Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge

A policy briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • There may be an opportunity to deliver evidence and knowledge to teams experiencing issues with recruitment
  • Opportunity to link in with GP surgeries to support staff
  • Support transformations teams with evidence on staff retention/recruitment

Source: The Health Foundation

Link to main document 

Date of publication: October 2017

Summary of driver: This report looks at the trends of the NHS workforce and concludes that the NHS workforce has a high staff turnover. Issues of concern include the drop in GP recruitment and the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers. Other key themes around the issues of staff retention include the following:

  • Workforce stability is falling in NHS Trusts down to a median of 85% in 2016/17 from 89% in 2010/11
  • There needs to be a sustained and nationally-focused approach to workforce policy and planning
  • There is an ongoing disconnect between identified staffing-groups’ needs and funding decisions
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The Department of Health and Social Care mandate to Health Education England

Optional wording for policy briefings ONLY: A policy briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • Increase in community and primary care staff provides opportunities for library services to deliver services to these staff.
  • Greater integration may mean libraries working across organisational boundaries.
  • Providing services to ensure that improvement, innovation and learning opportunities are enhanced.
  • Ensure that the entire workforce has access to the right evidence at the right time.

Source: Department of Health and Social Care

Link to main document 

Date of publication: 17 January 2018

Summary of driver: This mandate from the Department of Health and Social Care sets out their objectives for Health Education England to deliver health education and training. The mandate also discusses workforce planning requirements to provide compassionate healthcare for patients. The mandate includes the following 6 key objectives:

  • Develop the workforce to improve out of hospital care
  • Create the safest, highest quality health and care services
  • Deliver value for money
  • Prevent ill health and support people to live healthier lives
  • Build the workforce for the future
  • Improve services through the use of digital technology, information and
    transparency

MAP update!

Visit the toolkit today and discover a wealth of resources to help you demonstrate the value and impact of your service to the wider organisation (altogether now LQAF 1.3c).

HOT OFF THE PRESS ! We had a MAP meeting in November and rebranded ourselves from “toolkit” to “community”.  The book “Strategic collaborations in health sciences libraries” is  published later this year and  Chief MAPpers Tracey and Victoria are the authors of Chapter 5 “Finding the Way Without a Road MAP: Cultivating a UK-wide Community of Practice”.

The JET Library have been keeping us super busy with the policy briefings. New content includes Quality improvement in mental health and Community Hospitals and Their Services in the NHS and Accountable Care Organisations .Feel free to reproduce any of the policy briefings (with acknowledgement to JET Library) for your own purposes. Thank you JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Under Ideas Capture you will find templates to help you put together project plans and case studies. Click on the MAP stories link and share how your service is making a positive impact on your organisation .

Recently added content to the toolkit includes:

Drivers

If you have any questions about the toolkit or how you can get involved in the project please contact Tracey Pratchett (Tracey.Pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk). You can also follow us on Twitter (@Map_community).

A framework for mental health research

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • Opportunities to link in with our colleagues undertaking research
  • Supporting researchers – providing information / research skills training to help identify high quality clinical research, promoting relevant journals / research publications, circulating eTOC alerts and current awareness services (e.g. evidence update bulletins).

 

Source: Department of Health

Link to main document 

Date of publication: December 2017

Summary of driver: This framework provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade. It sets out a structure to improve co-ordination and strengthen the focus on areas where mental health research is likely to translate into significant health benefit. It is a response to a recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report that the Department of Health lead on the development of a 10-year strategy for mental health research.

Quality Improvement in Mental Health: Policy Briefing

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • LKS can provide the evidence and knowledge for quality improvements
  • Service user involvement in mental health will present an opportunity for LKS to support health literacy and critical thinking skills

Source: The Kings Fund

Link to main document 

Date of publication: July 2017

Summary of driver: This report describes the quality improvement journey of three mental health organisations (two in England and one in Singapore). It provides key insights and lessons for others considering embarking on a similar journey.

Community Hospitals and Their Services in the NHS: Identifying Transferable Learning from International Developments — Scoping Review, Systematic Review, Country Reports and Case Studies

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • As more NHS services move into community settings, LKS teams may be affected by changes to organisational structures.
  • Evidence support may be required to transformation or management teams who wish to explore this issue further.

Source: RAND Corporation

Link to main document

Date of publication: 7th July 2017

Summary of driver:  This study examined community hospital provision in the UK and other high income countries including Australia, Finland, Italy, Norway and Scotland, and identify the potential for community hospitals to perform an integrative role in the delivery of health and social care. The evidence reviews found that community hospitals can offer an effective and efficient alternative to acute hospitals. Patient experience was frequently reported to be better at community hospitals, and the cost-effectiveness of some models was found to be similar to that of general hospitals, although evidence was limited.  Community hospitals have the potential to assume a more strategic role in health-care delivery locally, providing care closer to people’s homes.

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: Policy Briefing

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • LKS teams may be affected by changes to organisational structures.
  • There may be an opportunity to deliver evidence and knowledge to managers, commissioners and transformation teams as health care services undergo changes.
  • LKS teams may be expected to work more closely with local authorities and community services as organisations seek integration.
  • New NHS staff will require orientation and training.
  • Patients will be expected to take an active part in their health care which presents an opportunity for LKS to support health literacy and critical thinking skills.

Source: NHS England

Link to main document (including an easy read and audio version)

Date of publication: 31st March 2017

Summary of driver: This document reviews the progress made since the launch of the NHS Five Year Forward View in October 2014 and sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up and more responsive NHS in England.