Concerning the Proposed Commission on the Future of NHS and Social Care (BBC News / House of Commons Library)

Summary

Earlier this year, the former health secretaries / ministers Stephen Dorrell, Alan Milburn and Norman Lamb proposed creating a cross-party commission to review the future of the NHS and social care in England. Both systems are commonly said to face “existential crises” which transcend party politics, mostly due to rising demand for services relative to funding and capacity.

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Cross-party review ‘needed for health and care’. London: BBC Health News, January 6th 2016.

The following information pack was prepared to support debate concerning an independent (cross-party) commission to examine the future of the NHS and social care systems. It covers press articles, parliamentary material and links to further reading.

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Adcock, A. Powell, T. [and] Bate, A. [et al] (2016). The NHS and a social care commission. Debate Pack. London: House of Commons Library, January 26th 2016. Commons Debate Pack; Number CDP 2016/0025.

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European Medicines Agency Consultation on Pharmacological Treatments for Dementia (EMA)

Summary

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released an updated draft guideline on medicines for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia, for consultative feedback.

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Consultation on revised guideline on medicines to treat Alzheimer’s disease. [Online]: European Medicines Agency, February 1st 2016.

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Draft guideline on the clinical investigation of medicines for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. London: European Medicines Agency; Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), [January 28th 2016] February 1st 2016.

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Care Home Residents’ Access to GPs For Basic Health Care: Far Sighted or Short Sighted GP Contract Changes? (BBC News)

Summary

Care home residents are generally 50% more likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency than other older persons, and might be expected to be a high priority for primary care.

Paradoxically, there are reports that GPs have voted to stop visiting care homes unless more money becomes available. They want responsibility for care home residents to funded as a distinct, separate and in future “additional” part of their contract.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Care homes and the NHS: The silent scandal? London: BBC Health News, February 1st 2016.

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Raising Awareness of Young Carers (NHS England / Carers Trust)

Summary

Young Carers Awareness Day (January 28th 2016), was mentioned this year by NHS England.

“A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Young adult carers are young people aged 16 – 25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or addiction”. (Carers Trust).

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Thank you for today – Jane Cummings. [Online]: NHS England, January 28th 2016.

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Abi’s Story…life as a young carer. [Online]: NHS England, January 29th 2016.

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Fifteen Minute Visits for Personal Care Remain (BBC News / Unison)

Summary

Research by the union Unison has identified the persistence of 15-minute home care visits, which are too short for all but the most minimal “flying visits”. Such short home care visits are acceptable, for example, when dropping by to ensure a client has taken medication, but they are widely recognised as being hopelessly inadequate for help with washing, dressing or eating.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Short home care visits ‘plague system’. London: BBC Health News, January 29th 2016.

The report reveals that 74% of councils in England commission 15 minute home care visits, in contravention of NICE guidance stipulating that visits shorter than half an hour should only occur as part of a wider package of support for patient wellbeing.

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Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits. London: Unison, January 29th 2015.

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Suffering alone at home: a UNISON report on the lack of time in our homecare system. London: Unison, January 27th 2016.

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Quality Standard for People with Sight Loss and Dementia (Royal College of Ophthalmologists / Vision 2020 UK)

Summary

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Vision 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group Committee have released their quality standard for patients with dementia and sight loss. It is based upon seven quality statements, intended to help ophthalmology departments and eye clinics to assess and improve their services. This quality standard proposes that people with sight loss and dementia should:

  1. Receive care from healthcare professionals appropriately trained in sight loss and dementia. (Quality Statement 1).
  2. Receive accessible information and the support they (or their carers) require to participate in decisions about their care. (Quality Statement 2).
  3. Be enabled to attend ophthalmology appointments safely and effectively. (Quality Statement 3).
  4. Have a shorter wait in clinic and a longer appointment. (Quality Statement 4).
  5. Receive accessible information about vision and eye health. (Quality Statement 5).
  6. If / when unable to perform a standard vision test, receive a functional vision assessment. (Quality Statement 6).
  7. Be referred to local support services via agreed pathways. (Quality Statement 7).

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Ophthalmic Services Guidance. Quality standard for people with sight loss and dementia in an ophthalmology department. December 2015. London: Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Vision 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group Committee, January 21st 2016.

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