The state of health care and adult social care in England 2016/17

12 October 2017

The CQC’s annual report shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. However, as the system continues to struggle with increasingly complex demand, access and cost, future quality is precarious. The number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. There is an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise. These and other factors present different pressures in different parts of the system.

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Practice team development support programme

19 June 2018

PCC offers a number of opportunities for primary care providers to access our services. We have a general medical provider subscription package and also offer subscriptions to groups of practices working together.

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System under strain: why demand pressures are more than a winter phenomenon

19 June 2018

A report from NHS Confederation shows that increases in demand for health care services are not restricted to particular parts of the service and specific times of the year. It describes ways in which increasing demand in one part of the system can affect the performance of other NHS services. It outlines how some NHS and social care providers have adapted their services to enable patients and service users to access care more efficiently.

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HPV vaccine reduces cancer-causing infection by 86%

19 June 2018

A new study has found that the HPV vaccination has led to major reductions in the number of young women who have the infection, which can cause cervical cancer.

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Strong bones after 50: fracture liaison services explained

19 June 2018

The Royal College of Physicians has released new guidance for patients and carers to support older people who have broken a bone following a fall.

There are an estimated half a million broken bones after a fall or “fragility fracture” in the UK each year. This is more than the number of heart attacks. These have a major impact on patients, their families and carers, often leading to increased risk of death, pain and loss of independence, mobility and capacity to carry out everyday tasks.

By giving patients information about bone health and fracture prevention, we hope that they will have the confidence to approach their doctor and ask for further investigations. Finding out more about risk factors can also be helpful, as some of these can be addressed by the patient, such as such as not smoking or drinking excessive alcohol and having a healthy body weight.

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Health + Care 2018

19 June 2018

We are delighted to offer our readers fully-subsidised place to attend Health+Care 2018, the UK’s largest annual gathering of health and social care professionals and an important event for sharing best practice and expertise.

One of many highlights at this year’s conference will be the Next Steps for General Practice stream taking place in the Transformation in Action Theatre 2, on Wednesday 27 June from 13:20 to 14:25. It will be taking a practical look at how general practice is being scaled, integrated and embedded within new integrated care systems. Book your place now here.

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