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Public Health England's grant to local authorities

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 14:32

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report argues that many local authorities do not yet receive a proportion of public health funding that fairly reflects their needs. It highlights the need for the Department of Health to set out clear plans for how quickly it will move local authorities to their target funding allocations for public health. It also argues that Public Health England should provide more support to local authorities whilst developing a strategy to improve their influence on Whitehall.

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No voice unheard, no right ignored - a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 14:19

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation seeks views to strengthen rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to enable them to live independently. It also also seeks to explores views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice. The consultation closes on 29 May 2015.

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Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group: recommendations to ministers

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 14:07

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report outlines the recommendations to ministers on which health services should be considered to be specialised and be nationally commissioned by NHS England, rather than locally commissioned by clinical commissioning groups.

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Election 2015: what’s at stake for the NHS?

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 13:59

Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) - 
This guide covers the current challenges facing the NHS: increased pressure, plunging staff morale and impending funding crises, and how privatisation and marketisation has fundamentally damaged standards in healthcare. This pamphlet outlines how pressures could be lessened by eliminating costly competition processes. By repealing the Health and Social Care Act, integrating social care and boosting the wages of NHS staff the service will be able to begin to turn around the damage inflicted by top-down reorganisation.

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What's behind the A&E 'crisis'?

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 13:46

Nuffield Trust - 
This briefing examines the real reasons behind England’s A&E ‘crisis’, and warns that the emphasis on the four-hour waiting time target has become disproportionate. It also makes some recommendations to policy makers on how performance management should be approached in the future.

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Local leadership, new approaches: improving the health of local communities

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:58

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This report describes how local authorities and health teams are working together to improve the health of local communities through prevention and early intervention. It also features seven case studies, each of which describes a particular programme or close partnership between a local authority and local public health or health care teams, often with the additional support of the voluntary sector.

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NHS adult hearing services in England: exploring how choice is working for patients

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:55

Monitor - 
This report presents the findings from Monitor's research and sets out how the NHS could ensure that choice works better for patients. The research sought views on how having a choice of NHS hearing loss services impacts patients.

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Tariff arrangements for 2015/16 NHS activity

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:53

Monitor - 
This letter is aimed at all chief executives of providers of NHS-funded care and discusses the tariff arrangements for 2015/16 activity. It provides new information on next year’s NHS funding and contracting round, and sets out decisions that need to be taken by 6 March 2015.

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Monitor and the Care Quality Commission: memorandum of understanding

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:52

Monitor - 
This memorandum of understanding sets out how Monitor and CQC will work together. It describes both organisations' respective roles, the principles followed and the agreed governance framework on joint areas of work.

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Country-level cost-effectiveness thresholds: initial estimates and the need for further research

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:50

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This report looks at whether a cost-effectiveness analysis of resource allocation is an economically viable method of improving population healthcare needs in low - and middle-income countries.

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Access to GP care

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:27

London Assembly - 
This report highlights GP shortages in London and investigates the issue of low morale and GP retention. It outlines a number of recommendations to improve access to primary care services in London such as commissioning further research into staff morale; a review of IT strategy to improve patient access; and greater collaboration between the Mayor of London and NHS England.

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The state of care in counties: the integration imperative

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:25

County All Party Parliamentary Group - 
This report from the County All Party Parliamentary Group is the result of an inquiry into integrated care and the future of adult social care. It concludes that the success of the health and social care integration is at risk in counties from overly centralised NHS structures entrenching barriers between services. It argues that there was a critical need for health and social care deals to enable counties and their partners in health to negotiate devolved deals suited to their local challenges.

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Putting patients in charge: the future of health and social care

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:18

Social Market Foundation - 

This report argues that a new system of charges is needed for an integrated NHS and social care service to distribute the costs of care more fairly across the system, to make funding more sustainable and to incentivise patients to prevent health needs and costs arising. It calls for the introduction of 'personal care accounts', where both the individual and the state contribute towards the costs of NHS and social care treatments. The funding model proposed in this paper puts health and social care on an equal footing and brings to an end the current unfair settlement where individuals face huge financial liabilities for social care, while the cost for their health needs is almost entirely paid for by the state. It would do this by redistributing £7 billion of charging that currently falls solely on social care patients in a more equitable way to all health and social care patients through expanded charging for health services.

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Ignoring the prescription?

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:16

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - 
This paper reports the findings of a survey of 142 clinical leaders in emergency medicine across the UK. The survey was carried out in response to the unprecedented pressures over the 2014/15 winter period and reveals just how much needs to be done to address the profound challenges facing A&E services.

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Q&As on tariff arrangements for 2015/16

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:08

NHS England - 
Since the publication of a joint letter from Simon Stevens and David Bennett on 18 February setting out new information on tariff arrangements for 2015/16, NHS England and Monitor have received a number of questions about how the arrangements are expected to work.  As a result, this Q&A document has been published to answer the questions that have been received by both organisations.

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End of life care coordination: national information standard consultation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:05

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This consultation asks questions on proposed changes to the national information standard for end of life care coordination. This standard identifies the core content to be held in the Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems (EPaCCS) and aims to support communication and co-ordination of end of life care between the professionals and services delivering care. EPaCCS users and implementers, IT systems suppliers and other interested parties are invited to comment. This consultation closes on 27 March 2015.

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Improving palliative care: national data collection consultation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:04

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This consultation asks for feedback on plans for a new national data collection from specialist palliative care services. he proposed data collection includes activity, demographic and clinical outcomes data. The data collection supports improved services for people at the end of life and their families. This consultation closes on 27 March 2015.

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Regulation of NHS 111 services consultation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:48

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This consultation seeks views and comments on proposals for the ways in which NHS 111 services will be regulated and inspected by CQC. The consultation runs until 24 April 2015.

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Vision rehabilitation services: what is the evidence?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:44

Thomas Pocklington Trust - 
This briefing outlines the research findings and evidence on specialist vision rehabilitation support giving people with sight loss confidence, making them feel safer and helping to maintain independence.

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Report of the Morecambe Bay investigation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:35

Morecambe Bay Investigation - 
This report sets out the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the independent panel established to undertake this investigation, which was established to review the management, delivery and outcomes of care provided by the maternity and neonatal services of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust between January 2004 and June 2013. It concludes the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. The report makes 44 recommendations for the trust and wider NHS, aimed at ensuring the failings are properly recognised and acted upon.

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