Tag Archives: Thinking Like a Patient and Acting Like a Taxpayer

Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

Posted in Age UK, Antipsychotics, BBC News, Charitable Bodies, Commissioning, Community Care, Depression, Falls, Falls Prevention, For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), Hypertension, In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, National, Personalisation, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Statistical Process Control Applied to Delayed Transfers of Care (NHS Improvement)

Summary Delayed transfers of care (DToC) are widely recognised to be a significant cause of unnecessary harm to patients, and potentially avoidable financial costs to the taxpayer. NHS Improvement’s “Delayed transfer of care (DToC) improvement tool” incorporates the latest data from … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Hospitals, Commissioning, Community Care, For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), Integrated Care, Local Interest, Management of Condition, National, NHS, NHS Improvement, Person-Centred Care, Quick Insights, Standards, Statistics, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More on the NHS Long Term Plan (DHSC / NHS England / BBC News / NAO / King’s Fund)

Summary The NHS Long Term Plan was released earlier this week. The plan is backed by the commitment of an extra £20.5 billion funding for the NHS per year. “The 10-year plan includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Hospitals, BBC News, Commissioning, Community Care, Department of Health, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Diagnosis, For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, King's Fund, Management of Condition, Mental Health, National, National Audit Office, NHS, NHS England, Non-Pharmacological Treatments, Person-Centred Care, Personalisation, Quick Insights, Standards, Statistics, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fair and Affordable Access to Medicines in the NHS (NHS England / UCL IIPP)

Summary Adalimumab is a medicine on which hospitals spend more than £400 million a year. The patent has now expired, allowing patients to be treated with a cheaper biosimilar, saving around £150 million per year (which can be re-directed to … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Hospitals, Commissioning, Community Care, For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, National, NHS, NHS England, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Government Strategy on Tackling Loneliness (BBC News / HM Govt)

Summary The first cross-government strategy to tackle loneliness recommends more emphasis on social prescribing, whereby – by 2023 – GPs in England will be able to refer lonely patients to community activities, voluntary services and other community infrastructure services; such … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, Carers UK, Charitable Bodies, Commissioning, Community Care, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Local Interest, Management of Condition, Mental Health, Models of Dementia Care, National, NHS, Non-Pharmacological Treatments, Patient Care Pathway, Person-Centred Care, Personalisation, Quick Insights, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Progress Towards Achieving Better Value / Reducing Waste in the NHS (King’s Fund / NHS Providers)

Summary A King’s Fund report investigates recent work on the value agenda, i.e. efforts aimed at reducing unnecessary costs while maintaining or improving the quality of care. This is based mostly on experience at three diverse NHS acute hospital trusts: … Continue reading

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