Community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced a new programme of funding for nurse-led projects to improve patient care. The theme of the funding programme is improving the healthcare of people living with frailty.
The charity is seeking ten projects led by nurses in the community to receive up to £5000 each. The project leaders will also receive a year-long programme of professional development from the QNI. The funding is available for nurses working in community and primary care settings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applications must be received by 31 January 2019 and the chosen projects will start in April and run for 12 months.
A national public consultation has been launched on proposals to update and review commissioning guidance about items that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care. In the majority of cases there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives available. CCGs are asked to engage with their local communities on these proposals where they have not already taken action in this area.
New guidance that comes into effect next April supports CCGs to decide when certain interventions should be commissioned and offered. It covers 17 interventions featured in a consultation earlier this year including surgery to prevent snoring and hand surgery for sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome. All are procedures that should not be offered routinely or to every patient. The guidance includes detailed criteria for deciding when interventions should be offered.
Hundreds of thousands of people will receive NHS help to battle obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to NHS England.
Very low calorie diets that have been shown to put type 2 diabetes in remission in those recently diagnosed with the condition will be trialled as part of the NHS long term plan.
According to figures published by Diabetes UK, 6,836 children and young adults have been reported to have type 2 diabetes in England and Wales – only around 10% of which are receiving care in paediatric diabetes units. Most of the rest are treated in general practice.