The condition known as myalgic encephalitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious, chronic multisystem disease that can cause significant impairment and disability, an expert panel convened by the US Institute of Medicine has concluded in a new report. The committee proposed a new set of diagnostic criteria and a new name for the condition: systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
This summary offers an overview of the system and pulls together information on waiting times in A&E, ambulance response times, daily situation reports from the NHS, and information on flu rates.
Another important report, Hospital Care for Frail Older People has recently been published and is available to download.
The SERCO commission addressed the problem of how the NHS should care for the country’s increasing number of frail older people. As the British Geriatrics Society say “Age should never be a barrier to care”
Institute for Public Policy Research
Patients in control: why people with long-term conditions must be empowered
This report argues that more should be done to recognise and support the amount of self-management done by people with long-term conditions and their carers, and to enable people to work in partnership with healthcare providers to agree the services that fit their needs.
This recently published report looks at “Keeping knowledgeable: how NHS chief executive officers mobilise knowledge and information in their daily work”
This article is free to download at http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hsdr/volume-2/issue-26
Authors: Nicolini D, Powell J, Korica M.
Journal: Health Services and Delivery Research Volume: 2 Issue: 26
Publication date: August 2014
Following the independent report of the Liverpool Care Pathway comes the following important document – One Chance to Get It Right: how health and care organisations should care for people in the last days of their life.
Extract – 21 national health and care organisations comprise The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People. They have published One Chance to Get it Right, the response to the recommendations set out in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Extract from Staff Matters: From 14 July 2014, the newly developed ‘Care Plan for End of Life’ for use across East Cheshire NHS Trust community and acute care will be launched.
To support the launch of the care plan, The End of Life Partnership have developed a comprehensive training package which is being delivered throughout the trust; details of which can be found on the Cheshire EPAIGE. The EPAIGE also provides you with a number of educational resources and guidance to support you in using the new care plan in your practice. The care plan will also be covered on the Clinical Statutory and Mandatory Training.
Available for downloading as a PDF