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NHS & Social Care: December 2016


App for children and young people with autism

A  mobile phone and tablet app has been developed by Aneurin Bevan UHB and partners to improve information sharing and support for children and young people with autism.

Better support for people dying, their relatives and professionals

Research at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre at Cardiff University School of Medicine has highlighted the urgent need for better care for dying people and more support for the relatives and professionals who look after them.

Wales Deanery takes first place for paediatric training

The GMC recently released its survey results for paediatric training, and the Wales Deanery is ranked in first place for overall satisfaction. 

Mouth cancer rates are increasing but short term survival is improving in Wales

An analysis produced by Public Health Wales shows that more people are being diagnosed with mouth cancer and the majority are at a late stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

GP record sharing to improve care in Wales

More hospital doctors and pharmacists now have electronic access to Welsh patients’ GP records, improving patient safety by sharing information.  

New dementia framework for Wales

A Dementia Learning and Development Framework for Wales has been developed in response to a public demand for a better, more consistent approach to caring for, and supporting, people with dementia.

Swansea GPs are first in Wales with innovative early years scheme

A group of Swansea GP practices has become the first in Wales to employ a specialist to work with families to help break the cycle of underdeveloped parenting skills.

Online tool to track health of the nation

This updated tool, produced by Public Health Wales, contains data to support the 40 key indicators outlined in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

New look Health Maps Wales

The Health Maps Wales interactive mapping tool is available for mobiles and tablets.

Adverse childhood experiences report

report says those in Wales who suffered four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a chronic disease in later life.

Workshop: Strategies for researching health literature - 12/13 January

This interactive workshop will provide a step-by-step guide for constructing an advance search strategy for a systematic review with a focus on the health/medical literature.


Mainstreaming social value in social care

This practical VODG esource promotes increased cooperation between social care commissioners and providers.

Toolkit for engaging people with dementia and carers

This toolkit provides guidance and helpful tips about facilitating discussions with people with dementia and carers effectively and sensitively.

Improving mental health training for GPs and practice nurses

This Mind report shows that 46% of trainee GPs undertook a training placement in a mental health setting.

Hospital collaboration in the NHS

This report considers what makes collaboration successful and what prevents it.

Understanding the role of national bodies in supporting delivery services

This research finds that 70 per cent of NHS staff do not understand the role of the national bodies in the healthcare system.

Adult social care funding

This report looks at the state of funding for adult social care and current pressures. It contains a series of short essays by senior figures in the care sector offering personal views and expert perspectives.

Using data to identify good-quality care for older people

This report describes the results of a pilot of using routine health care data to determine areas that have made quality improvements in the care of frail and older people over time.

Tackling food marketing to children in a digital world

This WHO report examines the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children  focusing on the major shift to digital marketing.

Changes in the value and division of unpaid care work in the UK

The ONS estimates that the value of unpaid adult care is worth £8 billion, with 59% of it provided by women.

Managing complaints and incidents within home care services

This RPS guidance provides practical advice on how reporting and learning systems should operate in home care services.

Perinatal mental health care

This report examines the economic case for investing in early interventions that reflect best practice in England.

How is the NHS performing?

This monitoring report from the Kings Fund finds that big rises in demand for health care means the NHS' finances are under pressure and performance against several key indicators are at their worst level for more than a decade

Guidance to primary care providers on supporting whistleblowing

This guidance aims to make it easier for primary care staff to raise their concerns so that action can be taken and improvements made. 

Young disabled people's experiences of living independent lives

This SCOPE report finds that young disabled people are experiencing poor quality care and support planning, a lack of information and advice tailored to their specific needs and expectations. 

Children and young people's mental health

This is the final report from an independent commission that was looked at the progress made in transforming children and young people's mental health services.

End of life care and human rights

Sue Ryder and the British Institute of Human Rights have developed a guidewhich provides information about human rights and how relevant they are in an end of life care context.

Delivering adult social care in challenging times

This report outlines the issues and funding pressures facing authorities in delivering adult social care.

The role of GPs in patients' hospital care

This paper presents an analysis of patients' choices for elective medical procedures when their choices are pre-selected by a GP. 

Treatments and procedures that have limited clinical value or impact

As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has outlined a list of 40 treatments and procedures that have limited clinical value or impact.

Patients with multimorbidity

This report reviews how the current health system serves patients living with multiple long-term conditions.

Detection and managment of blood pressure

This resource highlights opportunities and areas for improvement.

Making personal budgets dementia friendly

The Alzheimer’s Society has produced a personal budgets guide to actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their carers.


This LGA report highlights the role that GPs can play in educating the public on self-care and how patients can treat themselves without visting the doctor or manage long-term conditions by taking preventative action.

Unlocking the power of local place leadership 

This NLGN essay collection brings together a selection of voices, representing different institutions and stakeholders in different places, to show how place leadership is emerging. The essays highlight the interconnectedness of local services, institutions and organisations, and how a shared vision can help to deliver the best outcomes for local people.

Changes to the Fitness to Practise Rules

This consultation seeks feedback on proposed changes to the NMC's fitness to practise processes. The consultation closes on 19 December 2016.

What if NHS leaders were more representative of their patients? 

This Kings Fund essay, by Vijaya Nath, looks at the current leadership structure of the NHS and discusses how increased diversity could improve performance.

Integrated care for older people with frailty: innovative approaches in practice

This RCGP report showcases how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty. 

The 'Art of Dying' website

The Catholic church in England and Wales has brought the medieval manuscript Ars Moriendi – The Art of Dying – into the digital age, with a website aimed at helping terminally ill people and their loved ones deal with death.

A practical guide to identifying and talking about loneliness

This guide supports commissioners, service providers, front line staff and volunteers in identifying people who experience, or are at risk of experiencing, loneliness. 

Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness 

This RCP report sets out the essential actions to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness across the NHS. 

Involving patients and citizens

This guidance sets a standard for how patients and citizens should be involved in research and innovation.

Consent and supported decision-making

This guidance is aimed at doctors to help them understand the change in recent case law which means that doctors are now obliged to ensure that patients are aware of any and all risks that an individual patient might consider significant.

Preventing falls

This RAND report evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention designed to prevent falls in the elderly, with a particular focus on fall-related injuries.

Patient activation and community pharmacy

It is widely recognised that people who feel in control, empowered and confident to take a lead role in their healthcare have better outcomes. This briefing explains the concept of patient activation and why it is relevant to community pharmacy services.


Why diverse teams are smarter

Rock and Halvorson: Diverse teams are smarter because they focus more on facts.

How to deal with a boss who behaves unpredictably

Carolyn O'Hara: Don’t take it personally, look for triggers and patterns, be thoughtful about your timing, offer some strategic gratitude.

The problem with learning is unlearning

Mark Bonchek: We are operating with management models that have grown outdated or obsolete – to embrace the new we have to unlearn the old.

When you feel under pressure to do the wrong thing at work

Joseph Badaracco: Make sure you really understand the situation, use a decision tree and be candid.