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Using communications approaches to spread improvement

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:14

Health Foundation - 
The guide is intended for those actively engaged in health care improvement work. It includes key concepts in spreading ideas; evidence on what is known about what works to spread improvement; and practical suggestions for planning your communications, engaging the right people, sustaining interest in the work and celebrating and sharing achievements.

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The route to employment: the role of mental health recovery colleges

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 15:36

CentreForum - 
Moving from economic inactivity into work can be challenging for someone with a mental health problem. But recovery colleges can help people make this transition. This report examines the role of these unique institutions, and suggests ways that their effectiveness can be enhanced. It argues that recovery colleges should therefore increase their focus on these employment outcomes, supported by more rigorous and systematic evaluation of the overall impact of the model.

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Annual survey of local compacts 2014

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 15:33

Compact Voice - 
This report provides an insight into the key issues facing local compacts, how they are working and how national policy developments are having an impact locally. It paints a picture of local compacts as live and active works in progress to which both the statutory and voluntary sectors continue to express active commitment. Amongst the findings were that when asked what would improve the effectiveness of their local compact, ‘building stronger links with local commissioners’ has been cited increasingly often; and twice as many local compacts count a CCGs as amongst their signatories as they did in 2013.

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Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View: NHS England business plan 2015/16

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 11:31

NHS England - 
This plan sets out ten priorities to improve quality and access to services for patients, drive better value for money and to build the foundations for the future health and care system. It describes how the increased financial settlement For 2015/16, along with further reallocated resources from NHS England, has resulted in a total of £1.98 billion for frontline services, helping to kick start the investment needed to create new care models and further invest in primary care.

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Evolution, revolution or confusion? Competition and privatisation in the NHS

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 11:18

Health Foundation - 
The precise role of private sector organisations providing NHS-funded care is a dividing line for the political parties. This briefing considers key questions relating to the role of competition and the role of non-NHS providers within the NHS.

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Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee fourth report of session 2014-15 'Complaints and Raising Concerns'

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 10:40

Department of Health (DH) - 
The report outlines the way the government wants to create long lasting cultural change across the health and social care system. The government believes that improving the way in which the NHS manages and responds to complaints will help shape a culture that listens to and learns from patients and service users, and ends a culture of defensiveness.

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Female genital mutilation risk and safeguarding: guidance for professionals

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 10:31

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document provides guidance to support an NHS organisation when they are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around FGM.

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Commissioning services to support women and girls with female genital mutilation

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 10:26

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document sets out what some elements of a successful and safe service to support women and girls with female genital mutilation (FGM) might look like. It has been developed in partnership with healthcare professionals currently involved in providing healthcare services, and it aims to highlight what commissioners might want to consider when developing a new service.

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Partnering to improve quality and safety: a framework for working with patient and family advisors

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 15:50

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) - 
To truly transform care, hospitals and care systems must effectively engage patients and their families. This guide presents a framework for one powerful way to engage patients – as advisors on quality and patient safety initiatives. The Symposium for Leaders in Healthcare Quality developed this guide to help hospitals and care systems build and sustain partnerships with patient and family advisors, specifically to improve quality and safety.

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Productivity of the English NHS: 2012/13/update

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 15:47

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
Productivity is one of the key measures against which NHS achievements can be judged and is the focus of this report. This report updates previous analysis of NHS productivity growth since 2004/05, focussing on the change in NHS productivity between 2011/12 and 2012/13, the latter financial year being the latest for which data have been made available.

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A framework for accredited scientific practice (ASP) in healthcare science: a strategic approach to continuing personal and professional development

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 11:14

Health Education England (HEE) - 
This framework and accompanying implementation guidance, describe the arrangements for ASP and provide practical guidance for the service, professional bodies, and universities to support the establishment of employer-led programmes, supported by the National School of Healthcare and the Academy for Healthcare Science.

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Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 10:54

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report finds that despite the agreed aim that people with learning disabilities should live and receive care in the community, there has been no closure programme for large mental health hospitals. It noted that the availability of places in mental health hospitals has reduced the pressure on local commissioners to revise their commissioning strategies to expand the capacity and capability of local community services. The report recommends that the Department of Health should mandate the timely collection of a consistent dataset on people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, to inform effective planning and management of their care. It also recommends that NHS England should use its commissioning framework to require local commissioners to comply fully with the Department of Health's stated aim to promote community based services rather than hospital admissions for people with learning disabilities.

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Celebrating good care, championing outstanding care

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 10:33

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This report examines what underpins high quality care. It includes a collection of short case studies illustrating some of the qualities shown by care providers that are rated good or outstanding overall. It also shares the views of some people responsible for care quality and what they do to drive improvement.

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The road to MCPs: experts assess the new model of care sketched by the Five Year Forward View

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:22

Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) - 
This briefing outlines the discussions from a debate on the likely evolution of multi-specialty community providers, one of the new models of care envisaged by the NHS Five Year Forward View. The group urged commissioners and providers to take a broad view of the subject, not to wait for a definitive model to emerge.

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The handling by the General Medical Council of cases involving whistleblowers

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:19

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This is the final report of an independent review independent review commissioned by the GMC which recommends that organisations referring concerns about a doctor’s fitness to practise to the GMC should declare whether the doctor has raised concerns about patient safety. It argues there is evidence that those who raise concerns may suffer, or believe that they suffer, reprisals from their employer or from colleagues. He proposes a series of recommendations for GMC investigations to make sure that such whistleblowers are treated fairly.

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Transforming primary care in London: a strategic commissioning framework

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:06

NHS England - 
This document provides both a new vision for general practice, and an overview of the considerations required to achieve it.  It details a specification for Londoners in the future, and begins to articulate how these changes fit within the wider out-of-hospital context. The document also considers how this specification might be delivered with regard to cost, workforce, contracts, and other key enablers.

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Statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of the adult autism strategy

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:50

Department of Health (DH) - 
This statutory guidance shows how local authorities and NHS organisations should carry out their responsibilities under the Autism Act 2009 to develop services that support and meet the needs of people with autism, and their families and carers. It also explains what support they can expect to receive from local authorities and NHS organisations.

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Principles for maintaining continuity of care when moving across borders within the United Kingdom

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:48

Department of Health (DH) - 
This guidance sets out how responsible authorities should ensure continuity of care for adults who receive care and support and move to another country in the UK.

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Report on the regulation of herbal medicines and practitioners

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:45

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report makes recommendations on whether to regulate practitioners of herbal medicine and the products they use to keep the public safe.

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Swimming against the tide? The quality of NHS services during the current parliament

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:27

Health Foundation - 
This briefing summarises trends in the quality of NHS care in England since the 2010 general election. It examines the quality of NHS care in relation to five key dimensions: patient safety; waiting times; mental health care; person-centred care; and international comparisons with other systems.

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