Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
17 October 2014

New Dementia ‘Ambassadors’ to help GPs and patients (NHS England)

NHS England has announced the introduction of dementia ambassadors to provide support to Clinical Commissioning Groups, or GP-led local health committees, on how to improve the rates of dementia diagnosis. The seven experts in dementia care will be based in London, the south, the north, the midlands and Scotland.

NHS Alliance launches major report – Think Big, Act Now: Creating a community of care (NHS Alliance)

The NHS Alliance has called for a shift in thinking of the health service, from one based on transaction to one based on relationship. The report highlights 3 underlying principles for the NHS: a responsive and responsible system, health professional and patient, which will allow the NHS to adapt to an ageing population and would motivate practice nurses and GPs to stay in their jobs for more than just an income.

Care Quality Commission publishes its fifth annual report on the state of health and care services in England (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission has published its report on the state of health and care services in England, noting that there is excellent care but the wide variations are unacceptable. The report recommends that in order to improve the patient must be at the centre of their care, CQC inspections must be used to drive quality and the health and care system must support services in need of improvement.

Checking that doctors have appropriate insurance and indemnity cover (GMC)

The General Medical Council has launched a consultation on changes to its regulations, which will provide the GMC with new powers to check doctors have adequate insurance or indemnity cover. Additionally, where a doctor does not have appropriate cover the GMC will be able to remove a doctor’s license or refuse to grant a license to a doctor coming to practice in the UK.

New report shows how culture change can make vast impact to quality and finance in the NHS (NHS Confederation)

The NHS Confederation and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have highlighted six key factors which will deliver better value care in the NHS. The report ‘Decisions of Value’ argues that stronger clinical and financial rapport, greater patient involvement, values-based behaviour, information-driven decision-making, supportive environments and better peer support will help balance financial stability with improvements in care.

Better health for London (London Health Commission)

The London Health Commission has warned that London faces a public health emergency due to the levels of smoking and obesity in the capital. The report ‘Better health for London’ recommends that public spaces,  including parks, go smoke free, introducing oyster card discounts for people who walk to work and a minimum price of alcohol for boroughs dealing with problem drinking.

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