A zero cost way to reduce missed hospital appointments

Department of Health, January 2016

This randomised controlled trial tested the effectiveness of the reminder message sent to outpatients. Results showed if the message included the specific cost to the NHS of not attending then the patient was more likely to attend or rearrange their appointment – rather than miss it.

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Tipping the scales: why preventing obesity makes economic sense

The King’s Fund, January 2016

This report, written with Cancer Research UK, finds that rising rates of obesity could lead to 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK, as well as millions of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. This would cost the NHS an additional £2.5 billion a year by 2035, over and above what is already spent on obesity related disease. However, the study shows that small changes can have dramatic impacts – for example, a one per cent reduction in the number of overweight or obese people every year could prevent more than 64,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years and save the NHS £300 million in 2035 alone.

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Click here to read the executive summary.

Mental health trust failed to investigate unexpected deaths, claims leaked report

BMJ, 10 December 2015

A mental health trust in England failed to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 people between 2011 and 2015, a damning leaked report has claimed…

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Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in England

King’s Fund, November 2015

This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve.

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‘Homes not hospitals’ for people with learning disabilities

NHS England, November 2015

People with a learning disability and/or autism will be supported to lead more independent lives and have greater say about the support they receive under a national plan published by NHS England to radically improve learning disability services.

Building the right support: A national implementation plan to develop community services and close inpatient facilities contains plans which have been developed with significant contribution and constructive challenge from people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and carers, and a range of commissioners, providers, voluntary sector and representative groups.

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