Why clinical insights not budgets hold the key to value-based healthcare

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

How NHS leaders can bring big data to heel for new models of care Right now, NHS managers and clinicians are under phenomenal pressure to make huge efficiency savings while improving the value of services to patients, and many in the NHS see integrated care as the answer. I believe that even before we get there, the first step is to find innovative ways to drive up the value we deliver in all clinical and commissioning decisions – and the key...

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New research shows quality of life measures not widely used in cancer care

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A new study, conducted by the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, has found that measures and tools used to assess quality of life are not being used widely in the treatment and care of patients with cancer, despite being used more widely in clinical trials. Following the award of an educational grant from Roche*, RAND Europe explored whether, when and  how quality of life assessment tools and measures are used in the treatment of...

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Commercial Healthcare sector not so healthy?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Companies in the FTSE Healthcare Equipment & Services sector issued five profit warnings in the first quarter of 2016, equal to the record total issued in the previous quarter. In the six months to the end of the first quarter of 2016, almost a quarter of the FTSE sector issued a profit warning. Recruitment and pricing problems continue to plague medical services companies, while most equipment companies warning hit contract issues. The...

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Alcohol – are you over the limit?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

69% of drivers are confused about the new general Government alcohol consumption guidelines 47% of these also believe that consuming one or two drinks before driving is legal TWO THIRDS of Brits admit to being unclear on the new general Government alcohol consumption guidelines. A survey of 1,000 road users, carried out by drinkdrivesolicitor.com, a website which provides legal advice and representation for motorists, examined how accurate...

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The Ryman Prize: enhancing the quality of life of older people

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The Ryman Prize is a $250,000 annual award for the world’s best development, advance or achievement that enhances quality of life for older people. The prize is awarded each year by an international jury appointed by The Ryman Foundation. The world’s rapidly ageing population means that in some parts of the globe – including most of the Western world – the population aged 75+ is set to triple in the next 30 years. This large demographic...

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Empowering people with incontinence to live independently

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Study conducted in six European regions contributes to better understanding of how to improve the care for people with incontinence in their daily lives at home and in the community. Patient involvement, knowledge and provisions based on patient profiles were found to be key in enabling people with incontinence and their carers to live independent and dignified lives. The results of a major pan-European study which gives insight into the...

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A uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A new report from NHS Benchmarking, published on April 11th, has for the first time combined financial, workforce, quality and outcome data to paint a uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people. Key findings from this innovative new report show that 46% of older people admitted to a specialist ward have a condition associated with frailty, but that only 42% of hospital trusts currently have a specific...

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