Care planning is crucial in delivering improved care for people living with dementia, and supporting their families and carers | NHS England
he importance of having a high quality care plan that is reviewed regularly is reiterated through its inclusion in the CCG IAF as one of the dementia indicators. It also forms a key part of the forthcoming evidence-based treatment pathway for dementia.
Simply having a care plan, whilst being a good start, is not enough. Any care plan needs to be personalised to the specific needs of each person with dementia and reflect changes in their care needs over time. To support the adoption of high-quality care plans NHS England has developed a guide Dementia: Good Care Planning, with input from people living with dementia, their carers and health and social care professionals.
Improving training available in GP practice settings and raising the profile of the role is key to helping to retain and expand the General Practice Nursing (GPN) workforce | Health Education England.
Key report recommendations include:
improving training capacity for the general practice nurse workforce by providing access to accredited training to equip them for each level of their role;
raising the profile of general practice nursing, to increase the uptake of the role as a first-destination career;
developing GPN educator roles to cover all CCG areas, including the promotion of mentor training for all GPNs to retain the knowledge and expertise of existing GPNs; and
the development of a sustainable and easily accessible ‘how-to’ toolkit and web based resource to support the implementation of general practice nursing workforce initiatives.
a nationwide standardised general practice nursing ‘return to practice’ education programme which includes a general practice placement, mentorship and appropriate support to meet the NMC requirements for ‘return to practice’.
Arthritis UK launch new report, Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions
The report has been produced in partnership with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England and is also endorsed by the Royal College of Practitioners, Local Government Association and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. It is intended for organisations responsible for commissioning and providing local services, as well as musculoskeletal and physical activity organisations who may find it of interest.
The report highlights the importance of providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions and details the resources that local authorities and commissioners can use to enable and support people with musculoskeletal conditions to be physically active.
Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia.
Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals | Department of Health
This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households.
It will help health staff to identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse. Commissioners will gain insight into services to support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and the importance of joined-up local strategic planning.
The resource draws on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence multi-agency guidelines on domestic violence and abuse, and provides:
the legal and policy contexts of domestic abuse in England
information for commissioners on effective integrated care pathways
information for service providers on shaping service delivery
what health practitioners need to know and do
information to ensure the right pathway and services are in place locally
School nurses are key professionals in delivering evidence-based public health programmes and interventions to support children and young people achieve best health outcomes | Public Health England
Evidence suggests that although school nurse interventions result in a variety of positive
outcomes there is a lack of formal and robust evaluation activities. This toolkit is for school nurses who are undertaking interventions to support behaviour change in children or young people. It takes a realistic approach that can be integrated into practice. Whilst there is no single way of doing evaluation, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to evaluation, this toolkit provides a guide to the processes and tools to use to evaluate the work you deliver.
Objective: Describe and assess the impact of a pharmacist-led patient review programme on the management and control of type 2 diabetes (T2D).
Conclusions: The pharmacist-led review increased the number of key care processes administered and improved diabetic control during the year of programme delivery. The improvement abated during the year after, suggesting that such programmes should be ongoing rather than fixed term. The programme combined the strategic drive and project facilitation skills of Slough CCG, the general practice teams’ knowledge of their patients and the clinical and information technology skills of an experienced pharmacist team.
The approaches to the prevention of vision/eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services | The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
This briefing document will help inform commissioners of the key issues to consider when commissioning services for:
Children with conditions that cause (or may cause) visual impairment (VI), severe visual impairment (SVI) or blindness (BL) (WHO definition i.e. corrected acuity in better eye of LogMAR 0.5 or worse)
Children with common eye conditions that cause (or may cause) unilateral or milder reduction in vision
Children with isolated refractive error alone or those with mild/acute/self-limiting conditions (e.g. conjunctivitis)
This briefing document sets out the themes and issues relevant to commissioning of ophthalmic services for children, on behalf of the Paediatric Sub-committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.