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Annual report by the Chief Social Worker for Adults

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 14:47

Department of Health -
Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo sets out progress in improving the education, training and practice of social work with adults. It also includes views of partners from the sector on the work of the Chief Social Worker for Adults and the main challenges for social work in adult social care.

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Carers strategy: call for evidence

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 14:40

Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on a new strategy for carers that will set out how more can be done to support them. It is aimed at carers, those who have someone who care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers. The closing date for comments is 30 June 2016.

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Budget 2016

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 14:54

HM Treasury - 
These documents outline the detail of the 2016 Budget, as announced by the Chancellor, George Osbourne this week. The policy costings document sets out the assumptions and methodologies used in the government’s costing of policy decisions, including the sugar levy that will be applied to soft drinks.

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Get well soon: reimagining place-based health

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 14:45

New Local Government Network (NLGN) - 
This report, by the Place-Based Health Commission chaired by Lord Victor Adebowole, argues that the NHS must construct a 15 year plan to shift money out of hospitals and into investment in communities. It demonstrates that the health service in its current form is not sustainable, and sets out a new plan for shifting the system to focus on preventing illness, shorten stays in hospitals and help people live independently for longer.

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The UK: your partner for patient safety

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 14:40

Department of Health (DH) - 
This publication outlines some of the patient safety initiatives the UK is currently pursuing, and the organisations which are leading the way in standards of safety. The different sections also provide information on the partners who can best help you achieve your goal of safer, better healthcare.

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NHS bursary scheme rules 2016

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 14:35

Department of Health (DH) - 
These documents set out the rules and administrative arrangements for the payment of NHS bursaries to students who are considering work in the NHS and have accepted a place on an eligible course. The rules ensure the bursaries are paid fairly and consistently. There are two sets of rules, one for students who started their course before 1 September 2012 and one for those who started on or after that date. These editions replace previous editions.

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Sustainability and transformation plan footprints

Wed, 16/03/2016 - 15:50

NHS England - 
This document outlines the 44 footprint areas that will bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to develop local blueprints for improved health, care and finances over the next five years, delivering the NHS five year forward view.

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Preparing for home: a before-and-after study to investigate the effects of a neonatal discharge package aimed at increasing parental knowledge, understanding and confidence in caring for their preterm infant before and after discharge from hospital

Wed, 16/03/2016 - 12:00

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
This study aimed to evaluated the implementation of a parent-orientated discharge planning approach (Train-to-Home package) for preterm infants and investigate the effects on parental self-efficacy scores, infants’ length of stay and change in costs associated with use of health-care resources in the eight weeks after discharge, before and after implementation.

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Patient care: a unified approach

Wed, 16/03/2016 - 11:54

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
This report, written in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians, highlights nine case studies where GPs and physicians have worked closely together to produce new and integrated services. The case studies span a wide range of services in England and Wales, covering different specialties, different population groups and different ways of addressing complex issues.

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Framework agreement between the Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Wed, 16/03/2016 - 11:35

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document outlines how the department and MHRA will work together. The framework agreement focuses on how they will work in partnership to serve patients, the public and the taxpayer; and discharge their accountability responsibilities effectively.

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Research for all: building a research-active medical workforce

Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:44

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) - 
This report argues that that the greatest barrier doctors face in engaging in research is a lack of time, even though they are eager to do so. Drawn from the findings of a survey of almost 2,000 doctors, the report shows that respondents cited the lack of time as having a ‘significant impact’ on their ability to engage in research. 

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RCGP guide to supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:42

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
This guidance has been updated and aims to help reduce administrative burden for GPs, and support their personal and professional development. It has been adapted, based on feedback from RCGP members, so that it does not add to the pressures they face and also protects their time for patient care.

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Sustainability and financial performance of acute hospital trusts

Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:07

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts - 
This report finds that the financial performance of NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts has deteriorated sharply and this trend is not sustainable. In its investigation of the acute hospital sector, the report argues that the government has not acted quickly enough to keep acute hospital trusts in financial balance and that there is not a feasible plan in place yet for closing the funding gap. The other aspects of the acute sector's management that is highlighted as damaging were: government efficiency targets; data used to estimate potential cost savings to trusts; attempts to control agency spending; and the lack of incentive for joined-up health services.

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Funding for research into brain tumours

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 09:29

House of Commons Petitions Committee - 
This is the first report of this committee and it examines the distressing experiences of people whose lives have been affected by the disease, as well as exploring the reasons behind the historic underfunding of research under successive governments. The report calls for the government to give a clear statement of whether it believes that current levels of funding are adequate, and if not, asks what it will do to ensure that funding for brain tumour research increases.

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End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying: reflections and recommendations

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 09:16

British Medical Association (BMA) - 
This project, launched in November 2014, aimed to examine both the public and medical professionals' attitudes on aspects of end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying. While recognising the many excellent examples of end-of-life care provision, this research highlights the variability in the quality of care between and within geographical areas and between different medical conditions. The report outlines the main challenges to providing good end-of-life care and the ways we can address them. It highlights three overarching themes which have come out of the research: the need to ensure the provision of consistently high-quality end-of-life care; the need for ongoing education, training and support for doctors; and the central role of families and those close to the patient.


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Making a whistleblowing policy work: progress update

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 11:13

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report assesses the progress on whistleblowing policies and argues that more must be done to encourage and support whistleblowers to come forward. It highlights concerns that the government's approach has been too focused on policy rather than leading by practice and that there has been a lack of urgency in dealing with this issue.

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Annual survey of local Compacts 2015

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 10:42

Compact Voice - 
This annual survey of local Compacts presents a cautiously optimistic picture for local partnership working. Whilst the Compact continues to be a valuable mechanism for cross-sector engagement, especially with the new commissioning bodies that have emerged in recent years. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are increasingly likely to sign up to local Compacts, while CCGs in particular enjoy a high level of engagement with the voluntary sector in many areas. However, the survey results highlight a decline in engagement within local Compacts and that many voluntary organisations believe that their independence is under threat.

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Understanding the public health practitioner workforce: a CfWI study

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 10:36

Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) - 
This study was jointly commissioned by the Department of Health, Health Education England and Public Health England to gather information on the public health practitioner workforce in England and to inform and support decisions on the future  public health practitioner workforce. The study found that there is great variation within the workforce in terms of practitioner backgrounds; routes to the profession; and job titles. It argues for improved data collection on this workforce to aid future planning. 

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Public health specialist stocktake

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 10:32

Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) - 
This review, commissioned by Health Education England, Public Health England and the Department of Health, is designed to provide guidance on future training numbers for the public health specialist workforce in England. Findings from the report suggest that there are at least 1,200 specialists working in England, with 75 to 80 per cent of them employed by local authorities and Public Health England. It also forecasts a general increase in the supply of public health specialists but highlights the potential impact of the constraints following the 2015 comprehensive spending review.

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From innovation to implementation: eHealth in the WHO European Region

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 16:19

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This report describes the development of and emerging trends in electronic health (e-health) in the WHO European Region in 2016.It gives case examples to illustrate success stories in countries and the practical application of e-health in various settings. The key outcomes given provide evidence of an increasing appetite for e-health and indicate tangible progress in the mainstreaming of technology solutions across the European Region to improve public health and health service delivery.

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