Self-Care in the UK: Exploring Hidden Barriers (PAGB)

Summary

The Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) investigated attitudes to the avoidable use of GP and A&E services. The majority (92%) of people in the UK recognise the importance of taking responsibility one’s own health and thereby easing the burden on NHS services.

It is estimated that every year there are 57 million GP consultations and 3.7 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions; costing the NHS around £2.3 billion.

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Self Care Nation: Self care attitudes and behaviours in the UK. [Online]: Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB), November 17th 2016.

This relates to:

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Self Care Nation. Self care attitudes and behaviours in the UK. London: Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB), November 2016.

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Layman’s Guide To Understanding – And Helping – People With Dementia (Good Care Group)

Summary

The Good Care Group have released a “Dementia: through their eyes” guide on person-centred care for people with dementia who prefer to remain living at home. It offers practical advice on communicating, eating well and improving wellbeing. Section headings include:

  • Getting a diagnosis: understanding different types of dementia.
  • Feelings over facts: on relating and communicating, and adopting a “Person-First” approach. This section mentions three Golden Rules in Contended Dementia’s SPECAL® method.
  • Assistive technology: such as the use of tracking devices as aids for greater autonomy, adapted versions of household appliances to enhance independence, and telecare sensors to monitor persons.
  • Creative therapies: including music and art, which engage dementia patients’ creative abilities.
  • Staying active and keeping healthy: the importance of physical activity, with some suggestions on types of activities to maintain a normal way of life, retain skills, improve sleep, appetite, circulation and digestion.
  • Getting more information: this guide lists relevant resources and organisations offering support.

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Dementia: through their eyes: a guide to person-centred dementia care developed in association with The Good Care Group. London: The Good Care Group, 2016.

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Cognitive Health In Older Adults: Changing Unhealthy Lifestyles and Reducing Risk Factors (PHE)

Summary

Public Health England (PHE) and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health have produced a summary of reviews which offer evidence to support the commissioning of interventions concerning a range of modifiable lifestyle risk factors / unhealthy behaviours in older adults.

The aim is to help local authorities and CCGs identify which interventions a most likely to promote healthy behaviours and prevent cognitive decline for older adults living in the community. The focus is on lifestyle behaviour change programmes and evidence-based prevention packages for older adults.

The main section headings/ sub-headings in this report comprise:

  • Purpose of this resource.
  • Background.
  • Evidence synthesis.
  • Findings:
    • Multi-component.
    • Alcohol.
    • Smoking.
    • Diet.
    • Physical activity.
    • Cognitive stimulation.
    • Social.
    • Leisure activity.
  • References.
  • Related guidance.

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Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults: an evidence-based resource for local authorities and commissioners. Prepared by the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. London: Public Health England, November 23rd 2016. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2016427.

There is also an Executive Summary and (for the professionals) a detailed set of Intervention Tables.

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BBC iWonder Guide: How Close Are We to Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary

The BBC’s iWonder Guides provide “thought-provoking answers to the questions sparked by everyday life”. This particular collection of brief digestible articles, animations and videos covers:

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Slattery, C. (2016). How close are we to stopping Alzheimer’s? London: BBC Health News / BBC iWonder Guides, [Undated: circa June 2016?].

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National Clinical Director for Dementia: Letter to CCGs (NHS England)

Summary

Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, has written to CCGs about progress on national dementia diagnosis rates and priorities for post-diagnostic dementia treatment / support. The letter discusses support available from NHS England. Topics covered include:

  1. Dementia Diagnosis Rates: data for October 2016.
  2. NHS Digital Data Extract: directions.
  3. Join Dementia Research: a new toolkit to assist with promotion of public participation in research.
  4. Music Therapy and Dementia: as a potential therapy for  apathy, BPSD, anxiety, restlessness and depression.
  5. Memory and Smell: mentioning the National Activity Providers’ Association (NAPA)’s “Smell & Connect” trial.

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National Clinical Director for Dementia CCG Letter. Leeds: NHS England, November 14th 2016.

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Care Funding Omitted From Autumn Statement (BBC News / NAO)

Summary

The chancellor has offered no additional resources for the NHS or for social care in the Autumn Statement, much to the surprise of many commentators. Existing departmental spending plans announced last year hold firm, meaning now has to be the time to “do more with less”.

An outcry is expected. Difficulties have been predicted. Cuts to services, declining performance standards and rising NHS trust deficits (or further bail-outs – from somewhere) are a near certainty.

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Autumn Statement: row as care funding omitted from measures. London: BBC Health News, November 24th 2016.

Further analysis from BBC News:

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Pym, H. (2016). Autumn Statement: Missed opportunity for NHS? London: BBC Health News, November 24th 2016.

Predictable political posturing from all corners:

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Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years. London: BBC Politics News, November 24th 2016.

Looming Chaos / A Time For Heroes ?

The financial performance of NHS bodies worsened considerably in 2015-16. Trusts’ deficits increased by 185% to £2.45 billion, from £859 million in 2014-15. 32 CCGs have reported cumulative deficits in 2015-16 (compared to 19 in 2014-15).

This relates, in part, to:

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The Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office: Morse, A. (2016). The financial sustainability of NHS bodies. London: The Stationery Office [Department of Health / National Audit Office (NAO)], November 22nd 2016. HC 785, SESSION 2016-17.

There is also an Executive Summary.

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