Getting the dementia pathway right

19 June 2017

NHS RightCare has published a scenario featuring fictional patient Tom and his wife and carer Barbara, to compare a sub-optimal dementia care pathway with an ideal pathway. The scenario is the latest in the long term conditions series. It aims to help commissioners and providers understand the implications, both in terms of quality of life and costs, of shifting the care pathway for those living with dementia from a reactive approach (primarily based on an acute response) to a proactive approach, for example, providing an integrated primary care and community-based response, with support from the voluntary sector. 

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Changes to patient registration requirements

21 August 2017

From 2 October 2017, GPs will need to complete all new patient registrations using the new family doctor services registration (GMS1) form. The revised GMS1 form contains the same information as the current GMS1 form, as well as a supplementary questions section for overseas patients. Copies of the new form will be delivered directly to GP practices ahead of the 2 October 2017 date. Should any practice require further forms after that delivery, please order these from the primary care service England portal. The form can also be downloaded from the NHS Choices website.

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Commissioning of end of life care for people with a learning disability

21 August 2017

People with a learning disability are more likely to experience poor general health and have high levels of unmet physical and mental health needs, including end of life care. NHS England has published guidance to help commissioners, providers and social care staff to improve palliative and end of life care for this group.

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Effective negotiation: tapping in to your natural resources

21 August 2017

In this interactive, one-day training event we will discover how to make the best of a skill that we possess naturally and yet rarely use to best effect – negotiation.

Successful negotiation is a tool used by all successful professionals – in fact, it can be said that whenever we are with or in contact with other people there is implicitly a process of negotiation taking place.

So negotiation is not some kind of magic or skill for special situations – it is something that we should become more aware of doing, and therefore do more effectively. Used well, other people will appreciate your skills as a negotiator because they will benefit too. Good negotiators assist others to get what they want, while also meeting their own agenda and needs. It’s a true win-win!

The workshops will be held on 5 October in London, 12 October in Birmingham and 2 November in Manchester.

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NHS health check 40-64 dementia pilot research findings

21 August 2017

A report from Alzheimer’s UK summarises the findings from a pilot project into the effectiveness of dementia risk reduction messaging in NHS health checks. It found that the pilot project showed promise in shifting public awareness and understanding of dementia risk with 75% of participants recalling the advice on dementia risk and 80% reporting that the advice would change their behaviour.

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Involvement of people with experience of mental illness in CCG commissioning

21 August 2017

A report from think-tank Rethink finds that despite recommendations set out over a year ago in the five year forward view for mental health, little is known about the extent to which CCGs are involving people with experience of mental illness in the commissioning of mental health services. The research also reveals that most CCGs do not have clear plans for the co-production of mental health services and that the difficulty in prioritising this is due to pressure on resources and workload.

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