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Has the Better Care Fund worked ?

By | 2014-12-15T14:34:07+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Has the Better Care Fund worked ? Well intentioned but needs equality in social care funding as well as a 'bureaucratic enema" Yes : A catalyst for a national and local conversation around integrated services from health and social care. The requirement that plans are signed off by health and wellbeing boards has created a shared

Better Care Fund – spending to save

By | 2014-10-07T10:50:19+00:00 October 7th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Evidenced-based approaches on how to effectively spend BCF Background In preparation for the full Better Care Fund, which will come into effect in 2015/16, £200 million will be transferred from the NHS to social care in 2014/15, in addition to the £900 million transfer already planned. This pooled budget must be used to support adult social

Startling facts about elderly care

By | 2014-06-11T21:45:43+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

The story in statistics. Some startling facts about hospital care for frail older people. "All parts of the healthcare system must contribute to improving care for frail older people"  The Commission on hospital care for frail older people suggests questions staff should consider in their care pathway for frail older people  : 1. Are frail older

Nurse staffing levels – is the topic of conversation

By | 2014-06-01T20:06:05+00:00 May 27th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

As May turns to June things are really hotting up in preparation for the first national staffing numbers return for publishing on 24th June and the NICE Guidance recently published on the same. All hospitals that have beds have to report planned staffing versus actual staffing by the hour, by day shift and by night shift.

9 Components of care

By | 2014-06-01T22:14:33+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Redesign of services for the 21st century In 1948, just over half of the population lived longer than 65 years; today, more than 85 per cent of us live at least that long and by 2030 one in five of us will be over 65. The King’s Fund has recently produced a report Making our health and

PRISMA key features for integrated care

By | 2014-02-02T11:39:53+00:00 February 2nd, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Integrated care has come to the fore in the health policy landscape with the announcement of 14 integrated care pioneers and the better care fund. Across the world, countries have taken different approaches to developing models for integrated care.  Canada and the UK face similar problems integrating care for people with complex needs including fragmented finances and poor collaboration

Top tips for mobilising change to improve outpatient pathway

By | 2014-01-26T11:37:31+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Barts Health Trust offers top tips for mobilising change to improve its outpatients pathway. It has streamlined its outpatients' services with a focus on user standards and improving patient experience. It undertook a program of transformation for outpatient services over the past three years to ensure consistency of service and to develop innovative pathways with strong

Top tips for successful collaborative working – Olympics case study

By | 2013-11-10T16:54:22+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

Top tips for successful collaborative working from the Olympics Here is a great case study demonstrating whole system collaboration from how the Olympics transport was planned and delivered. Here are their top tips for successful collaborative working, so applicable to integrated healthcare. The transport challenges around last year's Olympics were the most demanding the nation's network

FAQs for care homes on new CQC inspections

By | 2013-11-10T17:03:25+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Categories: Matron Mary's Blog|

FAQs for care homes on new CQC inspections I listened to a recent HSJ interactive webinar about CQC inspections in care homes, titled “Are you ready for the CQC?” on 31 Oct 13. The speakers were: Matt Tee, chief operating officer, NHS Confederation Alex Baylis, head of better regulation, CQC Jan Filochowski, chief executive, Great Ormond