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Framework agreement between the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 09:22

Department of Health -
This document defines the key elements of the relationship between the Department of Health and CQC. It outlines the roles and responsibilities; lines of accountability; and governance arrangements.

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Next steps for the NHS Constitution: recommendations by the Expert Advisory Group to the NHS constitution

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 17:01

Department of Health -
The Expert Advisory Group to the NHS Constitution has made 10 recommendations to the department and national and local organisations in the health system to increase the impact of the NHS Constitution. The report recommends several ways to bring the NHS Constitution to life and ensure it is a practical tool for patients.

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Adult social care in England: an overview

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 16:56

National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report highlights the main risks and challenges as the adult social care system changes radically. It argues that the government does not know if the limits of the capacity of the care system to continue to absorb pressures are being approached and warns that major changes to the system to improve outcomes and reduce costs will be challenging to achieve.

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Better Care Fund - technical guidance (revised)

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:24

NHS England -
Following the initial submission of draft Better Care Fund plans, a number of common issues arose that needed addressing and/or clarifying. A number of documents have been updated to help clarify these issues.

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Improving general practice: a call to action - phase 1 report

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:31

NHS England -
This report contains a future strategy for commissioning general practice services. It focuses on the central role NHS England wants general practice to play in wider systems of primary care, and it describes NHS England's ambition for greater collaboration with clinical commissioning groups in the commissioning of general practice services.

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NHS Constitution values

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:40

NHS Health Education England -
Developed on behalf of Health Education England as part of the NHS Values Project, these animations aim to explain the values of the NHS Constitution. The animations each explain one of the values set out in the NHS Constitution, with an overarching animation that explains the NHS Constitution itself.

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Smokefree and smiling: helping dental patients to quit tobacco

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:16

Public Health England (PHE) -
This document provides updated guidance for dental teams, commissioners and educators on how they can contribute to reducing rates of tobacco use, and highlights resources available to support them.

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Difficult conversations with dying people and their families

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 11:48

Marie Curie Cancer Care -
This survey of over 1,000 GPs reveals that terminally ill people are not getting access to the right care when they need it. The report highlights issues surrounding round-the-clock care with families reporting having to chase after prescriptions, nurses waiting hours for vital drugs to arrive, and locums unable to prescribe.

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Supporting recovering in mental health services: quality and outcomes

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 10:08

Centre for Mental Health -
This publication aims to help organisations in the mental health sector develop clear, empirically-informed statements about what constitutes high-quality services, and how these will lead to key recovery outcomes for service users. It also includes a series of recommendations for health and social care providers and commissioners, and for NHS England and the government, that aim to support development of an evidence-based approach to commissioning mental health services.

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Frontline First: more than just a number

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 09:58

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) -
This report reveals that there are 3,994 fewer full time equivalent nursing staff working in senior positions than in April 2010. Staff working at this level include ward sisters, community matrons, clinical nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners. It warns that with almost 4,000 fewer senior nursing posts than 2010, the NHS is being drained of valuable leadership, experience and specialist knowledge from the health service.

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Ripping off the sticking plaster: whole-system solutions for urgent and emergency care

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 16:21

NHS Confederation -
Mounting pressures on England’s urgent and emergency care services have been well documented in local and national media over recent months. This report acts as a roadmap to the fundamental changes required to create a sustainable and high-quality urgent and emergency care system that can meet the needs of patients now and in the future.

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The maternal mental health of migrant women

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:42

Race Equality Foundation -
This briefing examines why there is low take-up of maternal mental related services by migrant women un the UK. It considers how maternal mental health care providers can develop services which meet the needs of migrant women.

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How does money influence health?

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 14:48

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) -
This study looks at hundreds of theories to consider how income influences health. It identifies four ways money affects people's wellbeing: material, psychosocial, behaviour and reverse causation.

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Hidden needs: identifying key vulnerable groups in data collections: vulnerable migrants, gypsies and travellers, homeless people, and sex workers

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 13:01

Department of Health -
This report argues that the health care needs of the most vulnerable groups in society not being met because of gaps in health information and data gaps. It is aimed at data providers, healthcare professionals, commissioners and others working to improve the health of the vulnerable groups and signposts the way to good data.

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Commissioning through Evaluation programme

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 11:29

NHS England -
NHS England has expanded its £16.9 million Commissioning through Evaluation programme, to enable more patients to access treatments and technologies which are not currently routinely commissioned by the NHS. Specialist hospitals are being invited to submit expressions of interest to take part in four new schemes. The closing date for submissions is 24th March 2014.

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Building a culture of candour: a review of the threshold for the duty of candour and of the incentives for care organisations to be candid

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 11:12

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) -
This review concludes that healthcare organisations must usher in a new culture of candour to ensure patients and their families are told honestly and openly about any harm that has been caused and how it will be put it right. The main recommendation to come from the report was that an environment that allows staff to be trained and supported in admitting errors should be encouraged, reporting them and learning fully from mistakes.

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Our new approach to the inspection of NHS acute hospitals: initial findings from the Wave 1 pilot inspections

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 10:09

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report contains findings from 18 pilot hospital inspections completed in 2013, the first step in a change to the CQC's approach to inspections. The report concludes that compassionate care is alive and well, as well as a strong commitment to the NHS. However, inspectors found significant variations in quality between trusts and even between services within trusts. It also found that apart from critical care and maternity, most services cannot demonstrate whether they are delivering effective care or not.

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Is excessive paperwork in care homes undermining care for older people?

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 16:29

Joseph Rowntree Foundation -
This study found that care homes have to regularly complete more than 100 separate items of paperwork, often duplicating the same information. It recommends that the sector rethinks its priorities and makes changes to the way it deals with administration so older people can be given more compassionate, personalised care.

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Education and training tariffs: tariff guidance for 2014-15

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 13:21

Department of Health -
This document sets out money paid by Health Education England to providers for healthcare education and training placements in financial year 2014 to 2015. It also details how the tariffs will be implemented and in what circumstances the national tariffs may be varied and how to do this.

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Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services: guidance and recommendations

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 11:21

World Health Organization (WHO) -
This guidance aims to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. The guidance recommends that everyone who wants contraception should be able to obtain detailed and accurate information, and a variety of services, such as counselling as well as contraceptive products.

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