The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Scotland have released a report on the paediatric workforce in Scotland. The report focuses on data from the RCPCH Workforce Census 2015 in Scotland and highlights recruitment as leading factor in the workforce pressures within the sector.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland (2017) ‘State of child health. Short report series: the paediatric workforce focus on Scotland‘, London: RCPCH.
The four UK nations have endorsed the conclusions of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group on medical education and training in the UK. The steering group were considering the recommendations made in Sir David Greenaway’s review of medical education and training. The recommendations relate to changes in the medical curricula, training pathways and credentialing of education and training that should be developed by the Medical Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council. The report of the group and annexes informing the recommendations are available.
The Office of Health Economics (OHE) have published a briefing on ‘Interventions that encourage high-value nursing home care: lessons for the UK‘. The briefing summarises a seminar given by Professor David Grabowski of Harvard University and explores his theory on how payment and delivery interventions can encourage high-value care rather than a reliance on regulation as a guarantor of quality.
The Sharing Intelligence for Health and Care Group is a forum that brings together six national organisations in Scotland: Audit Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and Public Health & Intelligence. The group have produced their second annual summary report summarising activity to date and plans for the future. The report has brief sections on health and social care integration, workforce challenges and financial pressures in the NHS.
The Neonatal Maternity and Perinatal Audit have produced a report of NHS maternity and neonatal services delivered by the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales. The survey, which was completed by every NHS board or trust providing on-site birth care, covers staffing, services and facilities. The findings of the audit suggest that ‘typical maternity units do not appear to exist’.
The Scottish Government are promoting the international medical training fellowships scheme. The scheme has been in operation since 2015 and aims to encourage doctors from overseas to train and work in NHS Scotland. The Health Secretary has recently written to health boards encouraging them to take part in the fellowship scheme.
The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) aims to aims to bring about higher-quality care in hospitals, at lower cost, by reducing unwanted variations in services and practices. The programme is being rolled out across the English NHS and this report from the King’s Fund offers a summary and assessment of the programme.
Timmons, N. (2017) Tackling variations in clinical care: assessing the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, London: King’s Fund.