Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) Winners Announced (NHS England)

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Forty six NHS organisations receive a share of the £2.5m Regional Innovation Fund (RIF). This fund is intended to help change patients’ lives and improve care through innovation. The winners of NHS England’s Regional Innovation Fund were announced by Chief Executive Simon Stevens, at the Managers in Partnership Conference 2014.

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Simon Stevens announces winners of £2.5m Regional Innovation Fund. London: NHS England, November 19th 2014.

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Tackling Long-Term Conditions: the Coalition for Collaborative Care (NHS England)

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More than 15 million people in the UK live with a long-term health condition. The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) was launched last week at the Future of Health Conference. This coalition of national groups and organisations aims to champion system-wide transformation in how people with long-term conditions receive and use care and support.

“This innovative new partnership will focus on re-framing the relationship between a person with long-term health conditions and the professionals supporting them. This allows the expertise of both to be used most effectively to help the person plan to manage their condition and maximise their well-being. It will draw strongly on the House of Care developed by the Year of Care Partnerships which highlights what is required to achieve person-centred coordinated care”.

Read more: NHS England. New alliance in social care and health launched.

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New alliance in social care and health launched. London: NHS England, November 21st 2014.

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Towards a new deal for people with long term conditions: Martin Routledge. London: NHS England, November 21st 2014.

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Intelligent Monitoring of Trusts Providing Mental Health Services (BBC News / CQC)

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked mental health NHS trusts in England to indicate their risk of providing poor care. About 12% (5 trusts) of the 39 mental health trusts are in band one indicating the highest level of risk, 16 are in band two, two are in band three and 16 are in band four (the best standard of care).

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Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care. London: BBC Health News, November 20th 2014.

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Read more: Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services. Care Quality Commission.

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Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 2014.

“We have placed each trust into a priority band from one highest perceived concern to four lowest perceived concern. While the bands will help us to decide which trusts to inspect first, they don’t represent a judgement or a ranking of care quality. We haven’t banded every trust”.

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Parity of Challenge for NHS Mental Health Services? (BBC News / RCN)

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Staff cuts and bed shortages, in the face of increasing demand, pose questions about the credibility of the NHS “parity of esteem” policy for mental health services.

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Nurses warn of mental health services strain. London: BBC Health News, November 23rd 2014.

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Dementia and Sight Loss Group: Eye Examinations for People With Dementia Factsheet (VISION 2020 UK)

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A new factsheet is available to improve public knowledge and supply information for people living with dementia and sight loss, their families and friends. The factsheet aims to improve the lives of individuals with both dementia and sight loss:

“This factsheet provides information on eye examinations for people with dementia. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals. There is also a factsheet about the issues people with dementia may have about wearing glasses which you may also find useful”.

The VISION 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group (DASLIG) includes representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society, RNIB, Thomas Pocklington Trust, the Macular Society, and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Read more: VISION 2020 UK.

This relates to the following MS Word format document:

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Eye examinations for people with dementia: factsheet. [London]: VISION 2020 UK; Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group (DASLIG), November 2014.

VISION 2020 UK has also produced a practical advice factsheet on issues people with dementia may experience concerning wearing glasses:

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Wearing glasses with dementia: factsheet. [London]: VISION 2020 UK; Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group (DASLIG), November 2014.

Eye Care Commissioning Guidance (UK Vision Strategy)

Guidance on eye care commissioning from the UK Vision Strategy Commissioning for Effectiveness and Efficiency (CEE) Project has been launched at the Commissioning LIVE Conference in Manchester in November 2014.

“The guidance brings together learning from the CEE project and is accompanied by a suite of support tools to assist commissioners, local government partners, Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNS) and partnerships to plan and deliver eye care services that maximise the best possible outcomes for their local communities”.

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Driving local change for effective and efficient eyecare services: sharing our learning from the Commissioning for Effectiveness and Efficiency (CEE) Project. [London]: UK Vision Strategy, November 2014.

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Infographic on Hearing Loss and Dementia (MD Hearing Aid / Digital Third Coast / JAMA / Neuropsychology / Archives of Neurology)

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Hearing loss is thought to be a contributing factor to dementia. Hearing loss has some symptoms in common with dementia and can be misdiagnosed. The following resource from the United States presents a simplified (“infographic”) examination of the possible links and similarities between these conditions.

“A recent longitudinal study at Johns Hopkins suggests that for those over 60 over one-third of the risk of developing dementia including Alzheimer’s could be attributable to hearing loss”.

Read more: The Link Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. MDHearingAid.

Some related articles, available freely:

Lin, FR. (2012) Hearing loss in older adults: who’s listening? JAMA. March 21st 2012; 307(11): 1147-8. Full Text Link.

Lin, FR. Ferrucci, L. [and] Metter, EJ. [et al] (2011). Hearing loss and cognition in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Neuropsychology. November 2011; 25(6): 763-70. Full Text Link.

Lin, FR. Metter, EJ. [and] O’Brien, RJ. [et al] (2011). Hearing loss and incident dementia. Archives of Neurology. February 2011; 68(2): 214-20. Full Text Link.

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