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From the Bureau Editor

Tuesday August 20, 2019

It's all about measles this morning, with news that one in seven five-year-olds - about 90,000 children - have not had both MMR vaccine doses. The country has now lost its “measles-free” status with the World Health Organisation, three years after it was thought to have been eradicated in Britain.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail covers new figures revealing emergency hospital admissions of dementia patients have risen to nearly 1,000 a day. The paper describes the situation as a "damning indictment" of a failing social care system.

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the briefing

Headlining today, Tuesday August 20

Public health

Boris Johnson orders urgent action to stop the spread of measles BBC Pulse Telegraph Times

Social care

Hospitals treat 1,000 dementia patients a day because basic social care is so poor they are forced to turn to casualty wards for help Daily Mail

Primary care 

GPs slam 'fantasy' claim that half-day closure ban could create 287,000 appointments GP Online


'New' capital funds announced by Boris Johnson to be largely met by cash reserves already held by NHS HSJ

Budget concerns over NHS England’s calls for diverted STP funding HSJ


CQC appoints Kevin Cleary as mental health lead HSJ

South east London commissioners have pledged to carry out a “rapid review” of their policy to deny IVF treatment to single women HSJ


Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust’s ‘them and us’ culture revealed by report HSJ

what the bloggers are blogging

Richard Vize: 'Diva' doctors are the symptoms of a rotten culture - and put patients at risk Guardian

Pension tax rules – impact on NHS consultants and GPs House of Commons Library

Inclusive leadership: how ready are we to learn? Tracie Jolliff is Director of Inclusion at the NHS Leadership Academy King’s Fund

Matt Hancock and Suzie Bailey in conversation at the King’s Fund Leadership Summit

Poor eyesight and hearing loss costs billions - UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues: A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to UK National Eye-health and Hearing Study (UKNEHS) Vision UK

NHS Providers’ Chris Hopson reflects on last week’s events and announcements NHS Providers

What's the pension tax got to do with a hip operation? The brilliant Siva Anandaciva explains Kings Fund

How do you solve a problem like social care funding - Helen McKenna speaks with Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chair of the 2010/11 independent commission on the Funding of Care and Support, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, and Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund a King's Fund podcast 

Community pharmacy in the digital age - Harpreet Chana, the National Pharmacy Association’s digital programme director, discusses the journey ahead for the pharmaceutical sector in the new age of digital National Health Executive

NHS Providers warns the NHS can't afford to lose more senior doctors to the pensions tax issue NHSP

Best-laid plans:  With 2019 so far seeing a few ‘plans’ for and within the NHS, Nuffield Trust's Helen Buckingham takes a look at how set the health service is for success this time – and what it will take to get there Nuffield 

How can the NHS attract and keep more of the international nurses it needs? Claudia Leone takes a closer look Nuffield Trust

the agenda

Tackling loneliness - this briefing explains the government's loneliness strategy, considers the steps taken so far, looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and discusses possible interventions House of Commons Library

In January 2019, Public Health England published proposals for changes to the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). Indicators that were to be revised, added or removed, with a rationale for each, were outlined in the consultation. This report summarises the response to the consultation and outlines the changes to the PHOF from 2019/20

Where the new/old £1.8billion is being spent - from the DHSC Linkedin

King's Fund response to the funding pledge Kings Fund

Pensions tax for senior clinicians: New review DHSC

Understanding PCNs - context, benefits and risks - an overview from Health Foundation

Public Health England, the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Local Government Association commissioned the whole systems approach to obesity programme.  The guide provides a practical ‘how to’ process, which enables local authorities to start creating their own local whole systems approaches to tackling obesity and promoting a healthy weight, aligning with a ‘Health in All Policies’ approach. Health inequalities: place-based approaches to reduce inequalities - guidelines to support local action on health inequalities Public Health England

Government leadership and ambition required to champion walking and cycling – report by the House of Commons Select Committee for Transport

Social prescribing Link Workers – guidance for integrating into PCNs from NHS E

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s - Government launches open consultation on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England

New pharmacy contract - excellent digest in P3 Magazine

Prof Dame Sally Davies' final report as Chief Medical Officer focuses on the need for greater collaboration in the fight against global public health challenges

How to build Integrated Care Systems - everything you need to know from NHS England

what's on when

You may also like to have a look at the events that the IHM are organising here.

4-5 September NHS Expo, Manchester

8-9 October NHS Providers annual conference Manchester Central

15-16 October Giant Health event - Chelsea Football Ground - details here

16 October NHS FabChange19 Day - here's a link to the Fab site which has a host of resources you can use to celebrate the day in your organisation



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