Policy Watch

RCGP Policy watch
Friday 24th July

NHS launches next step of urgent care review (NHS England)

NHS England launched its eight new urgent and emergency care vanguards, which will work towards creating more joined up care for patients. Six vanguards will cover smaller local systems, facilitating GPs, pharmacists and ambulance services to provide urgent care. There will also be two network vanguards, which will work towards integrating care across the population.

Care Quality Commission (NAO)

According to the National Audit Office, the Care Quality Commission has made significant progress addressing concerns over its regulatory approach and recruiting new staff. However, the NAO’s report warned that the CQC still has to prove that it is both effective and value for money.

Getting hospital discharge right would stop suffering and save millions of pounds (Healthwatch)

Healthwatch published the findings of its inquiry on the hospital discharge process, finding that failed discharge processes were having a costly impact on both the patient and wider health system. The report found that health services had let down patients in five ways, which included through a lack of co-ordination, discrimination and a lack of support post-discharge.

National Council for Palliative Care calls for review of how end of life issues are dealt with across government (NCPC)

The National Council for Palliative Care called on the government to launch a review of how dying, death and bereavement were dealt with across government departments and public bodies, similar to one recently launched by the Irish Taoiseach. The report made the case for strong leadership from the government to step up the scale and rate of change to palliative care.

No Local Authority Area in England and Wales Free From FGM (City University London)

City University London published its detailed estimates of FGM prevalence for each local authority area, showing that there was no local authority free from FGM entirely. The report found that Southwark had the highest prevalence of FGM, with 4.7 per cent of women affected, while outside of London high estimates were found in Manchester, Slough, Bristol, Leicester and Birmingham.

Improved recognition of dementia symptoms by health professionals (PHE)

Public Health England found that between 2008/09 and 2012/13 there was a 48 per cent increase in dementia sufferers being admitted to hospital as an emergency, with 20 per cent suffering from preventable acute conditions. The briefing on dementia admissions recommended that improvements could be made by intervening earlier to treat acute conditions and through the introduction of slips, trips and falls initiatives.

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