A year of progress towards High Quality Care for All – UK – 30 June 2009

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , |

A year of progress towards High Quality Care for All

Author:      Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE
Published date:      30 June 2009

“Lord Darzi has today published his report High Quality Care for All: Our Journey So Far, which examines the progress that has been made since High Quality Care for All was published a year ago. Across each dimension of quality – patient experience, patient safety and clinical effectiveness – Lord Darzi has found that there has been real progress with patients already seeing the difference.

Major improvements highlighted in the report include the opening of 50 new GP led Health Centres, the introduction of personal care plan for 9.3 million patients with long term conditions and the growth in keyhole surgery. The focus on quality has moved up the agenda for staff and organisations, supported by the promotion of innovation through the introduction of tools and funds such as NHS Evidence, the Innovation Fund and the Challenge Prizes.

The report also outlines plans to drive up the quality agenda even further and free up clinicians time to do this.  Proposals include:

  • * Refining of targets based on evidence – we want to free up front line staff so they can focus on delivering high quality care. We will remove the obsolete 13 week outpatient and 26 week inpatient performance targets, as well as reviewing data collections across the board in order to reduce the burden on front line staff;
  • * Clinician budget ownership – we will look at giving clinical teams in the acute sector ownership of their budget. Allowing clinical teams to manage their budgets will promote entrepreneurship and innovative delivery of services built around the needs of the patient.
  • * Peer review accreditation system – we will create a new voluntary peer review system in which clinicians will judge the standard of their peers in order to drive up quality and achieve a ‘gold standard’ of care. The system will be developed through close collaboration and consultation with the relevant partners and stakeholders.”
Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

NHS Evidence has been launched

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Knowledge Translation | Tags: , , |

Press release on the launch of NHS Evidence

from the website about    NHS Evidence:

“Background to NHS Evidence

The creation of NHS Evidence was announced on June 30th 2008 as part of the High Quality Care for All report from Lord Darzi, who stated that: “All NHS Staff will have access to a new NHS Evidence service where they will be able to get, through a single web-based portal, authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practices.”

The NHS Evidence service

The principle aim of the NHS Evidence service is to provide easy access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who takes decisions about treatments or the use of resources – including clinicians, public health professionals, commissioners and service managers – thus improving health and patient care. It will build on NICE’s significant international reputation for developing high quality evidence-based guidance. It provides access to a range of information types, including primary research literature, practical implementation tools, guidelines and policy documents.

To achieve the aim stated above, NHS Evidence will:

* Provide comprehensive access to information in health and social care via a web-based portal
* Commission the development of evidence-based information from external agencies, in line with user needs and priorities
* Provide a central purchasing function to enable health professionals in the NHS to access journals and other relevant resources
* Provide a formal accreditation scheme for defined categories of information such as clinical guidelines
* Identify evidence reflecting best practice in particular topic areas to inform a range of user groups
* Engage with users and stakeholders to support the use of evidence in decision-making, and to provide feedback to develop the service”

…. continues on the website

NICE has had a website revamp as well

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Government’s response to the Health Select Committee report: NHS Next Stage Review

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

The Government’s response to the Health Select Committee report: NHS Next Stage Review

Document type:      Command paper
Author:   UK Department of Health
Published date:      12 March 2009
Product number:      Cm7558
Pages:      34

Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee’s report on the NHS Next Stage Review.  It deals mainly with primary care trust commissioning, primary care provision, the quality agenda and the NHS Constitution.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Transforming respiratory and sleep diagnostic services to deliver 18 weeks – a Good Practice Guide [UK]

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

Transforming respiratory and sleep diagnostic services to deliver 18 weeks – a Good Practice Guide

Author:  UK  Department of Health
Published date:      9 February 2009
Pages:      62

This guide accompanies other recently published good practice guidance for physiological measurement services including audiology, cardiac physiology and neurophysiology.

This guide supports the continued delivery of low wait planned care services associated with the 18 week target and the clinical visions outlined by each of the 10 SHAs in England as part of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review of the NHS. Including evidence and new pathways, it aims to help commissioners understand where respiratory and sleep services fit into their local strategy for clinical care and providers by suggesting innovative ways in which these services can be improved and delivered for the benefit of patients.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The design and establishment of the Leadership Council

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Leadership, Workforce | Tags: , |

The design and establishment of the Leadership Council

For David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive & Clare Chapman, Director General Workforce, NHS
by Sandra Dawson,
Professor, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Pam Garside,
Newhealth and Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Robyn Hudson
Strategic Development Manager, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust*
Colin Bicknell
Senior Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College

A team based at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge was commissioned in September 2008 by Clare Chapman, Director General NHS and Social Care Workforce and David Nicholson NHS Chief Executive to bring forward recommendations for the design of the NHS Leadership Council, as proposed in High Quality Care for All: NHS Next Stage Review, 2008 (NSR).

14 January 2009

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

NHS Constitution

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Health Bill 2008 – 2009 [UK]

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

The Health Bill aims to improve the quality of NHS care and services and to improve public health.

Key areas:

  • Places a duty on providers and commissioners of NHS services to have regard to a new NHS Constitution, which will set out the responsibilities of patients and staff
  • introduces direct payments for health services with the intention of giving patients greater control over the health care services they receive
  • introduces quality accounts, which would provide information on quality for patients, clinicians and managers, with the aim of improving local accountability for services
  • makes provisions to protect children and young people from the harm caused by smoking. These provisions relate particularly to advertising and sales from vending machines
  • extends the remit of the Local Government Ombudsman to consider complaints from people who have arranged their own adult social care
  • introduces a scheme by which prizes for innovation in health service provision may be awarded.
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The [UK] Government’s response to the Health Select Committee report: NHS Next Stage Review

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee’s report on the NHS Next Stage Review.  It deals mainly with primary care trust commissioning, primary care provision, the quality agenda and the NHS Constitution.

12 March 2009

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

UK House of Commons Health Select Committee has published its report on Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

The House of Commons Health Select Committee has published its report on Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review.

Volume 1: Report, together with formal minutes 13 January 2009

Volume 2: Oral and written evidence 13 January 2009

Second Report 22 January 2009

Third Report:  Health inequalities 15 March 2009

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...