• Musculoskeletal conditions: return on investment tool

    12 October 2017

    A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

    Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups can use results from the tool to protect and improve the health of their local populations when making commissioning decisions.

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  • What happens when people leave hospital and other care settings?

    12 October 2017

    When discharge goes wrong, it comes at a cost, both to individuals and to the health and social care system, according to a report from Healthwatch. The number of beds lost as a result of discharge delays has risen from 4,754 in July 2015 to 5,861 in July 2017, a rise of 23.3%. In order to further understand people’s experiences of leaving care in light of these increases, Healthwatch has brought together a summary of the experiences of more than 2,000 people have shared with 46 local Healthwatch organisations during the last two years.

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  • The state of health care and adult social care in England 2016/17

    12 October 2017

    The CQC’s annual report shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. However, as the system continues to struggle with increasingly complex demand, access and cost, future quality is precarious. The number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. There is an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise. These and other factors present different pressures in different parts of the system.

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  • Changes to cancer waiting times system and dataset

    10 October 2017

    NHS England is planning changes to the cancer waiting times (CWT) system and dataset, which will come into effect from April 2018. The changes are part of a programme of work to implement the new 28 day faster diagnosis standard by 2020. The CWT system enables CCGs to monitor and manage pathways of care for cancer patients. An information standards notice published on 28 September sets out the forthcoming changes, and an updated guidance document for CWT standards will be published later this year.

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  • Help for NHS to recover costs of care from visitors and migrants

    10 October 2017

    The Department of Health has published advice for doctors and dentists to help recover costs of care from visitors and migrants.

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