Department of Health: Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Mental Health Act 2007: Response to the report of the Health Committee of the House of Commons - Cm. 8735

Response to the Report of the Health Committee of the House of Commons

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Author: Great Britain. Department of Health

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780101873529

Category: Mental health laws

Page: 16

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Dated October 2013. Response to the Committee's first report of session 2013-14 (HC 584, ISBN 9780215061485). The Mental Health Act 2007 ch. 12 is available separately (ISBN 9780105412076)

House of Commons - Health Committee: 2013 Accountability Hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council - HC 699

Fifth Report of Session 2013-14, Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report

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Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Health Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215065841

Category: Medical

Page: 41

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In this report the Health Committee welcomes improvements in the performance of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) over the last year, but expresses continuing concern that the progress made so far remains fragile. The Committee emphasises that it is important to ensure that the new challenges facing the NMC do not become a distraction from the continuing requirement to improve its performance of its core functions. The report is the first example of a Health Committee review of a professional regulator which builds on the work of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The length of time the NMC takes to conclude its fitness to practise cases has been an enduring concern for the Committee. From 2015, the NMC proposes to toughen the target period for resolving fitness to practise cases to 15 months (eventually to 12 months). The NMC has announced plans to introduce a system of revalidation by the end of 2015 which is welcomed. The Francis Report into the failings at Mid Staffs examined the role of regulators, including the NMC, in detail. The report stresses the importance of ensuring firstly that registrants understand their professional obligation to raise concerns when they see evidence of poor patient care, and secondly that patients and public are made more aware of the role of the NMC as the regulator of professional and clinical standards. The NMC should take urgent steps to raise the profile of the NMC both among its registrants and among patients and public.

House of Commons - Health Committee: 2013 Accountability Hearing with Monitor - HC 841

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Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Health Committee,Stephen Dorrell

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215069795

Category: Medical

Page: 57

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This year's inquiry into the work of Monitor concludes that the model of care provided by the health and care system is not changing quickly enough with the result that pressures continue to build, threatening the financial stability of individual providers, and therefore the quality of care provided The pressures are likely to be particularly marked in the acute sector as plans are prepared and implemented to achieve the resource transfer required by the introduction of the Better Care Fund from April 2015. Continuing this theme, the Committee argues that as the NHS financial situation tightens, the challenge for Monitor in supporting trusts in financial difficulty is likely to increase. The MPs emphasise the importance of addressing pressures within individual providers in the context of the local health economy. The requirement for major change in the care model can only be delivered if individual providers, and Monitor as their regulator, look beyond preserving existing structures and address the need to develop different structures to meet changing needs. The Committee also expresses concern that Monitor has not done enough to reform the system of tariff payments for providers, arguing that the current tariff arrangements often create perverse incentives for providers and inhibit necessary service change. It recommends that Monitor and NHS England should initiate a formal joint process for a prioritised review of the NHS tariff arrangements with the objective of identifying and eliminating perverse incentives and introducing new tariff structures which incentivise necessary service change

HC 401 - Managing the Care of People with Long-Term Conditions

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Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Health Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215073274

Category: Medical

Page: 222

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15 million NHS patients in England with long-term conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma account for 70% of the annual expenditure of the NHS in England. One projection estimating that the bill for treatment of long-term conditions will require the NHS to find £4 billion more each year by 2016. Increasingly, patients do not have a single long-term condition but live with two or more conditions, complicating treatment and adding to its cost. The Committee strongly supports the development of individual care planning for people with long-term conditions, based on the principles successfully demonstrated in the NHS House of Care programme. Care planning approaches will involve GPs, community health services and specialists sitting down with the patient to draw up a personalised plan for the care required, which includes the support needed to help the patient manage his or her own condition. The challenge, though, of introducing personalised care planning for 15 million people is substantial. The Committee looked at the prevailing view that services to treat long-term conditions should be moved out of hospitals and into primary and community care. To provide effective care for these conditions, services have to be maintained across all settings, from support in the home through to acute specialist care, and many conditions will continue to require specialist services delivered in hospital. Effective management of long-term conditions also requires collaboration with other government providers, such as housing and transport services.