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Policy analysis: applying robust decision-making to the workforce planning framework

Fri, 15/08/2014 - 11:51

Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) -
This paper provides an introduction to the subject of long-term policy analysis and its specific NHS workforce planning context in the UK.

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Public health in the 21st century: organising and managing multidisciplinary teams in a local government context

Fri, 15/08/2014 - 11:31

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This guidance concerns the appropriate employment of public health professionals who carry out roles as consultants in public health and directors of public health and who are included on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List or the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists.

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Making health and social information accessible - consultation document

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 12:07

NHS England -
NHS England is developing a new accessible information standard which will make sure that people can understand the information they are given about their health and care. It means all organisations will need to find out if a patient has extra communication needs because of a disability or sensory loss, and take steps to meet those needs. This could include large print, braille, easy read or via e-mail or a British Sign Language interpreter. Now NHS England is undertaking a consultation with organisations and the public on the draft standard. The closing date for comments is 9 November 2014.

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Cavendish review: Code of Conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers - a consultation

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 11:44

Skills for Health -
In March 2013 the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers was published. In the health sector, the intended audience for the Code of Conduct was healthcare support workers who report to nurses and midwives. Skills for Health has received consistent anecdotal feedback that the Code of Conduct applies more broadly in the health sector and could apply to all roles that are patient facing and are not already covered by other Codes of Conduct. An online consultation is open to test this. Responses must be submitted by 31 October 2014.

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Mutuals in health: pathfinder programme - supporting health and care organisations explore the benefits of mutualisation

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:56

Department of Health -
Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, recently published an independent review of staff engagement and empowerment in the NHS. The review recommended that government support a pathfinder programme to help NHS trusts and foundation trusts explore the benefits of the mutual model. In response to the review’s recommendation, Department of Health and Cabinet Office launched a joint initiative on 15 July 2014 to support health and care organisations explore the potential advantages of mutualising their services. The Pathfinder Programme is designed to support a small number of pioneering trusts, either individually or in partnership. It is open to all foundation trusts and NHS trusts.

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The engagement cycle

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 11:56

Centre for Patient Leadership -
This model was developed by InHealth Associates to support commissioners aiming to engage with patients and the public throughout the commissioning cycle. It has been updated to align with current statutory guidance, new commissioning arrangements and current healthcare challenges.

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Seven day services in hospital pharmacy: giving patients the care they deserve

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 11:25

Royal Pharmaceutical Society -
In May 2014 members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, along with other colleagues from across Great Britain, gathered to discuss the challenges faced in moving to seven day services so that pharmacists can better care for their patients. The report provides a summary of this meeting and begins with the wider context in which seven day services are developing, then later focuses on case studies of approaches to extended and seven day pharmacy services. It concludes with an outline of emerging themes for the pharmacy profession to consider when developing seven day services supplemented by actions for consideration.

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Staff Friends and Family Test: early experiences

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 15:48

NHS Employers - 
This briefing has been created following discussions with HR directors and includes ten points, which have been developed to share ideas and emerging lessons on the Staff Friends and Family Test.

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The maternity pathway payment system: supplementary guidance

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 11:21

Monitor - 
The maternity pathway payment system was introduced in April 2013 to reduce variance in the way organisations describe and record antenatal and postnatal care; encourage more proactive care, delivered closer to home; and encourage a more woman-focused approach to maternity care. This guidance outlines which services are included in the maternity pathway payment and explains how to implement the payment system.

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Testing the bed-blocking hypothesis: does higher supply of nursing and care homes reduce delayed hospital discharges?

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 11:20

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
Hospital bed blocking occurs when hospital patients are ready to be discharged to a nursing home but no place is available, so that hospital care acts as a more costly substitute for long-term care. This paper investigates the extent to which higher supply of nursing home beds or lower prices can reduce hospital bed blocking. It uses new local authority level administrative data from England on hospital delayed discharges in 2010-13. The results suggest that delayed discharges do respond to the availability of care-home beds but the effect is modest: an increase in care-homes bed by 10% (250 additional beds per local authority) would reduce delayed discharges by about 4%-7%. It also finds strong evidence of spillover effects across local authorities: higher availability of care-homes or fewer patients aged over 65 in nearby local authorities are associated with fewer delayed discharges.

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Department of Health and the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) framework agreement

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 10:38

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document outlines out how the DH and NHS BSA will work together, setting out roles, responsibilities, governance and accountability arrangements.

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse manifesto 2015

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 10:13

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse - 
This manifesto calls for the introduction of key measures to effectively reduce alcohol-related harm and demands that political parties of all colours recognise the personal, social and financial costs associated with alcohol misuse today. Key measures include, greater investment in treatment, stronger advertising regulation to protection children and young people and minimum unit pricing. The manifesto is designed to inform in the lead in toward the 2015 election.

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Comparing apples with oranges? How to make better use of evidence from the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes and supporting case studies

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:32

NHS Confederation - 
The briefing, primarily aimed at members of health and wellbeing boards, but relevant to both statutory and VCS partners, gives an overview of the knowledge, expertise and insight that voluntary and community sector organisations may hold about their local communities and diverse groups of people within these, as well as the different ways this knowledge can be used to enhance joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and commissioning.

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2014 public awareness and opinion survey

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:44

Public Health England (PHE) - 
PHE commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a public opinion survey. This report presents the results of this research into public health concerns, awareness and knowledge of PHE, and levels of public confidence and trust.

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An independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS

Thu, 07/08/2014 - 16:19

Freedom To Speak Up -
This review was announced on 24 June 2014 by the Secretary of State for Health and is led by Sir Robert Francis QC. Sir Robert wants to hear from as many people as possible who have experiences, both good and bad, of raising concerns in the NHS. It will gather information in a number of ways including an invitation to share experiences and ideas, seminars and research projects. A report containing the findings is planned for November 2014.

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Healthcare UK: review of progress 2013-14 and business plan 2014-15

Thu, 07/08/2014 - 15:56

Department of Health -
This slide deck summarises Healthcare UK’s performance against the targets set for 2013 to 2014 and highlights the main points of the business plan for the current year. It also looks at opportunities for digital health in China and future priorities.

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The Friends and Family Test (FFT)

Thu, 07/08/2014 - 11:02

Picker Institute Europe -
This policy briefing looks at the evolution of the FFT from its roots in the Net Promoter Score and briefly trace its history.  It then considers why the FFT has been associated with so much controversy, reflects on the key recommendations in the latest review, and asks whether they go far enough to address the critics’ concerns.

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Adult social care spending efficiency tool

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 12:34

Department of Health -
This tool identifies similar areas for adult social care delivery for older people and working age adults with learning disabilities, the two largest groups who receive adult social care. The comparable indicators include spending per head, quality of services and access to services. It aims to provide a basis for comparing spending and outcomes between councils and helps directors of adult social services and local authority financial leads to find new opportunities for improving adult social care efficiency.

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Refreshing the NHS Outcomes Framework 2015-2016: stakeholder engagement

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 12:29

Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on current proposals and long term planning for the NHS Outcomes Framework. It asks specific questions on four main areas of the framework: mental health, children and young people, health inequalities and patient experience/safety. Feedback will be used to update and improve the framework. The consultation closes on 12 September 2014.

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Supporting NHS providers considering transactions and mergers

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 10:56

Monitor - 
NHS providers considering a merger are urged to contact Monitor early in their planning to ensure proposals work well for patients. These guidance documents will help NHS providers navigate their way through a transaction such as a merger or acquisition.

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