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Cuts to social care damaging the NHS

New figures from the King’s Fund show that cuts in local authority social care budgets are adversely affecting health services. 88 per cent of NHS acute trusts are forecasting a deficit at the end of this financial year.

Million strong increase in people with multiple health conditions

New analysis from Age UK suggests that the number of people living with two or more long-term conditions will increase by 1 million over the next five years.

Innovation in healthcare

The Department of Health and NHS England has announced a new £650,000 innovation prize to accelerate the development and scaling of digital tools that improve mental health outcomes.

Healthy Neighbourhoods

NHS England and Public Health England have issued a joint call for local authority partners to develop new housing developments focused on health and wellbeing. The programme aims to “design-in” healthy lifestyles into urban planning and integrate new technology into homes to help older people live independently for longer.

The proposals are focused on halting the development of “obesogenic” environments and developing new models of healthcare provision to support people in their own homes. There are three key aims:

90% of GPs think people with dementia need more support

A new survey has revealed that three quarters of GPs think their patients with dementia rely on family as they don't get enough help from health and social care services.  90% think people need more help to cope with the lonelyness associated with dementia.

Almost as many (73%) believe their patients are forced to depend on friends, neighbours and other unpaid carers for support, while half of GPs think the NHS is doing too little to care for people with the condition. More than two-thirds believe patients don't get enough provision from adult social services after a diagnosis.

Health Secretary outlines priorities

The re-appointed Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has set out his priorities for the next five years. He highlights a focus on public health (with a particular emphasis on childhood obesity), General Practice and the culture of targets rather than outcomes in the NHS.

He was speaking at an event at the King’s Fund and the speech can be viewed here: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/jeremy-hunt-seven-day-nhs-services

NHS vanguards

NHS England has launched a new programme to encourage local hospitals to work together, sharing back office administration and management between different sites.

Patient satisfaction maintained

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual survey of almost 59,000 inpatients which indicates the majority of respondents are positive about their hospital stay, with 84% rating their experience seven or above out of 10.

New campaign to emphasise value of relationships

Charity Relate has launched a campaign to place relationships at the heart of the NHS to improve health and wellbeing. The campaign is backed by recent research which has found that the link between relationships and health is too often ignored by health professionals.

Essential guide to the NHS

Think-tank the King’s Fund has published a series of short info-graphic guides to the NHS. The guides are designed to look at changes to the NHS over the past ten years and assess issues such as health inequalities, social care, spending and comparisons with other countries’ health services.

The guides are part of the King’s Fund’s pre-election NHS review.

w: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell

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