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NHS England has launched a national review into schemes to divert patients away from A&E departments. According to the Daily Telegraph, the investigation is in response to the death of a 44-year-old man who was turned away from a Bristol A&E department while a pilot scheme to ease pressure was…
Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has found. Led by the University of Hertfordshire, and involving Professor Julienne Meyer CBE from City, University of London, the Optimal study found…
The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham has been commissioned to complete a critical appraisal of a health care programme which aims to share innovation around primary care services such as those offered by GPs, thereby reducing hospital admissions and pressure on A&E departments. Primary health …
Measures to tackle the bed-blocking crisis in hospitals will see councils working more closely with the NHS, Jeremy Hunt has said. The Health Secretary said the plans would ensure local authorities and NHS organisations "play their part" in tackling delayed discharges, which are often due to the lack of social…
Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward…
The number of patients kept in hospital after being told they were well enough to leave has increased, according to new figures. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in April found 1,377 people had to remain in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed blocking.…
The document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains: The critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services How social work is essential to the whole system The necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the…
The NHS in England is performing at its worst ever level against a raft of targets, including A&E, cancer and people forced to wait on trolleys. The number of people waiting more than two months to start cancer treatment after an urgent referral was 25,157 in 2016 - the highest…
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