorth West. Its mission is to mission is to stimulate innovation, spread best practice and support local improvement in health and in the quality and productivity of health services.

To help it achieve its mission AQuA provides a range of free webinars, workshop and training materials to stimulate innovation and improvements in clinical practices.

N.B Access to resources is free but staff members must sign up to the free AQuA membership portal. Each of the links below will prompt you to sign up before progressing to the resources or register for the free training sessions.

Latest roundup

Demand Management WebEx: Urgent and Emergency Care – Friday, 27 April 2012.
Urgent and Emergency Care – the national policy context and A&E quality standards, the first year.Guest Speaker: Dr Matthew Cooke, Department of Health National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care.

Improving quality outcomes
AQuA is pleased to announce an update to its COPD Improving Outcomes Packs (IOPs). Improving the quality of services for patients who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing COPD should be high on every commissioner’s agenda. Follow the link above to access contemporary resource.

AQuA Improvement Methodologies (AIM)

Cohort 8 (April – June 2012)

Cohort 9 (May – July 2012)
The AQuA Improvement Methodology programme is geared at front line staff/operational leaders in member organisations wanting to gain an introduction to the fundamentals and concepts of quality improvement. Suitable for staff with a basic knowledge of quality improvement tools or for experienced staff wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Long Term Conditions Update
A Monthly update, which covers the AQuA LTC programme.

Mental Health Update
Issue 2 – A Monthly update, which covers the AQuA MH programme.

Long Term Conditions Diagnostic tool
The AQuA LTC diagnostic tool, based onThe King’s Fund’s Ten Priorities for Commisisoners, aims to provide a cross sectional view of outcomes across the ten priorities benchmarked against regional and national data.

Advancing Quality Heart Failure/CABG collaboratives
Advancing Quality is hosting two collaboratives on Monday 23rd April 2012 – one focusing on heart failure and one focusing on Coronary Artery Bypass Graph (CABG).Both events will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across theNorth West in heart failure and CABG care.

Advancing Quality Stroke collaborative
We are inviting you and your AQ stroke team to this Advancing Quality stroke collaborative on Tuesday 29th May 2012.
The meeting will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across theNorth West in stroke care.

NHS Networks: A&E Quality Indicators

In April 2011, new clinical quality indicators were introduced to replace the previous four hour waiting time standard, and measure the quality of care delivered in A&E departments in England.

Transforming Community Services

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Community services provide essential care to many people, families and communities, from health promotion to end of life care. This care is provided in many settings, at critical points in people’s lives, and often to those in vulnerable situations.

For more information see: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/TCS/index.htm

14 April 2011

The Community Indicators for Quality improvement aim to help clinicians and frontline services to measure and monitor quality improvement, by indicating where change is needed and to demonstrate what high quality personalised care looks like

News from NHS Networks: 30 Sept

Two new respiratory quick reference guides have been published to help support patients with asthma and COPD.
 
This research scan describes how junior doctors have been engaged in quality improvement and factors that help and hinder their involvement.
 
The NHS must address the significant variations in care experienced by the 170,000 patients who have major emergency abdominal surgery each year, says a new report published by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The NHS could have saved a total of £625 million if it had prescribed NICE-recommended drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as opposed to other treatment options, according to a new study.

News articles from NHS Network: 1 Sept 2011

Information taken from a report produced by independent researchers at Aston Business School NHS staff management and health service quality, will be incorporated into future inhouse Ward Manager’s training courses.
 The researchers’ report is based on the wealth of data contained in NHSstaff survey results.  They analysed how, over time, the experience of NHS staff at work links with performance measures that illustrate the quality of care that NHS trusts deliver. Read more »
 
This report finds that the NHS graduate management training scheme generates savings per trainee in the tens of thousands of pounds, and retains more trainees than other private and public sector schemes.  Read more »
 
The Mindful Employer line managers’ resource pack provides practical guidance for line managers to support staff who experience mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression.  Read more »

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