Community services: What do we know about quality?

Quality Watch, November 2017

Quality Watch briefing that finds that it is difficult to make a meaningful statement about the overall quality of care of community services, because of a lack of routinely available quality data and national indicators of quality.

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Provision of community care: who, what, how much?

The Health Foundation, May 2017

This briefing analyses information on the community care contracts held by 78% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England to enable better understanding of the provision of these services.

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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.

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A rough guide to early action: seven stories of how society is acting earlier

Community Links, May 2016

This case study report showcases seven stories of services and projects from across the UK that have acted earlier in dealing with social problems. It is part of an ongoing project from the Early Action Task Force, hosted by Community Links and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

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The Buurtzorg Nederland (home care provider) model: observations for the UK

Royal College of Nursing, April 2016

The Buurtzorg model is a cost-effective and nurse-led district nursing system founded in the Netherlands. This briefing looks at the successes of the Buurtzorg model, while also identifying some of the challenges which would need to be addressed if the UK were ever to adopt a similar system approach. The content and analysis have been updated to reflect developments taking place across the UK with regards to piloting Buurtzorg.

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Help them home: the challenges facing the families of older patients

Royal Voluntary Service, December 2015

This study, from Royal Voluntary Service, explores the experiences of families of older patients during hospital discharge and transition and reveals that while family networks come together at the point of crisis, many are unable to continue that support at home when their older relatives leave hospital.  The Royal Voluntary Service calls on communities, local authorities and the NHS to work in partnership to provide more volunteers in hospitals and support vulnerable older people in their homes following discharge from hospital.

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