This National Audit Office (NAO) report indicates mixed progress against the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s (2012) recommendations for improving services and achieving better outcomes for people with neurological conditions. The three recommendations against which progress has been poorest are:
- Use of the CCG Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS), JSNAs and health and wellbeing boards to ensure appropriate access to services for people with neurological conditions.
- Joint health and social care commissioning of neurological services.
- Offering people with long-term neurological conditions personal care plans for health and social care.
Services for people with neurological conditions: progress review. London: National Audit Office (NAO), July 10th 2015.
This relates to:
Services for people with neurological conditions: progress review. Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Department of Health and NHS England. HC 301. Session 2015-16. London: National Audit Office, July 10th 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Possibly also of interest:
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Morrish, PK. (2015). Inadequate neurology services undermine patient care in the UK: action is required to restore balance and ensure fair access. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), June 18th 2015, 350, h3284.
2017 Update: No Improvement Despite Investment of £3 Billion Per Year
Evidence from BBC’s 5 Live Investigates indicates there may have been little or no progress over two years in the performance of services which diagnose, treat and organise support for patients with a range of neurological disorders. Curiously, official data shows that the number of neurologists employed by the NHS has increased by 37% since 2010. Another one of those NHS investment / under-performance mysteries worthy of more detailed critical analysis?
Forde, E. (2017). ‘The seizures have got more frequent and more violent’. London: BBC Health News / BBC 5 Live Investigates, November 26th 2017.