• Drive to improve oral health in care homes

    8 June 2017

    The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting a new standards document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on oral health promotion in care homes.

    Over 425,000 people in the UK live in care homes, and the new quality standard recommends that residents have their oral health needs assessed on admission and recorded in their personal care plans, and are supported to clean their teeth twice a day and/or their dentures daily.

    NICE published a clinical guideline on the oral health of adults in care homes last year, and has also produced a quick guide resource for care home managers on improving residents’ oral health.

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  • CCG prescribing data - January to March 2017

    7 June 2017

    NHS Digital has published prescribing data by CCG for the quarter January to March 2017.

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  • Patient experience scores: 2016 adult inpatient survey update

    6 June 2017

    NHS England has published the latest statistical information on patients’ experience of adult inpatient care in the NHS. This is an update to include results from the 2016 adult inpatient survey.

    The 2016 survey included 149 acute and specialist NHS trusts. Eligible patients were aged 16 years or over, who had spent at least one night in hospital during July 2016 and were not admitted to maternity or psychiatric units. Responses were received from 77,850 patients with a response rate of 44%.

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  • Getting a Brexit deal that works for the NHS

    6 June 2017

    A briefing from the Nuffield Trust argues that the NHS could face costs of almost half a billion pounds if retired British people living in other EU countries decide to return to the UK in the event of their healthcare being withdrawn after Brexit. This figure could be substantially higher if the NHS has to pay to replace staff if EU migration is reduced, or if it faces a rise in the cost of medicines. The briefing also estimates that care homes and home-care agencies could end up as many as 70,000 staff short by 2025/26, if migration of unskilled workers from the EU is halted after Brexit.

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  • The effect of hospital competition on value-added indicators of clinical quality

    6 June 2017

    This paper examines the impact of the introduction of patient choice in elective surgical procedures on patient reported outcome measures (PROMs). It finds that by introducing competition via the mechanism of patient choice, there may have been a negative effect of clinical quality.

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