• 15 Steps Challenge toolkit

    12 December 2017

    The 15 Steps Challenge focuses on seeing care through a patient or carer’s eyes, and exploring their first impressions. Originally developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, the suite of toolkits have been refreshed and updated and a new guide for commissioners added.

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  • Inequalities in later life

    11 December 2017

    A report by a charity examines the disparities in health, financial security, social connections and housing faced by older people and how the negative impacts of these accumulate for those who are worse off.

    It highlights how poor education, work opportunities and a lack of social connection can have long-term consequences for physical and mental health. The main report is accompanied by an insight report which outlines the implications of the findings on policy and practice.

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  • Enhanced health in care homes: learning from experiences so far

    11 December 2017

    A King's Fund report sets out what can be learnt from examples of integrated care in care homes.

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  • Thousands take part in largest survey of quality of children’s hospital care

    11 December 2017

    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.

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  • Online mental health support for young people

    8 December 2017

    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.

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