Potential Transmission of vCJD (BBC News)

Summary

The Commons Science and Technology Committee has asserted that the government has a too casual approach to the human form of mad cow disease. Roughly one in 2,000 people in the UK could be a carrier of vCJD.

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Reference

‘Casual attitude’ to vCJD warning. London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2014.

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Better Care Plans to Improve Dignity, Promote Independence and Reduce Hospital Admissions (Department of Health)

Summary

Up to £1 billion of the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund will be allocated to local areas for spending on out-of-hospital services.

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Reference

Better care plans to provide dignity, independence and reduce A&E admissions. London: Department of Health / Department for Communities and Local Government, July 5th 2014.

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Nutritional Care to Prevent Malnutrition Among Dementia Patients (Nursing Standard)

Summary

An estimated 1.3 million people over the age of 65 are believed to be malnourished in the UK. This article touches on steps to improve the nutritional status of patients at New Cross Hospital, among other related topics.

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Reference

Osborne, K. (2014). Identifying the nutritional needs of dementia patients is essential. Nursing Standard. July 16th 2014; 28(46): 14-5.

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Concerns Over Finances in Roughly One Third of NHS Trusts (BBC News / Audit Commission)

Summary

Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers given concerns about their financial sustainability. This follows an Audit Commission investigation of the 98 trusts which have not achieved foundation trusts status so far.

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Reference

Triggle, N. (2014). Rise in NHS trusts in financial difficulties. London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2014.

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Guidance for CCGs on Proactive Care Programme (NHS England)

Summary

NHS England’s guidance for CCGs about avoiding unplanned admissions is available. This enhanced service to reduce avoidable unplanned admissions operates by improving services for vulnerable patients and persons with complex physical or mental health needs.

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Reference

Proactive care programme: CCG support for implementation. Leeds: NHS England / GP Contracts, June 2014. Gateway Reference No. 01675.

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We Are Primary Care (Pharmacy Voice)

Summary

This document clarifies the roles of different primary care services for the general public, with a view to encouraging their use for all but the most serious emergencies. The role primary care in supporting public health is discussed.

“Pharmacy Voice has taken the initiative to work with colleagues in general practice, optical, dental and hearing health sectors to identify where collaborative work can take place to deliver better care for patients and to tackle health inequalities.”

The main contents page headings comprise:

  1. Executive summary.
  2. Policy background.
  3. We are Primary Care.
  4. Making every contact count.
  5. Improving access and choice.
  6. Community assets.
  7. Investing on innovation.
  8. Strategy for the future.

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Reference

We are primary care. London: Pharmacy Voice, July 2014.

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South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks (SECSCNs)

Summary

Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) are networks to improve health services for specific patient groups or conditions. They work in partnership with commissioners (including local government), and support strategic planning and commissioning decisions. Such networks work across commissioner, provider and voluntary sector boundaries.

SCNs aim to help reduce unwarranted variations in health and wellbeing services, encourage innovation in service provision, and provide clinical leadership and advice to inform local decision-making, strategic planning and best practice.

South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks (SECSCNs) support Kent, Surrey and Sussex. SECSCNs currently comprise four networks, concentrating on:

  1. Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions.
  2. Cancer.
  3. Cardiovascular (including Cardiac, Stroke, Renal and Diabetes).
  4. Maternity, Children and Young People.

Possibly of particular interest to readers is a one-page mental health, dementia and neurological conditions (MHDN) summary plan:

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Reference

Mental health, dementia and neurological conditions: plan on a page. Online: South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks, April 2014.

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