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The number of people being diagnosed with and surviving cancer is increasing every year. As of 2015, an estimated 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK, an increase of 400,000 people in just five years.
Our report in 2012, ‘Primary Care ‘Today and Tomorrow: improving general practice by working differently’, highlighted the significant challenges facing general practice and the need for general practice to work differently to cope effectively with the increasing demands it was facing.i Some three years later the findings still resonate.
This week the NHS held its annual NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool, providing an opportunity for the NHS to set out its stall for the next five years. With clear endorsement from the new Conservative Government for the NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV), all eyes were on Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, as he set out his stall.
On Wednesday 27 May, Deloitte hosted a Cambridge Health Network event using our latest report ‘Connected health: how digital technology is transforming health and social care’ as a catalyst for the ensuing debate. Over 120 people from the public, private and voluntary sectors attended, from health and social care providers to life sciences and technology companies, including a number of digital health start-ups and social enterprises. What the majority of attendees had in common was a belief that the time has arrived for digital technology to be adopted at scale to help transform patient care and improve the efficiency, effectiveness and cost of care delivery.
This week is the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), Dying Matters Coalition, Dying Matters Awareness Week (DMAW), with the theme, ‘Talk Plan Live’. The aim being to highlight the importance of talking about dying and, importantly, of planning ahead. In October 2014, we published the Centre’s report on Transforming care at the end-of-life, so this seems like an appropriate time to consider developments since then and why raising the profile of dying really does matter.
This week is the Mental Health Foundation’si 16th Mental Health Awareness (MHA) week, which given its proximity to the resolution of the election, is a timely reminder of the need to honour the various pledges that suggest funding and provision of mental health should be given parity with physical health. The focus of this year’s MHA promotion is mindfulness - the meditative technique designed to “clear the minds, root oneself in the present and give respite from the stresses and anxieties of modern day living”.ii This week’s blog therefore explores this concept of mindfulness and considers why the new government should prioritise mental health more widely.
Whatever your political persuasion, the NHS continues to be a high priority for all parties, and if the promises of increased investment are to be believed its future, at least for next five years, is safe whatever the outcome of the election. The only difference is what constitutes safe, and how much additional money and staff might be available to deliver the various commitments. As people wake up to the results of the election, this week’s blog looks back at the various commitments made.
The digital revolution, which began several decades ago, has completely transformed how we access, collect and transmit information. In the last decade the ‘internet of things’ and the increasing capacity and capability of smartphones, tablets and more recently wearables, have had a profound impact on society as a whole. Changing consumer expectations, behaviours and demand. In response, businesses are constantly adapting and innovating from contactless and online banking services to smart energy meters and now the ‘connected homes’.
This week we launched our latest report Connected health: How digital technology is transforming health and social care, which analyses opportunities and barriers to the adoption of technology enabled care (TEC). While the emphasis is on the UK, many of the challenges and potential solutions are relevant to most health economies facing rising demand for services in the face of constrained supply of health and social care resources. The report considers how digital technology is shifting the dynamics between patients and clinicians, and helping providers to work differently.
Given the increased focus on NHS targets, especially those process targets that appear to be increasingly difficult to achieve, this blog focusses on two high profile healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) reduction targets . These targets, like many other targets, have consistently polarised views. With many believing that they were the best way to ensure that hospitals gave this significant patient safety issue the highest priority and others questioning the evidence for, and clinical validity, of the targets.
One of the hot topics for the election is yet again the call to reduce public sector bureaucracy. When it comes to NHS bureaucracy the link is immediately made to the NHS having “too many managers” and promises to “reduce the number of NHS managers”. But in reality there is limited evidence that the NHS has too many managers and a growing body of research which suggests that rather than having too many managers, there may be too few, and that under-management could actually add to increases in the costs of running the NHS.