Thursday, 24 July 2014

A system under strain: the views of NHS and social care leaders

"Health and social care leaders are deeply concerned about the financial future of the NHS and social care system. More than four in five respondents said they were concerned about the financial viability of their local NHS or social care provider(s). More than two thirds (70 percent) believed that NHS providers will need to go into deficit in order to maintain high-quality services."

A system under strain: the views of NHS and social care leaders
Health and Social Care Leaders’ Panel, A McKeon
Nuffield Trust
July 2014

Read more here.

NICE local practice case studies

"The NICE Local practice collection includes shared learning examples showing how NICE guidance and standards have been put into practice, and quality and productivity case studies outlining quality improvement initiatives which have also helped cut costs and save money."

The Local Practice collection combines case studies from the Quality and Productivity collection (formerly QIPP) and the Shared Learning collection.

Find out more and access the case studies here.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New NICE website

A new version of the NICE website was launched last month, with improvements in usability. Information about the NICE quality standards and  the Quality and Outcomes Framework can now all be found on the one page at: www.nice.org.uk/standards-and-indicators

A list of NICE Quality Standards can be found here.

The Into Practice webpage contains links to Commissioning Support, Audit and Service Improvement tools, and more.

NICE are welcoming your feedback on the new site - leave your comments here.

QualityWatch

"Our programme [QualityWatch] will aim to provide an independent picture of the quality of care and, in so doing, both augment and inform the work of other statutory national bodies and initiatives.

More specifically, we will: 

  • provide an authoritative resource on the overall quality of health and social care; 
  • monitor and comment on changes over time, independently of government and the statutory bodies; 
  • highlight where there are clear and compelling gaps between what is being achieved and what is possible in order to incite action and improvement; 
  • and contribute to improving measures of quality."
Read more here.

Quality Standards: care of adults with acquired brain injury

"Quality Standards aim to improve the quality of services for adults with acquired brain injury and help to answer the question: “For each service, how will I know that national guidance and evidence of best practice have been implemented?” The Quality Standards are suitable for use in self-assessment, monitoring by commissioners and providers, and peer review visits." 

Quality Standards: care of adults with acquired brain injury
West Midlands Quality Review Service
July 2014

Read more here.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Early erythropoietin for preventing red blood cell transfusion in preterm and/or low birth weight infants

"The Cochrane Quality and Productivity topics to help the NHS identify practices that could be significantly reduced or stopped completely, releasing cash and/or resources without negatively affecting the quality of NHS care."

Early erythropoietin for preventing red blood cell transfusion in preterm and/or low birth weight infants
Cochrane Quality and Productivity topics
July 2014

Read more here.

How is the NHS performing?

"As the NHS starts its fourth year with effectively no real increase in funding and faced with undiminished urgency to generate more care to meet growing demands, it is of little surprise that our latest survey of finance directors reveals continuing pessimism about the financial position of health organisations and local health economies."

How is the NHS performing? Quarterly monitoring report
The King's Fund
July 2014

Read more here.