Independent report demands action on care of people with learning disabilities

NHS England, 26 November 2014

NHS England has published an independent report into the future care of people with learning disabilities.

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address the serious shortcomings in the provision of support for people with learning disabilities.

Sir Stephen’s report makes a series of recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the government, that include a robust NHS commissioning framework to support people with learning disabilities and autism move out of hospitals and into the community.

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Making reasonable adjustments to epilepsy services for people with learning disabilities

Public Health England, 10 November 2014

This report brings together some of the reasonable adjustments that are being made to make epilepsy services more accessible to people with learning disabilities. It includes a summary of policy and guidance and research evidence as well as links to resources and examples from practice.

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Personalised health and care 2020

Department of Health, 13 November 2014

This policy paper from the Department of Health is not a strategy in the conventional sense. It is not a national plan, but a framework for action that will support frontline staff, patients and citizens to take better advantage of the digital opportunity.

Better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transform the quality and reduce the cost of health and care services.

It can:

  • give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing
  • empower carers
  • reduce the administrative burden for care professionals
  • support the development of new medicines and treatments

This framework has been developed based on evidence from many sources, including civil society and patient organisations, as well as directly from service users.

The National Information Board will report annually on progress made against the priorities detailed in this framework and review them each year to reflect changing technology and accommodate new requirements from the public and staff. The proposals in this framework are not comprehensive but they represent the core and immediate priorities for delivery of modern digital health and care services.

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RCN launches new guidance for handling feedback

Royal College of Nursing, November 2014

The RCN has published new guidance to help health care workers deal with feedback, concerns, complaints and compliments.

The pamphlet, Good practice for handling feedback, has been developed following discussion with RCN members about their own experiences. It is part of the RCN’s commitment to help improve the way the NHS handles feedback and complaints following the Clwyd-Hart review into the NHS complaints system.

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Language controls for nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health has launched a consultation seeking views on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals.

The 4 UK Health Departments (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) want to amend legislation to protect patients from risk associated with the poor English language skills of a minority of health care professionals.

The law currently allows language checks on overseas non-European applicants and on doctors from the European economic area.

Proposed changes will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to put in place systems for carrying out proportionate language controls on European applicants and for taking fitness to practise action where there are concerns about the English language skills of professionals who are already in practice. The changes will apply to nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The consultation closes on 15 December 2014.

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Draft revised statutory guidance to implement the strategy for adults with autism in England: consultation document

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health are seeking views on draft statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations. This is to support the implementation of Think Autism which is the update to the 2010 adult autism strategy.  The updates to the existing guidance are in line with the progress made since 2010 and changes in recent legislation.

The consultation looks at:

  • staff training
  • identification and diagnosis of autism in adults
  • planning of services move from being children to adults
  • local planning and leadership
  • preventative support and safeguarding
  • reasonable adjustments
  • supporting people with complex needs
  • employment for adults with autism
  • working with the Criminal Justice system

The consultation closes on 19 December 2014.

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