NHS General Practice Forward View The plan features help for struggling practices, plans to reduce workload, expansion of a wider workforce, investment in technology and estates and a national development programme to speed up transformation of services.
NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Formed in March 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce brought together health and care leaders, people who use services and experts in the field to create a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England.
NHS England Long Term Plan As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years time we have a service fit for the future. The NHS Long Term Plan is drawn up by frontline staff, patients groups, and national experts to be ambitious but realistic.
The latest edition of Health Matters, Public Health England’s professional resource, focuses on taking a life course approach to the prevention of ill health and explores the evidence base for this approach. The resource signposts to evidence-based interventions and tools, as well as to evaluation and monitoring techniques.
The largest portions of newly allocated mental health funding will be sent towards adult community and children and young people’s services - both set to receive over £900m by 2023/4. Read more
NESTA calls for culture change to support innovation
In a recent Nesta and Nursing Times survey of 300 frontline NHS staff, 88% had had ideas about improving their service, yet only 34% felt supported to try out their new ideas. Halima Khan, Executive Director of Health, People and Impact at Nesta, said: “The health and care system is being held back by failing to act on ideas from staff at the frontline."
Nuffield Trust proposes a 'risk pool' to fund social care
The Trust has produced a one-page briefing exploring new funding models for social care and proposing a combination of national insurance and taxes, noting growing evidence of public support for collective funding of social care. This comes as the Local Government Association calls for the social care green paper to be published as soon as possible.
"...it's about recognising that the community is powerful in itself." This blog and video shared by the King's Fund explore the way that Wigan has developed a new deal between community organisations and the council to create a culture change and tackle longstanding social care issues.
A new tooklit to tackle place-based health inequalities
Public Health England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Public Health have come together to try to tackle "stubborn health inequalities" that have created an 18-year gap in life expectancy across England. The toolkit "focuses on how the system can work together utilising civic, service and community centred approaches to reduce health inequalities".
Trusts given more control over NHS property New guidance on NHS property ownership will allow NHS trusts and foundation trusts to apply for the transfer of ownership of properties on their estate. Stephen Hammond of the Department for Health & Social Care said "This change will empower trusts to make decisions based on the needs of the local community".
Age UK study reveals 'care deserts' A new report commissioned by Age UK suggests that the combination of squeezed council budgets and a lack of social care nurses is creating 'care deserts' across England, in which older people can’t access residential or home care, regardless of whether they can pay for it or not. Read more
Rural funding undervalues level of participation A new Arts Council England report has shown that while 18% of the population lives in rural areas, these areas receive only 3% of its National Portfolio funding. Levels of rural arts participation and attendance were found to be higher in rural than in urban areas, however. Read more
The NHS as an 'anchor institution' in communities The Nuffield Trust has released an infographic explaining how the NHS contributes to its communities beyond health interventions. The graphic explores its capacity to develop civic responsibility, the use of its buildings, and the reduction of the NHS environmental impact - currently responsible for 40% of the public sector's carbon footprint. Read more
New high street heritage fund A new £62 million fund has been announced by Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright. The fund will support heritage in high streets through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Read more
Climate change and the cultural sector Arts Professional have published a suite of articles on the opportunities for and obligations on the cultural sector in the face of environmental change. Read more
Extended access to personal health budgets The Department of Health and Social Care will extend the right to personal health budgets from 40,000 to 200,000 people by 2024. The department aims to extend budgets to wheelchair-users, people with ongoing mental health needs, veterans, autistic people, people with learning disabilities, and people receiving adult social care support. Read more
Brexit, health and social care The King's Fund has updated its summary of the implications for health and social care to take in recent developments, and sets out its own position in relation to: staffing, access to treatment, regulation, competition law, cross-border cooperation, research and Read more
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