Simon Beaumont, Head of Information Services at Southern Health presented at the Healthcare Strategy Forum on the implementation of Assured Compliance. Cultural and learning aspects were crucial and most importantly the Board has assurance that information from the wards is accurate, verifiable while reducing the admin burden.
See us at the Bristol Patient Safety Conference on the 15th. Looking forward to some interesting insights. Look out for #BPSC2015 and the handle @PatientSafetySW
Speaking at the annual conference of Public Health England, Simon Stevens called obesity “the new smoking”, claiming that it “represents a slow-motion car crash in terms of avoidable illness and rising healthcare costs.”
Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, told his Coventry audience that he believes the health of our children, the sustainability of the NHS, and Britain’s economic prosperity all depend on a dramatic improvement in obesity prevention and public health, pointing out that nearly 20% of secondary school children, and 25% of adults, are obese. Twenty years ago, just 15% were obese.
Unchecked, Stevens believes this rise in obesity will cause a huge rise in avoidable illness and disability, including many cases of type 2 diabetes - which already costs the NHS around £9 billion a year, according to Diabetes UK. “If as a nation we keep piling on the pounds around the waistline, we’ll be piling on the pounds in terms of future taxes needed just to keep the NHS afloat.”