CQC has published what it claims is the largest survey of the quality of care for under-16s. More than 34,000 patients and their parents and carers took part in the research. Overall, experiences were mostly positive – 81% of parents and carers rated care at 8 out of 10 or better - but findings also identified a number of areas for improvement. These were around involving children more in decision-making, being treated on age appropriate wards and having enough things to do while in hospital.
This report provides insight into the efficacy of online counselling for children and young people. It focuses exclusively on Kooth online counselling and includes user data along with feedback from Kooth users and commissioners. It finds Kooth online counselling is popular and effective in increasing access to care and providing choice. The anonymous nature of the service was found to be a big benefit for children and young people.
Following a review of the evidence, the independent expert screening committee recommends that screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) should be trialled in the NHS.
SCID refers to a number of rare inherited conditions which affect the development of a baby’s white blood cells – these are an important part of the immune system and make it difficult for babies to fight infections. Around 15 to 25 babies are born with the condition every year in the UK. The treatment is a bone marrow transplant, which can repair the damaged immune system.
A CQC briefing looks at the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. It presents the concerns identified during inspections, an example of good practice and a number of actions and recommendations.
This report outlines the findings of a government review into whether the residential care homes sector is working well for older people and their families. It warns that the current system is unsustainable without additional funding and that the sector needs to grow substantially to keep up with demographic change.