‘The world’s biggest quango’: the first five years of NHS England

The King’s Fund and Institute for Government, May 2018

Report that finds that the creation of NHS England has failed to take the politics out of health care provision in England.  It finds it has given the NHS its own genuinely independent voice and action, for the first time.  It concludes however moves to create a unified board approach to the NHS and more integrated services locally means that, at some point fresh legislation will be needed.

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NHS Innovation and Technology Payment 2018/19 Call for Applications

NHS England, June 2018

Innovation Technology Payment (ITP) – Call for Applications and Guidance document. The aim of the NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) is to help deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View -creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

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Getting my life back: Occupational therapy promoting mental health and wellbeing in England

Royal College of Occupational Therapists, May 2018

Report by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to demonstrate the value of occupational therapy in England. The report assesses the impact of occupational therapy in four keys areas:

  • helping young people to achieve their educational potential,
  • supporting people with mental health issue into employment,
  • improving the physical health of people with serious mental health problems
  • leading innovative service delivery that improves access to mental health support in primary care.

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Transforming care: the challenges and solutions

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, May 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group report outlining challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care. This follows the implementation of a pilot project, the report offers recommendations for future steps.  The challenges involving commissioners, funders and care providers include:

  • delays in hospital discharge plans, including a lack of knowledge in local authorities about potential community support options
  • negative attitudes and aspirations towards people supported (for example, referring to people by patient identity number instead of by their name)
  • confusion about costs, with commissioners and funders underestimating the cost of initial support immediately after discharge and/or therapeutic support
  • a lack of support to families, despite the fact that responsive ongoing support to families is critical to the sustainability of support to their loved one.

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Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an improvement resource for mental health

NHS Improvement, May 2018

A resource to help commissioners and providers of NHS-commissioned services create, review and sustain, safe and effective specialist mental health services. It aims to make the link between the decisions on staffing that boards and clinical teams take and the needs of people who use mental health services. It is practical and pulls together existing guidance and approaches used to help make staffing decisions.

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Dementia-friendly Rural Communities Guide: A practical guide for rural communities to support people affected by dementia

Alzheimer’s Society, May 2018

This guide from the Alzheimer’s Society contains information about how dementia affects people’s experience of living and working in a rural community. It provides community-led guidance and signposting to resources to help support people living with dementia and their carers to be included in all areas of community life.

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