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Mental health care fund for pregnant women and new mums

19th August 2016 – Health NHS England is inviting applications for funding to improve care for women with serious mental illness during pregnancy or soon after birth. Some women may suffer from depression, anxiety or psychosis at this time. Currently, 40% of local NHS areas do not provide any services for these women. The initial […]

NHS dementia atlas reveals patchy care

16 August 2016 Health Read more about sharing. Image copyright department of health Image caption The atlas shows how regions are doing on things like dementia check-ups. Dark blue shows greater activity. A new dementia atlas, published by the government, reveals patchy NHS care for the condition across England. While some regions on the map […]

Delays in discharging patients 23% rise

11th August 2016 – Health Delays in discharging patients from hospital have risen 23% since June last year, NHS England has revealed. Every day more than 6,000 patients well enough to leave hospital are unable to do so because there is nowhere suitable for them to be discharged to. NHS England said this figure had […]

Mental health target being ignored

By Hugh Pym Health editor 10 August 2016 Some mental health patients in England are being denied timely treatment promised by the government, figures reveal. The target, intensive treatment within two weeks, was introduced in April 2016 to give mental health the same referral priority as cancer. Freedom of Information figures suggest a quarter of […]

Health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations

News Progress towards building the right support for people with a learning disability or autism 4 August 2016 – 11:00 National funding released to drive transformation of local services Summary plans for new and innovative care and support options published £100m in capital available to build the right support Local plans to transform care for […]

NW London to transform care over the next five years

Today the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups have published their first Draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The NW London STP sets out how the NWL CCGs will work together with  providers and local authorities, to transform care in NWL over the next five years to 2020/21. The local chapter of the STP is also at an […]

‘End postcode lottery in NHS fertility treatment’

Ross Lydall, Health Editor, EVENING STANDARD, 15th July 2016 Graham Hawkes, CEO of Healthwatch Hillingdon (an independent health and social care watchdog): “Access to NHS funded IVF is not easy and women already need to meet strict medical criteria before they can be considered for IVF and must have tried all other options first. The […]

Hospitals given green light to miss waiting time targets

More than 50 hospitals in England have been given the green light to miss key waiting time targets this year to help ease their financial problems. The move is part of a package of measures taken by NHS bosses after hospitals exceeded their budgets by a record amount last year. Fines for missing targets in […]

Healthwatch Hillingdon publishes its Annual Report 2015-16: A catalyst for change

Healthwatch Hillingdon today published its 3rd annual report, ‘A catalyst for change’. The report for the year ending 31st March 2016 outlines how Healthwatch are serving their residents and those people who use health and social care services in Hillingdon. Graham Hawkes  the  Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Hillingdon said “I hope you will agree as you read our […]