Clinical News

Diagnostic data linked with hospital statistics to improve understanding of care pathways

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:24

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published data this month that links the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) with the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). This information will help identify trends and variation in patient outcomes, and thereby enable a much deeper understanding of the care pathway.

A statistical publication of a sample of linked HES-DID data will be published on 2 October 2013. This will include analysis to demonstrate how the data can be used to analyse patient pathways and outcomes for patients undergoing specific imaging, or to understand the imaging events leading up to a particular diagnosis or procedure.


Seven-day services work steps up pace

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:20

The NHS Services Seven Days a Week Forum is preparing to report its findings later in the Autumn. The forum, whose remit is to consider seven day a week provision in urgent and emergency care and diagnostics, has already gathered for a major stakeholder event to review progress across the Forum’s five workstreams. Seven day services was also a major part of NHS England’s first AGM.


Cross-government antimicrobial resistance strategy published

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:12

A five-year cross-government strategy has been published to manage the increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

It aims to slow the development and spread of AMR by focusing activities around three strategic aims:

  • improve the knowledge and understanding of AMR
  • conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments
  • stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies

The strategy also provides £4million to set up a new NIHR Health Protection Research Unit which will focus on AMR and healthcare associated infections and a themed research call to encourage AMR research across a range of areas.


Shape the future of specialist commissioning by joining NHS England Specialist Services Clinical Reference Group

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:03

NHS England is looking for healthcare scientists to be part of the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) that are informing the future organisation and commissioning of Specialist Services in the NHS.

You can help the work of a CRG either through becoming a member of the CRG itself or by signing up as a formal stakeholder of the CRG. We will be also looking to coordinate scientific input for the CRGs through the regional Scientific Directors.

Eight new specialist commissioning policies have just been published by NHS England, including a number pertaining to specialist radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

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