Monthly announcement of national dementia diagnosis rate

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s clinical director for dementia has written to CCGs with an update on national priorities and the latest dementia diagnosis figures, for April 2017 | NHS England

The monthly CCG letters can be found below with the national dementia diagnosis rates alongside general updates on national priorities. Commissioners are asked to cascade this information to member practices.

Interactive dashboard provides new insight into cervical screening coverage

GPs and health organisations will be able to improve cervical screening rates thanks to an innovative new online data tool | NHS Digital

It is hoped that the interactive dashboard will help identify areas where screening levels could be improved and encourage work to boost coverage.

The dashboard will provide more detailed and timely information about cervical screening and will help Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), GP practices and local authorities to improve coverage rates for the potentially lifesaving test, which are currently falling.

NHS Digital, Public Health England (PHE) and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust have collaborated on the initiative, which aims to provide easier access to the latest data about cervical screening3. This is part of a PHE-led project to empower GP practices and CCGs to improve cervical screening attendance and coverage rates.

Involving people in health and care guidance

The two sets of guidance, and a wealth of web based resources and best practice, together supersede the original ‘Transforming Participation in Health and Care’ guidance, which was published in 2013 | NHS England

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In response to user feedback, elements of the original guidance have been retained and new features introduced, including a greater focus on people with the greatest health needs, and information on the practicalities of involvement.

The links between individual and collective involvement in health are clear; people who have advanced knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health are more likely to get involved at a group/community level in having a say about health and health services. Equally, those who have been involved in the commissioning process (planning, buying and monitoring) health services are more likely to be informed about health and health services; they will therefore be better placed to manage their own health and be involved about decisions relating to their care and treatment.

The future of commissioning

NHS Providers has launched a new publication series “Provider Voices” which promotes the views of leaders from a range of trusts and other parts of the service on some of the key issues facing the NHS.

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The first report Where next for commissioning? includes eight interviews that address concerns including the role of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and accountable care systems (ACSs), the challenge of integrating health and care commissioning, and the future of the purchaser-provider split.

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‘Trust and collaboration within vanguards is essential but not easy’ – new report

A new report launched today (15 June) at Confed17, looks to better understand how to build trust across systems to promote more effective collaborative working | NHS Employers

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Trustworthy Collaboration, written for NHS Employers by Prof Veronica Hope-Hailey of the University of Bath, explores the challenges of building trust across health systems, in the context of the 50 vanguard sites tasked with delivering transformational change through new care models.

The report looks into the challenges facing the leaders of the partner organisations within the vanguards, who are required to collaborate to deliver transformational change. Trust is essential to collaboration, the report states, but achieving this is easier said than done.

For the vanguards, trust was an important ingredient for ensuring success. It was vital for senior leaders to swiftly establish trust with other leaders across multiple and complex systems.

The report explores the meaning of trust in organisations and offers six key recommendations for how to successfully achieve it.

Over half of sessional GPs suffer work-related stress

At least half of sessional GPs suffer from work-related stress, according to a new survey by the BMA | OnMedica

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The BMA reported that work-related stress has led more than one in ten sessional GPs to take time off work in the past year.

The BMA also found that a staggering 70% of locums would consider leaving the profession if a locum cap was introduced in general practice. It warned against anything – such as measures that harm locum pay – that could lead to an ‘exodus’ of locum and salaried doctors, who it said play a key part in solving the NHS’s current problems.

The BMA wanted to understand the issues that sessional GPs face, to ensure that its discussions with government accurately address their needs. So its sessional GP subcommittee conducted a UK-wide survey of salaried and locum GPs from 1st March to 6th April 2017.

Clinical audit in commissioning

The Health care Quality Improvement Partnership has published Using Clinical audit in commissioning healthcare services.

This guide outlines how clinical audits can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care. It examines the strengths and limitations of clinical audit outputs for monitoring and assurance as well as considering how clinical audit can drive quality improvement as demonstrated through case studies and practical guidance.