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NHS & Social Care: July 2016


More needs to be done to reduce antibacterial prescribing in Wales

Findings from key reports by Public Health Wales’ Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Surveillance Unit shows that antimicrobial resistance continues to rise in Wales and more needs to be done to reduce antibacterial prescribing.

Cancer survival rates in Wales continue to rise, but improvement is still needed

Cancer survival rates in Wales continue to increase year-on-year. Premature mortality for cancer has fallen around 14% in the past ten years. 

Improving mental well-being in Wales

The number of adults living with low mental well-being in Wales could be reduced by more than a quarter if no individuals in Wales were exposed to harmful experiences in childhood.

Screening for Life Campaign 2016

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the national screening programmes in Wales: breast, bowel, cervical, abdominal aortic aneurysm, diabetic eye, and maternal and child screening.

Decline in sight impairments

Statistics on eye care show that the number of people newly certified with impaired vision in Wales has decreased over the last three years.

Bridgend Council launches Welsh community care information system

Wales' ground-breaking new IT system for health and social care is now in use by Bridgend CBC.

Digital system matching patients with disabilities to the right treatment

Delivering the best and safest residential care for people in Wales with mental and learning disabilities is being supported by a new digital system, developed by the NHS Wales Informatics Service

Prince Philip Hospital’s frailty team

A dedicated team of frailty support workers – believed to be the first of their kind in Wales – have given a unique insight into their day-to-day working lives at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli.

High levels of patient satisfaction in Welsh NHS

Overall patient satisfaction with NHS remains high according to the results of the recent Fundamentals of Care survey.

Wales freezes sight test fees

The Welsh Government has confirmed its intention to freeze NHS sight test fees in Wales at 2015/16 levels.

Campaign to save people’s sight

Health research shows that, unless people in Wales get examined quickly, some.

Parents accept new infant vaccines but many teenagers missing out on meningitis vaccine

A report from Public Health Wales shows annual coverage of children’s immunisations remains high overall but there are ongoing challenges, particularly in uptake of immunisations in older children.

Crohn's disease management update

This guideline covers the management of Crohn’s disease in children, young people and adults.

North Wales hand hygiene campaign

Rock star Mike Peters is to lead an Olympic-style baton tour around North Wales, as part of a hand hygiene crusade to help prevent the spread of life-threatening infections.


The NHS workforce crisis may be irreversible

Nigel Edwards warns that while financial problems might be sorted, once the psychological contract with staff is broken, it might be impossible to reverse.

The impact of lung disease in the UK

This is the final report of a three-year epidemiological research project, funded by the British Lung Foundation.

Six principles for engaging people and communities

This National Voices briefing discusses how person-centred, community-focussed approaches to health, wellbeing and care can be developed.

Preventing maternal mortality

This animation was produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Home care for older people

This quality standard highlights how social care providers can help older people maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Epilepsy in pregnancy

This RCOG guideline summarises the evidence on maternal and foetal outcomes in women with epilepsy and recommendations to improve care.

Leadership in the NHS: thoughts of a newcomer

Marcus Powell joined The King’s Fund earlier this year as Director of Leadership and Organisational Development, having spent his whole career outside the NHS in the private sector. This paper contains his initial observations about leadership in the NHS.

New care models and staff engagement

This NHS Confederation publication brings together the experiences of four vanguards which recognise that those on the front line of care have the best ideas about how to improve it but need to feel empowered to do so.

Each baby counts

This is the first annual report from RCOG's Each Baby Counts quality improvement programme which aims to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries by 2020. 

Looking after infant mental health: a case for change

This NSPCC report argues that our approach to the mental health needs of infants and children in care requires rethinking.

End of life care for LGBT people

This Marie Curie report looks at the barriers that prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people from accessing end of life care and highlights their real-life experiences. 

Supporting accommodation and mental health

This Centre for Mental Health report reviews evidence about the provision of supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

Hospice UK report into end of life care priorities in national and local authorities

report published by Hospice UK has found that the needs of dying people were not identified as a priority for many Health and Wellbeing Boards and not integrated into the strategies of some Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Mental health and young people

This Centre for Mental Health publication finds that mental health problems are common among young people but that awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help are unsuccessful.


How leaders can let go without losing control 

Mark Bonchek: creating principles with others enable them to make decisions for themselves.  

How to break your addiction to work

Rebecca Knight: Redefine success, try a digital detox and focus on how you choose to spend your time and with whom you spend it.  

How to pre-empt team conflict

Toegel & Barsoux: focus on how people look, act, speak, think and feel  

How to know if someone is ready to be a manager

Anna Ranieri: the key is an awareness of the nature of management so ask “what is management?”