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GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for
Online GP consultation systems may not be the silver bullet for reducing GP workload and patient waiting times that government policymakers are hoping for, NIHR-funded research from the University of Bristol has found. These systems offer the potential to revolutionise use of primary care, but only with careful implementation and effective marketing, the researchers concluded. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Delving into the detail of Brexit in a devolved nation
The head of the Welsh NHS Confederation throws the spotlight on the implications of Brexit in Wales and why alarm bells have been sounded over its ability to maintain responsibility for health and care in a post-Brexit UK Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit Welsh budget ‘a missed opportunity for patient care’ Patient access to GPs in Wales has soared Rise in ‘at risk’ GP practices in Wales Wales sees 400% increase in surgical waiting times (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exclusive: Multiple CCGs consider minimum waiting times
An increasing number of clinical commissioning groups are considering the introduction of controversial minimum waiting times for “non urgent” NHS procedures, despite clinical and legal concerns, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commissioners U-turn on controversial 12 week minimum waits
One of the NHS’s largest clinical commissioning groups is set to ditch a controversial policy enforcing 12 week minimum waiting times for adults needing “non-urgent” treatment – just two months after setting out the plan. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors express concerns over new GP consultation app
RCGP says ‘GP at hand’ service could create twin-track general practice Related items fromOnMedica NHS pilots medical advice smartphone app Hunt promises to expand NHS digital services Week-long waiting times to see a GP could rise sharply Demand for seven-day GP services will grow with time GPs should offer more online services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS pressures: future trends
A BMA analysis of NHS admissions and waiting times data estimates that emergency department attendances could increase to 24m between October 2017 and September 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An elderly fall detection using a wrist-worn accelerometer and barometer - Jatesiktat P, Wei Tech Ang.
As the world population is growing toward an aging society, elderly fall becomes a serious problem. Automatic fall detection and alert systems could shorten their waiting time after a fall and mitigate its physical and mental negative consequences. This wo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Young people struggling to get 'timely support' for mental health
Problems with disconnected health services and long waiting times are negatively impacting children and young people's ability to access specialist mental health services, according to a CQC report. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

CQC says mental health services for children must improve
Report reveals long waiting times and patchy access to services across England Related items fromOnMedica Mental health first aid campaign announced to mark World Mental Health Day Why a career in mental health nursing is not 'just a job ’ Child mental health care needs revamping across the EU Antidepressant use in children rises 12% in a year Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Young people 'not receiving mental health care they need'
Children are facing long waiting times and unequal access to mental health services, a report says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's health 'is not improving', auditors warn
Audit Scotland's annual report on NHS Scotland lists concerns over missed targets, waiting times and funding. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Treatment Waiting Times Continue to Surge As KZN Cancer Services Fail
[Bhekisisa] Watch how waiting times for life-saving cancer treatment has grown as KwaZulu-Natal's cancer services crumble. As the crisis grows, patients wait longer and longer for treatment. This information comes from the SAHRC's report but Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in KwaZulu-Natal Imran Keeka says he doubts the veracity of the information. Keeka alleges the data does not reflect patient backlogs at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital fuelled by a breakdown of treatment machines at Addington Hos (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: When it comes to rewards, the brain prefers not to wait
Decision-making is partly controlled by reward pathways. Recent research examines how waiting time affects this dopamine-based system. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

NHS surgery waits run into years in Northern Ireland
Waiting times are increasing as the health services struggles to cope, figures obtained by the BBC reveal. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Tracker
The NHS is under unprecedented pressure, with rising numbers of patients needing hospital care. Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Check the key targets in your area
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A & E staff
But millions more flu jabs and hundreds more A&E doctors ‘fail to address root causes’ of NHS crisis, BMA warns Related items fromOnMedica Emergency care struggling to guarantee safest care for all high-risk patients GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts miss NHS England A&E performance milestone
Trusts have fallen short of NHS England’s first milestone towards hitting the national emergency performance waiting time target, official figures reveal today. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting time data collection from general practices
NHS England has commissioned the North of England Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) to collect data to improve understanding of waiting times in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Frailty linked to higher rate of perioperative morbidity
