Monthly Archives: March 2017

NHS Performance Targets: Something Had to Give? (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary NHS patients in England will experience longer waits for routine elective hospital operations, such as knee and hip replacements, as compliance with the 18-week performance target is “relaxed”, pragmatically, as a trade-off for achieving improved services in cancer care, … Continue reading

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Configuration of Stroke Services: a Themed Review of NIHR Research (NIHR DC)

Summary The NIHR Dissemination Centre (NIHR DC) has released a themed review of NIHR research into the organisation of stroke services and care pathways. This review of 44 published and 29 ongoing studies covers recent research into stroke and acute … Continue reading

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Self-Care Guide (Regional Voices)

Summary A Regional Voices briefing supports patients in actively managing their own health. It also promotes wider recognition of the potential role(s) for voluntary and community services in enabling self-care. Full Text Link Reference Self-care: everybody’s talking about it. The … Continue reading

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More on NHS Funding and Expenditure: Questions of Balance Regarding Income Versus Outgoings (BBC News / King’s Fund / Health Foundation / BMJ)

Summary NHS England hopes to save between £100 – £400 million of spending annually, by no longer funding / prescribing products and services identified by NHS Clinical Commissioners as having little or no clinical value. Full Text Link Reference Triggle, … Continue reading

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Vitamin E and / or Selenium for Dementia Prevention? (JAMA Neurology)

Summary The Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease by Vitamin E and Selenium (PREADViSE) trial investigated the potential use of antioxidant supplementation (whether Vitamin E and / or selenium) for the prevention of dementia in asymptomatic older men. This study has now … Continue reading

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Dementia-Friendly Community Pharmacies (Greater Manchester Pharmacy LPN / RPS)

Summary The Greater Manchester Pharmacy Local Professional Network have produced a brief guide on the seven elements of good practice: The pharmacy environment. The pharmacy team. Public health messages, including lifestyle. Over the counter medicines. Prescription ordering and collection / … Continue reading

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The NHS Mandate: a Revised Mandate from the Government to NHS England, April 2017 to March 2018 (Department of Health)

Summary The Department of Health’s updated “NHS Mandate 2017 to 2018” defines long-term NHS objectives and goals up to 2020. The Mandate is based around seven “big picture” objectives: Improving local and national health outcomes, and reduce health inequalities, through … Continue reading

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Review of Interventions for BPSD: a SENATOR-ONTOP Systematic Review (BMJ Open)

Summary A recent broad-ranging systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) covers (i) sensory stimulation, including acupressure, aromatherapy, massage / touch therapy, light therapy and sensory gardens, (ii) cognitive / emotion-oriented interventions including cognitive … Continue reading

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Findings of the CQC’s Comprehensive Hospital Inspections Programme (BBC News / CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s “State of care in NHS acute hospitals: 2014 to 2016” report presents findings from the first round of acute and specialist hospital trust inspections. Analysis shows variations in the quality of care between hospitals, … Continue reading

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Planning Guide for Dementia Care (NHS England)

Summary NHS England has released a “Dementia: Good Care Planning” guide on personalised care planning to support people living with dementia (and their families and carers). Person-centred dementia care plans are covered, primarily for people working in primary care, commissioners … Continue reading

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