Children’s mental health needs action

Children’s Commissioner 12.10.2016 Repots recently continue to detail the scale of mental health problems children today experience, spelling out the need for better help. It was reported that latest figures show almost a quarter of a million children and young people are receiving help from NHS mental health services, according to data from 60% of […]

Plans launched for seven day hospital pharmacy services

NHS England 5 September 2016 – 09:15 NHS England will deliver its first report on enhancing the quality of care and improving access to seven day pharmacy services for patients in hospital at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference today, Monday 5 September 2016. “Transformation of Seven Day Clinical Pharmacy Services in Acute Hospitals” sets […]

‘Patients at risk’ from length of GP consultations

Patients are being put at risk by GPs being forced to carry out complex consultations in 10 minutes or under, the British Medical Association says. The doctors’ union said patient care was undermined when GPs were forced to see as many as 60 patients a day. It called for more funding to allow GPs to […]

Seven day NHS pledge faces ‘staff shortages’

A confidential review of government plans for a seven-day NHS in England has identified 13 risks, according to the Guardian and Channel 4 News. These include concerns over a shortage of doctors and other health staff. The leaked risk register was drawn up by the Department of Health, and sets out a series of possible […]

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 […]