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Key topic areas covered include: Communities, Hospital & Urgent Care, Leadership, Systems & Workforce, Mental Health Services, Primary Care, and Social Care & Safeguarding.

Gender at Work: Women on NHS Boards, Working Towards 50:50

Fiona Edwards from the Surrey and Border Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spoke to us about the presence of women on NHS Boards.

Including Emotional Support in Weight Management Services

Weight Management Services are a big part of the NHS Get Better Strategy. However, they only address the metric weight of a patient. Emotional support is needed to help the patient understand the potential underlying reasons for their situation. Only through a joint emotional and physical approach to weight management can patients’ be supported to make healthier decisions.

Improving Weight Management Referrals

Obesity is a major public health issue in the UK. Nearly two thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. A common treatment plan for obesity is to refer the patient to a weight management programme, though many physicians are reluctant to do this. Improving referral skills should help build the confidence clinicians need to aid patients in joining weight management programmes.

Working Together to Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles

Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the UK today. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. To tackle this ongoing issue the Government is investing in weight management services and gathering data to help improve these services. This article looks at where this Government funding is being used.

Enhancing Care in Care Homes through Integrated Care Systems

The Enhanced Health in Care Homes Model sets out a plan for improving care in care homes using multi-disciplinary teams. This article outlines the methodology of the model and the criteria for success.

How NEWS2 is Improving Health and Social Care in the West of England

Almost 50,000 deaths in the UK are caused by Sepsis every year. The West of England AHSN is ‘Spreading the NEWS2’ to help healthcare professionals make the right judgements and save lives.

A new strategy for Health and Social Care: The CQC Perspective

Covid-19 has shaken up health and social care, possibly forever. The CQC has been analysing healthcare during the impact of pandemic, coming up with a dynamic new strategy in an attempt to future-proof care providers in the event of another crisis.

Managing Transfers of Care & Reducing Hospital Admissions

Britain’s ageing population have complex needs, which the health and social care system is adapting to meet. Creating integrated care communities to reduce hospitalisations is key to this new strategy.

Emergency Services Wellbeing: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for NHS Frontline Workers

NHS staff have been under immense pressure, having a significant impact on the mental health of the workforce. Steve Lee, Head of Staff Health and Wellbeing at NHS England and NHS Improvement discussed the wellbeing services for NHS staff as well as the importance of having wellbeing conversations.

Clinical Audit: The Impact of Covid-19 on Clinical Audit

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) were tasked with maintaining and improving Clinical Audit during the pandemic. Professor Danny Keenan, a Medical Director at HQIP discussed their strategy and the key challenges that they faced.

Clinical Audit: Driving Improvements in Adult Critical Care

Clinical Audit is a way to ensure that healthcare is provided in line with standards and lets healthcare providers know that their service is doing well. Professor Kathy Rowan from The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre shares the methods used to perform audits in clinical settings.

Clinical Audit: Using Data, Audit and Evidence to Drive Quality Improvement

Using evidence-based data in Clinical Audit is at the heart of quality improvement at the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Andrea Gibbons shares the clinical improvement strategies of the Somerset Trust.

Adult Safeguarding: Providing Inclusive Safeguarding Services for BME Communities

There is a significant lack of referrals to safeguarding services from ethnic minority communities. Junaid Hussain shares ways of supporting professional services to better engage with ethnic minority communities via improved training and awareness for the need for high-quality support.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse

The statistics around domestic abuse in the UK are shocking and safeguarding services are integral to the protection of victims of abuse. Janine Roderick, Head of Learning Together at the Social Care Institute for Excellence shares the essential safeguarding tools used to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the impact of Covid-19 is still very significant on safeguarding services. Dr Sheila Fish provides insights into the recovery of safeguarding services during and post Covid-19.

Revising Drugs Support and Education for Children and Young People

The tragic death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs highlighted the lack of awareness and understanding around drugs among both young adults and parents. His mother, Fiona, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, explains the importance of being realistic about drugs in order to save young lives.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Responding Quickly and Effectively to the Deterioration of Sepsis Patients

Strong processes and procedures are in place to aid medical professionals spot a deteriorating patient. This case study explores those methods and highlights why trusting your instinct can be just as important when spotting sepsis.

Public Sector Estates: Redeveloping and Releasing Surplus Land to Generate Income

LocatED find, buy, and manage sites for new schools whilst working with commercial developers to repurpose surplus land. Lara Newman presented the work of LocatED, sharing the benefits of repurposing surplus land through presenting the recent development projects of LocatED.