Archives for November 4th, 2004

HEALTH EFFICIENCY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 November, 2004

This paper from the Department of Health describes how efficiency savings of 3.2, 4.9 and 6.5 billion pounds will be achieved in the next thee years through more than 600 statutory bodies. Half of the efficiencies will come from making better use of staff time, partly through the implementation of electronic patient records, appointment booking and prescription transfers. The Department will cut 720 civil service posts and reduce the staffing of arms-length bodies by at least 5,000. NHS buying power will be used to get better value for money in the procurement of healthcare, facilities management and medical supplies. Back office services such as finance, ICT and human resources will be streamlined. Further savings will come from improved commissioning of social care, greater delegation and the introduction of incentive schemes.The paper is available at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/09/29/44/04092944.pdf

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PATIENTS WANT CHANCE TO DISCUSS COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE WITH GPs

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 November, 2004

More than seven out of ten patients would like to talk to their family doctors or pharmacists about complementary medicine but are reluctant to do so as many of them feel most GPs disapprove of it, according to figures released today.They have been published as part of a campaign by Developing Patient Partnerships and show that only 52 per cent of GPs routinely ask patients about their complementary medicine use. Nearly half of family doctors do not believe they should be providing information and advice to patients on the subject but 70 per cent of them say they have recommended complementary medicine to patients.

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SOME SIGNS OF SUCCESS IN ‘CARING’ COMMUNITY PILOTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 November, 2004

Communities that Care schemes designed to improve young people’s school achievements and at the same time reduce the risks of crime and other problems have the potential to make a real difference to the way local preventive services are planned and delivered according to new research. The researchers are warning, though, that differences in the levels of implementation achieved in three demonstration projects in England and Wales mean the programme’s effectiveness has still to be conclusively established.The Communities that Care programme was introduced to Britain from the United States six years ago with funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The idea is to use knowledge about risk and protective factors in children’s lives as an auditing tool to help plan prevention strategies tailored to meet local priorities. The long-term aims are to promote achievement and cut problem behaviour including drug taking and school-age pregnancies, by encouraging local people and professionals to make sure their plans include evidence-based programmes whose effectiveness have been demonstrated through research.

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