Compliance with Monitor’s Integrated Care Requirements (Monitor)

Summary

Monitor has issued online advice to help commissioners, providers of healthcare services and health and wellbeing boards to comply with their integrated care obligations.

Read more: Integrated care: how to comply with Monitor’s requirements.

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Integrated care: how to comply with Monitor’s requirements. London: Monitor, July 28th 2014.

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Complying with Monitor’s integrated care requirements: guidance. London: Monitor, July 28th 2014.

The main section headings in this online guidance comprise:

  1. General.
  2. Licensed providers.
  3. Unlicensed providers.
  4. Provider appraisal and regulation.
  5. The payment system.
  6. Commissioning and contracting.
  7. Competition.
  8. Choice.
  9. Collaboration (including information-sharing).
  10. Structural integration.
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Improving Access to Post-Diagnosis Care and Support (Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)

Summary

The Secretary of State for Health has written to health and wellbeing boards and local authorities, encouraging collaborative working with local NHS employees to increase awareness of dementia and diagnosis rates, and to improve all aspects of support for persons diagnosed with dementia and for their carers.

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Jeremy Hunt urges health and wellbeing boards to help improve dementia care and support. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, July 30th 2014.

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Hunt, J. (2014). Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia [Letter to health and wellbeing boards, and to local authorities]. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, July 16th 2014.

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Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults (USPSTF)

Summary

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for cognitive impairment / dementia have been updated.

USPSTF concludes that the evidence remains insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms regarding screening for cognitive impairment in community-dwelling adults older than 65 years and currently showing no signs of cognitive impairment.

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Moyer, VA; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2014) Screening for cognitive impairment in older adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Annals of Internal Medicine. June 3rd 2014; 160(11): 791-7.

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Mapping UK Demographic Changes (ILC-UK)

Summary

The International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) has released a second summary “factpack” of statistics about a number of topics relating to the UK’s elderly. Projections indicate that future generations of pensioners face a poorer financial future unless the long-term challenges of working age poverty are overcome.

“In 2012/13, pensioner households were less likely to be on a low income than households with working age adults or households with children. This marks a stark contrast to 15 years ago when low incomes were far more prevalent across pension households than working age ones”.

Read more: Factpack: Version 2. International Longevity Centre – UK.

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Mapping demographic change: a factpack of statistics from the International Longevity Centre – UK. London: International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK), July 17th 2014.

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Movement Towards Better Understanding, Respect and Support for People With Dementia (BSI / Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)

Summary

The British Standards Institute (BSI) and Alzheimer’s Society are working jointly to codify a standard benchmark for all communities wishing to work towards becoming dementia-friendly. The aim of PAS 1365 is to define exactly what constitutes a dementia friendly community; this will outline how communities can work to become dementia friendly and help establish a minimum level of standardisation. 63 towns and cities have committed to work towards achieving dementia-friendly community status.

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Number of English communities working to become Dementia Friendly triples expectations. London: British Standards Institute (BSI), July 28th 2014.

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More than 60 communities sign up to become dementia friendly. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, July 28th 2014.

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Neurophysiological Hub of Pessimism and Depression? (BBC News / PNAS / Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience)

Summary

Researchers may have identified an area of the brain involved in the prediction of things about to go wrong or end unpleasantly. The habenula might be involved in depression; hyperactivity in this brain region may be associated with the pessimism found in depression.

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Mundasad, S. (2014). ‘Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression’. London: BBC Health News, July 29th 2014.

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Lawson, RP. Seymour, B. [and] Loh, E. [et al] (2014). The habenula encodes negative motivational value associated with primary punishment in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. July 28th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].

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Tomaiuolo, M. Gonzalez, C. [and] Medina, JH. [et al] (2014). Lateral Habenula determines long-term storage of aversive memories. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, May 13th 2014, 8, pp.170. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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How Primary Care Could Help Reduce Emergency Admissions (University of Bristol / NIHR / BMJ Open)

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Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care reviewed the international evidence about how GPs might help reduce attendances at emergency departments. They have discovered that seeing the same GP each time patients visit their doctor’s surgery appears to be one effective measure. Several other evidence-based recommendations are presented in their report.

“Other factors that also affect admission and attendances at emergency departments are: how easy it is for patients to access GP surgeries and primary care providers; the distance the patients live away from the emergency department; and the number of confusing options patients had for accessing emergency care”.

Read more: Bristol University. Seeing the same GP is good for your health.

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Huntley, A. Wye, L. [and] England, H. [et al] (2014). Primary care factors and unscheduled secondary care: a series of systematic reviews. Bristol: University of Bristol Centre for Academic Primary Care / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), July 2014.

Emergency admissions among people with long-term conditions, which could often be managed in primary care, cost the NHS £1.42 billion annually according to a King’s Fund data briefing. This figure might be reduced by up to 18% through investment in primary and community-based services.

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Huntley, A. Lasserson, D. Wye, L. [et al]. Which features of primary care affect unscheduled secondary care use? A systematic review. BMJ Open. May 23rd 2014. , Vol.4(5), pp.e004746. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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