NHS Evidence - health management

Our next phase of regulation: a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach - cross-sector and NHS trusts

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 16:05

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
CQC are consulting on changes they are planning to the way health and adult social care services are regulated. These plans reflect the priorities that CQC set out in a five year strategy for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach. The consultation closes on 14 February 2017.

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Consultation on use of resources and well-led assessments

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 15:19

NHS Improvement -
This consultation contains proposals for how NHS trusts and foundation trusts can make effective use of resources, leadership and governance enabling them to provide sustainable high quality services for patients. The deadline for responses is 14 February 2017.

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Paediatric intensive care surge standard operating procedure

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 14:51

NHS England -
This guidance sets out instructions for managing unplanned peaks in demand for critical care beds, across the country’s 29 paediatric intensive care units.

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Pharmacy quality payments: gateway criteria guidance

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 14:41

NHS England -
This guidance outlines the first steps which community pharmacies across England need to take to prepare for the new Quality Payments Scheme which runs from December 2016 to March 2018. The Quality Payments Scheme encourages a range of activities, carried out by community pharmacists for the first time, designed to widen their role beyond dispensing to improving the quality of health care for patients while at the same time helping to ease demand on other areas of the health system.

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Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 11:31

Local Government Association - 
This report warns that the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and social care means that it must be recognised as a major public health issue.

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Development of learning from radiotherapy errors: supplementary guidance series

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 11:09

Public Health England -
This document presents the causative factor taxonomy; presents the refinement to the radiotherapy pathway coding which includes the introduction of the safety barrier taxonomy; and provides guidance on the application of the taxonomy. It also shares submission procedures for coding with radiotherapy staff and risk managers for inclusion in national analysis and encourages local application of the taxonomies to improve local learning from radiotherapy error and near miss events.

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2016-17 guidance for financial monitoring and accounts and management information forms

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 10:29

Department of Health -
The financial monitoring and accounts and management information forms for 2016 to 2017 contains guidance on completing the forms for the completion of the 2016 to 2017 Q3 and year-end finance returns. The forms are sent directly to NHS trusts.

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Working together to investigate health and social care complaints

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 11:58

Local Government Ombudsman -
This report outlines how adopting an integrated approach to investigating complaints about health and social care can lead to significant benefits. It discovered that many of the problems experienced have been caused by the complex way in which health and social care is provided at a local level.

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Professional appraisal and revalidation: ensuring a high-quality professional public health workforce

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 10:43

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This concordat describes the legal requirements for organisations who employ doctors, how PHE through the Office of the Responsible Officer delivers annual professional appraisal and medical revalidation and supports local authorities. It also outlines the expectations of support from local authorities in contributing to this process so that PHE can deliver its statutory Responsible Officer obligations.

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How GP practice teams and pharmacy teams can work together on EPS business continuity

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 09:59

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) -
This briefing provides community pharmacy contractors and LPCs with suggestions to support joint working between GP practice teams and pharmacy teams in the event of an outage with the Electronic Prescription Service Release 2.

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Shared commitment to quality from the National Quality Board

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 10:27

NHS England -
This framework provides a nationally agreed definition of quality and guide for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.  The approach has been agreed across NHS and social care organisations to provide more consistency and to enable the system to work together more effectively.

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How hospital activity and funding in England have changed over time

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:54

The King's Fund - 
This new analysis finds that the number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget. It highlights the potential for rising hospital admissions to jeopardise the plans set out in the NHS five year forward view, which is based on an assumption that growth in hospital activity would be reduced to 1.3 per cent a year rather than the current rate of a 3.6 per cent increase per year. The paper argues that finding ways of moderating demand for hospital care should be prioritised and that the best hope for this lies in strengthening community services.

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Beyond Brexit: assessing key risks to the nursing workforce in England

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:08

Institute for Employment Studies (IES) - 
This paper analyses data at national and trust level to map the regions and NHS trusts in England who may be most vulnerable to the associated risks of Brexit and population growth. The analysis forecasts that areas with a high projected rate of population growth of over-85s and above average employment of nurses from the European Economic Area are most at risk of facing greater pressures in those health economies. 

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Commissioning for value: long term conditions packs

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:36

NHS RightCare - 
These packs contains data on a number of disease areas and elements of care. The pack is split by stages along a long term conditions pathway and enables a local health economy to look at an element, for example disease detection or prescribing, across multiple disease areas. They contains a number of new indicators not included in previous packs and they also includes case studies, tools and guidance to support CCGs to make improvements to long term conditions care in their local health economy.

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Liver disease: draft quality standard

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:34

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
NICE are seeking comments and feedback on the draft quality standard for the treatment and prevention of liver disease. The draft standard advises GPs to to send people for scans for cirrhosis if men are drinking more than 50 units per week or 22 pints and women are drinking more than 35 units per week or three and a half bottles of wine. The closing date for responses to the consultation is 2 February 2017.

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Devolution in England: governance, financial accountability and following the taxpayer pound

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:23

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report highlights the need for the government to define its objectives for devolution in England and reiterates concerns regarding scrutiny, transparency and accountability. It also highlights the need for the Department of Communities and Local Government in ensuring that devolution benefits entire localities rather than key central zones or cities.  

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Suicide prevention: interim report

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 11:16

House of Commons Health Select Committee - 
This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. It argues that the government should prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the suicide rate. Ahead of the final report, the interim report highlights areas for action: a clear implementation strategy; improving services for those who are vulnerable to suicide; developing a consensus statement on sharing information with families; the need for more timely and consistent data to help prevent suicides; and greater adherence to media guidelines for the reporting of suicides.

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Arm's length bodies consolidation schedules 2016/17

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 10:35

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document provides guidance for DH's arm’s length bodies to complete the accounts data consolidation schedules.

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Agreement of balances guidance 2016 to 2017

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 10:30

Department of Health (DH) - 
This practical guidance for the completion of the DH accounting group agreement of balances (AoB) exercises is relevant to all bodies within the DH accounting boundary. While the Department of Health group accounting manual  outlines the principles of the AoB exercise, including the associated accounting principles, this guidance includes more details of how the exercise should be completed in practice. The guidance should be read in conjunction with the manual.

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Important aspects of health not captured by EQ-5D: views of the UK general public

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 15:51

Office of Health Economics (OHE) - 
The EQ-5D is a standardised instrument designed for use as a generic measure of health outcome however, the five dimensions may not fully capture the health-related impacts of certain conditions. This study analyses the views of a sample of the UK general public about important aspects of health that they consider to be missing from the five EQ-5D dimensions. It found that sensory deprivation (particularly vision and hearing) and mental health (referred to either in general terms or with reference to a specific condition) were the aspects of health most commonly mentioned by respondents.

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