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Early 2019

Investigation into adult health screening

In May 2018 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care informed Parliament on an IT failure in the NHS breast screening programme that led to an estimated 450,000 women not receiving their final breast screening appointment. The Comptroller and Auditor General is undertaking an investigation into four adult screening programmes: abdominal aortic aneurysm … Read more

Spring 2019

NHS waiting times for elective and cancer care

The NHS Constitution sets out the maximum time patients should wait for elective and cancer services, which the Department of Health and Social Care incorporates into the waiting times standards it expects the NHS to meet. Performance against waiting times standards has been deteriorating as demand for services has grown. The standard for elective care … Read more

Late 2018

Local government and the NHS – The local audit perspective

Local public bodies (local authorities, including police and crime commissioners and fire and rescue authorities, and local NHS bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS trusts and Foundation Trusts) are finding it increasingly difficult to balance the delivery of good quality services and maintaining a sound financial position. The NAO’s recent reports on Financial sustainability … Read more

Spring 2019

Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities

This study is part of the National Audit Office’s programme of work on services for children, and will focus on whether the Department for Education supports pupils with special educational needs and disabilities effectively. The study will cover all school-aged children needing support for special educational needs and disabilities, both those with an education, health … Read more

Spring 2019

NHS financial sustainability

In January 2018, our report on sustainability and transformation in the NHS concluded that extra funding it received in 2016-17 was spent on coping with current pressures rather than the transformation required to put the health system on a sustainable footing. We also reported that trusts were still a long way from being able to … Read more

Carer with a meal for a patient

The health and social care interface

This ‘think piece’ draws on our past work highlighting the barriers that prevent health and social care services working together effectively, examples of joint working and the move towards services centred on the needs of the individual, to inform the ongoing debate about the future of health and social care in England.

Published:
4 Jul 2018

The health and social care interface

This ‘think piece’ draws on our past work highlighting the barriers that prevent health and social care services working together effectively, examples of joint working and the move towards services centred on the needs of the individual, to inform the ongoing debate about the future of health and social care in England.