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.
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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The soon to be merged - or should that be integrated? - heads of NHS England and NHS Improvement, Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, respectively, probably agree about many things, but the one they aired in public last week was the need to reform outpatient services. Mr Dalton talked of the importance of "modernising outpatients", while Mr Stevens used stronger language describing outpatients as "an obsolescent mode of specialty long term support" (quote c/o HSJ). Do you agree that it needs doing and more to the point, do you have faith our leaders can make it happen? Vote at www.networks.nhs.uk