National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2 Standardising the assessment of acute-illness severity in the NHS: Updated report of a working party – Royal College of Physicians

The NEWS is based on a simple aggregate scoring system in which a score is allocated to physiological measurements, already recorded in routine practice, when patients present to, or are being monitored in hospital. Six simple physiological parameters form the

Driving improvement: Case studies from 10 GP practices – Care Quality Commission

Case studies of 10 GP practices that had achieved a significant improvement on their CQC rating, through measures such as strong leadership from a practice manager, addressing staffing and training issues, and involving patients and local community.

Taking The Value-Based Agenda Forward: The Five Essential Components Of Value-Based Approaches To Health And Care – NHS Confederation

NHS Confederation report that explores how the adoption of value-based healthcare could be spread across all parts of the healthcare system, maximising the benefits for those who use NHS and wider services. It also explores the central challenge of how

Diagnosis Critical: Launching an inquiry into health and social care in England – Centre for Progessive Policy

Think Tank report from the Centre for Progessive Policy that finds that: Even if a trust improves its financial position by 10 percentage points the standards for elective care would still not be met, although this would make them likely to

Reducing emergency admissions: Forty-Fourth Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Emergency admissions to hospitals continue to rise, despite the NHS’s efforts to reduce them.  This report notes that that nearly 1.5 million people could have avoided emergency admissions in 2016–17 if hospitals, GPs, community services and social care had worked

Better health and care for all: A 10-point plan for the 2020s: The final report of the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care – Institute for Public Policy Research

This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a 10-point plan to achieve this, as well as a 10-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if

Mapping the Standards of Evidence used in UK social policy – Alliance for Useful Evidence

In recent years there has been a rapid proliferation of standards of evidence and other frameworks which aim to tell us what is and isn’t working. Following in-depth consultation with the organisations who use them, This report has mapped and

The Role Of Cities In Improving Population Health: International Insights – The King’s Fund

King’s Fund report  that explores the role of cities in improving population health and the conditions needed for success. The research found that although there is wide variation between cities in terms of governance arrangements, powers and resources,it identifies some common

NICE Bites May 2018: No 107: Sore throat (acute); antimicrobial prescribing NICE NG84: 2018: Otitis Media (acute); antimicrobial prescribing NICE NG91; 2018 – NICE

Prescribing bulletin published by North West Medicines Information centre which summarises key recommendations from NICE guidance. NICE Bites No 107 May 2018 includes two topics, covering assessment, treatment and management, general advice, self-care advice, ‘no prescription’ advice, ‘back-up’ prescription advice,

Brentuximab vedotin for treating CD30-positive Hodgkin lymphoma: Technology appraisal guidance [TA524] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) for treating CD30-positive Hodgkin lymphoma in adults. This guidance is a Cancer Drugs Fund reconsideration of brentuximab vedotin for treating CD30-positive Hodgkin lymphoma (TA446). This guidance replaces TA446.  

Arsenic trioxide for treating acute promyelocytic leukaemia: Technology appraisal guidance [TA526] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on arsenic trioxide (Trisenox) for treating acute promyelocytic leukaemia in adults.  

Screening Quality Assurance visit report: NHS Cervical Screening Programme East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust – Public Health England

Finds the service is well organised with the lead colposcopist providing strong leadership. Team members are engaged and motivated. A systematic and focused approach to quality improvement was evident with engagement in activities to reduce health inequalities and improve community engagement to

Adass Budget Survey 2018 – Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The results of this survey explore directors of adult social services’ views of how councils are making incredibly difficult decisions in relation to the growing numbers of people requiring care and support with increasingly complex needs and with higher costs,

External review of a sample of Local Supervising Authority (England) Supervisory Investigations into the standard of midwifery practice in Maternity Serious Incidents that were conducted between 1 April and 31 December 2016 – NHS England

An independent review report commissioned by NHS England in response to two previous commissions relating to the quality of midwifery supervision. Although statutory supervision has been removed and replaced with a new model of supervision, A-EQUIP, this review document provides

Gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare: The report of a rapid policy review – Department of Health and Social Care

A report from Professor Sir Norman Williams looking at gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. The review makes recommendations to support a more just and learning culture in the healthcare system. It covers: the process for investigating gross negligence manslaughter reflective

Patient experience improvement framework – NHS Improvement

An evidence-based framework centred around Care Quality Commission key themes to enable board and senior teams in providers to continuously improve the experience of patients. It brings together the characteristics of trusts that consistently improve patient experience and enables them

Facing the Future: Standards for children in emergency care settings – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Facing the Future: Standards for children in emergency care settings document provides healthcare professionals and service planners with clear standards of care that are applicable to children in urgent and emergency care settings.  They are intended to be motivating, meaningful and measurable

Patient access to ibrutinib for previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in England – NHS England

This clinical statement gives details about patient access to ibrutinib for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It states NHS is funding the cancer drug in line with NICE recommendations.

NICEimpact: cardiovascular disease prevention – NICE

NICE impact reports review how NICE recommendations for evidence-based and cost-effective care are being used in priority areas of the health and care system, helping to improve outcomes where this is needed most.This review focus’ on the impact of Cardiovascular Disease

Behind the Headlines: the battle to get care at home – Age UK

Age UK report that finds families it seems, getting access to decent quality, reliable home care, and maintaining it, is a real battle. Key issues are: Long waits to get an assessment Services that are disjointed or simply unresponsive Social