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Getting To Outcomes: guide for teen pregnancy prevention

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 11:13

RAND Corporation - 
Getting To Outcomes (GTO) is a ten-step process that guides community organisations through the key tasks needed to make any prevention program a success. This guide offers tools and instructions to help assess the need for and select a teenage pregnancy prevention programme; identify goals and outcomes; use process and outcome evaluation measures; and plan for programme sustainability. The guide is accompanied by an outcome survey and an evaluation data workbook.

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Reducing child mortality in London

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 10:55

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document outlines the background and key statistics on the number of child deaths, causes of death and avoidable deaths in London and provides actions to reduce child mortality. 

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Supporting NHS finance leaders

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:43

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
This report summarises the research carried out by the HFMA on behalf of Future-Focused Finance into the obstacles faced by aspiring finance leaders in achieving their career ambitions and the support available for aspiring and current finance leaders. It draws on interviews with aspiring finance leaders, the results of a survey of aspiring and current finance leaders and desk-based research.
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Financial forecasting in the NHS

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:39

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
Being able to produce an accurate operational and financial plan and then to estimate how the organisation will perform in financial terms against that plan is a key responsibility of NHS finance directors. This briefing focuses on how financial performance is estimated, predicted and reported within the NHS. It also includes a number of case studies to illustrate how the theory is applied in practice and how some organisations tackle the challenges of forecasting.
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The state of maternity services in England

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 15:53

Picker Institute Europe -
This policy briefing focuses on the meaning of maternity care and analyses the main characteristics of maternity services in England. It outlines the broader implications of changing quality in maternity care settings and includes suggestions for further actions and policy measures needed to improve the quality of care in English maternity services.

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Managing care home closures

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 12:02

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This good practice guide aims to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit. The guide has been developed following an event co-hosted by CQC and NHSE earlier this year to explore how unplanned care home closures are managed, learning from the experience of residents and families. At this event it was agreed that the system needs an agreed set of essential principles, underpinned by a framework of actions, to ensure the needs of people using services, their families and carers remain at the heart of the closure process.

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NHS grants case studies

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 12:48

Regional Voices - 
These three case studies show how innovative use of NHS grants to voluntary organisations can help respond to the needs of patients and the public, and also target health inequalities. The case studies illustrate examples of the NHS and the voluntary sector working together effectively to improve people's health and wellbeing in their local community.

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Working with epilepsy and homelessness: guidance for community nurses

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 17:19

Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) - 
This guidance is aimed at community nurses and it provides advice on how to support people who are homeless and who have epilepsy. It covers the specific risks and needs of people who are homeless and includes useful advice nurses to enable nurses to support patients with epilepsy and give practical advice for coordinating their care.

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Lethal and illegal: London's air pollution crisis

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 10:48

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) - 
This report argues that London is breaking both legal and World Health Organization limits on air pollution and attributes this mainly to road pollution. The mortality impact of air pollution in London has been estimated at 9,400 premature deaths and the report argues that this makes air pollution the second most significant factor impacting on public health in London, after smoking. The report calls for a level of national and local policy changes to disincentivise the use of diesel vehicles and to encourage alternative forms of sustainable transport.

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Local empowerment: how to achieve a sustainable health service

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 10:41

Localis - 
This report, sponsored by KPMG, recommends that local areas should negotiate health devolution deals directly with the government to empower local leaders to drive integration, transformation and financial sustainability in their local health and care economies. . It argues that much more NHS funding should be raised and controlled locally with local NHS and local government leaders devolved total control of their entire local health budget. Correspondingly local areas should be increasingly free of central government control and direction, with greater local flexibilities.

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Perinatal mental health toolkit

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:14

Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) - 
This resource is aimed at family doctors and other healthcare professionals, as a go-to collation of resources that could support them to deliver the care their patients with perinatal mental health need. It includes variety of resources to offer patients from information leaflets, links to supporting charities and social media peer support groups amongst many others. Health professionals may face additional challenges in seeking help for perinatal mental health problems and there a specific section of the toolkit to address this need.

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Mapping STPs with your local leaders of growth

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 11:26

NHS Confederation - 
This interactive map plots sustainability and transformation plan (STP) footprints against local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and, where appropriate, combined authorities. It enables STP leads to establish closer links with their respective leaders of growth, helping NHS organisations to bring in long-term external funding, exert more influence over strategic decision-making and improve services locally.  

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Maternity Transformation Programme early adopters

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 11:24

NHS England - 
NHS England are seeking expressions of interest from local areas that are willing to test out new models of care as outlined by the Maternity Transformation Programme. The experiences of the early adopters will pave the way for national roll-out of initiatives that deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby, improve outcomes, and reduce inequalities. The closing date for applications is 19 September 2016.

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NHS foundation trusts: consolidated accounts 2015/16

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 11:02

NHS Improvement - 
This report presents a consolidation of the audited accounts of the 153 individual NHS foundation trusts for the financial year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. It finds that in 2015/16 the foundation trust sector has delivered a deficit of £1,088 million for as a result of sustained financial pressures. The report reflects that newly introduced measures have started to have a positive impact but the overall performance of the sector has been affected by high usage of agency staff, financial sanctions, a shortfall of cost savings and a reduction in non-recurrent income.

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Departmental annual reports and accounts 2015-2016

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 10:54

UK Government - 
The UK Government has published the annual report and accounts for departmental bodies, executive non-departmental bodies and arms length bodies. The reports outline the performance, achievements and accounts for the 2015/16 financial year.

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Strengthening financial performance and accountability in 2016/17

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 10:45

NHS Improvement - 
NHS Improvement, in partnership with NHS England, has set out a suite of new measures for providers and commissioners to restore financial discipline and help ensure ongoing financial sustainability for the NHS. This document sets out action to stabilise NHS finances in 2016/17, provides further detail on access to the Sustainability and Transformation Fund, outlines the proposed basis for assessing the financial performance of provider organisations and introduces new programmes of financial special measures for providers and commissioners that are unable to ensure sufficient financial discipline.

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Discharging older people from acute hospitals

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 10:39

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report challenges the government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital. It highlights the need for urgent measures to tackle discharge delays, which are bad for both patients' health and the financial sustainability of the NHS and local government. The committee finds there is a poor understanding of the scale of discharge problems, with official data substantially under-estimating the range of delays and the number of older patients affected.

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Fair training pathways for all: understanding experiences of progression

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 10:16

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This report examines the progression of doctors from different ethnicities and backgrounds through exams and recruitment. It shows that white UK medical graduates remain more likely to pass specialty exams than their black and minority ethnic (BME) counterparts, while doctors whose primary qualification was gained outside the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) are even less likely to do well in exams or recruitment.

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Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 10:00

Department of Health (DH) - 
Following a consultation on reforms to the education funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students, the government has set out its plans to keep healthcare courses accessible for all. This document sets out the government response in full and clarifies the funding situation for postgraduate health care students.

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Annual report and accounts 2015-16

Thu, 21/07/2016 - 12:31

Department of Health -
The annual report and accounts give an overview of the resources the Department of Health is responsible for and how the department has used these resources to fulfill its statutory functions in 2015 to 2016. The document also includes the Secretary of State’s annual report on the performance of the health service in England.

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