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Standards strategic review: call for evidence

Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:00

General Optical Council (GOC) - 
This call for evidence accompanies the launch a strategic review of the standards set for optometrists and dispensing opticians. The review will seek to ensure that the standards continue to reflect good practice now and in the future, while enabling optical professionals to develop their roles – for example, by delivering more enhanced services in the community. This call for evidence closes on 10 October 2014.

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Health literacy: report from an RCGP-led workshop

Fri, 01/08/2014 - 10:56

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
This report details the key themes and discussions which emerged from an NHS England-funded workshop looking at health literacy. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate discussion about the important principles around health literacy relevant to primary care. Central to the discussion was a shared understanding of what is meant by the term 'health literacy' and to formulate a number of recommendations.

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A plan for public procurement: food & catering - balanced scorecard for public food procurement

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:57

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) -
This scorecard aims to help those those buying food or catering services for the public sector to evaluate a variety of criteria when making decisions about purchases. It shows how straightforward criteria, such as cost, can be ‘balanced’ against more complex criteria, including: sustainability in production, health and nutrition, resource efficiency, social–economic value and quality of service.

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Evaluating the Care Quality Commission's acute hospital regulatory model: final report

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:46

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report, by researchers from Manchester Business School and The King's Fund, evaluates the first two waves of new style hospital inspections, covering inspections carried out in 18 hospital trusts between September 2013 and April 2014. The authors found that the new approach commands strong credibility, in particular through the use of specialists to inform assessments, and the granular detail of ratings within services rather than at provider level.

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Facilitating technology adoption in the NHS: negotiating the organisational and policy context - a qualitative study

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:09

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This study investigated the organisational and policy context for the adoption and implementation of clinical technologies, because this context may present barriers that slow – or even prevent – uptake. The research focused on three clinical technologies: insulin pump therapy; breast lymph node assay, a diagnostic tool for metastases; and ultrawide field retinal imaging.

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The General Medical Council (GMC) and Professional Standards Authority (PSA): proposed changes to modernise and reform the adjudication of fitness to practise cases

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:02

Department of Health -
The GMC is responsible for regulating doctors and the PSA oversees the regulation of all healthcare professionals, protecting the health and safety of the public by ensuring fitness to practise. This consultation is seeking views on proposed changes to the way each body carries out its regulatory functions. Comments must be submitted by 25 September 2014.

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The performers lists and suspension: a paper for consultation

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 11:12

Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to how NHS England should respond when practitioners are suspended by an interim suspension order. The regulator may issue an interim suspension order when there is a concern about a practitioner. The closing date for comments is 25 September 2014.

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Childhood allergies

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 10:42

Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) -
In the UK, 40-50% of children have at least one diagnosed allergy, negatively impacting affected children’s quality of life and putting pressure on health services. This note discusses the causes and extent of allergic disease in childhood, examines the links between allergy, genetics and the environment and summarises current research.

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Big data and public health

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 10:39

Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) -
Patient health records and other large scale medical and administrative datasets are increasingly being considered as a valuable tool for the study and improvement of health. This POSTnote examines the sources of data, their current and potential uses for health improvement, and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.

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Consultation on funding formulae for implementation of the Care Act in 2015/16

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 09:53

Department of Health -
As part of the Care Act 2014 local authorities will be granted new duties. This consultation seeks views on how funding for the new adult social care duties will be allocated between local authorities in financial year 2015 to 2016. The consultation is mainly aimed at local authorities, but responses from care providers, people with care and support needs, and their carers are also welcome.

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The Care Act and the care market: conference summary

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:20

The Strategic Society Centre -
The Care Bill passed into law as the Care Act in May 2014. During the process toward becoming the Care Act, a number of stakeholders flagged potential uncertainties and risks around how implementation of the Act will affect the operation of England’s residential care market. During May 2014, Independent Age and the Strategic Society Centre convened a summit for residential care providers, local authorities, civil servants, academic researchers and social care campaigners. The event examined current issues in England’s residential care market, and considered potential scenarios following the changes due to be implemented under the Care Act in April 2016. This document summarises some of the key themes and insights from this conference.

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Engaging in global health: the framework for voluntary engagement in global health by the UK health sector

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:56

Department of Health -
This report provides information and advice to those working in the health sector about the opportunities and benefits of international volunteering. The information is aimed at health employees, employers and health organisations.

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Complying with Monitor’s integrated care requirements

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:35

Monitor - 
This document assists providers and commissioners of healthcare services, and health and wellbeing boards to comply with their integrated care obligations. It also explains the relationship between these obligations and the other rules that Monitor enforces.

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Health service bodies' auditor panels and their independence: consultation

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 10:51

Department of Health (DH) - 
These proposed regulations establish how auditor panels or audit committees will be set up so they can advise on the appointment and management of local auditors, and give advice on non-audit work. This consultation seeks views on the regulations on the form and independence of auditor panels for NHS trusts and CCGs. The consultation closes on 12 September 2014.

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Addressing missing data in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): implications for comparing provider performance

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:49

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This paper argues that comparisons of provider performance using patient reported outcome measures should account for missing PROMs data. It argues that the missing data creates statistical problems and this may make PROMs data less representative of patient experiences. This paper tests out a statistical approach which aims to compensate for the missing data.

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Commissioning for quality: views from commissioners

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:41

NHS England - 
This resource sets out five key messages which have emerged from the analysis of a number of CCG quality frameworks and strategies as well as other relevant literature. It aims to help commissioners with quality improvement.

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Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:05

Instistute of Mechanical Engineers - 
This report argues that boosting the number, as well as the influence, of engineers in the NHS would help cut the number of incidents caused by faulty medical equipment. It calls for for urgent action to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS, and introduce a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS acute trust.

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Auditing the accounts 2013/14 - NHS bodies

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:57

Audit Commission -
This report found that the timeliness and quality of NHS trusts’ financial reporting improved for 2013/14. It also looks at arrangements to secure value for money and auditors’ use of their statutory reporting powers. It found that in their first year, CCGs submitted their accounts on time but experienced some issues with quality.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:30

World Health Organization (WHO) -
According to these guidelines, countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care. The guidelines outline steps for countries to take in reducing new infections and increasing access to services for five key populations: men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people. They conclude that failure to provide adequate services to these groups threatens regional and global progress in responding to HIV.

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Focus on: A&E attendances - why are patients waiting longer?

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:59

Nuffield Trust -
This analysis from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation looks at patterns of A&E activity, the nature of the increased demand and what has driven waiting times upwards.

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