Policy paper: Working together to improve health and social care for all

Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all (web version) Ref: ISBN 978-1-5286-2407-7, CP 381 PDF, 510KB, 80 pages Order a copy This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@dhsc.gov.uk.Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all (print version) Ref: ISBN 978-1-5286-2407-7, CP 381 PDF, 3.53MB, 76 pages…

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Press release: New strategy to accelerate diagnosis and improve the treatment of rare diseases

The framework will speed up diagnosis, increase awareness and improve treatment and care. The new strategy has been designed around the views and experiences of those living with rare diseases.Millions of people with rare diseases, like Huntingtons disease or cystic fibrosis, will benefit from a new framework to raise awareness of rare diseases, speed up diagnosis and improve care and treatment.The UK Rare Diseases Framework, signed and agreed by all 4 nations of the UK, builds upon the successes of the previous strategy and was developed in consultation with those living with rare diseases following the National Conversation on Rare Diseases.Rare diseases often start through unusual patterns of…

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Press release: New strategy to accelerate diagnosis and improve treatment of rare diseases

Rare Disease Framework sets out vision to improve the lives of more than 3.5 million people with rare diseases in the UK The framework will speed up diagnosis, increase awareness and improve treatment and care The new strategy has been designed around the views and experiences of those living with rare diseasesMillions of people with rare diseases, like Huntingtons disease or cystic fibrosis, will benefit from a new framework to raise awareness of rare diseases, speed up diagnosis and improve care and treatment.The UK Rare Diseases Framework, signed and agreed by all four nations of the UK, builds upon the successes of the previous strategy and was developed…

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Press release: New sites to test how connecting people with nature can improve mental health

Seven sites which will test the ways in which connecting people with nature can improve mental wellbeing have been awarded a share of a 5.77 million pot, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has announced today (Saturday 19 December).The new test and learn sites, which are based across England, will focus on communities hardest hit by coronavirus. This could include those living in deprived areas, people with mental health conditions or BAME communities. Since the coronavirus pandemic, when many people have experienced distress, loneliness or anxiety, there has been an increased public awareness of the benefits of regular access to green spaces. Studies have shown that this has the potential…

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Press release: NHS Test and Trace continues to improve as contacts reached exceeds 85%

The proportion of contacts reached by tracing service increases substantially from 72.6% to 85.7%NHS Test and Trace is reaching an ever-greater proportion of contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus according to the latest weekly Test and Trace statistics, helping to prevent transmission of the virus and save lives.Recent improvements made by NHS Test and Trace to the contact tracing website to make it faster and easier to provide tracing information, as well as operational changes to the process for contacting household contacts, have led to the latest substantial improvements, with 85.7% of contacts now reached, up from 72.6% in the previous week.Among other changes, NHS…

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Press release: NHS Test and Trace continues to improve

People taking PCR swab tests are receiving their results faster, thanks to improving turnaround times. This means that people who receive a negative test result can get back to their normal lives sooner, while contacts of those who test positive can more quickly be contacted, breaking those chains of transmission that enable the virus to spread.Increasing capacity, comprehensive remapping of sites, channels and labs with tests going to the nearest geographical lab, improved flow of samples to labs and enhanced automation to speed processing, have resulted in an increase in the number of in-person test results received the next day, up to 79.0% from 69.1% the previous week.In…

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Press release: New measures to improve patient care ahead of winter

NHS 111 piloted as front door for urgent care so patients can access the right service and avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments Consultation to launch on A&E performance measurements to ensure they reflect modern emergency care and deliver what patients need A&Es in 25 hospitals across England will receive an additional 150 million to expand and upgrade, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.This is in addition to the 300 million announced recently for 117 trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the government has now invested 450 million to upgrade…

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