Alistair Burns, NHS England’s clinical director for dementia has written to CCGs with an update on national priorities and the latest dementia diagnosis figures, for April 2017. Commissioners are instructed to communicate the information to member practices and to continue to press those with low diagnosis rates to raise their game. Dementia diagnosis data is also available by STP area.
Patients with a learning disability, autism or both are set to benefit from over £10m investment by NHS England to help them lead more independent lives, closer to their friends and family.
The funding will support 14 local transforming care partnerships – made up of NHS organisations, local authorities and NHS England commissioners, working closely with people who use services, their families and providers – to develop new, high-quality, community services for people in their area.
NICE is taking part in a project that will examine how quality of life measures used to evaluate healthcare treatments such as drugs can be extended into areas of social care and public health.
The “extending the QALY” project, is being led by the University of Sheffield, with collaborators from the University of Kent, the Office of Health Economics and the EuroQol Research Foundation.
When NICE looks at the cost effectiveness of a healthcare intervention such as a new drug or diagnostic, the benefit of the intervention is measured in terms of how many quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) it provides. The adjustment is based on a measurement of health-related aspects of quality of life.
GPs and health organisations will be able to improve cervical screening rates thanks to an innovative new online data tool from NHS Digital, Public Health England and the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
It is hoped that the interactive dashboard will help identify areas where screening levels could be improved and encourage work to boost coverage.
The dashboard will provide more detailed and timely information about cervical screening to help CCGs, GP practices and local authorities to improve coverage rates for the potentially lifesaving test, which are currently falling.
NHS Providers has published a report based on interviews with leaders of trusts on the role of STPs and accountable care systems, the challenge of integrating health and care commissioning, and the future of the purchaser-provider split.