The International Longevity Centre – UK (a think tank, part of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance) have produced an economic analysis of the English flu vaccination programme. The report presents findings from a new economic model of the costs and benefits from flu vaccination in England using recent efficacy data. It introduces a conservative, static model which provides a partial cost-benefit analysis of vaccination under various scenarios. Amongst the findings it is reported that the flu vaccination averts between 180,000 and 626,000 cases of influenza per year in England and costs £50,610 per death averted.
NHS England have launched a consultation on a programme to reduce the delivery of clinically ineffective interventions. The consultation document has been published by NHS England, NHS Clinical Commissioners, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Improvement and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The proposal is to reduce the volume of procedures performed for seventeen specific types of intervention. Amongst the interventions included in the proposal are interventions for snoring, knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis, haemorrhoid surgery and varicose vein surgery.
NHS England are carrying out consultations on plans to change GP services. They are inviting views on documents reviewing the Quality and Outcomes Framework and proposals for potential payment reform to reflect emerging digital models of primary care. Both consultations are intended to feed into the development of a GP contract for NHS England.
The Department of Health and Social care have also issued a call for evidence ahead of a review to examine the GP partnership model. The independent review will examine the challenges currently facing the partnership model, and look for solutions to support the transformation of general practice.
Public Health England have published recommendations for action to address physical inactivity. The approach is titled ‘everybody active, every day’ and is intended to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice in every community in England.
The National Audit Office have produced a report into the health and social care interface. The report is concerned with health and social care services in England and presents 16 challenges to improved joint working and highlights some ongoing work and progress to meeting those challenges.
The National Audit Office have also produced a report into the ‘vanguard’ model of developing new care models in NHS England. The programme was intended to develop local pilots of care models that would be replicated across England and that would lead the integration of health and social care. The report identifies short-term financial pressures as compromising the programme and that the long-term impact and sustainability of vanguards is still not proven.
Professor Maria Goddard, of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, has an article in the Conversation magazine explaining the complexity and state of NHS England using eight graphs.
The UK government have outlined part 2 of their childhood obesity action plan. The publication outlines the actions the government will take towards its goal of halving childhood obesity in England and reducing the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.