Helping People Live Better for Longer

The Department of Health has published a new guide setting out its role as the “steward of the health and care system”. The guide, ‘Helping People Live Better for Longer’ also explains the Department’s relationship with its various “Arms-Length Bodies” such as the Care Quality Commission, NHS England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.

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King’s Fund guide to the NHS

Health think tank the King’s Fund has launched a series of guides to the new structure of the NHS in England. The guides, launched to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS, include a new animation which clearly explains and analyses the changes in the NHS and summarises how the service is now structured and funded. You can see all the guides here

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The Department of Health announces £4m to improve the way diseases are diagnosed

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will share the funding across four NHS organisations in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Oxford. These places will seek to become national centres of expertise called NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives.

NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives will aim to bring together a wide range of experts and specialists from across the NHS and industry, including clinicians and other healthcare professionals, patients, NHS commissioners and researchers and will investigate a number of different clinical areas:

Department of Health expands scheme to support NHS staff

The scheme, called Schwartz Center Rounds, allows NHS staff to get together once a month to reflect on the stresses and dilemmas that they have faced while caring for patients. Robert Francis QC specifically pointed to the positive impact of Schwartz Center Rounds in his report. The Department of Health has announced a grant of almost £650,000 over the next two years to the Point of Care Foundation to expand the scheme.

Government launches care comparison website

Information intended to help people choose, compare and comment on residential care homes and home care services is now available on NHS Choices.

The new care profiles aim to provide the most comprehensive source of information on care services.

South London Healthcare NHS Trust: Decision by Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for Health has published a notice of his decision in relation to South London Healthcare NHS Trust following a report produced by administrators.

New online tool to evaluate care provision

A new tool allowing users to search and compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered home care, residential or nursing home provider is now available online at NHS Choices. It allows users to search for local providers within an area and link to CQC reports and information about the provider. The tool enables providers to include key information about themselves including photographs of rooms, pictures of staff along with short biographies, as well as information on services.

King’s Fund announces Patient and Family-centred Care programme participants 2012-13

The programme aims to break new ground in improving the experience of hospital care for patients and their families, and the working lives of staff. Each year the programme seeks to develop a small number of exemplary NHS provider organisations and a team of professional staff and managers who can demonstrate their achievements to others, and bring sustainable improvement in patients' experience.

Tackling Public Health Priorities Through the Social Determinants of Health consultation – deadline 25 May

The Institute of Health Equity (IHE) has developed an approach to interventions to improve public health through the social determinants of health (SDH).  It is envisaged that the approach and the tools developed would aid Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs), their partners and service providers to identify, develop and enable the commissioning of health interventions which address the SDH and health inequalities.

The approach and accompanying analysis are currently out for consultation. The consultation documents and the question reply sheet are available here:

NHS Bill is passed

Having passed its final parliamentary hurdle, the Health and Social Care bill is expected to become law within the next two weeks. The bill, which passes responsibility for commissioning of health services to groups of GPs and introduces elements of competition to healthcare competition has been hotly contested with many trades unions, professional bodies, patient groups and others opposing its introduction.


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