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A guide to early retirement reduction buy out (ERRBO) for ambulance staff

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 12:45

NHS Employers - 
This guide is aimed at employers to support discussions with staff about the ERRBO agreement, a feature of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme. The agreement, which allows members to retire earlier, while maintaining the value of their pension benefits, gives members the option to pay additional contributions in order to remove or lower the reduction that is normally applied to pensions taken before normal pension age.

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The impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 12:42

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) - 
This evidence summary explores the impact of welfare reform - in a climate of austerity and cuts - on key client groups and its consequent effect on the social services workforce in Scotland. It draws on evidence from the UK where relevant or transferable, but focuses on the Scottish context, impact and response.

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Towards a new age: the future of the UK welfare state

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 12:32

International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) - 
This publication features contributions from more than 20 leading public figures on the reforms necessary to ensure the future of the welfare state. It discusses the reforms to housing, health, education, the labour market, pension and welfare needed to ensure the future sustainability of the UK welfare state. The aim of the publication is to explore how population ageing might impact on the welfare state and what reforms to the welfare state might be necessary in order to ensure long run sustainability and maximise wellbeing?

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Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: 2016 to 2017 budget

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 12:22

Department for Communities and Local Government - 
This briefing shows how local authorities are planning to spend their money over the current financial year, for example their budgeting plans for providing social care or waste collection and disposal. These statistics show that councils are planning to invest an extra £308 million this year on adult social care services.

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Living on the edge: housing London's blue light emergency services

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 11:29

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry -
This report reveals that more than half of London's emergency service workers live outside London, raising concerns about London's preparedness to respond to major incidents. The report found that high housing costs mean that a total of 54 per cent of frontline 'Blue light' police, fire and paramedic staff now live outside London and have to commute into the capital. Workers interviewed for the report said lengthy travel times and inevitable travel delays, added to the stress and strain of shift working - and could impact on the emergency services' response. The report makes six recommendations to the Mayor from changing planning guidelines to providing rental deposit loans to the Mayor becoming the landlord for emergency services housing.

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Five big issues for the NHS after the Brexit vote

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 10:03

The King's Fund -
Health is not an area of significant EU competence; its role is by and large limited to supporting member states in their health endeavours. Nevertheless, the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU could have major implications for health and social care, not least because it has ushered in a period of significant economic and political uncertainty at a time when these services are facing huge operational and financial pressures. While the impact on the NHS of leaving the EU is impossible to forecast, it is clear that a number of important issues will need to be resolved, five of which are set out in this article.

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British Social Attitudes survey 33

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 12:05

National Centre for Social Research -
This British Social Attitudes report aims to uncover the consequences of seven years of austerity for social and political attitudes in Britain. The chapter on the NHS explores levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and how this has changed over time and in relation to trends in NHS funding. It examines new data identifying the reasons for NHS dissatisfaction and satisfaction.

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Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 10:44

The King's Fund -
This report looks at the evidence on new roles and ways of spanning organisational workforce boundaries to deliver integrated health and social care. Commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association, it finds increasing focus on roles which facilitate co-ordination and management of care, development of existing roles to increase the skill-mix and enable the provision of more holistic care, and a limited number of truly innovative roles, the most notable being care navigators and community facilitators, enablers or link workers. Given that many of the skills required for integrated care already exist within the workforce, it suggests the central question is how to use those skills more effectively to support boundary-spanning activities.

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Waiting time policies in the health sector

Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:16

Office of Health Economics -
The main purpose of this briefing is to discuss waiting time policies in the health sector from an international perspective and to highlight which policies have worked in the last decade in OECD countries. It also looks at how to compare waiting times internationally and where the UK stands in those international figures.

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Single Oversight Framework consultation

Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:53

NHS Improvement -
NHS Improvement have launched a consultation on a single oversight and improvement framework. The purpose of the framework is to identify where providers may benefit from improvement support across five areas: quality of care; finance and use of resources; operational performance; strategic change; and leadership and improvement capability. The framework is set to replace the legacy Risk Assessment Framework (used by Monitor to regulate Foundation Trusts) and the Accountability Framework used by the NHS Trust Development Authority. The deadline for responses is 4 August 2016.

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Integrating care in Southwark and Lambeth: what we did and how we did it

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 09:49

Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) - 
SLIC was set up in 2012 as a partnership of commissioners and providers to work together with citizens to improve the value of care in Southwark and Lambeth. This evaluation report outlines the achievements of SLIC, highlights its key successes and challenges, and shares lessons learned. It explains how care was integrated in Southwark and Lambeth and includes a ‘Framework for Success’ as a resource for others undertaking similar programmes of transformation.

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Rebooting the cap: improving protection from catastrophic care costs

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 09:43

Strategic Society Centre - 
The government has postponed the ‘capped cost’ reforms to care funding in England until April 2020. Following this announcement, social care campaigners have questioned whether the ‘capped cost’ reforms will be postponed again before 2020, or scrapped completely. This report explores the options for the government in rebooting the capped cost reforms, arguing that the current pause in implementation presents an opportunity to adapt the reforms to developments in health and social care policy, and address potential downsides to the ‘capped cost’ model, such as the risk of unintended consequences.

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Diabetic eye screening: consent and cohort management

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:26

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document provides guidance on patient consent and cohort management within the NHS diabetic eye screening programme. It includes information about the provision and management of information; consent for screening; and consent for use of information throughout the screening pathway.

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Preventing maternal mortality: it's okay to ask

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 12:42

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) - 
This animation was produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and it aims to help doctors assess unwell pregnant or post-partum women. The video is accompanied by a poster which highlights the main causes of maternal death and provides doctors and midwives with advice for assessing pregnant and post-partum women who are feeling unwell.

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Home care for older people: quality standard

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 12:24

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This new quality standard highlights how social care providers can help older people maintain their independence for as long as possible. It encourages providers to take a more personalised approach to home care planning and advises that family and carers should also be involved in the decision making process.

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Children and young people's mental health - policy, services, funding and education

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 11:19

House of Commons Library - 
This briefing provides an overview of mental health service provision for children and young people in England. It looks at key government policies on children and young people's mental health, government inquires, and school interventions.

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Procurement e-learning tool

Mon, 20/06/2016 - 15:51

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) -
The CMA with the Crown Commercial Service has worked with Builtintelligence to produce a procurement e-learning tool. It is designed to help procurers and supply chain professionals understand why bid-rigging is harmful, learn how to spot tell-tale signs that suggest a bid may be illegal, deal with suspect bids and know where to go for further help.

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New care models and staff engagement: all aboard

Mon, 20/06/2016 - 15:01

NHS Confederation -
This report published by NHS Confederation, in association with NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association, argues that Staff on the front line have the best ideas about how to improve care, but need to feel empowered to do so. It highlights the work of four vanguards engaging their staff in the design and delivery of new care models.

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Simon Stevens' speech to NHS Confederation conference 2016

Mon, 20/06/2016 - 14:37

NHS England -
In his speech Simon Stevens covers the current pressures and changing circumstances, NHS funding, tasks for leaders in the coming year, sustainability and transformation plans, workforce, and innovation.

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Sugar and public health

Mon, 20/06/2016 - 14:26

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) -
This briefing by POST summarises the health risks associated with eating a diet high in sugar and outlines the policy options that might best enable people to limit their sugar consumption.

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