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Monday, 19 November 2018 20:27

Today's NHS - our current challenges

The NHS is currently facing the biggest challenge in its existence.

While on a day-to-day basis most areas of the service are running perfectly well at present, we are already seeing signs of the strain the system is under in areas such as hospital care, A&E and GP services. The reasons for the service reaching this crisis point are many, but here are the main ones:

 

An ageing population

The NHS was set up to treat people with diseases. Many of the diseases that would have killed people 65 years ago, have been cured, which is brilliant. While that means people are living for longer, it also means that they are, probably, living with one or more illnesses (long-term complex conditions) such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease. In turn, that means ongoing treatment and specialist care.

 

Lifestyle factors

The way we live now is also having a negative impact on our health. Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, a poor diet with not enough fruit and vegetables and not doing enough exercise are all major reasons for becoming unwell and needing to rely on our health services. Increasing numbers of overweight children show us that this problem is currently set to continue.

 

The change in public expectations

Originally, tackling disease was the main job of the NHS. Now, we all expect so much more. From advice on healthcare management through to mental health and social care, contraception, antenatal and maternity services, vaccination programmes and the fast, efficient processing of our medication and appointments. All of this with a growing population due to living longer and higher birth rates with lower infant mortality.

 

Accident and Emergency departments

More and more people are visiting A&E departments and minor injury units – which is stretching the ability of the departments to cope. A lot of the visits are unavoidable, but some are visiting because of inconsistent management of their long-term health conditions, the inability to get a GP appointment or insufficient information on where to go with a particular complaint. Winter sees an even bigger rise in visitor numbers with staff finding it harder by the year to cope.

 

Rising costs

The current financial crisis, rising costs of services, energy and supplies; innovations and technological breakthroughs that require more investment – along with higher numbers of people to cater for – all spell out a huge economic disaster for the NHS.

 

It is estimated that without radical changes to the way the system works, as demand rises, and costs rise too, the NHS will become unsustainable, with huge financial pressures and debts. If we make no changes we face a £30 billion funding gap for the NHS nationally by 2020 .

 

Advances in medicine and technology

The great news amongst all of this gloom is that there has never been a better time to face an overhaul. Huge advancements in medicine and surgery, alongside IT and technological innovations mean that there is a wealth of ideas and efficiencies that could potentially be implemented to bring our NHS up to modern standards to meet the needs of us all in the 21 Century. Utilising these new approaches within a major restructure the NHS could go on to be a reassuring source of health care and wellbeing, as well as an inspirational model of good working practice for years to come.

source: https://www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk/help/nhs-today


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Plans to invest £3.5m of extra Government social care funding to reduce winter pressures at Nottinghamshire’s hospitals has been agreed by the County Council today (Monday 12 November).

The funding forms part of the £240m allocated to councils which was announced in the Chancellor’s budget speech last month.

The Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee agreed to fund an additional 64 posts to reduce pressures on local hospital beds to the end of March 2019.

Examples of where the money is being invested includes:

• £600,000 on extra short- term assessment beds in care homes for people leaving hospital who need extra support

• £500,000 in the Council’s Home First Response Service, which provides short-term support at home of up to 14 days for people leaving hospital or at risk of a hospital stay

• £250,000 for extra equipment for people receiving home care after a hospital stay, which includes lifting equipment to assist carers moving people with restricted mobility

• £200,000 on additional support workers to help people regain skills at home after leaving hospital through the Council’s START service

• £100,000 on 3.5 full-time social workers to support mental health patients requiring discharge

• £92,000 for extra social workers and community care officers to speed up discharge assessments across the county’s hospitals

• £87,000 for an extra 20 short-term care beds at the Council’s Care and Support Centres to support discharged patients before returning home.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social and Public Health Committee, said: “We’ve worked closely with our health colleagues in coming up with our plan to use the extra Government money, which aims to free up hospital beds for those most in need and support people leaving hospital to regain their skills at home.

“We will closely monitor the impact of this extra funding to make sure it’s making a difference to local health services and improving people’s independence after a discharge.

“The County Council is in the top 10 percent of authorities in the country for minimising hospital discharge delays caused by social care availability this financial year, so this extra funding will build on our current excellent performance.”

Source: https://westbridgfordwire.com/extra-3-5m-for-social-care-funding-in-nottinghamshire-to-ease-winter-pressures/

Twice as many elderly people will be cared for without going into a care home under a council development scheme.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved plans to set up 242 new places in 13 new 'housing with care' schemes by next spring.

These should allow the county's older people to live in a self-contained home with personal care and support when needed.

According to the council this will also have the advantage of saving, on average, £49 to £91 per person compared with a care home.

Read more https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/council-plans-save-money-elderly-1465146

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Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland.

An electrical device inserted around the men's spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs.

And it also helped damaged nerves in the spinal cord to regrow.

The researchers hope that this unexpected bonus will enable some paralysed people ultimately to regain independent movement.

read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46043924

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 19:48

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21 November 2018