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Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: implementation guide

PHE, NICE, NHS England, HEARTUK  & The  British Heart Foundation|  August 2018 | Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: implementation guide

A new implementation guide, written collaboratively by PHE, NICE, NHS England, HEARTUK and the British Heart Foundation, highlights that improving care for those with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia will need a co-ordinated effort and a whole-system approach. 

Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a genetic predisposition which more than 85% of people with FH in the UK are unaware that they have the condition and that they are at risk of premature heart disease. Untreated, people aged 20-39 with FH have a 100-fold increased risk of death from heart disease compared to those of a similar age without FH, and so early identification and treatment are absolutely crucial.

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This guide IS aimed at local commissioners and service providers. By searching GP records for those at risk and offering DNA testing to family members of people diagnosed with FH we can start to address this hidden burden.

This implementation guide aims to provide practical support to organisations, helping them to identify the gaps in the provision of FH services in their local area, and helping them address these gaps in line with the recently updated NICE guidance.

 

It includes:

  • a summary of recommendations from the recent update of the document
  • an outline of national and European policy documents
  • best practice case studies

(Source: PHE, NICE, NHS England, HEARTUK  & The  British Heart Foundation)

Implementation Guide: Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Implementing a systems approach to detection and management

Continuity of care for prisoners who need substance misuse treatment

Public Health England | August 2018 |Continuity of care for prisoners who need substance misuse treatment

Public Health England (PHE) have created a new toolkit for services which provide substance misuse treatment in prisons, other secure settings, and the community.

It is aimed at both the providers and commissioners of these services.

The toolkit can be used to support people with substance misuse treatment needs who are leaving prison.

It includes:

  • guidance on how to improve continuity of care
  • a guide to completing a continuity of care audit
  • tools to support an audit of the referral and treatment pathway

The resource Guidance for improving continuity of care between prison and the community is available from PHE here 

For the full range of resources, see PHE 

Key questions for the future of STPs and ICSs

NHS Providers | August 2018 | Key questions for the future of STPs and ICSs

NHS Providers have released the second in a  series of briefings on sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), this briefing follows a publication in February this year which set out the history of system working.  This latest  briefing summarises recent developments relevant to system working, sets out the state of play for STPs and integrated care systems (ICSs) and seeks to offer answers to a number of questions arising from the national policy focus on collaboration and integration.

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The briefing includes:

Key points

The context for collaboration

The state of play for STPs and ICSs

What works?

Questions and (tentative) answers

Summary

Resources

Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)

NHS England | August 2018 | Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)
NHS England has launched its  promised consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). The 12 week consultation is open until Friday October 26 and people can give their views on line or by post. NHS England will also hold engagement events during the consultation period to listen to stakeholders’ views.

 

The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system.
There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways.

ICPs are one of these ways, and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way. Following two recent Judicial Reviews which were dismissed, the High Court has twice now ruled that this proposed contractual approach to developing integrated care is lawful; and in a recent report Parliament’s cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee said ICPs were part of a ‘pragmatic response’ to pressures in the system (Source: NHS England).

NHS England Core Standards for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response

NHS England| July 2018 | NHS England Core Standards for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response

As part of the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response
(EPRR) Framework, providers and commissioners of NHS funded services must
show they can effectively respond to major, critical and business continuity incidents
whilst maintaining services to patients.

NHS England Core Standards for EPRR set out the minimum requirements expected
of providers of NHS funded services in respect of EPRR.

The purpose of the NHS England Core Standards for EPRR are to:

  • enable health agencies across the country to share a common approach to
    EPRR
  •  allow coordination of EPRR activities according to the organisation’s size and
    scope
  • provide a consistent and cohesive framework for EPRR activities
  • inform the organisation’s annual EPRR work programme.

(Source: NHS England)

NHS England Core Standards for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response are available here 

Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) annual assurance process for 2018-19: Letter from Stephen Groves  can be read here 

Health matters: health economics – making the most of your budget

Public Health England | July 2018 | Health matters: health economics – making the most of your budget

 

The latest edition of Health matters  focuses on local authorities, NHS commissioners and healthcare providers making better evidence-based commissioning decisions, and getting the most from their budget using easy to use health economic tools, resources and core principles.

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Health matters is available from PHE 

Commissioning for transition to adult services for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

NHS England | July 2018 |Quick Guide: Commissioning for transition to adult services
for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

This Quick Guide is intended to help local areas develop their transition processes for
young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) from childhood to
adulthood.

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The format of the guide is based on the ten key transition principles published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2016. Local areas can use this as a
resource to inform their own practice.

The quick guide is here 

Related:

Guidance for health services for children
and young people with Special Educational
Needs and Disability (SEND)