Archives for January 11th, 2006

MOVING HEALTHCARE OUT OF HOSPITAL INTO THE COMMUNITY

Book News, PublicNet: 11 January, 2006

This document sets out the initial work programme and priorities of the Institute for Innovation and Improvement which aims to support the NHS with high-impact solutions to some of its biggest challenges and innovative ideas. The priorities include supporting the NHS in preventing healthcare-associated infection and helping to improve the management of long-term conditions, particularly through innovation in primary care.A key focus of the programme is on out-of-hospital care. It describes what needs to happen to shift the provision of care to more local, community settings. The aim of the Institute is to support the development of community-based services that are demonstrably responsive, effective, productive and offer best value for money. To achieve this it will develop sets of tested, high-impact solutions around those interventions that will make the greatest difference to the shift to out-of-hospital care providers, including self-care. It will also develop planning and measurement processes for organisations that commission and those that provide out-of-hospital care.

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JOURNAL QUESTIONS VALUE OF WAITING LIST TARGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 2006

The National Health Service is likely to meet the Government’s 18-week waiting list target according to an article today in the “Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine” – but the authors question whether the target is in the interest of patients.The article, written by Richard Lewis and John Appleby, the King’s Fund Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Chief Economist, examines the Government’s pledge that by 2008 there will be a maximum wait of 18 weeks following any patients referral by a GP to treatment in hospital if required. They argue that this will be achieved but raise doubts over whether in the long run it is in the interest of patients and the system to meet the target

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NAO SAYS MORE STILL TO BE DONE TO SPEED IMPROVEMENT OF POOR SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 2006

Government measures to combat poor performance in schools in England are having an effect, according to a report today from the National Audit Office. But it says more can still be done to speed up the improvement of poor schools and to help sustain that improvement. It points, too, to concerns over a shortage of head teachers and the need for local authorities to have close links with all their schools.The report says a large proportion of schools provide high standards of education and that pupil attainment is improving in primary and secondary schools. Some, though, perform less well under definitions used by the Department for Education and Skills and Ofsted. The 1,557 schools under those definitions include 242 schools that Ofsted has judged to be failing to provide an acceptable standard of education.

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