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Aug. 29, 2017 South-East Asia Publication

Developing accountable care systems: lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand

The health system in Canterbury, New Zealand, has undertaken a significant programme of transformation over the past decade. As a result of the changes, the health system is supporting more people in their homes and communities and has moderated demand for hospital care, particularly among older people. Change was achieved through developing a number of new delivery models, which involve better integration of care across organisational and service boundaries, increased investment in community-based services, and strengthening primary care. The experience in Canterbury offers useful lessons for the NHS in terms of how to redesign care in this way. Key approaches include the development of a clear, unifying vision of ‘one system, one budget’; sustained investment in giving staff skills to support them to innovate and giving them permission to do so; and developing new models of integrated working and new forms of contracting to support this. The transformation has taken ...

July 26, 2017 Africa Publication

An Evaluation of the Role of an Intermediate Care Facility in the Continuum of Care in Western Cape, South Africa

A comprehensive primary healthcare (PHC) approach requires clear referral and continuity of care pathways. South Africa is a lower-middle income country (LMIC) that lacks data on the role of intermediate care (IC) services in the health system. This study described the model of service provision at one facility in Cape Town, including reason for admission, the mix of services and skills provided and needed, patient satisfaction, patient outcome and articulation with other services acrross the spectrum of care 

July 11, 2017 Europe Event

Digital Health and Care Congress 2017. Embedding technology in health and social care.

NHS England's Next steps on the five year forward view outlines the plan to harness technology and innovation over the next two years but what's really happening on the ground? Join us at this two-day event to hear the latest policy updates and learn from case studies showcasing best practice from around the country.

 

July 1, 2017 Europe Publication

Hospital-at-home Integrated Care Programme for the management of disabling health crises in older patients: comparison with bed-based Intermediate Care

This study analysed the clinical impact of a home-based intermediate Care model in the Catalan health system, comparing it with usual bed-based care to check if the extended CGA-based hospital-at-home programme has an association with shorter stay and favourable clinical outcomes and if is needed to do studies to test this intervention to the whole Catalan integrated care system. 

May 29, 2017 Europe Publication

People powered primary care: learning from Halton

A community-centred approach to health called Community Wellbeing Practices (CWP) is being to patients at all 17 GP Practices in Halton in order to respond more appropriately to patients´social needs which are often an underlying reason for their presentation at primary care services. 

Dec. 13, 2016 Europe Event

Better transfers of care for older people: How to improve transitions from hospital

Drawing on the findings from recent reports by The King’s Fund, Healthwatch England, the National Audit Office, the Care Quality Commission and the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO), this event will explore new ways of ensuring older people experience a safe, appropriate and timely discharge that is right for them and their health needs. In this event you will discover good practice examples in health, local government, social care, community services and housing and learn how services can plan ahead across their whole populations to proactively manage those most at risk.

 

 

Sept. 14, 2016 Americas Publication

Generate a New Conversation: Healthy Homes in Iowa Shares Goals with Housing and Healthcare Providers

Bringing Public Health and Primary Care Together: The Practical Playbook National Meeting was held in May 2016. The meeting was a milestone event towards advancing robust collaborations that improve population health.

One highlight of the meeting was interviewing community collaborations funded by The BUILD Health Challenge. The BUILD Health Challenge is a national awards program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.

Video Overview

Healthy Homes Des Moines is working to prevent and manage pediatric asthma caused by deteriorating homes, below standard HVAC systems, and pests. In these case, the key health problem is the condition of the housing.

 

 

About the Practical Playbook National Meeting

Key stakeholders from across sectors – representing professional associations, community organizations, government agencies and academic institutions – and across the country came together at the Practical Playbook National Meeting to help catalyze a national movement, accelerate collaborations ...

June 21, 2016 Europe, Global Publication

Can hospital services work in primary care settings?

In this post, the author analyzes how recent changes in primary care in the National Health Services could face the purpose of moving some services from hospital to primary care settings.

The author bases her discussion on a report published by RAND corporation (“Outpatient Services and Primary Care”) that identifies five main areas to be considered when moving services from hospital to primary care:

  1. Transfer: The substitution of services delivered by specialists for services delivered by primary care clinicians.
  2. Relocation: Shifting the venue of specialist care from hospitals to primary care settings.
  3. Liaison: Joint working between specialists and primary care clinicians to provide care to individual patients.
  4. Professional behaviour change: Changing the way GPs refer patients to specialists.
  5. Patient behaviour change: Helping patients make informed decisions about their care.

There is not a unique way of moving these services; many studies suggest that patients’ satisfaction usually grows when services are ...

March 2, 2016 Africa, South-East Asia Publication

Reaching the poor with health interventions: programme-incidence analysis of seven randomised trials of women’s groups to reduce newborn mortality in Asia and Africa

Background Efforts to end preventable newborn deaths will fail if the poor are not reached with effective interventions. To understand what works to reach vulnerable groups, we describe and explain the uptake of a highly effective community-based newborn health intervention across social strata in Asia and Africa.

Methods We conducted a secondary analysis of seven randomised trials of participatory women’s groups to reduce newborn mortality in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Malawi. We analysed data on 70 574 pregnancies. Socioeconomic and sociodemographic differences in group attendance were tested using logistic regression. Qualitative data were collected at each trial site (225 focus groups, 20 interviews) to understand our results.

Results Socioeconomic differences in women’s group attendance were small, except for occasional lower attendance by elites. Sociodemographic differences were large, with lower attendance by young primigravid women in African as well as in South Asian sites. The intervention was considered relevant ...

Jan. 9, 2016 Europe Publication

Acute hospitals and integrated care

In March 2015, the King’s Fund published a report regarding the progress made by five acute hospital providers in England towards developing more integrated models of care. According to the report, becoming more closely integrated with primary care has proved a considerable challenge for these hospitals. This is partly due to the lack of alternatives to building relationships on a practice-by-practice basis. As the report explains, GP provider groups or federations “are still at an early stage of development in many areas of the country, and where they do exist it is not always clear that they are sufficiently cohesive to represent local practices and have leverage over them”. 

However, the report identifies a number of factors which facilitate the coordination between hospitals and primary care. These include strong clinical leadership in general practice; employing people with a primary care background at a senior level within the acute provider ...