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NHS & Social Care: June 2016


New cervical screening test

Women in Wales will benefit from a new cervical screening test that reduces the need for repeat smears.

Surgeon pioneers high-tech technique to remove abnormal scars

high-tech form of frostbite to remove abnormal scars is being pioneered in Wales at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

Promoting equality

leaflet to help health organisations across Wales promote equality has been developed by the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR).

New infection prevention measures gets UK-wide launch

tool to help surgical teams prevent infection has been launched following pioneering work by a senior Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board nurse.

Conducting a Systematic Review: a practical course

The aims of this Cardiff University SURE course on 20/23 June are to give participants an understanding of the systematic review process and the skills necessary to conduct a review.


The future of GP collaborative working

This RCGP report showcases how GPs are designing and leading innovative schemes to improve the integration of care for patients. 

Care provision fit for rhe future

This JRF report examines how far current care homes and other care provision facilities are fit for the future.

State of caring

This report shows that, one year on from the implementation of the Care Act 2014 - designed to improve support for carers - carers in England are still struggling to get the support they need. 

Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need

This Nuffield Trust report argues that equipping nursing, community and support staff with additional skills to deliver care is the best way to develop the capacity of the health service workforce. 

Ideas to transform Scotland

This NESTA report discusses innovative policy solutions to transform Scotland's health and care system, by focusing on patient-centred care, personalisation and smarter use of technology.

Gardens and health

The Kings Fund has reviewed the evidence on gardens and wellbeing and makes recommendations for national and front-line action.

Local health and care plans overlook the needs of dying people

This Hospice UK report examines local health planning and needs assessments and finds that 34% of health and wellbeing boards do not take end of life care needs into account. 

How people are involved in their care

This CQC report describes how well people are involved in their own care and what good involvement looks like.

Discharging older patients from hospital

According to this NAO report, the management of the discharge of older patients from hospital does not provide value for money.

Digital patients

This Reform report highlights the important role that apps and wearable technology will play in health care. 

Health technologies: are older people interested?

This 2020 Health discussion paper looks how digital technology can help older people stay healthy and independent. 


Don’t end a meeting without doing this

Frisch & Greene: A quick post-meeting wrap-up before attendees leave helps to ensure the meeting achieves its aim, and that future get-togethers will also be successful.

Teams that share personal stories are more effective

Francesca Gino: team members should spend some time sharing their different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives.

The mind-set that leads people to be dangerously overconfident

Heidi Grant Halvorson: people with a fixed mind-set are more interested in showing that they are smart, rather than pursuing opportunities to get smarter.

How to keeping meetings on track when you’re not in charge

Ron Ashkenas: offer the leader some easy assessment mechanisms that will help them reach their own conclusions about how well the meeting is being conducted.