Nursing degree apprenticeship: factsheet

Department of Health, December 2016

This briefing outlines information on the new nursing degree apprenticeship which will enable people to train to become a graduate registered nurse through an apprentice route.

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Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement Programme: toolkit for engaging people with dementia and carers

Department of Health, November 2016

This toolkit is aimed at dementia groups and networks and provides guidance and helpful tips about facilitating discussions with people with dementia and carers effectively and sensitively.

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Accelerated access review: final report

Department of Health, October 2016

This report sets out recommendations on how patients could get quicker access to innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments, and medical technologies. It argues that streamlined processes could bring forward patient access to drugs by up to four years and patients will benefit from quicker access to medical technologies too. The report will help the NHS to provide the best care to patients, use funds more effectively, and create the conditions to help the life sciences industry continue to thrive.

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Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: developing the right people with the right skills and right values

Department of Health, October 2016

The mandate to Health Education England (HEE) sets out the government’s objectives for HEE to provide healthcare education and training.reflects strategic objectives around workforce planning, health education and training and development.  The mandate looks at how the healthcare workforce can be developed to improve care for patients through education and training.

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Out of area placements in mental health services for adults in acute inpatient care

Department of Health, October 2016

The government has set a national ambition to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements (OAPs) in mental health services for adults in acute inpatient care by 2020 to 2021.

This definition of OAPs has been developed following significant stakeholder engagement to enable progress against the ambition to be monitored. It is aimed at providers, commissioners and users of local adult inpatient acute mental health services in England.

It is intended to support providers and commissioners in accurately monitoring and reducing their use of OAPs and to help providers submit accurate information on OAPs to national data collections. It will also be of interest to individuals using mental health services and who may be placed out of area for their care.

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Mental health crisis care: health based places of safety funding

Department of Health, May 2016

This guidance document sets out how local crisis care concordat groups can apply for funding to increase the capacity and number of health based places of safety.

If someone is having a mental health crisis and they come to the attention of the police, they may need to be taken to a place of safety – somewhere that is designated as safe under the Mental Health Act.

The best place of safety is in a health setting, so that people, including children and young people, get the care they need for their mental health.

This funding programme aims to increase and improve health based places of safety and continue to reduce police cells being used as an alternative. Bids for a share of the £15 million fund will be managed by the Department of Health.

This is part of the mental health crisis care agreement (Crisis Care Concordat) to support people in a mental health crisis.

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Mental health services: preparations for improving access

National Audit Office, April 2016

This report finds that the Department of Health and NHS England are making progress, particularly in setting priorities and national leadership, but significant risks to implementing the access and waiting times programme remain. The strongest areas are the clear objectives and strong leadership, and a governance framework is being developed. The greatest challenges for the future are collecting data to show whether the standards are being met, building the mental health workforce and reinforcing incentives for providers. It finds that full information does not exist to measure how far the NHS is from meeting the access and waiting time standards, but it is clear that meeting the standards will be a very significant challenge.

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