Consider frailty rather than age when selecting patients for ambulatory elective surgery Related items fromOnMedica Surgery waiting times could double by 2020 Frail elderly at greatest risk after trauma surgery GPs urged to collaborate more with geriatricians Give frail patients tailored cardiac rehabilitation, urge experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Changes to cancer waiting times system and dataset
NHS England is planning changes to the cancer waiting times (CWT) system and dataset, which will come into effect from April 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Mapping Hepatitis in Kenya Shows Where Action Is Needed
[The Conversation Africa] A study of the different kinds of hepatitis in Kenya showed areas where the government can focus its efforts to prevent infections. One of the findings was a surprise - giving adults the Hepatitis vaccination has been ignored. This is a waiting time bomb, and an area for action that could have been overlooked. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions
However, GPs in emergency departments may increase rates of prescribing of antibiotics Related items fromOnMedica Doctors told to halve inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by 2020 Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ No evidence to back mantra that patients need to complete antibiotic course New test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria GP antibiotic prescribing falling faster than ever (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study reveals benefits of having GPs in Emergency Departments
(University of Liverpool) A new study from the University of Liverpool provides evidence that locating a General Practitioner (GP) in a hospital emergency department (ED) can reduce waiting times and admissions, but may increases antibiotic prescribing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Welsh budget ‘a missed opportunity for patient care’
Agreement fails to invest in general practice Related items fromOnMedica What lies ahead for healthcare in Wales in 2017 and beyond? Patient access to GPs in Wales has soared GP training place numbers rise in Wales Rise in ‘at risk’ GP practices in Wales Wales sees 400% increase in surgical waiting times (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Russian scientist finds a new way to predict cancer development
(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Aleksey V. Belikov, a scientist from the MIPT Laboratory of Innovative Medicine and Agrobiotechnology, used the publicly available data on 20 million cancer cases and examined 16 probability distributions, finding that the incidence of 20 most prevalent cancer types in relation to patients' age closely follows the Erlang probability distribution, which is widely used in telecommunications for incoming call simulations. Notably, it is the only probability distribution that describes the waiting time for several random events, such as DNA mutations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Patient 12-hour plus waits in A & E spike in five years
Rise from 15 patients to 1,597 breaking the 12-hour target Related items fromOnMedica NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows GPs have limited role in relieving winter A&E pressure Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive A&E waits worsening Waiting times in A&E show signs of improvement (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Access and waiting times in children and young people's mental health services
This report examines new data on access to specialist treatment for children and young people with mental health problems and the waiting times they face. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting list over 4 million for a second month
Waiting times remained stubbornly close to 20 weeks at the end of July, the 17th consecutive breach of the 18 week target (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Access and waiting times in children and young people's mental health services
This report includes the results of a freedom of information request to providers of specialist child and adolescent mental health services to explore access and waiting times for young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Moves to Decrease Waiting Time for Patients
[Premium Times] The Federal Government has been urged to provide adequate medical staff, infrastructure and staff training as part of the strategy to reduce the waiting time a patient spends in the hospital before seeing a doctor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Managing risk in health and care this winter: update
This report assesses NHS planning for the upcoming winter season and finds whilst the level of planning and support is more developed than last year, the system still requires emergency funding to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers warns that a failure to make an emergency investment of £ 200- £ 350 million will lead to longer patient waiting times and increased patient safety risks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce shortage delays mental health safety checks
The Care Quality Commission has increased pay for doctors carrying out essential safeguarding visits for mental health patients after a workforce shortage resulted in waiting time targets being missed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales sees 400% increase in surgical waiting times
Waiting times stressful for staff and patients Related items fromOnMedica 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows More than 4 million patients now waiting for treatment Shortage of critical beds and surgeons cause cancelled ops NHS pressures could cause staff ‘burnout’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Open gym' format shortens waiting time for cardiac rehab
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Changing from scheduled appointments to an 'open gym' format can reduce waiting times for cardiac rehabilitation, reports a study in the September/October issue of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New chief of struggling trust 'not shying away' from challenges
Portsmouth Hospitals Trust will start using a new acute medical model next month in a bid to improve emergency waiting times at the beleaguered provider. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Elective care: model access policy.
