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NHS & Social Care: December 2015


Oral cancer toolkit

Cancer Research UK have launched an oral cancer toolkit which provides information on possible risk factors for oral cancer, signs and symptoms of oral cancer and how to respond.

NHS gets £278m boost

The NHS is to receive a net boost of £278m under the Welsh Government's spending plans. BBC News

Share your views on measuring the nation’s health

Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government are seeking views on what matters when it comes to improving health and wellbeing.

Llanelli Wellness Village plans discussed by Hywel Dda chiefs

Plans for how the health service can contribute to a multi-million pound health and wellbeing village in Llanelli have been discussed by West Wales health leaders.

GPs connecting with pathology and radiology results

A national GP Links Messaging Solution for sending pathology and radiology results to all GP systems in Wales is being implemented.

Programme to help health practitioners in Cwm Taf support victims of domestic abuse

programme to help health practitioners identify victims of domestic abuse and intervene to provide them with the appropriate support has been launched in Cwm Taf.

Changes to the cervical screening programme in Wales

Women receiving annual smear tests may be able to return to three-yearly screening sooner due to a new test being introduced by Cervical Screening Wales 

Improving the quality of care for mental health and learning disability patients

This tool to deliver best value for money for mental health and learning disability patients has been launched

Hospice at home services to be expanded

Hospice services provided to people in their own homes will be expanded throughout Wales, as part of a move to improve end of life provision across the country.

Improving the wellbeing of Welsh communities

A new agreement between Community Housing Cymru and Public Health Wales has committed the organisations to working more closely together to improve the lives and health of people in the most deprived communities in Wales.

Investment to make care home prescribing safer

Welsh Government investment in technology in pharmacies and care homes is reducing wasted medicines and prescribing errors and improving patient care.

Neath Port Talbot named best dementia friendly Hospital in UK

Colleagues have teamed up to provide better care for patients with dementia and their efforts have paid off after they claimed the prestigious award at the National Dementia Care Awards.

Dry January

The Welsh Government is working with Alcohol Concern again this year to promote the Dry January challenge to go for 31 days without alcohol.

Wales first to provide 24/7 support for people at the end of their lives

Wales is the only country in the UK to provide round-the-clock support and advice for people approaching the end of their livess.

Report confirms link between congenital anomalies & teenage pregnancy

Public Health Wales is reminding women of the benefits of a planned pregnancy, as this report confirms the link between congenital anomalies and teenage pregnancy.

New training standards for healthcare support workers

New training standards for healthcare support workers in the Welsh NHS have been unveiled.

Dementia friendly A&E departments in Wales

Members of unscheduled care teams from every health board area in Wales have undergone RCN accredited dementia best practice training to equip them with the skills to deliver high-quality and person-centred care and support for people with dementia.

Single body to plan the education and training of the NHS Wales workforce

A new group will be set up to look in depth at a recommendation to create a single body to plan and commission the education and training of healthcare professionals in Wales.

Welsh Ambulance Service eight-minute target

Figures show that almost 70% of people with life-threatening illnesses and injuries received an emergency response within eight minutes during the first month of a year-long pilot to test changes to the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Sustainable development and international health partnerships in Wales

This event, on 10 December at Chapter in Cardiff, will explore the impact of sustainable development in Wales, international health partnerships and EU funding.


Ending the rationing of nurse training places

This Civitas paper proposes reforming the present financing of nurse education, under which tuition fees and living bursaries are paid up front. 

The rising value of carers' support

This Carers UK  briefing considers the value to the economy of the support provided by unpaid carers.

Is the public sector on the brink of a major recruitment crisis?

This survey by the Institute and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation of employment agencies shows that public services are on the edge of a recruitment crisis.

New report on palliative care for people with breast cancer

Breast Cancer Care has published a new report on palliative care and secondary breast cancer in England.

Mearing public sector productivity

This Reform report outlines the limitations of measuring productivity across whole sectors, such as health and education, rather than comparing productivity across organisations, such as hospitals and schools

Alcohol brief intervention: where next for identification and brief advice (IBA)?

This Alcohol Research UK briefing warns that unless decisive and coordinated action is taken the effectiveness of the UK’s current approach to alcohol brief interventions will wane, hampering the IBA programme’s ability to deliver important benefits to those at risk from harmful levels of drinking.

Sexual health promotion for young people delivered via digital media

This NIHR study summarisee the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interactive digital interventions (IDIs) for sexual health.

An NHS leadership team for the future

This Reform paper sets out ambitions for a systemic approach to clinical leadership development to ensure a highly skilled leadership team.

The impact of the crisis in residential care on the NHS

This ResPublica briefing assesses the state of the residential care industry, including an analysis of its financial viability.

2015: a great place to grow older

This  Age UK report assesses how public policy is meeting the needs of people in later life.

An assessment of safer sharps adoption in UK hospitals

This report finds that lack of compliance with ‘safer sharps’ rules is continuing to put NHS employees at risk of needle stick injuries and possible blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.

Hospital education guide

This guidance for health services explains responsibilities for teaching children in hospital when illness stops them attending school.

Redesigning patient pathways

Writing in the HSJ, Matthew Shelley expalins why redesigning patient pathways is no panacea and needs to be done carefully but there are benefits.


Be your own best advocate

Deborah Kolb: prepare, have options and reciprocate

What to do and say after a tough reorganisation

Rebecca Knight: listen, reassess, show empathy, set priorities, find a purpose but don’t hang on.

4 ways leaders fritter their power away

Ron Carucci: abdication, over-inclusion, pandering and tolerating poor performance.

Why organisations don’t learn

Gino & Staats: Biases cause people to focus too much on success, take action too quickly, try too hard to fit in, and depend too much on experts.