The King’s Fund has published a report critical of efforts to promote innovation in the NHS. The report contrasts high spending on research and development with the very low spending on initiatives to encourage spread and adoption of innovation. It includes eight examples of the successful spread of innovation supported by academic health science networks.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance on how community pharmacies can promote health and wellbeing among their local population. This includes integration within existing health and care pathways as well as other activities to encourage more people to use their services.
Responses must be submitted by 5pm, 21 February 2018. The final guidance is expected to be published in August 2018.
Seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK according to figures published by Public Health England.
Over the last week there has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness, a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, and a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2 and H1N1) and flu B.