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HEAD INJURY: QUALITY STANDARD CONSULTATION

The NICE quality standard for Head Injury was published in January 2014. You can access the quality standard here

 http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg176

UKABIF were involved in the development of the guidelines and remain involved in further developments

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REVIEW OF NEUROLOGY

The Public Accounts Committee reported on services to people with neurological conditions in 2012. It was concerned with the implementation of the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions as it lagged behind those for cancer and strokes. It found "coordination of care for individuals is poor, and there is a lack of integration between health and social services... [with] a lack of neurological expertise, both in hospitals and in the community, and access to services varies widely." The Committee made six recommendations to improve leadership and accountability at the national and local level; to add key indicators and targets to the Framework; to improve the quality of services and reduce variation across the country; to improve integration of services through joint health and social care commissioning; to offer personal care plans; and finally to develop a NICE quality standard for all neurological conditions.

The National Audit Office’s progress review found progress against one of the recommendations has been good, progress against three of the recommendations has been poor, with moderate progress against the remaining two recommendations. The three recommendations against which the NAO judged progress to be poor were:

  • using the clinical commissioning group outcomes indicators set, joint strategic needs assessments and health and wellbeing boards to ensure that all people with neurological conditions have appropriate access to services
  • mandating joint health and social care commissioning of neurological services; and
  • ensuring that everyone with a long-term neurological condition is offered a personal care plan, covering both health and social care.

This inquiry challenges the Department of Health and NHS England on this poor progress in achieving better services and outcomes for people with neurological conditions.

UKABIF provided a written submission on this subject – please follow the link below to see this and all other written submissions

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/services-to-people-with-neurological-conditions-progress-review-15-16/publications/

Young adult offenders inquiry

The Justice Committee is holding an inquiry into the treatment of young adult offenders in the criminal justice system. The inquiry is being held to:

  • assess the implications of the findings of the Harris Review and selected recommendations for current policy and practice
  • examine the evidence on what might constitute more effective or appropriate treatment of young adults throughout the criminal justice process
  • review the impact of guidance to sentencers and prosecutors which advises that they consider the maturity of the offender in their decisions.

UKABIF provided a written submission on this subject – please follow the link below to see this and all other written submissions

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/young-adult-offenders/publications/