Monday, August 7, 2017

Health-geekery Summer 2017

I've been engaging in the traditional summer activity of catching up with my reading - so here's a list of links which will doubtless grow over August.

Re-find of the week #1: the Regional Voices Who's Who Guides for health and social care in England.

Re-find of the week #2: Transforming community neurology - a new commissioning brief for community neurology services (Neurological Alliance) together with patient experience survey from March of this year.


Where to look packs for STP areas
NHS England press release on additional funding for some STP areas
Report on STP's from the IPPR
NHS Support Federation campaign info on STP's
Tragic death of Greater Manchester man highlights patient:GP ratio of 14 or 15K:4 or 5 GP's (Manchester Evening News)
NAO report on health and social care integration

Accountable care systems

Grauniad article


National Audit Office report: commentary from the MND Association
2013 and 2015 reports from the Wales Audit Office
Video introduction to CHC and personal budgets from NHS England.

NHS other

How commissioners are using the Social Value Act (National Voices and Social Enterprise UK)
Research on staff attitudes and stress levels from the Point Of Care Foundation
New report on importance of occupational therapists from their Royal College
HQIP report on quality of acute non-invasive ventilation care
Definition of person-centred care from the RCN
Cross-party campaign from Norman Lamb MP for a convention on health and social care.
Stephen Hawking speaks out on the NHS (as reported in Guardian)
Statutory guidance on involving people in their own care

House of Lords report on the long-term future of health and social care
Kings Fund on this year's priorities for the NHS and social care (a bit late to add here, but...)
BMA data on bed use in the NHS


State of Caring 2017 (Carers' Trust report)
Carers' Trust report on supporting older carers
Think Local Act Personal on supporting working carers

Financial costs of neurological conditions

Research into the financial cost of Parkinson's released.
Alzheimers Society launch campaign to end the 'Dementia Tax' (and if you've forgotten the election campaign already, here's an explanation)

Oh, and while we're on dementia, shout out to DEEP: the Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project.

Social care

The state of social care in GB (Leonard Cheshire report from 2016)
Messages from various key players for the current Government (chiefly, sort it out pls)
CQC report on quality of adult social care 2014-17

Disability rights

Govt accused of breaching UN convention in its treatment of disabled people (Indy) and link to relevant page of UNOHCHR Committee on Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Scope blog from Hannah Deakin - people treated me differently when I became disabled (also link to TED talk)
Social model of disability (as defined by Scope)


Can health and social care ever be truly integrated? (Macmillan Cymru on the long-term review of health and social care announced for Wales in November last year)

Is a 'what matters conversation' a carer's assessment? (Prof. Luke Clement - the Prof isn't a fan of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, as you can also see from this 2015 article.)

Consultation and White Paper: Services Fit For The Future (includes governance, participation and accountability issues)

Northern Ireland

Belfast Live - 7 out of 10 unpaid carers admit to feeling lonely or socially isolated

BBC coverage of the health service savings consultations launched by the 5 Trusts, parts one and two.

Round-up of political responses to the consultation.
NICVA editorial 
There is also an interesting joint statement on the consultation from various medical colleges here.


Which I'm now singing to the tune of a certain number from Grease 2, so help me.

All In This Together: website about co-production in Wales (aforementioned White Paper big on co-production) with lots of articles and links for the general reader.

National Voices one page diagram on co-production.

Think Local Act Personal on co-production avec resources.

Related: Six Principles For Engaging People And Communities (NHS England People and Communities Board) expanding on the NHS' Five Year Forward View and its 2017 update. Plus further recommendations from the Board on how to do this.

Northern Ireland

NICVA position paper on Brexit as it affects NI has some useful positioning on health

More Brexit

Brexit Health Alliance formed to safeguard arrangements for research and health-care should the UK (as expected) leave the EU.

Nuffield Trust - Getting A Brexit Deal That Works For The NHS

Archive schmarchive

From the depths of the to-be-read/viewed pile

Survey of specialist palliative care in care homes 
Habinteg Accessible Housing Policy Update
The UK Strategy for Rare Diseases
Nuffield Trust report on benefits (or otherwise) of moving care out of hospital
Nuffield Trust (again) on delayed transfers of care
Owen Jones interviews the late Gordon Aikman
NHS Confederation thoughts on Wales for the 2016 elections
December 2016 annual report and guidelines on end of life care in Wales
Welsh Government statement on neurological conditions March 2017
The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017 (Age UK)

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