Diabetes 2015 – Care in Crisis survey

InDependent Diabetes Trust, October 2015

The InDependent Diabetes Trust’s (IDDT) report, ‘Diabetes 2015: Care in Crisis’ based on a survey of more than 15,000 people, shows that almost 40 per cent of people with diabetes believe the NHS has “worsened” since the £1.1bn health service reforms.  The results of the survey also show that nearly 40 percent feel they were not given appropriate advice and information about diet and exercise at the time of their diagnosis. The report calls on the government to introduce a specialist diabetes organisation which would work with the clinical community to drive improvements in care and stresses that CCGs should be more strongly encouraged to follow NICE commissioning guidance for diabetes education courses.

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Care and treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has set out how it intends that reviews of care and treatment arrangements for people with learning disabilities are to be embedded across the health and care system.

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They aim to reduce unnecessary admissions and lengthy stays in specialist hospitals, and have been rolling out since October 2014; over 1,400 people had their care reviewed up to March this year, with hundreds more since.

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Care and Treatment Review: Policy and Guidance

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the Care and Treatment reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families.

The document will help local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.

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Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities: Next Steps

NHS England, 7 July 2015

The Transforming Care Delivery Board, comprising NHS England, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England and the Department of Health, have published this report which outlines the steps taken towards improving services for people with learning disabilities. The report is clear that while progress is being made, there is still much more to do to ensure that where it is appropriate, people are cared for in the community and close to home.

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State funding of elderly care in England has fallen by 40% in five years

BMJ, 12 June 2015

England has seen an “unprecedented” fall over the past five years in the number of people aged 65 or over who receive social care packages, despite a rise in the need for such services, delegates to a seminar on the care of older people heard on 9 June…

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Care improvement works

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), May 2015

A free online resource aimed at care providers has been launched which provides support in driving up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and support from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and ‘key lines of enquiry’. People who use services, and carers, can use the resource to question the quality of care they receive.

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‘Indirect payments’ for people who lack capacity: How are they working in practice?

Mental Health Foundation, March 2015

This report summarizes the findings from a study investigating ‘indirect payments’ for people who lack capacity, exploring how these payments are working in practice.

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