• Improving air quality

    16 November 2018

    This publication from Public Health England focuses on air pollution and discusses how local authorities have an important role in assessing and improving local air quality. It also considers how the cumulative effects of local action can be significant. It will be of particular value to local authority commissioners, directors of public health, environmental health officers, health and wellbeing boards, CCGs and health professionals.

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  • Feedback from people with personal health budgets

    16 November 2018

    NHS England commissioned an independent survey of people with a personal health budget (PHB) to understand their experience. Nearly nine in ten, 89%, said their personalised care and support plan reflected what mattered to them, 86% said they had achieved what they wanted as a result of their plan and 77% said they were likely to recommend a PHB/IPB. The review also showed scope for improving the information provided to those who were interested in a PHB and cutting the time taken to set one up.

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  • Report on regulations on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare

    16 November 2018

    The review sets out how far the requirements of the National Health Service (Cross-Border Healthcare) Regulations 2013 have been met.

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  • Cancer screening to be overhauled as part of NHS long term plan

    16 November 2018

    Professor Sir Mike Richards will lead a major overhaul of national cancer screening programmes as part of a renewed drive to improve care and save lives, NHS England has announced.

    Increasing early detection of cancers when they are easier to treat is at the heart of the NHS’s long term plan to upgrade services and make sure patients benefit from new technologies and treatments.

    Sir Mike, who was the NHS’s first cancer director and is a former CQC chief inspector of hospitals, will lead a review team to assess current screening programmes and recommend how they should be improved.

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  • Improving access and continuity in general practice

    14 November 2018

    A report by the Nuffield Trust sets out the evidence on continuity of care, its impact on clinical outcomes and wider health services, its importance to patients and GPs, and the relationship between improved access initiatives and continuity of care within general practice. The report aims to help providers, commissioners and policy-makers maximise the opportunities to improve continuity provided by the additional investment in primary care to support improved access. It examines how to achieve the optimal balance between these two dimensions of care when redesigning services for local populations.

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