Older people’s social care urgently needs extra funding

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the report ‘ social care for older people: home truths ’ (15 September 2016) by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust, Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation, said: “Insufficient social care funding is now the most urgent threat to the NHS and the wider health and care system. “In August we told a Commons Select Committee that too little money is being provided for social care and this is putting...

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New coalition of health and social care experts on mission to guarantee status of EU staff

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations has been created to ensure sustainable EU staff workforce supply and thereby ensure standards of care are maintained as Britain withdraws from the EU. The Cavendish Coalition is here to provide those leading Brexit negotiations with the expertise, evidence and knowledge required on issues affecting the health and social care sectors. The newly formed group will be a shared voice which...

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New smart-phone app could prevent emergency hospital readmissions

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in NHS | 1 comment

International leaders in patient experience measurement and data capture for healthcare improvement, umotif and the Picker Institute, have partnered to create an innovative new healthcare product. The digital platform supports patients to better manage their own care – used effectively it has the potential for reducing hospital readmissions rates and improving emergency services in the process. The light-touch tool, has been designed for...

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Improving Hospital Care

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Barnsley Hospital is only the second in the country to implement the Perfect Ward app, an easy-to-use app which has a big impact on quality by simplifying ward assessments as part of hospital care. Perfect Ward is an app designed for nurses, which aims to improve organisation, precision and diligence and, ultimately, care of patients in their wards. The app allows users to log checklists of jobs that need to be completed, as well as provide...

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The Cost of Decency – The NHS 5 Year Forward View

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS 5 Year Forward View was based on an assumption that the NHS would need an additional £30bn of funding by 2020/21 and that £22bn of that would come through efficiency savings. In its spending review the government “promised” £8bn to fill the gap. It is time to revisit the figures and to look again at what the gap might be in 2020/21. (Some informed guesses are all that is provided.) What is attempted here is to cost what restoring the...

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