Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 4 September 2015

Cutting reliance on paper will make patients safer, says NHS England (NHS England)

The NHS has urged health and social care leaders to end the reliance on paper in the treatment of patients in order to make services safer, more effective and efficient. By October all discharge summaries transferring from hospital to GP care must be completed electronically after trials showed granting GPs instant access to discharge summaries online reduces the risk of error during ‘patient handover’. Clinical commissioning groups must submit delivery plans by April 2016 for how they will eradicate the use of paper in the treatment of patients in their region by 2020.

Simon Stevens announces major drive to improve health in NHS workplace (NHS England)

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens launched a new £5million initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of 1.3m health service staff. The initiative has three pillars: a major drive to improve NHS staff health; a new nationally-specified occupational health service for GPs suffering from burnout and stress; and national action to challenge and support catering contractors and PFI providers to raise the standards of food and nutrition.

Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England (NHS England)

NHS England issued new guidance on transforming urgent and emergency care services in England for local health and social care communities as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. The guide aims to improve good practice in delivering emergency care through a commitment to being ‘safer, faster, better’. The guide details improvements for emergency care across all ages as well as improvements to out-of-hospital services to keep care closer to home and reduce hospital attendances and admissions.

Person-centred care for long term conditions: 'Our Declaration' (NHS England)

NHS England launched a consultation to gain signatures for the ‘Our Declaration’ document on person-centred care for long term conditions. ‘Our Declaration’ is intended to gather support around how person-centred care can improve experience and participation for people with long term conditions and their carers. The consultation is seeking views from individuals on what they are doing to improve person-centred care.


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