Community pharmacy forward view

PSNC, September 2016

Written jointly with Pharmacy Voice, this document sets out the ambitions for community pharmacies to enhance and expand personalised care, support  and wellbeing services offered by the sector. The paper also argues for fuller integration with other local health and care services and highlights the role of the community pharmacy in being the facilitator of personalised care for patients with long-term conditions and in being a neighbourhood health and wellbeing hub.

Click here to read the full report.

Community pharmacy: good practice examples

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, September 2016

These examples of good practice aim to illustrate how community pharmacy can be integrated in the wider primary care and community health system. The examples outlined in this briefing provide an insight into how commissioning pharmacy services outside of the core NHS contractual framework can transform the provision of care in local areas.

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Easy read childhood nasal flu leaflet

Public Health England, September 2016

This leaflet is aimed at children with learning difficulties who are offered the nasal flu vaccination. It provides easy to read advice on:

  • the flu virus and why you need the vaccine
  • signs and symptoms of flu
  • how the nasal flu spray is given

Click here to access the leaflet.

UK immunisation schedule: the green book, chapter 11

Public Health England, September 2016

This chapter has been fully updated to reflect all the recent changes to the routine childhood immunisation schedule, as well as those to the adult programme.

The overall aim of the UK’s routine immunisation schedule is to provide protection against the following vaccine-preventable infections:

pertussis (whooping cough)
haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
meningococcal disease (certain serogroups)
pneumococcal (certain serotypes)
human papillomavirus types (certain serotypes)

Click here to access this resource online.

What the planning guidance means for mental health services

NHS Confederation, September 2016

Issued three months earlier than usual, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s planning guidance will be underpinned by a two-year tariff and two-year standard contract.

The NHS Planning Guidance, published on Thursday 22 September, reflects a ‘significantly streamlined’ planning and contracting round. It explains how the process has changed to support sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and the ‘financial reset’ issued in July.

This news item outlines what this will mean for mental health services.

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Attitudes to mental health problems and mental wellbeing: Findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey

NatCen Social Research, September 2016

This paper presents new findings on attitudes to mental wellbeing and mental health problems. Levels of life satisfaction are high, and most people have positive attitudes towards improving their own mental wellbeing. However, there are varying levels of acceptance of those with mental health problems, and perceptions of prejudice towards people with these conditions are still widespread.

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Multimethod study of a large-scale programme to improve patient safety using a harm-free care approach

BMJ, 22 September 2016

This study aimed to evaluate whether a large-scale two-phase quality improvement programme achieved its aims and to characterise the influences on achievement.  The programme sought to (1) develop a shared national, regional and locally aligned safety focus for 4 high-cost, high volume harms; (2) establish a new measurement system based on a composite measure of ‘harm-free’ care and (3) deliver improved outcomes. Phase I involved a quality improvement collaborative intended to involve 100 organisations; phase II used financial incentives for data collection.

The findings of the study offer important lessons for large-scale improvement programmes, particularly when they seek to develop novel concepts and measures. External contexts may exert far-reaching influence. The challenges of developing measurement systems should not be underestimated.

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