NHS England has published wheelchair data for July to September 2017. The data shows waiting times are either static or falling. In Q1 21.4% of children waited more than 18 weeks, rising slightly to 21.5% in Q2. In Q1 14.1% of adults were waiting above 18 weeks, falling to 13.2% in Q2. Q3 is open for submissions from 3 January to 16 January 2018, when a new website for submitting data is expected to be available. NHS England is promising further details soon.
Therapeutic dietary treatment is central to the management of many inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs). Children and adults are prescribed a range of approved specialised nutritional products and foods, which are essential for normal development. Unlike gluten-free foods, low protein foods are only available on prescription. Increasingly, CCGs have been questioning their use and restricting access to lifesaving medical treatment. Further information can be found in the prescribed specialised services manual.
NHS Clinical Commissioners has published a checklist to help CCGs support the professional development of their lay members. It looks at appraisals, professional development, career development opportunities and planning for the future.