Public satisfaction with the NHS

Newly released annual polling figures have shown a sharp decline in public satisfaction with the performance of the NHS.

The annual polling shows that people still support the NHS and its principles but there has been a significant drop of 6% over the past year in the number of people reporting that they are satisfied with the NHS. Detailed analysis of the figures by the King’s Fund demonstrates that staffing and Government policy were at the heart of people’s concerns.

Resource for communities and health

The King’s Fund has brought together a series of articles and links examining the role communities play in health and wellbeing.

The resource dissects the meaning of community and explains the way the NHS is engaging with different groups in diverse ways to tap into the health promoting potential of communities.


Devolution deal for London’s health

The Mayor of London has been given more control over London’s health budgets in a major deal with NHS, Public Health and the Secretary of State for Health.

Cultures of quality in healthcare

The King’s Fund has produced a report exploring key ways that NHS providers can embed quality improvement into their activity ensuring positive changes to the way their organisations support patients.

Royal Free introduces arts programme

The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead is establishing a new ‘Arts in Hospitals’ programme. The programme is looking for musicians to support the programme and is seeking to develop a multi-artform offer over time.

CQC report finds health services at full stretch

The Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report has been published. It shows that demands on health care and adult social care services in England continues to rise and warns that “staff resilience is not inexhaustible” and “future quality is precarious”.

The report finds that “the number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. We have an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise.”

King’s Fund animation

The King’s Fund has published a new animation explaining how the NHS is structured and delivered.

The animation is a re-working of the 2013 model the Fund produced and offers a simple means of understanding NHS structures.

New NHS guidance for volunteers

NHS England has produced new guidance for NHS providers (including hospitals, primary care, and general practice and community services) on how best to work with volunteers. It includes good practice and highlights different approaches to recruiting and managing volunteers.

The guidance aims to help providers:

Three-year partnership confirmed between Welsh NHS and Arts Council

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and the Welsh NHS Confederation have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the advance of good practice and research; identify how the arts could contribute to health policy, particularly through social prescribing; conduct a review on the impact of creative practice on wellbeing; and advocate for a "mass shift in public thinking" about health. The collaboration aims to make Wales a creatively active nation.

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Survey suggests more than half of NHS doctors are considering leaving medicine

A survey of over 1,000 doctors conducted by doctors.net.uk suggests that the existing shortage of doctors in the UK may be set to worsen. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed would consider working abroad in lower-pressure environments.

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