NICE: Hospitals should refer patients with suspected COPD to GP-led spirometry
GPs should consider spirometry testing for patients who are incidentally found to have signs of COPD on a chest X-ray or CT scan. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Multi-million pound fund to help tackle the disability employment gap launched
The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that aims to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Making Every Contact Count (MECC): practical resources
Public Health England has updated documents that support the local implementation and evaluation of MECC activity and the development of training resources. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmacy organisations to highlight to MPs the importance of community pharmacy
National pharmacy organisations and LPCs will come together in Parliament on 17 July to highlight the role that community pharmacy can play in helping people to support people with long-term conditions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A red bag: a simple change packing a difference
The innovative red bag scheme is helping to provide a better care experience for care home residents by improving communication between care homes and hospitals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Identification of carers in GP practices – a good practice document
Around one in ten patients in every GP practice will be a carer. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An introduction to the Public Health Dashboard
The Public Health Dashboard (PHD) aims to support local decision-making by bringing existing comparative data into one place and making it accessible and meaningful to a wide audience. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How is innovation making a difference in the NHS?
Dr Amanda Begley, national director of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, discusses new technologies and innovative solutions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Matt Hancock writes about his admiration for the NHS and its staff
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care sets out his ambitions for the future of the NHS and talks about the potential of technology to improve healthcare. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Polypharmacy: getting our medicines right
Draft guidance from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society outlines the size of the challenge of problematic polypharmacy and highlights the work being done to address it. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Insights for the digital future of nursing
A report from the Royal College of Nursing outlines the results of a consultation with nurses and midwives on what is needed for nursing to play its full part in the digital transformation of health care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How do you know your council is doing all it can to improve mental health?
A briefing from the Local Government Association highlights the role that local government can play in the promotion of good mental health in individuals and communities. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Be clear on cancer: blood in pee campaign
Public Health England will re-run the be clear on cancer: blood in pee campaign from 19 July to 23 September 2018. The aim is to raise public awareness of visible haematuria, a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer and encourage those who notice this symptom to see their GP without delay. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Leader as coach
Using coaching techniques in the workplace can support effective team management by increasing the motivation and confidence of individuals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Friends and family test data – May 2018
NHS England has published the friends and family test data for May 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New advice to help employers deal with domestic abuse and stigma
Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community have published a new toolkit to help employers support workers affected by domestic abuse. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CCG 360 ° stakeholder survey 2017/18
The report on the national findings of the CCG 360 ⁰ stakeholder survey 2017/18 is available on NHS England's website. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Integrated urgent care key performance indicators and quality standards 2018
A document from NHS England outlines the integrated urgent care (IUC) key performance indicators (KPI) and other standards which commissioners must apply to the service and aims to replace the out of hours national quality requirements. It must be read in conjunction with the IUC minimum data set specification (2017) and the IUC service specification (2017). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CCG assessment results 2017/18
The 2017/18 performance assessment of each CCG can be found on the NHS England website. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Breaking the cycle of despair: the support practices really need
National policy is focused on strengthening general practice – both as a critical service in its own right and as an essential part of emerging integrated care systems. The reality on the ground is often at odds with the national vision, either because promised funding is slow to get through or because practices are too busy keeping the show on the road to worry about the luxury of improvement. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An economic analysis of flu vaccination
A report published by International Longevity Centre – UK presents findings from a new economic model of the costs and benefits of flu vaccination in England using recent efficacy data. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Financial sustainability of local authorities
A report from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts finds that local authorities are under real strain after seven years of government funding reductions totalling nearly 50 per cent and rising demand for services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer drug for children recommended after becoming cost effective for NHS patients
Seriously ill children battling high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mainly affects children and young people, are to be offered a drug which has potential to extend their lives. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Measles outbreaks across England
Public Health England is advising the public to ensure they have had two doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed across England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS publishes guidance to help trusts learn from deaths
The NHS has published guidance to help trusts work with bereaved families and carers. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work
Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More people to be given dye to highlight brain tumours to surgeons say NICE
Hundreds of patients a year set to benefit from roll out of dye to all of England ’s neurosurgical units. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Top GP will help spread innovations to join up NHS health and social care
A specialist GP has been appointed to help spread NHS innovations which integrate health and social care throughout England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Homes that help: a personal and professional perspective on home adaptations
This report summarises the findings of a primary research project exploring the lived experiences of individuals who use home adaptations, and practitioners who work alongside them. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

See the light: improving capacity in NHS eye care in England
This report outlines solutions to the current capacity issues in eye care services in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP partnership review: key lines of enquiry, call for evidence
Setting out the current lines of thinking and asking for evidence ahead of a review to examine the challenges facing the GP partnership model. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dealing with difficult people and situations – courageous conversations
The session looks at workplace challenges and fears, what causes stress in these difficult situations, and how to cope with them. We discuss how to build personal resilience and develop assertiveness skills, followed by a session on courageous conversations – things to consider and top tips. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD
Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening checks and audits
Guidance from Public Health England outlines the checks that are needed at each stage of pregnancy to ensure the individual moves seamlessly and safely through the pathway. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Evidence-based interventions consultation
A consultation seeks views on a programme to reduce the delivery of clinically ineffective interventions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

£10 million research competition launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The competition aims to encourage the development of innovative scientific approaches to stopping antimicrobial resistance and for infection control and prevention. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Practical tools for problem-solving
Professionals at every level need to find solutions to problems – practical solutions that can be justified and implemented. Although the context and content of our problems may be unique, it is likely that somebody has had this sort of problem before. Don’t waste valuable time reinventing the wheel. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The health and social care interface
A report from the National Audit Office presents and discusses 16 challenges to improved joint working. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Everybody active, every day: framework for physical activity
A framework from Public Health England is a national, evidence-based approach to support all sectors to embed physical activity into daily life. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Multi-million pound investment in new ambulances for the NHS
256 state-of-the-art ambulances are to be funded by a £36.3 million investment from government as part of the long-term plan for the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in England
This report presents the findings of the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Primary care networks: The building blocks of an integrated care system
A case study explores how primary care contributes to integrated care systems (ICSs) It looks at the benefits of working in primary care networks to provide more joined-up care for patients and to reduce pressures on the general practice workforce. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands of patients to benefit from innovative new treatments on the NHS
Stroke-reducing heart implants and a life changing surgical procedure for children with cerebral palsy are among a host of new treatments that will now be routinely available on the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hopes of collaborative leadership depend on including patients
One thing the NHS has failed to do in its 70 year history, despite a torrent of rhetoric and regular promises, is to involve patients effectively in the commissioning and delivery of services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England
The NHS Confederation is calling for a national conversation about what we want and can expect from the health service in England over the next 10 years. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Call for evidence on approach to loneliness strategy
The government is asking organisations with expertise and experience in tackling loneliness to provide views on the strategy framework being developed. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Around 1.6 million fewer adult smokers in England in six years
The number of adult smokers in England has dropped by around 1.6m between 2011 and 2017, official figures released by NHS Digital, Public Health England and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health charity backs call for mental health checks for new mothers
Funding GPs to offer a separate 10-minute postnatal check-up would identify more women who are experiencing mental health problems after the birth of a child. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Help to write the winning bid
General practices and other primary care providers can no longer rely on their core contracts for a sustainable income. Writing bids and responding to tenders is an art that requires a mixture of keen attention to detail, absolute clarity and persuasion. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Major health benefits from strengthening and balance activity
An evidence review commissioned by Public Health England and the Centre for Ageing Better has found that muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities continue to have great health benefits for all adults, including older adults aged 65 years and over. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news