World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017

As you may be aware it is World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Here is a round up of news and evidence based information for this week. Continue reading


The future of healthcare in Dorset

In October 2014, the Clinical Services Review was launched to consider how health and care organisations in Dorset could work better in the face of a number of significant challenges.  Changing how care is delivered will also help meet the financial demands. Whilst funding for the NHS is increasing, it is not doing so at the same rate as the cost of providing care. This means that by 2023 there will be a funding gap of around £158m a year if we don’t take action.  Read the supplement to explain what these changes will mean for you.

Future of Health

Future of Health

Findings from a survey of stakeholders on the future of health and healthcare in England

RAND Europe has published Future of Health: findings from a survey of stakeholders on the future of health and healthcare in England.  This report presents findings from a survey to gather and synthesise stakeholder views on the future of health and healthcare in England in 20 to 30 years’ time.  The aim of the research was to generate an evidenced-based picture of the future health and healthcare needs in order to inform strategic discussions both about the future priorities of the National Institute for Health Research and the health and social care research communities more broadly.

HSJ News: Revealed: ‘Strongest’ STPs share £325m of new investment

National leaders have announced which health economies will receive a share of the £325m of extra capital funding that was pledged to the NHS in the spring budget.


The money will be paid to the 15 “strongest” sustainability and transformation partnerships over the next three years.


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Demand for hospital services outstripping NHS funding – King’s Fund Report

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of its staff. However, our analysis provides more evidence that the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet rising demand and maintain standards of care within constrained resources.

‘With the gap between funding and hospital activity set to grow over the next few years, the NHS needs to do everything it can to moderate demand for hospital care. We know that some of this demand can be avoided if alternative services are available – the challenge is to provide the right care in the right place at the right time and to ensure hospitals are only used when necessary and appropriate.

‘This means increasing investment in community services to provide more care closer to people’s homes and focusing on prevention to reduce the need for treatment in the first place. Successive governments have promised this over the years but fallen well short of their ambitions. This time failure is not an option, which is why it is essential to grasp the opportunity provided by sustainability and transformation plans to implement fundamental changes to the delivery of health services.’

Read the press release and full report