This year, as well as the annual delights of year-end reporting, QOF, DSP and the day job, practice managers have been told to get on with forming primary care networks (PCNs).
“Told” because “working at scale” is no longer just a helpful suggestion but a matter of policy. Participation of individual practices is officially optional, but as there are going to be financial incentives for working in networks – and diminishing prospects for those who chose to rely on the core contract – the element of choice is more limited than it may appear.
A report from an older people’s charity brings together public data about work and finances, housing, health and communities. It reveals big differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or their sex or ethnicity. Today’s least well-off over 50s face far greater challenges than their wealthier peers and are more likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill health.
NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence have published a guide to help practitioners prepare for a planned admission and or discharge from inpatient mental health services. It covers planning for admission, preparing for discharge, care and support after discharge, crisis planning, and information and support for parents and carers.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new academic prize for students of specialist nursing programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Ellen Mary Memorial Prize is available for students of the specialist practice qualification in general practice nursing. The prize is available at every university that offers the NMC-approved course.
Each university is invited to nominate the student in each academic year who has demonstrated the most outstanding achievement during the period of study. The criteria to assess the student’s outstanding achievement are determined by the university faculty.
In 2018 Professor Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director, was asked to carry out a clinical review of standards across the NHS, with the aim of determining whether patients would be well served by updating and supplementing some of the older targets currently in use. In this interim report, Professor Powis sets out his recommendations.