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Monday 10th December 2018


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The government response to the Science and Technology Committee’s seventh report of the session 2017-19 on e-cigarettes

Department of Health and Social Care - This command paper sets out the government’s response to the Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry report into e-cigarettes, published by the House of Commons in July 2018. Report More detail

A better future for adult social care

Hymans and Robertson - In this report the pensions and risk consultancy, Hymands and Robertson, calls for cross party political bravery to address the crisis in adult social care so that older adults and their carers can be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Lack of public understanding of the scale of the crisis is one of the...

Advancing medical professionalism

Royal College of Physicians - This report underlines how essential professionalism is in increasing job satisfaction, improving patient care and raising productivity, and looks at what this means for doctors under growing pressures from increased workload, to their own remit and to their relationship with patients. It points to a growing gap between what doctors are trained to do and...

Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?

House of Commons Education Committee - This report warns that the uptake of nursing degree apprenticeships has been slow with no more than 30 starters beginning training through the scheme last year. It argues that there is no evidence of how the Department for Education intends to meet the target of 400 nursing associates progressing to degree apprenticeships from 2019....

The carers’ covenant

Demos - This report calls for a new settlement between the state and informal carers. It is estimated there are now almost eight million informal carers in the UK making the informal care economy equivalent to £139 billion – more than seven times the UK’s total annual spend on adult social care. The report sets out an overhaul of current...

Modernising the Mental Health Act: increasing choice, reducing compulsion

Department of Health and Social Care - This independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 sets out recommendations for government on how the Act and associated practice needs to change. It covers four principles that the review believes should underpin the reformed Act: choice and autonomy; least restriction; therapeutic benefit; and people as individuals. The review looked at: rising...

Improving staff retention: key conversations to have with your staff

NHS Employers - Understanding what matters to staff can help overcome retention challenges. Aimed at employers, this guide explores when and how to have these conversations and includes practical tips and examples from a number of NHS organisations. Guide More detail

Improving staff retention: flexible working

NHS Employers - Offering flexible working opportunities can help employers attract and retain staff. This guide explores how to build a business case for flexible working and includes best practice, practical tips and resources to help you implement flexible working successfully. A number of case studies illustrate the range of flexible working arrangements already in place across the NHS. Guide...

Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness: 2018

Office of National Statistics - Analysis of children's and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and Good Childhood Index Survey, 2018. Report More detail

National measurement of loneliness: 2018

Office for National Statistics - This compendium provides comprehensive information on the loneliness measurement landscape, the recommended national indicators of loneliness and the question testing underpinning our recommendations. Report More detail

The 2019 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access: chapters and glossary

Department of Health and Social Care - An agreement between DHSC and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), on getting the best value and most effective medicines into use more quickly. Policy paper More detail

The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2018

General Medical Council - This report paints a stark picture of unabated pressure on health services. The report also shines a light on steps that some doctors are feeling the need to take to cope with patient numbers, some of which may be piling more pressure on other parts of the system. The research indicates many doctors are considering career...

Under pressure: the impact of the changing environment on local government complaints

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman - This report challenges local authorities not to “throw out the rule book” when redesigning services in the face of budget and resource pressures. It is based on nearly 40 case studies in which the Ombudsman has identified systemic problems stemming from councils changing the way they provided services. The report also recognises that...

Help at home: use of assistive technology for older people

National Institute for Health Research - This review presents a selection of recent research on assistive technology for older people funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other government funders. The review focuses on research around the use of technology in the home, remote monitoring systems and designing better environments for older people. Review More detail

Never too busy to learn: how the modern team can learn together in the busy workplace

Royal College of Physicians - This report, supported by Health Education England, helps healthcare teams make the most of daily learning opportunities in the workplace. It explores how ‘invitational’ learning environments can be created in clinical settings and, in doing so, poses two key questions: how do we create learning opportunities in the clinical workplace and how do we maximise...

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