The habits of an improver

Health Foundation, October 2015

This Health Foundation report offers a way of viewing the field of improvement from the perspective of the men and women who deliver and co-produce care on the ground, the improvers on whom the NHS depends. It describes 15 habits which such individuals regularly deploy, grouped under five broad headings – learning, influencing, resilience, creativity and systems thinking.

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Mental health under pressure

The King’s Fund, November 2015

This briefing paper aims to focus on mental health as a system of care, examining individual pressures within the wider context of provider and commissioner actions. Although services for children and adolescents, and older people are very much part of this system of care, this briefing paper focuses on services for adults between the ages of 16 and 65.

Click here for further information and to download the briefing.

Best use of unscheduled dental care services

NHS England, November 2015

This Quick Guide is designed to provide practical information for dental providers and commissioners on what they can do to improve dental unscheduled care for patients over the winter period, and beyond. Throughout this document you will find practical tips, case studies and links to useful resources.

Click here to view the guidance.

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.

Click here to read the full report.