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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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Never Events Policy Framework review - a consultation

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 15:25

NHS England -
The Never Events Policy Framework is designed to provide healthcare workers, clinicians, managers, boards and accountable officers with clarity around their responsibilities and clarity on the principles of never events. In particular, it is designed to be clear about what they are expected to do in terms of preventing never events and how they must respond to them if they should occur, including clarity around incident reporting. This framework is being reviewed to address feedback from NHS providers and commissioners on a number of uncertainties around the existing Never Events Policy Framework. The consultation runs until 31 October 2014.

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NHS hospitals under pressure: trends in acute activity up to 2022

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 11:49

Nuffield Trust -
This analysis looks at trends in admissions and bed use over the last few years, and uses population projections to explore the likely pressures on hospitals in the future.

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Patients united - heard and valued

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 11:36

Millar Adamson Craig -
This position paper offers advice on how to set up a patient participation group to make patient engagement work for a CCG. It draws on recent work in Lambeth.

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The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2014

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 11:17

General Medical Council -
The findings of this report show significant increases in the number of women becoming surgeons and specialists in emergency medicine. At the same time, the profession as a whole will soon have equal numbers of men and women doctors – already women account for 44% of all registered doctors and more than half of medical students are female. There has also been a shift in the pattern of doctors from overseas coming to work here. In the past, the largest source of overseas-trained doctors was south Asia, but recently there has been a sharp rise in doctors coming to work here from southern Europe.

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Achieving better access to mental health services by 2020

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 11:08

Department of Health -
This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.

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Health and wellbeing board briefings

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 16:18

Diabetes UK - 
These four briefings are for health and wellbeing board members and set out what health and wellbeing boards can do to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of people living with the condition. The briefings provide an overview of prevalence and impact of diabetes; how diabetes should be addressed in JSNAs; what health and wellbeing boards can do to improve prevention; and what health and wellbeing boards can do to promote integrated diabetes care.

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Funding healthcare: making allocations to local areas

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 10:00

National Audit Office (NAO) - 
This report finds that there is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. In 2014-15, over three-quarters of local authorities, and nearly two-fifths of CCGs, are more than five percentage points above or below their fair share of funding per person. It makes recommendations towards ways in which funding could be allocated in a way to help reduce health inequalities.

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Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

Mon, 06/10/2014 - 13:49

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This resource is for managers of care homes for older people, including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care. It aims to help managers implement NICE's quality standard defining best practice in mental wellbeing of older people in care homes. It highlights key messages for care providers for each of the 6 quality statements that make up the standard. The messages relate to high-priority areas where improvements are needed.

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The voluntary and community sector and localised health commissioning: what are the issues and how can we start to address them?

Mon, 06/10/2014 - 12:04

Regional Voices - 
This report highlights the difficulties experienced by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in linking with new commissioners, in order to get the issues of their beneficiaries addressed. These difficulties were found to be more pronounced for organisations with a larger geographic footprint, which need to deal with more than one set of commissioners. It argues for the need for policy discussion around how best to remove barriers and design the partnerships, incentives, contracts and other mechanisms that would enable VCS organisations to make contributions towards local commissioning.

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