Health & Care Review

Health & Care Review

April 13, 2017

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and LPCs stay up to date, PSNC provides this update service outlining the latest information in an easily digestible format. Weekly updates are published on our website and contractors can ensure they do not miss them by signing up to PSNC’s email newsletter service here.

The reviews extend the work we have been doing for some time to help LPCs stay informed about the NHS changes, and they inform the more detailed PSNC briefings which we continue to publish on this topic; these can be accessed in the Healthcare Landscape section of the website.

Inhaler prescribing resource launched by RightBreathe

RightBreathe has published a new resource to help with the selection, prescribing and on-going use of inhalers. The resource covers inhalers, spacers and pathways linking to different guidelines; the resource is interactive and contains videos on how to correctly use the different devices.

Health and care of people with learning disabilities

NHS Digital has published experimental statistics relating to key health issues for people who are recorded by their GP as having a learning disability in 2015/16.

Key facts include:

  • compared to the life expectancy of the general population, females with a learning disability have a life span shorter by 18 years, and males 14 years;
  • the percentage of patients known to their GP as having a learning disability who received an annual learning disability health check increased to 46% from 43% in 2014/15; and
  • obesity is twice as common in people aged 18-35 with learning disabilities, being underweight is twice as common in people aged over 64 with learning disabilities, compared to patients with no learning disabilities.

Mental health patients set to benefit from pioneering new digital services

NHS England has announced new funding designed to improve care for patients experiencing mental health issues, to be trialled in seven mental health trusts.

For the first time, all key professionals involved in a person’s care will have access to real-time records from triage and initial assessment to follow up care.

The trusts will have up to £70 million to invest in digital services – consisting £35 million with additional match funding from themselves of £35 million – in order to become ‘Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health’ helping the organisations become world-leading in the use of IT, providing knowledge and expertise to the wider NHS in order to reduce time and costs for others.

Best and worst areas for care home quality in England revealed in new research

Independent Age has published a report highlighting regional and local authority (LA) differences across England in the quality of care home services. The analysis is based on Care Quality Commission inspections which rate homes as either Outstanding, Good, Requires improvement or Inadequate.

Key findings in the report include:

  • the North West contains seven of the eight worst performing English LAs on care home quality, with one in three care homes across the region performing poorly;
  • the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber and South East are the worst performing regions of England for care home quality; and
  • London, the East of England and the South West are the best performing regions for care home quality.


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