State of Care 2016-17

Care Quality Commission, October 2017

The CQC’s annual report on the state of the health and social care shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. However, the complexity of demand for health care and adult social care services in England continues to rise.  The number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. We have an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise. These and other factors present different pressures in different parts of the system and care providers are under increasing pressure.

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JAMA Psychiatry – September 2017

The September edition of JAMA Psychiatry has been published.  This issue includes articles on clinical care across cultures, a mitochondrial etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders and a randomized controlled trial on the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders Compared With Diagnosis-Specific Protocols for Anxiety Disorders.

Click here to view the table of contents and access articles.  You will need to login with your LCFT OpenAthens account to view the articles.

Sustainability and transformation plans and partnerships

House of Commons Library, October 2017

This House of Commons Library briefing covers the context in which Sustainability and Transformation Plans have been developed, their funding and accountability arrangements as well as their progress so far. A key role of these partnerships was the creation of local blueprints for delivering the 5YFV, known as sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This briefing therefore explores how these plans were developed, as well as research and debate surrounding the content and implementation of these plans.

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House of Commons Library briefing on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

House of Commons Library, October 2017

This briefing reviews Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) that were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act by the Mental Health Act 2007.


There have been recent changes affecting the DoLS. A Supreme Court judgement in 2014 significantly widened the definition of deprivation of liberty, meaning more people were subsequently considered to have their liberty deprived. There was a ten-fold increase in the number of deprivation of liberty applications following the judgment.

In March 2017, the Law Commission published a report and Draft Bill recommending an overhaul of the DoLS process. The Law Commission recommends that DoLS are repealed as a matter of urgency, and are replaced by a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards. The new safeguards intend to streamline the process for assessing whether a deprivation of liberty is necessary, and obtaining the required authorisation. The Government is due to publish its response to the recommendations.

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Cervical screening: supporting women with learning disabilities

Public Health England, October 2017

This information, originally developed in North Tyneside, is to support women with learning disabilities to access cervical screening.

This publication covers:

  • how to increase a woman’s understanding of cervical screening
  • making a best interest decision
  • tips for primary care administration and reception staff

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People with learning disabilities: health checks audit tool

Public Health England, October 2017

This audit tool consists of 6 questions and is designed to support practices, primary care liaison staff, health facilitators to improve the uptake and quality of annual health checks, and reduce the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

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