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NHS & Social Care: June 2015


New social care code of practice in Wales

new social care code of practice will be implemented in Wales in July 2015.

Online tool to access local data on assets for health

The Health Assets Reporting Tool provides local information about people, communities and wider topics like health, wealth, employment, education, feeling safe, and satisfaction with the area.

Quality improvement in primary care

The Primary Care Quality Team has developed aa atrial fibrillation quality improvement toolkit to help improve quality in primary care.

£20m to help keep people out of hospital and in their own home

The Welsh Government is investing in the Intermediate Care Fund this year to continue projects which have proven to be successful in helping older and vulnerable people remain in their own homes and to share best practice.

Childhood obesity data

This study found that is still worse than the worst region for child obesity in England.

Newborn hearing screening 

More than 99% of newborn babies in Wales are being tested for hearing loss, according to the annual report of Newborn Hearing Screening Wales.

Managing poor clinical performance

We have received an absorbing paper about how a participant on one of our programmes has used the knowledge and skills to tackle and resolve the poor performance of a clinician (7 complaints in a year). Please email if you'd like an anonymised copy. 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty and Cwm Taf

Cwm Taf UHB is the first board in Wales to issue a position statement in support of the RPS Faculty, which is a professional recognition programme for pharmacists.


Sugar and health

This House of Commons paper describes trends in sugar consumption in the UK, the public health implications and outlines policy options.

Ban on people smoking in cars with children

ban on people smoking in cars when children under the age of 18 are present will be introduced in October 2015.

Hospital competition improves performance

This ESRC report shows that hospital competition can improve healthcare by improving the quality of management practices. 

Children and clinical research: ethical issues

This report looks at how children and young people can ethically be involved in research, and makes recommendations about the roles and responsibilities of children, their parents or guardians, researchers and others.

The past, present, and future of end-of-life care

This RAND paper examines end-of-life care in order to shed light on the most effective ways to organise and deliver it.

Drinking, fast and slow: ten years of the Licencing Act

This Institute of Economic Affairs report finds that the relaxation of licensing laws ten years ago benefited consumers and did not result in the disastrous outcomes predicted at the time.

Mental health act: code of practice fact sheets

These easy read factsheets explain the parts of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice that are most important to patients and carers and what health professionals should or shouldn't do.

Dying without dignity: complaints about end of life care

This PHSO report contains summaries of cases the Ombudsman service has investigated about end of life care.

Child-friendly justice

This report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights investigates whether children’s rights are respected in criminal and civil judicial proceedings in 10 EU member states, including the UK.

The practice of system leadership: being comfortable with chaos

This Kings Fund report draws on the experiences of 10 senior leaders to look in depth at the skills needed to be a system leader. 

Children’s views on their lives and well-being in 15 countries

This report from the Children’s Worlds survey presents findings from over 30,000 children from 15 countries and  provides comparative insights into the context of children’s lives, how children spend their time and how they feel about their lives

The Communication Trust: early years resources

This website features resources developed by the Communication Trust to support work in the early years, including information about children’s communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.

Policies aren't being realised in areas most important to patients

Chris Graham, writing in the HSJ, says that although the results of the 2014 NHS inpatient survey show some encouraging trends, the rate of change has been too slow in the areas important for patients - communication, involvement and coordination.

The ticking time bomb of the nursing shortfall

Writing in the HSJ, Jan Quallington argues that we need to foster more home grown talent.

Integrated care is king

A review of evidence published in the HSJ finds integrated care is an effective delivery model for people with long term conditions, which leads to improved patient outcomes and experience, and reductions in avoidable hospital utilisation.

The NHS needs system leadership

Nick Timmins argues that it is system leadership that the NHS and social care requires, not just strong leaders of great but single organisations.

Care improvement works

A free online Scie resource aimed at care providers has been launched which provides support in driving up standards. 

The NHS: how does it compare?

This Economist Intelligence Unit report provides a comparative analysis of the NHS against health care systems in the OECD (freee registration required). 

Peer support: what is it and does it work?

This National Voices review found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone.


Handling emotional outbursts in your team

Liane Davey debunks several myths that often get in a team leader’s way of handling emotional outbursts

How to look for emotional intelligence in your team

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz gives some tips on assessing emotional intelligence in members of your team

How to respond when someone takes credit for your work

Amy Gallo gives some do’s and don’ts about how to respond when someone takes credit for your work

When it’s safe to rely on intuition (and when it’s not)

Connson Chou Locke explains why expertise is key to using your intuition