• Provision of information on general practice access data

    21 August 2017

    The next bi-annual extended access collection will be open for submissions from 1 to 29 September 2017. As set out in the 2016 regulations, every GP practice in England will be required to submit an online return twice a year through the primary care web tool setting out what evening and weekend access to appointments the practice offers. Practices will also need to submit workforce census data by the beginning of October 2017. These are separate data collections in the primary care web tool and both will need completing by all practices.

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  • Improvements to NHS continuing healthcare should speed care handovers

    21 August 2017

    NHS England has published plans to improve of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) pathways and processes, as part of the NHS contribution to the reduction of delayed transfers of care.

    NHS England is asking CCGs for information by 11 September 2017 on their plans to improve numbers of CHC assessments outside acute settings and audit results on delays in CHC eligibility decision-making processes. Better care fund plans are due by the same date. For further information please contact your local director of commissioning operations NHS CHC assurance lead.

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  • Mental health community teams activity, quarter ending June 2017

    16 August 2017

    NHS England has published statistics on mental health community teams’ activity for the quarter ending June 2017. Also available are revisions to data for Q3 and Q4 2016/17.

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  • Latest patient-led assessments reveal quality of healthcare premises

    16 August 2017

    NHS Digital has published annual patient-led assessments of non-clinical elements of care such as food and waiting areas.

    Now in their fifth year, patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) involve teams going into NHS and private/independent hospitals to assess how the environment supports the provision of clinical care.

    This assessment focuses particularly on issues of access such as wheelchairs, mobility and signage, as well as provision of visual/audible appointment alert systems and hearing loops.

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  • Healthwatch network on what it’s like to live in a care home

    16 August 2017

    Between January 2016 and April 2017, local Healthwatch staff and volunteers across England visited 197 care homes across 63 different local authority areas to find out what day to day life is really like for many of those living in care homes. This report summarises what people told local Healthwatch and common issues that need to improve.

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