[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 1, August 2012].
The “National Health Service and public health service in England: Secretary of State’s annual report 2011/2012” is the first annual report which enables Parliament and the public to monitor the NHS’s performance and direction of travel. The main themes in the report comprise:
- Summary: performance at a glance.
- The comprehensive health service in England.
- Performance across the Health Service in 2011/12.
- The National Health Service.
- Inequalities in health outcomes.
- Health and wellbeing for the whole population.
- Making people’s care more integrated.
- Promoting growth, innovation and research.
- Education, training and workforce.
- Future years: the role of the Secretary of State’s annual report.
From April 2013, the Secretary of State for Health will produce further annual reports on the performance of the health service in England, which are to be the principal method by which Parliament hold the Health Secretary to account.
Some general achievements across the health service mentioned in the first annual report include:
- 96% of patients wait less than 4 hours in A&E.
- 212 Clinical Commissioning Groups are due to be authorised by January 2013.
- 12,500 patients were awarded access to cancer drugs previously denied them.
- £400 million is being invested to complete roll-out of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
- MRSA infections are down 24.7% and C difficile infections are down 17%.
Other observations of interest here:
- The population is ageing. The number of people aged over 85 will double by 2035, resulting in rising numbers of frail older people, and people with dementia and multiple long-term conditions.
- The number of people with dementia is expected to double over the next 30 years and costs are expected to treble. (p.12)
- The Public Health White Paper focuses on improving the population’s health and well-being via “wider determinants” and the impact on behaviour across the life course. Changing people’s behaviour could reduce premature death, illness and costs for society, avoiding a substantial proportion of cancers, vascular dementias and over 30% of circulatory disease. (p.33)
- In August 2011, the Government announced an £800 million investment over five years from April 2012 for 11 NIHR Biomedical Research Centres and 20 Biomedical Research Units, to conduct research across numerous disease areas including dementia. (p.41)
- By March 2012, the NIHR’s call for proposals for applied health research on dementia had committed over £17m funding into research on projects to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia and the people who look after them. (p.42)
Department of Health (2012). The National Health Service and Public Health Service in England: Secretary of State’s annual report 2011/2012. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty. Cm.8373. London: The Stationery Office, July 2012. 53p. ISBN: 9780101837323.