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

Lean document processes: Building a faster, more efficient, cost-effective flow of information – MDI Group and Canon America

Calls for a controlled standardised document workflow to increase efficiency and productivity. This will reduce print costs by reducing the needs of a ‘print everything culture’.

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

Auditory brainstem implant service specification – NHS England

This service specification covers the provision of auditory brainstem implant services for children with congenital abnormalities of the auditory nerves or cochleae.

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

2018/19 Addendum to the GP IT Operating Model, Securing Excellence in GP IT Services, 2016-18 (revisions) – NHS England

This document sets out to extend the operating arrangements for the delivery of GP IT services across England until 2019.

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

Annual Review: Global Health Security Programme Vaccines Project – Department of Health and Social Care

Annual review of the Vaccines Project between October 2016 and March 2018.  This annual review document provides reflection on project management, finance and lessons learned. The next annual review will be completed in April 2019. The Department of Health and Social

Encouraging hiring of returners: an email trial: Research report – Government Equalities Office

A report on the findings of a trial to understand how different email messages to employers can influence interest in engaging people who are returning to work.

System under strain: Why demand pressures are more than a winter phenomenon – NHS Confederation

NHS Confederation report describing ways in which increasing demand in one part of the system can affect the performance of other NHS services elsewhere.  It notes that rising demand is not confided to winter and outlines how some NHS and

What the NHS needs to see from the social care green paper: Briefing June 2018 Issue 305 – NHS Confederation

Social care is in crisis and in need of urgent reform. This briefing lays out ten key issues the NHS Confederation and its members ask the government to consider in the social care green paper and when reshaping the care system. A

Protecting the public’s health across Europe after Brexit – Brexit Health Alliance

This briefing sets out how people across Europe currently benefit from the close collaboration between the UK and EU on public health, and proposes solutions to maintain and improve a high level of public health protection after Brexit.  The Brexit Health Alliance has

Risk and Reward Sharing for NHS Integrated Care Systems – The Strategy Unit

Risk and reward sharing is a key feature of the policy agenda for Accountable Care Organisations in the US and Integrated Care Systems in England.  For the commissioner it offers the opportunity to co-opt and incentivise a provider to moderate growth

When tragedy strikes Reflections on the NHS response to the Manchester Arena bombing and Grenfell Tower fire – NHS Confederation

To support NHS organisations with planning for major incidents, this report captures the learning from the health service’s response to the harrowing events of 2017. The interviews reflect on key aspects of the responses by emergency, mental health, acute and community services, drawing out