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System leadership: lessons and learning from AQuA's Integrated Care Discovery Communities

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 16:24

The King's Fund -
This paper seeks to identify the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of new system leaders and to learn from systems attempting to combine strong organisational leadership with collaborative system-level leadership approaches. It draws on three years' development work with leaders in health care systems in north-west England, undertaken by the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) and The King's Fund which has adopted a 'discovery' approach to developing integrated care and the leadership capabilities supporting it.

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Developing supportive design for people with dementia

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 16:20

The King's Fund -
This range of resources was designed to enable hospitals, care homes, primary care premises and specialist housing providers to become more dementia friendly.

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Better health for London

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 15:28

London Health Commisson -
The Mayor of London set up the London Health Commission in September 2013 to review the health of the capital, from the provision of services to what Londoners themselves can do to help make London the healthiest major global city. This report proposes tough measures to combat the threats posed by tobacco, alcohol, obesity, lack of exercise and pollution, which harm millions of people. Together the proposals amount to the biggest public health drive in the world. It contains over 60 recommendations and sets out 10 ambitions for the city with targets.

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Checking that doctors have appropriate insurance and indemnity cover - a consultation

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 14:54

General Medical Council (GMC) -
The GMC are consulting on changes to regulations that will give new powers to check doctors have appropriate indemnity or insurance cover in place for their practice. The changes being proposed aim to provide further assurance to patients that they will be protected if they need to make a claim about the care they have received.

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Loud and clear: making consumer voices heard

Tue, 14/10/2014 - 11:35

Healthwatch - 
This report details the findings of an investigation into the failings of the complaints system in health and social care. It raises concerns about the NHS and local authority red tape making it difficult for people to complain and that there is not enough independent advice and support out there to help those in need and, above all, the public is given little incentive to come forward about their experiences. It highlights simple changes which could be made to the system in order to improve patients' experiences in complaints handling within health and care systems.

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Cracks in the pathway

Tue, 14/10/2014 - 10:30

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This review into the care provided to people living with dementia found an unacceptable gap in the quality of care that means people are at risk of experiencing poor care as they move between care homes and hospitals. It also highlighted poor practices in sharing information between health and care professionals and the benefits of supporting the mental and physical health of individuals in order to reduce avoidable admissions to hospital and unnecessary long stays in hospital.

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Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integration

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 12:58

Diabetes UK - 
This report explains how diabetes care can be improved to achieve better outcomes for people with diabetes. The challenge for commissioners and healthcare providers locally is to make the system work to support that.

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Loneliness, social isolation and sight loss

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 12:12

Thomas Pocklington Trust - 
This study found that the majority of people with sight loss are not lonely and highlights a need to investigate what protects them, both from feeling alone and from becoming socially isolated. It highlights the need for services working with people with sight loss to consider individual risk factors for loneliness and social isolation.

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Careless eating costs lives

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 11:33

2020health - 
This report argues for a 5-10 year cross-sector strategy to be put in place in order to tackle the obesity crisis. Covering both education and regulation, the report grasps the extent of the obesity explosion and sets out the essential responses to halting progression and reversing the drastic effects of overweight on individual health, employment, social care and the wider economy.

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How healthy are we? A high-level guide

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:27

The King's Fund - 
This guide sets out some basic facts on the health of England's population, including the main drivers of health, how it varies and is expressed in inequalities, and relevant comparisons with other countries. We have updated this guide using new data and studies.

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Cause for concern: QualityWatch annual statement 2014

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:29

QualityWatch - 
This report offers an independent assessment of the current quality of NHS health and social care services in England. It observes that while care quality has improved since a decade ago, the last year has seen progress in some areas slow down or begin to reverse.

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DH digital strategy update: 2014 to 2015

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:05

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document outlines the changes to the updated version of the Department of Health's digital strategy.

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Draft knowledge and skills statement for social workers in adult services: a consultation

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:21

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation deeks views on a draft statement explaining what adult social workers need to know after their first year in employment.

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Consultation on amendments to the statutory scheme to control the prices of branded health service medicines

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:19

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation seeks views on proposals to improve the arrangements for limiting the amount of money the health service pays for branded medicines. The aim is to keep the statutory pricing scheme in line with the voluntary Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme. This will allow the branded medicines pricing system to operate in a fair and logical consistent way. This consultation closes on 7 November 2014.

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Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 14:57

UCL Institute of Health Equity -
This report highlights the evidence of the benefits of green spaces to health and wellbeing outcomes, and the inequalities in use of, and access to, natural environments across England. It finds that these inequalities contribute to health inequalities. It also proposes ways to improve access and use of green space, in order to improve health equity.

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Provider handbooks for adult social care services

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 11:30

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
The CQC has confirmed how it will regulate, inspect and rate care homes and community adult social care in England. Following joint development, consultation and testing over the last eighteen months, CQC has issued documents called 'handbooks', which will help care providers to understand how they will be assessed and rated from now on. Specialist teams, including trained members of the public, will inspect services, unannounced, against what matters most to the people who use them – are they safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs, and well-led.

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Public engagement, not just about the public

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 10:48

Involve -
The design and implementation of public involvement process can help support or undermine broad support for public engagement. This briefing paper synthesises existing research on what motivates each group to engage and provides an overview of the specific elements of the design and implementation of engagement that can shape these motivations in the long term.

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Financial failure in the NHS: what causes it and how best to manage it

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 10:33

The King's Fund -
This report describes the current financial state of the NHS and the reasons for the deterioration in financial performance and ultimately financial failure. These include weak leadership, legacy costs, Payment by Result tariffs, and the impact of the wider health economy.

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Monitor: organisation structure

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 10:21

Monitor -
This chart show’s Monitor’s organisational structure as at October 2014.

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Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policies but were afraid to ask

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 10:02

World Health Organization (WHO) -
This book focuses on four aspects of EU health policy: the EU institutions, processes and powers related to health; the EU action taken on the basis of this health mandate; the non-health action affecting health and health systems; and, because of its growing importance, financial governance and what it means for European health systems. It is aimed at policymakers and students of public health and health systems in the EU who want to understand how the EU can add value in their quest improving population health and the performance of health systems in Member States.

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