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Mental health aftercare in England and Wales

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 12:43

Department of Health -
From 1 April 2015 the local authority responsible for mental health aftercare services, under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (the Act), will normally be the one where the person was ordinarily resident immediately before they were detained under the Act. This document has details about arrangements for referring disputes over ordinary residence in cases where one or more authority in dispute is in England and one or more is in Wales. These arrangements only apply where services are provided under section 117 of the Act.

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Consultation on specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specifications

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 10:46

NHS England -
NHS England has launched a 30 day public consultation on a number of clinical commissioning policies and service specifications for specialised services. The 33 policies, five service specifications and two other commissioning products will be open to a 30 day consultation period, closing on 23 April 2015.

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Output and information requirements specification: for the child health information service and systems

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 10:40

Public Health England -
This guidance is aimed at Child Health Information System (CHIS) providers and industry that produces data collection software. It is practical guidance for CHIS providers outlining what information requirements are to be collected, and tells system suppliers what their systems should be capable of collecting and reporting.

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Healthcare - the next five years

Tue, 24/03/2015 - 10:32

The Smith Institute - 
This report gathers together leading experts from the health world to set out their views on what needs to change to ensure the long-term sustainability of the NHS. With the challenges of austerity, an ageing society and more expensive treatment the authors add their thoughts to the on-going debate on prevention, integration and funding.

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Using price policies to promote healthier diets

Tue, 24/03/2015 - 10:12

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This publication provides information on using price policies to promote healthy diets and explores policy developments from around the WHO European region. It examines the economic theory underpinning the use of subsidies and taxation and explores the available evidence. It also includes several case studies from WHO European member states where price policies have been introduced, along with a European Union scheme. It concludes with some observations about the design of more effective price policies.

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My life, my support, my choice: a vision for person centred coordinated care and support for children and young people with complex lives

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 13:58

National Voices - 
This document  sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – support looks to children and young people. It offers a clear set of outcomes that commissioners and service providers should be working to.  It covers children and young people up to the age of 25 and takes account of the transition into adulthood.

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The future of commissioning

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 13:53

Reform - 
This conference brochure features essays and articles from a variety of contributors on the future of commissioning. Following the NHS Five Year Forward View, it discusses new models of care and also commissioning across health and social care. 

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Action plan on hearing loss

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 11:58

NHS England - 
This plan aims to support services for deaf people and those with diminishing hearing and identifies multiple health and social issues associated with hearing loss.  It recommends ways that services for children, young people, working age and older adults living with hearing loss can be improved.

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An evaluation of the ‘IPS in IAPT’ psychological wellbeing and work feasibility pilot

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 09:57

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report provides an evaluation of a pilot of a scheme to help people with mental health problems, who are claiming Employment Support Allowance, find paid work. It shows positive feedback from service providers and participants, and provides recommendations and invaluable learning for a second phase pilot.

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Letting go: how devolution could solve the NHS care and cash crisis

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 09:44

Reform - 
This paper, authored by former Labour Health Minister Lord Warner and Jack O’Sullivan, explores the potential benefits of NHS devolution for the provision of health and care services.

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Vital signs: taking the temperature of health and care services for people living with long term conditions

Fri, 20/03/2015 - 12:21

Richmond Group of Charities - 
This report analyses the quality of health and care services from the users’ perspective. It shows that there are some worrying gaps in long term conditions care which lead to many preventable problems. Too often people are not supported to look after themselves, and their emotional and practical needs, and those of their carers, are frequently ignored. This not only leads to distress and complications for people living with long term conditions, but also means that avoidable pressures on the NHS are increasing.

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Better health for London: next steps

Fri, 20/03/2015 - 11:06

London Councils - 
This document outlines how the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, NHS England, Public Health England, London Councils and the 32 GP-led clinical commissioning groups have come together to outline how, individually and collaboratively, they will work towards London becoming the world's healthiest major city. It sets out shared ambitions and how progress will be measured against goals of improving the health of London's population; improving access to GPs; and reducing health inequalities.

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Looking forward: the views of health and social care leaders

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 16:38

Nuffield Trust - 
In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, the Nuffield Trust is regularly surveying a panel of 100 health and social care leaders in England for their views on a range of issues, including the state of the NHS and social care system, and what they believe should be the priority areas for reform during the next Parliament. This is the fourth survey in this series and it looks at future of the NHS, and in particular whether the NHS Five Year Forward View has accurately diagnosed the challenges faced by the health service

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Primary care: a review of local Healthwatch reports

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 15:24

Healthwatch -
This report showcases the work that local Healthwatch have carried out to champion their local population’s primary care needs, and brings together the key issues the public have raised with them regarding GP practices, dental surgeries, opticians and pharmacies.

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An update on Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 14:39

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts -
This report recommends that the Department of Health and the NHS Trust Development Authority should report to the Committee on the total cost to the taxpayer arising from the failure of the franchise, including the costs of transition arrangements and the total cost of covering the financial deficits incurred during the franchise. It also suggests that the Department of Health and the NHS Trust Development Authority should ensure that strong governance and clear accountabilities are put in place for future novel or high-risk ventures, and that there is strong and effective monitoring.

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Apprenticeship standards

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 14:06

Skills Funding Agency -
These standards describe the job role an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the healthcare sector. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.

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Economic and fiscal outlook

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 12:22

Office for Budget Responsibility -
This report sets out forecasts for the economy and the public finances over a five year horizon and assesses whether the Government is on course to hit its fiscal targets.

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Public health scientist stocktake: a review of Public Health England’s scientist workforce

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 12:07

Centre for Workforce Intelligence -
With rapid changes in technology and the new and broad remit of Public Health England, the roles and functions of science within the organisation are likely to look different over the coming years to what exists now. To support PHE, Department of Health and Health Education England, in workforce planning, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence was commissioned to take a forward view of this workforce and estimate the likely size, shape and skills that will be required. Overall it finds that, if recruitment and attrition remain as they have been in recent years, the number of scientists in PHE is likely to remain relatively stable over the coming 15 years. However changes to recruitment patterns, political influence, or retirement rates will change this outlook.

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Acute hospitals and integrated care: from hospitals to health systems

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 11:56

The King's Fund -
This report describes lessons from five case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care – three of these sites have since been chosen as vanguards by NHS England. The report assesses the achievements made so far, distils the lessons learnt for other local health economies, and makes recommendations for national policy-makers.

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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 15:23

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) -
This suite of 12 resources includes short films, reports, at a glance summaries and tools. Some of the resources aim to raise service users’ and mental health staffs’ awareness and understanding of the IMHA role, and address equality of access.  Others help advocacy providers, commissioners and mental health trusts to improve access to IMHA, to understand what a good service looks like, and how outcomes can be measured.

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