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MPs need an NHS jargon buster
A new survey has revealed that instead of standing for integrated care partnerships, ICP could better be used to describe idiom-confused parliamentarians.
Nearly a third of MPs said they did not understand new care model jargon, with the majority calling for the NHS to simplify its language.
New research shared exclusively with HSJ found that 30 per cent of MPs did not understand what an “integrated care system” is and 34 per cent what “accountable care systems” were.
Nearly a quarter of Parliamentarians quizzed said they did not feel “sufficiently well informed” to scrutinise healthcare in Parliament, with just over half saying they did.
More than three quarters of MPs surveyed agreed NHS organisations should “simplify their language and explain concepts more clearly to Parliamentarians”.
It is clear that many MPs find the acronym-heavy vernacular of the NHS a hard slog, a view shared by many of the public as well.
As one of the largest organisations in the world, providing very complex care, it is natural the NHS would evolve its own technical language.
But with the NHS going through a major reconfiguration of how it provides services, it is vital that the public and patients understand what it is doing. Otherwise the risk is it will alienate the public.
Trust closes A&E for safety
A trust in the West Midlands is set to get a windfall of patients after its struggling neighbour was forced to close the doors of its accident and emergency overnight last week.
The trust closing its doors – Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust – has regularly featured in HSJ headlines over the last few weeks due to concerns over the safety of its emergency services.
This week the trust’s leadership decided it was no longer safe to continue overnight A&E and urgent care services, at its Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
However, rather than having all activity diverted to its other A&E the decision has been made instead to divert patients to the neighbouring Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
The trust’s decision comes amidst a long awaited public consultation on the reconfiguration of its acute services.
The consultation, now closed, proposed the trust’s main A&E services be centralised onto one site – Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – leaving just an urgent care centre at PRH.
Whether the Telford A&E opens back up overnight will depend on the trust’s ability to safely staff it.
Considering the provider’s recently reported workforce troubles, it is not unimaginable that it’s A&E will stay closed even after the outcome of the public consultation is heard.