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NHS & Social Care: March 2016


£2m to support carers in Wales

A £2m funding package is being made available over the next two years to continue the support provided to carers in Wales, 

Cancer waiting times in Wales improve

These figures show the Welsh NHS met the 98% target for treating cancer patients within 31 days in December 2015.

Fall in the number of people dying from respiratory diseases

The number of people dying from respiratory diseases in Wales has fallen by 10% in the last year, according to this report.

NHS Wales and the UK

A new OECD report report compares the Welsh NHS with the rest of the UK.

Shake-up of outpatient services

Outpatient care will be delivered in a radically different way in the future according to the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford.

Tackling liver disease in Wales

Alcohol care teams will be developed in each health board and a national awareness campaign created as part of a series of new measures to tackle the rise in deaths caused by liver disease in Wales.

Ambulance response rates

More than 72% of people with life-threatening illnesses and injuries received an emergency response from the Welsh Ambulance Service within eight minutes in December 2015. according to this report

Ambulance quality indicators

The first full set of data measuring clinical care, operational efficiency and patient experience provided by the Welsh Ambulance Service has been published.

Bringing heart tests closer to people’s homes

Patients with suspected heart problems will have access to cardiology services closer to their homes, reducing waiting times and pressure on hospitals as part of a new initiative 

Emergency departments start new patient tracking system

A new urgent and emergency care system that coordinates patient data in emergency departments is being implemented in ABMU Health Board.

Modernising non-emergency patient transport services

Non-emergency patient transport services in Wales will be enhanced and their operating hours extended as part of wide-ranging plans to modernise the service.

Bowel screening programme

PHW reports that the uptake for bowel screening in 2014/15 was 51%.

Principles for all staff employed by the Welsh NHS

The NHS core principles, which have been developed in partnership by the Welsh Government, NHS Employers and trade unions, are the foundation of how staff should work across and within NHS Wales.


Caring for dying adults

NICE has published this guideline on care of dying adults in the last days of life.

General practice nursing

This QNI report summarises the key challenges affecting the profession today and concludes that standardisation would be welcome. 

Sharing new ways to support older people

This NHS Confederation report calls for a fundamental change to the way care for older people is designed and delivered so that care is tailored around individuals rather than institutions

Fixing dementia care in hospitals

This Alzheimer's Association investigation into the quality and variation in hospital care for people with dementia found that too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished

Maternity: parents with learning disabilities speak out

This joint PEN and CHANGE research captures the experience of a seldom-heard group and provides recommendations for service improvements.

End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying

This BMA report outlines how the UK has led the way in the development of comprehensive and holistic care at the end of life. 

The reality of brain tumour treatment and care

This Brain tumour Charity report outlines the day-to-day experience and struggles faced by those affected by brain tumours

Why preventing obesity makes economic sense

This UKHF report, written with Cancer Research, finds that rising rates of obesity could lead to 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK, as well as millions of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. 

Efficiency, equity and equality in health and health care

This CHE paper examines the links between the three Es with especial attention given to the possible conflict between them.

Eight technologies that will change health and care

This Kings Fund document examines the technologies most likely to change health and care over the next few years.

Sustainability in the NHS

The HFMA surveyed its members to gather their views on sustainability in the NHS.

Ageing in the UK

This International Longevity Centre report proposes ten long-term indicators of improvements in services, including a greater focus on prevention.

A zero cost way to reduce missed hospital appointments

The results of this trial showed that if the message included the specific cost to the NHS of not attending then the patient was more likely to attend or rearrange their appointment.

Crossing professional boundaries

This toolkit is designed to help finance and clinical staff think about how well they work together and find ways to improve collaboration.

Monitoring change in health care through statistics

This Nuffield Trust report outlines how to detect real change in the way care is being delivered. 

Realising the value of people and communities

This NESTA report explores the value of people and communities at the heart of health, in support of the NHS five year forward view vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. 

Integrating neurology care through networks

This ME Trust report examines the current status of neurological services and the importance of managed care networks for neurology in the NHS.

Childhood brain tumours

HeadSmart is a website intended for help the public and health professionals to work together to improve diagnosis of childhood brain tumours.

Preventing unintentional injury in under 15s

This NICE quality standard covers preventing unintentional injury in children and young people under 15.

Diabetes in pregnancy

This NICE quality standard covers managing diabetes and its complications in women who are planning a pregnancy and women who are already pregnant. 

Why we struggle with healthy behaviours and what to do about it

This RSA report sets out some of the reasons why we find it hard to live in a healthy way, exercising, eating well, getting adequate sleep, and checking for early warning symptoms. It references behavioural science for strategies to overcome those hurdles and to initiate lifestyle changes. 

The future of child health services

This Nuffield trust report highlights the problems in health care services for children and young people, and investigates how emerging new models of care could provide an opportunity to address them.

The acceptance of gifts and hospitality

This NAO report outlines the findings from its investigation into the acceptance of gifts and hospitality.

Designing more affordable and effective health care

This case study is part of ongoing research by The Commonwealth Fund to track how health systems are transforming care delivery, particularly to meet the needs of high-need, high-cost patients and other vulnerable populations. 

Delivering the benefits of digital health care

This Nuffield Trust report sets out the possibilities to transform health care offered by digital technologies.


How to spot a bad boss during an interview

Sara Stibitz: What sorts of questions should you ask and are there red flags you should watch out for?

Calming your brain during conflict

Diane Hamilton: Four simple steps to use when you find yourself with an overloaded nervous system and a body racing with a fight or flight impulse.

How to say no to taking on more work

Rebecca Knight: Some pointers to overcoming the fact that saying no doesn’t come naturallyfor most of us.

The limits of empathy

Adam Waytz : Empathy is essential to leading and managing others but failing to recognise its limits can impair individual and organisational performance.

Only 8% of leaders are good at both strategy and execution 

Leinwand, Mainardi and Kleiner: five leadership actions that help close the strategy-to-execution gap.

Can your staff really speak freely?

James Detert and Ethan Burris: Most people care too much about their social and material well-being to routinely speak truth to power — unless you clear some obstacles out of the way.