The BBC website has launched a healthcare ‘tracker‘ to track if local services are meeting national waiting time targets in the key areas of A&E treatment, cancer care and planned operations.
The quarterly update of the Scottish Public Health Observatory website has been carried out. There is updated information in a number of subject areas. The updated topics are listed on the website and include, amongst others, alcohol, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and physical activity.
The health economics unit at Bristol University have issued their autumn newsletter. The newsletter features staffing news, new grants and publications and event reports. There are also brief features on projects on the cost-effectiveness of screening for atrial fibrillation, the use of anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor injections to treat eye conditions and the use of think-aloud interviews to determine the appropriate patient reported outcome measure to use with kidney patients.
The NHS Confederation (NHS England) have published a briefing on the ‘Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit‘. The paper is produced by the Brexit Health Alliance, and aims to explain what the implications would be if reciprocal healthcare arrangements were to be discontinued after Brexit.
The latest issue of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network newsletter is available. the newsletter contents include a brief update on the ActWELL study, articles on healthy eating (recipe for kale, sweet potato and chickpeas with hummus sauce…) and physical exercise initiatives and a research round-up.
They have also announced the date of the 2018 SCPN Conference. The event has the theme ‘We can, I can’, designed to highlight that organisations and individuals can take action against cancer, and takes place on 5th February 2018.
The Care Inspectorate have published a report on staff vacancies in care services in 2016. The report provides the first national overview of vacancy levels and recruitment difficulties among the individual care services that report directly to the Care Inspectorate. More than a third of social care services have reported unfilled staff vacancies and almost half faced difficulties recruiting the right staff.