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The focus on reducing healthcare associated infections continues throughout the United Kingdom. The prevention, management and control of healthcare associated infection is a priority area for each of the four UK governments. It requires action by all organisations involved with health and social care.
Mental health and well being is essential for every member of the community and is now a priority for service providers. There is increasing recognition of the connection between mental health, employment and the criminal justice system.
In January 2011, Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer was published. The strategy set out how the future direction for cancer treatment will be aligned with Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS in addition to meeting its stated aim to saving an additional 5,000 lives every year by 2014/15, aiming to narrow the inequalities gap at the same time.
The National Cancer Strategy: Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes 2015-2020 sets out a compelling vision for future cancer services; it includes recommendations for delivery by 2020 and aims to achieve improved long-term outcomes for people affected by cancer.
‘Living well with dementia - a National Dementia Strategy’ (2009) outlines the priorities for improving dementia services in England, focusing on achieving better awareness of dementia, early diagnosis and high quality treatment for every person in every setting.
It is estimated that over 3 million people in the UK are living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other related respiratory disease but of those only approximately 835,000 have been diagnosed and are being treated. With better awareness, and clearer pathways to treatment, there will be implications for workforce planning, and commissioning of respiratory care services.
Communication forms the core of every aspect of life and plays a leading role in children’s development, both within the home and at school. A national review and action plan in 2008 (Bercow Report and Better Communication, 2008) identified a broad range of issues for parents and provided clear recommendations for improving the quality of support available for children with SLCN.
Working together: Improving end of life care through better integration was been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives.
The NHS personalisation agenda has been gaining momentum in the delivery of public services for some time now and can be seen most clearly within the health sector through the work of the Personal Health Budget pilot sites being run in England under the support of the Department of Health.