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The End of Life Care Primary Care Trust (PCT) Profiles present over 40 indicators relating to
•population •deaths •place of death •cause of death
•deaths in hospital •care homes •end of life care spend
for each PCT in England.
Also see the End of Life Care Facilitator Competency Framework at :
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This short report by the Social Care Centre for Excellence provides evidence that the two main challenges for implementing personal budgets and direct payments for older people, including those with dementia, are „a lack of information about personal budgets and direct payments and a concern about taking on the burdens that direct payments can bring‟.
This is the fourth full national report on hip fractures and the care of hip fracture patients in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. This report covers casemix, care and outcomes of 59,365 cases submitted between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012 by 180 hospitals. It found that there has been a 5% year-on-year reduction in length of stays. Summary Database
A tool allowing users to compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered home care, residential or nursing home provider is now available online at NHS Choices. The Provider Quality Profile allows users to search for local providers within an area and link to CQC reports and information about the provider.
The service is being extended and will allow providers to include key information about themselves including photographs of rooms, pictures of staff along with short biographies, plus information on services such as visiting arrangements, pets and visiting clergy
Right Care have produced an Atlas which highlights variation in care for people with respiratory disease.after adjusting for population differences.The introduction states : "if all the PCTs in England were to achieve the COPD mortality rates of the best-performing PCTs, around 7,800 lives would be saved each year.”
An excellent and free resource was been produced by the Midlands and East Quality Observatory that allows anyone to look at the performance of a particular hospital and compare it nationally and regionally. There are a wide range of comparisons possible across
Preventing people from dying prematurely
Enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions
Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protect them from avoidable harm.
For more information go to the East Midlands Quality Observatory web site
Latest survey by Care Quality Commission which asked people about their experiences of accident and emergency (A&E) departments in 2012.
Nearly a quarter of patients who arrived by ambulance had to wait more than 15 minutes before they were transferred to staff (one in 20 people had to wait for more than an hour).
33 per cent of respondents said they spent more than four hours in A&E – up from 27 per cent in 2008 and 23 per cent in 2004.
The majority of participants were also not told how long they would wait for their examination.
Remember how the media recently focused, yet again, on the distraction of the selling of Bounty products on maternity wards? Recall the news of the additional £25m Government funding to improve maternity services that also coincided with publication of the Royal College of Midwifery's (RCM) 'State of Maternity Services' Report.
For the RCM showed that while there had been a turnaround in training and recruiting midwives there remained a big shortage as demand on services continued to increase and has not kept pace with the considerable rise in caesarian births. In areas such as the North West staffing continues to actually decline. At the same time as with many other hospital services, centralisation of maternity service continues
So the reported investment appeared good news considering that in 2011 the General Sec of the Royal College of Midwives was quoted as saying that services were 'on the verge of collapse' and others had reported on the impact of NHS cuts on midwifery
However as much of the new investment appeared to be yet again capital investment in hospitals it does to remember that the big challenges in the UK lie in reducing stillbirth rates and demands placed on the service by increasingly older first time mothers.. While a study published last year comparing 2006 with 1995 concluded that survival rates for premature births are improving in the UK other reports indicate stillbirth rates remain high and have not improved. As one study stated , 'understanding the link between deprivation and preterm birth should be a major research priority to identify interventions to reduce preterm birth'.
Carer Watch is campaign group for carers across the UK run by independent, unpaid carers with experience of the care system as it operates in the UK today. They consider it to be desperately under funded and not fit for purpose and aim to provide a non-party-political campaign platform to change the way that opinion-formers, politicians and journalists think about carers.
Find out more at their web site http://www.carerwatch.com/