Emergency general surgery: how can we manage increasing demand?

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Alison Turner on a new Nuffield Trust report about emergency general surgery, which explores the challenges facing emergency general surgery and identifies some opportunities to overcome them.

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By place or by case? Service reorganisation at South London and Maudsley

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Sarah McDonald explores the findings of a mixed-methods evaluation of the effects of an organisational intervention on secondary mental health care for common mental disorder.

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Costs of the police service and mental health care pathways

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Alastair Canaway reviews a new study that maps and costs pathways through mental health and police services, and models the cost impact of implementing key policy recommendations.

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What do we know about designing and delivering care closer to home?

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In this blog, Alison Turner looks at a set of guides aims to explore the challenges and benefits of designing and delivering care closer to home.

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What can local decision makers do to address unplanned admissions in the elderly?

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This report shares findings of a mixed methods case study, to explore best practice in reducing unplanned admissions in the elderly population.

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Health Professionals’ views on care pathways for adults with learning disabilities

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The health inequalities of people with learning disabilities are well documented in the literature, with increased risks for many physical and sensory health issues as well as mental health issues and responses from health services have often been poor, as documented in the Michael Report. In recent years, the healthcare pathways approach has been introduced [read the full story…]

“Surgeons and commissioners used a different language when they met” according to project findings

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Rational commissioning This report describes a project, led by Right Care, to involve surgeons in the commissioning decision-making process, because observations made by the Department of Health and Surgical Specialty Associations showed that there were inconsistencies in the rates of elective surgical procedures between Primary Care Trusts, and that sometimes existing surgical procedures were “classified [read the full story…]

Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities – updated guidance

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Updated Clinical Guidelines and Integrated Care Pathways for the Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities are now available from the British Society for Disability and Oral Health (BSDH). These guidelines were originally a joint
 initiative between the Development Group
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