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Protecting health and care information: a consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 14:15

Department of Health -
The government is seeking views on proposals to strengthen controls and safeguards on the use of an individual’s health and care data. This document proposes allowing a number of local organisations, to create secure safe havens, that will have access under strong controls to information from peoples’ personal care records which could be used to identify an individual. These safe havens will need to be accredited by the Secretary of State for Health. The consultation closes on 8th August 2014.

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Local government funding: assurance to Parliament

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 10:58

National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report examines how the government funds local authorities, the conditions attached to this funding, and how it gives Parliament assurance on how local authorities use that funding.

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One chance to get it right: improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 10:32

Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People -
The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People, made up of 21 national health and care organisations, has published this report to form a response to the recommendations set out in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

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National conversation on health inequalities

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:53

Public Health England -
This is a Public Health England programme about reducing differences in health. The aim is for local authorities to start talking about health inequalities in their communities.

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Developing pharmacy’s contribution to public health

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:45

Public Health England -
This report gives details of how Public Health England is providing leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of public health practice for pharmacy, taking national and local priorities into account.

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Inquiry into patient centred care on the 21st century

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:31

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) -
This Inquiry has been established by the RCGP with the objective of delivering original, cost effective solutions to the medical, social and financial challenges posed by rising levels of multi-morbidity within society. The Inquiry is being undertaken by a panel of experts drawn from a range different perspectives within the healthcare system, including both patients and professionals. It will look at the role of general practice within the context of primary, community and social care services. The Inquiry is currently inviting evidence submissions from all who have a stake in this issue – including patients, health professionals, managers and decision-makers – to help inform its work. The deadline for responses is 16th July 2014.

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NHS financial temperature check briefing

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:18

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) - 
This briefing summarises finance directors’ views on financial challenges facing the NHS.

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Report on inquiry into respiratory deaths

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:09

APPG on Respiratory Health -
The inquiry investigated why premature mortality from respiratory disease remains so high and how death rates could be improved. It focussed in particular on two conditions: COPD and asthma, which together affect around 6 million people in the UK.

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Commissioning for outcomes : a narrative from and for clinical commissioners

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:23

NHS Commissioning Assembly -
This narrative, developed by the Quality Working Group of the NHS Commissioning Assembly, describes the challenges and opportunities offered by outcome-based commissioning. The purpose of this document is to stimulate discussion amongst commissioners on the practical tools now required for all 211 CCGs, as well the barriers that need removing to support commissioning for improved outcomes.

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Sustaining and assuring the quality of student nurse mentorship: what are the challenges?

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:05

National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) -
This briefing focuses on sustaining and assuring the quality of mentorship within a difficult economic climate and at a time of debate about its future direction.

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Industrial action and contingency planning

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 10:49

NHS Employers -
This question and answer briefing provides guidance to employers in the NHS on managing the legal and practical issues presented by the threat of industrial action.

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Tackling health inequalities: the case for investment in the wider public health workforce

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 10:46

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) -
This report calls for greater investment and better understanding of the impact of the wider public health workforce - people who are not professionally qualified public health practitioners, but have the ability or opportunity to positively impact public health in their community. This includes health trainers, health champions, and non-health professionals. It argues that this “wider workforce” could be instrumental in reducing the burden of health inequalities – the financial cost of which was last estimated at close to £60bn.

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UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) strategy 2013-2018: measuring success

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 10:33

Department of Health -
This guidance outlines measures agreed by the UK antimicrobial resistance strategy High Level Steering Group, based on advice from expert scientific advisory committees including the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (ARHAI). It covers 4 areas: trends in resistance; quality of prescribing in primary and secondary healthcare settings; public and professional knowledge and understanding of antimicrobials and their appropriate use; and global security through ensuring global alignment in addressing AMR. It is aimed at clinical professionals, NHS managers, primary and secondary care prescribers,stakeholders and healthcare workers.

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Reducing unintentional injuries among children and young people

Mon, 23/06/2014 - 17:16

Public Health England (PHE) - 
These resources for local authorities cover the prevention of accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road. The reports show that whilst the number of children and young people killed or seriously injured continues to fall in England there are still significant numbers of deaths and emergency admissions from preventable causes. It also highlights actions that local partners can take to reduce accidents including improving safety for children travelling to and from school and using existing services like health visitors and children’s centres.

 

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Inquiry into the future of patient care

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 11:58

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
An independent inquiry has been set up by RCGP to look at how the NHS can best provide care for patients at a time of constrained resources, to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of patients with multiple long term conditions. The inquiry is calling for written evidence from interested organisations and individuals, to help inform the proceedings, to be submitted by 16th July 2014.

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Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 11:52

Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) - 
This working paper provides an initial report on research that sets out to discover the realities of commissioning from the perspective of the public sector bodies responsible for its implementation and the third sector organisations who choose to engage with commissioners as part of achieving their missions. Based on a case study service field (mental health) and geographical locality (an urban conurbation in the UK), a survey and series of semi-structured interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders from the public and third sectors to understand the practices of commissioning. Due to the key focus (and often concerns) of third sector organisations on procurement this was explored in particular.

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Local authorities improving oral health: commissioning better oral health for children and young people

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 11:32

Department of Health (DH) - 
This guidance aims to support local authorities to commission oral health improvement programmes for children and young people aged up to 19 years. It provides an evidence-informed approach with examples of good practice.

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Modelling, evaluating and implementing cost effective services to reduce the impact of stroke

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 16:27

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
The objective of this study was to estimate risk of stroke, longer-term needs and outcomes, risk of recurrence, trends and predictors of effective care, to model cost-effective configurations of care, to understand stakeholders’ perspectives of services and to develop proposals to underpin policy.

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Quality standards: health services for people with haemoglobin disorders

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 15:40

West Midlands Quality Review Service (WMQRS) -
A national programme of peer review visits of health services caring for both adults and children and young people with haemoglobin disorders is being organised and will run from September 2014 to March 2016.

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Recipes for sustainable healthcare

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 10:43

College of Medicine -
This report makes recommendations for how the delivery of NHS care can be made more sustainable and help to improve outcomes for people living with long-term conditions.

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