Timely Reflections on Dementia Awareness (NHS England)

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Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, marks National Dementia Awareness Week.

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Great strides are being made in dementia awareness – Professor Alistair Burns. London: NHS England, May 20th 2016.

Further elaboration, under the NHS England Mental Health section:

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Great strides are being made in dementia awareness – Professor Alistair Burns. London: NHS England, May 20th 2016.

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Researchers Advise Use of Aspirin Immediately After Minor Strokes (BBC News / Lancet)

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The benefits of taking aspirin immediately after a mini or minor stroke, to prevent or limit harm, have been hugely under-estimated.

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Mundasad, S. (2016). ‘Immediate aspirin’ advice for minor stroke.  London: BBC Health News, May 19th 2016.

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Brimelow, A. (2016). Take aspirin immediately after a minor stroke, say researchers.  London: BBC Health News, May 19th 2016.

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Rothwell, PM. Algra, A [and] Chen, Z. [et al] (2016). Effects of aspirin on risk and severity of early recurrent stroke after transient ischaemic attack and ischaemic stroke: time-course analysis of randomised trials. Lancet. May 18th 2016. [Epub ahead of print].

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Hankey, GJ. (2016). The benefits of aspirin in early secondary stroke prevention. Lancet. May 18th 2016. [Epub ahead of print].

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Leading Change, Adding Value (NHS England)

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The Chief Nursing Officer for England has launched NHS England’s “Leading Change, Adding Value” framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff. It is based upon ten commitments, which comprise [quotation]:

  1. We will promote a culture where improving the population’s health is a core component of the practice of all nursing, midwifery and care staff.
  2. We will increase the visibility of nursing and midwifery leadership and input in prevention.
  3. We will work with individuals, families and communities to equip them to make informed choices and manage their own health.
  4. We will be centred on individuals experiencing high value care.
  5. We will work in partnership with individuals, their families, carers and others important to them.
  6. We will actively respond to what matters most to our staff and colleagues.
  7. We will lead and drive research to evidence the impact of what we do.
  8. We will have the right education, training and development to enhance our skills, knowledge and understanding.
  9. We will have the right staff in the right places and at the right time.
  10. We will champion the use of technology and informatics to improve practice, address unwarranted variations and enhance outcomes.

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The 10 Commitments – Professor Jane Cummings. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016.

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Nursing, midwifery and care staff should lead change, says England’s Chief Nursing Officer. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016.

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Leading Change, Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff. [May 2016]. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016. Gateway Publication Reference No. 05247.

The “All Our Health” Framework

The above report makes frequent reference to the “All Our Health” framework. This may be found here:

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All Our Health: about the framework. London: Public Health England, April 1st 2015.

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Record Levels of NHS Trust Deficits (BBC News)

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Hospitals and other NHS trusts have announced record combined financial deficits, well in excess of £2 billion. A whistleblower has alleged dubious accounting procedures, in the form of unorthodox “financial alchemy”, to disguise the true level of deficits.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Huge hospital overspend to be revealed. London: BBC Health News, May 20th 2016.

65% of the 240 trusts are in deficit. Nearly 90 % of hospitals have reported end-of-year deficits. Hospital trusts account for an overspend of £2.6 billion (on a budget of £56.1 billion). Deficits could impact on waiting times and care quality.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Patients ‘could suffer’ as NHS trusts bust budgets. London: BBC Health News, May 20th 2016.

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Pym, H. (2016). NHS deficits and the struggle to balance the books. London: BBC Health News, May 20th 2016.

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Improving Integration of Carer Support: Toolkit To Assist Identification and Assessment of Carer Health and Wellbeing (NHS England)

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NHS England, in cooperation with numerous partners, has produced a new “Integrated Approach to Identifying and Assessing Carer Health and Wellbeing” toolkit. This is the latest component of their ongoing Commitment to Carers.

The toolkit includes a template Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to assist local partners in working together when supporting carers.

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Commitment to Carers – improving carer health and wellbeing. London: NHS England, May 17th 2016.

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Carers toolkit. London [Online]: NHS England, May 2016.

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An integrated approach to identifying and assessing carer health and wellbeing. Leeds: NHS England Patient Experience Team, May 16th 2016. Gateway Publication Reference No. 05231.

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Care is where the home is – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu. London: NHS England, May 17th 2016.

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Relentless Increase in Numbers of Older Carers (BBC News / Age UK / Department of Health)

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The number of people aged 80 or older who are relied on to act as unpaid carers has increased by roughly 40% in the past seven years. An ageing population, combined with a shortage of state / local authority care provision, has resulted in around one person in seven people in their 80s providing unpaid care for family or friends.

The number of carers among the “oldest old” currently numbers 417,000; whereas in 2009 there were an estimated 301,000 in the same category. Most of these carers perform caring roles willingly, but they require more support according to the charity Age UK. The efforts of these carers save the health and care system an estimated £5.9 billion per year.

“ …over half (144,000) of carers in this age group who are caring for someone in their home are doing so for more than 35 hours a week, while a further 156,000 are caring for more than 20 hours a week. As our population continues to age it is estimated that there will be more than 760,000 carers aged 80 and beyond by 2030”. Age UK.

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‘Hidden army’ of carers in their 80s, says Age UK. London: BBC Health News, May 18th 2016.

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Invisible army of oldest carers saving state billions. London [Online]: Age UK, May 18th 2016.

Department of Health’s “Call For Evidence” Regarding a National Carers Strategy

The Department of Health Carers Strategy Call For Evidence is asking for feedback about how to better support carers (of all ages).

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Hunter, T. (2016). Recognition and support must go hand in hand for unpaid carers. London: Department of Health, April 29th 2016.

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Investigations Into Increasing Use and Awareness of Assistive Technology in Dementia Care (BMJ Open)

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Qualitative research explores the views of general practitioners (GPs), people with dementia and their carers concerning the uses of assistive technology in dementia care. This study, based on community care settings in the North East of England, identifies four main themes: (i) awareness and experience of assistive technology, (ii) access to information using assistive technology, (iii) roles and responsibilities in the care system and (iv) recommendations for the future commissioning of assistive technology services.

All participants used assistive technology in practice. People with dementia and their families usually work from personal experience, without guidance from health and social care professionals. GPs’ knowledge tends largely to follow patient-led learning. It appears that people with dementia and their family carers are themselves primarily responsible for the gradual increase in awareness and use of assistive technology in dementia care, presently.

The authors identify a need for clearer information pathways for assistive technology; these are perceived to be essential for service providers and service commissioners. GPs require a better appreciation of the potential of assistive technology to ensure families living with dementia receive appropriate information and support. The authors urge simplification of complex community care pathways, recommending a single point of access with a named lead professional to help coordinate care.

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Newton, L. Dickinson, C. [and] Gibson, G. [et al] (2016). Exploring the views of GPs, people with dementia and their carers on assistive technology: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. May 13th 2016, Vol.6(5), e011132. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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