• Review of the academic health science networks’ patient safety collaboratives

    11 March 2019

    A report from the King’s Fund discusses the progress and impact made by England’s patient safety collaboratives (PSCs) in their first four years. The report commissioned by the AHSN Network notes how interest is shifting from supporting the improvement of individual services to improving how different services work together in local systems. It highlights the role the PSC programme has had in creating a movement for change and cultivating a shared vision among health and care organisations. It also suggests some areas PSCs and national NHS bodies could focus on to further support innovation, quality improvement and patient safety.

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  • Community pharmacy funding: interim arrangements agreed

    11 March 2019

    The Department of Health and Social Care and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have agreed provisional arrangements for the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) due to take effect from April 2019.

    The CPCF sets out the terms for the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services in England. CPCF funding is given through fees and allowances paid to pharmacy contractors.

    The arrangements will continue until negotiations on the framework end.

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  • Support organisations also need to step up if primary care networks are to fulfil their potential

    8 March 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan heralds a fresh, and to me welcome, approach to healthcare in England.

    For many years there have been promises of a primary care led NHS but funding of primary care has continued to fall as a percentage of NHS spend. Workload in the meantime has continued to rise.

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  • Public health is improving under local government, report says

    8 March 2019

    A report from the Local Government Association states that since taking over responsibility for public health in 2013, councils have maintained or improved 80% of public health outcomes in England. The report notes that progress has been against a background of deep cuts to council funding. It calls for the government to reverse these budget declines in the forthcoming spending review to ensure that public health services continue to flourish and alleviate cost pressures on the NHS.

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  • Guidance for care of those with autism and learning disabilities

    8 March 2019

    NHS England has published new guidance for commissioners, NHS and independent health and social care providers supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both in secure hospital services. The document describes the experiences of people in secure services and their ideas on how best to support people in the community and avoid the need for secure services.

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