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A blueprint for building the new deal for general practice in England

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 14:58

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
This document sets out RCGP's comprehensive plan for the future of general practice which includes five actions for the new government to consider: investment of 11% of the budget in general practice; increasing the workforce; free-up GPs time for patient care; allow time for GPs to innovate; and improve GP premises.

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Mental health crisis review – experiences of black and minority ethnic communities

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:26

Race Equality Foundation (REF) - 
The Race Equality Foundation was commissioned by the Care Quality Commission to conduct a series of interviews and focus groups with black and minority ethnic people, in specific areas, who had experience of crisis care. These areas were: Ealing, Lambeth, Northampton, Sandwell and Southampton. This report presents the results of this work and provides an insight into patient experience of mental health crisis care from a BME perspective.

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Mobility of public and private sector workers

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:23

Institute for Fiscal Studies - 
This briefing note looks at the movement between jobs, or ‘mobility’, of workers in the public and private sectors. It sets out the extent to which reductions in the public workforce to date have been delivered by reducing net inflows from outside the labour force (freezing recruitment of new workers and not replacing workers who move to non-employment) and increasing net outflows to the private sector (more workers moving from the public sector to the private sector than moving in the other direction).

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The NHS Standard Contract and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector survey

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:05

Regional Voices - 
Regional Voices is working with NHS England to help understand specific issues which VCSE organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, in which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate. This survey is open to VCSEs and seeks views and comments until 27 July 2015.

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Deferred payment agreements maximum chargeable interest rate for period 1 July to 31 December 2015

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 11:40

Department of Health - 
This local authority circular sets out the updated interest rate for deferred payment agreements in relation to social care.

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Ending the crisis in NHS leadership: a plan for renewal

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 10:53

Health Service Journal - 
This is the final report of the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership inquiry and it aims to provide a real insight into the challenges faced by current and future NHS leaders, and to make some concrete recommendations on how they may be overcome.

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NHS Greater Manchester Primary Care Demonstrator evaluation

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:49

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester - 
As part of its 2013 Primary Care Commissioning Strategy, NHS England (Greater Manchester) funded a programme of six ‘demonstrator communities’ to implement and test new and innovative ways of delivering primary care services, with a key focus on increased access to general practice, integration and the use of technology. This report outlines the findings from an evaluation of these pilot sites, particularly in relation to the utilisation of seven-day services and the relationship between increased GP appointment availability and A&E or urgent care admissions.

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Public Health England: health and justice report 2014

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:30

Public Health England - 
This report details the important changes in the health and justice system and discusses the public health needs of people in prisons and other prescribed places of detention. It found that this group experienced a number of health inequalities, including suffering a higher burden of chronic illnesses, mental health and substance misuse problems than the general public. It argues that improving health in prisons can help deal with entrenched inequalities, ultimately benefiting the health of the communities to which the majority of prisoners return, while tackling substance misuse problems in prisons also helps to reduce re-offending rates.

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What do people think about complaining?

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:23

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - 
This results of this survey shows that just one-third of people that are unhappy after using a public service actually make a complaint, despite an overwhelming number feeling that they should.

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Every complaint matters: a seven-point plan for the NHS and social care

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:05

Healthwatch - 
This action plan lays out seven points of action for the government to reform the health and social care complaints system that will create an effective and compassionate system that both gives patients what they need and ensures the NHS and social care services can learn from their mistakes.

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Every complaint matters: a seven-point plan for the NHS and social care

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:05

Healthwatch - 
This action plan lays out seven points of action for the government to reform the health and social care complaints system that will create an effective and compassionate system that both gives patients what they need and ensures the NHS and social care services can learn from their mistakes.

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Department of Health and Health Education England framework agreement 2015

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 10:44

Department of Health - 
The framework agreement defines how the department and Health Education England will work together to serve patients, the public and the taxpayer. It sets out roles, responsibilities, governance and accountability arrangements.

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The NIHR Inventions for Innovation (i4i) programme: a review of progress and contributions to innovation in healthcare technologies

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 11:55

RAND Europe - 
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme supports the development of innovative medical technologies for patient benefit. The i4i product development stream involves collaborative projects between at least two partners from academia, the NHS and industry. RAND Europe evaluated the programme, with the aim of identifying its outputs and impacts and examining the factors influencing performance. The evaluation findings should help inform the future of the programme.

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Right here, right now: people’s experiences of help, care and support during a mental health crisis

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 10:35

Care Quality Commission - 
This report is based on feedback from almost 1,800 people with experience of a mental health crisis, along with local area inspections looking at how services work together, surveys of service providers and a review of national data. It found that the quality of care experienced by a person in crisis can vary greatly depending on where they are and what help they require. Many people also experienced problems getting help when they needed it, and found that healthcare professionals sometimes lack compassion and warmth when caring for people who are having a crisis.

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Care Act first-phase reforms

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 12:36

National Audit Office -
According to this report, the Department of Health has implemented the first phase of the 2014 Care Act well. Ninety-nine per cent of local authorities were confident that they would able to carry out the Act reforms from April 2015. However, it warns that the cost estimates and chosen funding mechanisms have put local authorities under increased financial risk given the uncertain level of demand for adult social care. It concludes that in a challenging financial environment, with pressure on all services, authorities may not have enough resources to respond if demand for care exceeds expectations. It also finds that the Department of Health consulted carefully on the Act, to understand the main risks and respond to sector concerns, and there is wide support for the Act.

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NHS pension transfers: actuarial assumptions

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 12:27

Department of Health - publications
This document sets out the technical information which is used for bulk transfer arrangements between the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) or NHS Pension Scheme 2015 (NHSPS 2015) and private sector funded pension schemes. The information is used to value the liabilities in the NHSPS and/or NHSPS 2015 and to determine the service/pension credits which are required under the Fair Deal policy.

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Review of operational productivity in NHS providers: interim report

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 10:57

Department of Health -
This interim report outlines the work that has been carried out by Lord Carter of Coles to review the productivity of NHS hospitals, working with a group of 22 NHS providers, and shows how large savings can be made by the NHS. It provides interim recommendations and next steps. A full report will be published in autumn 2015. Lord Carter was appointed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to chair the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board in June 2014.

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Local government new burdens

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 10:13

National Audit Office -
According to this report, the Department of Health has implemented the first phase of the 2014 Care Act well. Ninety-nine per cent of local authorities were confident that they would able to carry out the Act reforms from April 2015. However, it warns that the cost estimates and chosen funding mechanisms have put local authorities under increased financial risk given the uncertain level of demand for adult social care. It concludes that in a challenging financial environment, with pressure on all services, authorities may not have enough resources to respond if demand for care exceeds expectations. It also finds that the Department of Health consulted carefully on the Act, to understand the main risks and respond to sector concerns, and there is wide support for the Act.

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English devolution: local solutions for a healthy nation

Tue, 09/06/2015 - 15:09

Local Government Association -
This publication was commissioned by the Local Government Association to capture the thoughts of councillors, directors of public health, providers, commissioners, academics and other key opinion formers on the challenges and opportunities devolution could bring in terms of improving the public's health.

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Staff engagement outside the NHS

Tue, 09/06/2015 - 11:56

NHS Employers - 
Whilst the NHS has a staff engagement record to be proud of, it is beneficial for NHS organisations to be aware of staff engagement strategies formed in other sectors and learn from their experiences. This briefing explores how organisations outside of the NHS have sought to develop and sustain staff engagement strategies, focusing on key sectors such as transport, finance, manufacturing and education.

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