This document provides guidance and support for the production of elective access policies. The policy aims to ensure all patients requiring access to outpatient appointments, diagnostics and elective inpatient or day-case treatment are managed in line with national waiting time standards and the NHS Constitution. The policy should not be copied and pasted verbatim as there are elements in it which require reviewing and amending to reflect local arrangements (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wheelchair services data collection: Q1 2017/18 data
NHS England has published wheelchair data for April to June 2017, which shows that waiting times continue to reduce slightly. As part of efforts to improve data quality CCGs are reminded of the data quality notes for identifying opportunities to improve submissions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Patient Journey: A Tool for Market Access?
What is a patient journey, and why does it matter so much for market access? Should the healthcare profession be focusing more on the patient journey, and what benefit would that have for future sufferers?These are critical questions, especially given that the patient journey is an invaluable tool in: Developing action plans to address issues faced by patients during treatment Rolling out patient support programs Communicating the potential benefits of a given product to increase its value among customers or stakeholders.The ‘patient journey’ is the complete story of a patient's experience in the healthca...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Behsad Zomorodi Source Type: news

The Patient Journey: A Tool for Market Access?
What is a patient journey, and why does it matter so much for market access? Should the healthcare profession be focusing more on the patient journey, and what benefit would that have for future sufferers?These are critical questions, especially given that the patient journey is an invaluable tool in: Developing action plans to address issues faced by patients during treatment Rolling out patient support programs Communicating the potential benefits of a given product to increase its value among customers or stakeholders.The ‘patient journey’ is the complete story of a patient's experience in the healthca...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Behsad Zomorodi Source Type: news

Navigating South Korea ’s Healthcare Paradox
In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest among our pharmaceutical clients in conducting research in South Korea. Some emerging market analysts have suggested a ‘K’ should be added to BRIC, reflecting the country’s burgeoning economic status and its increasingly inclusion in global studies, not just regional Asia Pacific or emerging market studies. Indeed, there is ongoing debate about whether South Korea can still be considered ‘emerging’ as it i s a growing player in the pharmaceutical industry in its own right.   As well as looking at South Korea ’s health...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Developing trusted assessment schemes: essential elements
This guide describes how hospitals, primary and community care and local councils could implement trusted assessment to effectively and safely reduce the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trusted assessor scheme can reduce delays to transfers of care
Trusted assessors can reduce the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital, according to NHS Improvement. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates
New quicker approach to treatment cuts waiting times for surgery, and reduces cost to the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Secret’ plans for major NHS cuts called out by the BMA
In an announcement released today, the BMA warns plans for severe funding cuts could have ‘serious consequences’ for hospitals and GP surgeries, including longer waiting times and even closuresHide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - July 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Carolyn Wickware Tags: Finance Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Richards: NHS must protect waiting times and access to treatment
The NHS must protect waiting times for planned treatment and maintain access to evidence-based care despite ongoing austerity, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals has insisted. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'No evidence of fraud' at foundation trust
NHS Protect has found no evidence of fraud at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust, after it was accused of deliberately manipulating waiting times figures (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health providers should adopt ‘quality improvement’
20 July 2017Mental health providers should adopt quality improvement to improve patient care, anew report from The King's Fund finds.  Quality improvement, the continual change of services through testing, measuring, reviewing and refining, is becoming increasingly common in NHS organisations. But the report finds that while mental health providers are increasingly adopting this approach in individual teams or services, more need to do this across their organisations.The report finds that quality improvement can affect both quality and efficiency of care. This includes reducing lengths of stay, waiting times, bed...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news