19 April 2018

A realist evaluation of social prescribing

A realist evaluation of social prescribing: an exploration into the context and mechanisms underpinning a pathway linking primary care with the voluntary sector
Primary Health Care Research & Development, v19(3) pp 232-245, May 2018
  • An evaluation of a social prescribing pilot in the areas of Hackney and City in London. Based on interviews with stakeholders, the review subdivides the social prescribing pathway into stages, and examining contextual factors, mechanisms and outcomes. 
  • Several challenges are identified including ‘buy in’ from some GPs, branding, and funding for the third sector.

Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards

Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards: a new national approach to large-scale change?
Kings Fund 19 April 2018
  • The primary and acute care system (PACS) model is an attempt to bring about closer working between GPs, hospitals, community health professionals, social care and others. While not an evaluation of PACs this report offers a unique set of first-hand perspectives into the experience of those leading a major programme at the national level and those living it at the local level.

13 April 2018

Behavioural Insights and Public Health

Behavioural Insights and Public Health
Public Health Evidence Bulletin 13th April 2018, No 1
  • The term ‘behavioural insights’ describes an approach to understanding why people behave in the way they do. This briefing contains some of the recent evidence describing how behavioural insights can help to design interventions and policy that support health and wellbeing. 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQs

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQs
NHS Employers 13 April 2018
  • Frequently asked questions, produced in conjunction with Capsticks, which aim to help HR departments in the NHS ensure they are compliant with GDPR.

11 April 2018

Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes: a commissioning framework 2018

Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes: a commissioning framework 2018
LGA NHS Clinical Commissioners 11 April 2018
  • A practical tool for council and NHS commissioners to support improving outcomes through integrated commissioning.
  • The framework covers four areas: building the foundations; taking a person-centred, place-based and outcomes-focused approach; shaping provision to support people, places and populations; and continuously raising the ambition; and includes annexes giving further resources plus background on NHS and local authority contexts.
  • Annex B: Guidance and tools for market shaping
  • Annex D: Person-centred, place-based and outcomes focussed
  • Annex E: Health and local government working together: the evolving policy landscape
The following principles for the framework have been agreed: 
• A focus on the benefits for the ‘3 Ps’: people, places, and populations, with the individual person at the heart of the approach. 
• A focus on outcomes over ‘episodes of care’. 
• Recognition that integrated commissioning needs to happen at multiple levels: with individuals and their families and carers; with communities; and across larger populations. 
• Awareness and acknowledgment that commissioning is about more than procuring services, it is about a wide variety of activities which improve the outcomes and the lives for people, places and populations. 
• Awareness that language matters and that words and concepts can have multiple meanings. 
• A belief that understanding and respecting our differences (of history, culture, legal responsibilities, and ways of working) enables us to work better together.

Changes to QOF 2018/19

Changes to QOF 2018/19
NHS Employers 11 April 2018
  • A summary of the changes to Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) effective from 1 April 2018.

6 April 2018

What are the social determinants of health?

What makes us healthy?: An introduction to the social determinants of health
Health Foundation March 2018
  • This guide explains how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system. With the help of short case studies, it highlights how action can create improvements in the health of the whole population, for the lasting benefit of individuals, society and the economy.