There has been a great deal of media coverage recently about a misconception that Leek Hospital is set to close in September.
Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “I would like to offer my assurance that no decision has been taken by the CCGs on the future of the community hospitals and we would not do so without first having carried out full public consultation. This is set to begin in May following the local elections and as soon as NHS England give us the go-ahead.
Schemes that deliver healthcare closer to home are often better for patients but largely fail to save the NHS money according to an extensive review of the evidence published by the Nuffield Trust today. Moving care out of hospital is at the heart of the NHS’s national and local plans to solve its financial problems, but the review suggests that the 44 local plans will struggle to reduce overall numbers of patients requiring hospital treatment unless they are given additional money and staff to develop new services.
In this Briefing, Dr Hicks discusses the example of the Bedfordshire Musculoskeletal (MSK) project, where COBIC worked with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to improve MSK care and outcomes, and to decrease per capita costs.
The core of the plan was triage, based on shared decision making, which was intended to direct patients to the right treatment the first time and to emphasise community care.
Effective Primary Care has four central features;
1. The first point of contact for all new health needs.
2. Person-centered (holistic), rather than disease-focused, continuous lifetime care.
3. Comprehensive care provided for all needs that are common in a population.
4. Co-ordination and integration of care when a person’s need is sufficiently uncommon so to require special services or provision from another sector (secondary or tertiary care).
This Newchurch Paper looks at the prevailing approach to productivity and technology in the NHS and the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans, intended to implement the 5FYV and concludes not only that the 5YFV's aspirations are unlikley to be achieved but that the acceptance of sub-optimal productivity is the default position for the NHS.
As part of our work on understanding and supporting a move to place-based population health systems, we held a dinner at the Fund recently to discuss the role of housing in sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).
As the new care models programme begins its third year, people working across the programme, both nationally and locally have been exploring how they can ensure the success of the new care models are spread across health and care services.
Samantha Jones, director of the new care models programme recently shared her top tips for vanguards and others developing new models of care on how they might help do this.
The Portsmouth Super Six model of care is one of those which tried to answer the million dollar question: which bits of diabetes care need to be in hospitals?
In the main, it boils down to areas of care which need multidisciplinary care, access to investigations or are specific issues related to a hospital, such as antenatal care, inpatient diabetes to name just a couple.
A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) says the integration of health and social care has been slower and less successful than envisaged.
The document says the Better Care Fund has improved joint working but has not achieved its potential. Demand for services rose in its first year and the fund did not achieve planned savings.
This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place. The data demonstrates the increasing pressures on the system in each nation. It provides evidence of the underlying cracks within the NHS.
The government must be prepared to back radical changes to health services to secure the future of the NHS, according to a new analysis of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) published by The King’s Fund.