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An urgent need: We Need to Talk's manifesto for better talking therapies for all

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:51

We Need to Talk - 
This investigation looked at data collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and found that mental health services are unable to cope with demand for psychological therapies. It argues that variations in referral rates and waiting times around the country are unacceptable and are making people more unwell.

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More than money: closing the NHS quality gap

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:46

Health Foundation - 
The financial gap in NHS finances has been projected to reach £30bn by 2021. This report discusses the implications of this financial gap for quality of care in the NHS. It argues that additional resources alone will not be enough to close the ‘quality gap’: the difference between the quality of care the NHS should deliver, and what it is capable of delivering. Increasingly tight budgets make it likely that the quality gap will get wider. The report highlights the changes needed in order to change how the NHS delivers services and is able to improve care to make it more efficient.

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Proposed congenital heart disease service standards and service specifications: a consultation

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 14:44

NHS England -
Views are being sought on the draft service standards and service specifications for the treatment of congenital heart disease. The consultation will end on 15 September 2014.


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Getting ready for ageing: a manifesto for action

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 14:43

Ready for Ageing Alliance - 
The Ready for Ageing Alliance is a coalition of independent organisations based in England who have an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of older people. This manifesto sets out the actions and policies needed in order to ensure that our society is ready for an ageing population.

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Four steps to a healthier nation

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 12:32

British Medical Association (BMA) - 
This manifesto sets out the key changes that the BMA identifies as priorities for implementation following next May’s general election. It calls for greater partnership working between politicians and the health service to ensure the sustainability of the NHS, while promoting key BMA public health policies such as minimum unit pricing on alcohol and restrictions on tobacco sales.

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Display of performance assessments: placing a legal requirement on registered providers to display the rating published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 11:53

Department of Health (DH) - 

The Care Act 2014 will give CQC the power to assess health and social care providers’ performance and give each a rating. The government believes that these ratings should be on display in all locations that provide care to ensure that providers are transparent about their performance. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposal to make it a legal requirement for providers to display the performance rating given to them by the CQC.
The consultation document includes draft regulations to show how the changes would work in practice. The consultation closes 13 October 2014.

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Help shape the future public health agenda: consultation

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 11:43

Faculty of Public Health (FPH) - 
The Faculty of Public Health are calling for views to shape their long-term agenda as well as scoping the priorities for public health policy for the next government.

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Future hospital: more than a building

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 10:41

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) - 
This five-point plan is aimed at the next government and it sets out a series of clear messages to improve patient care and safeguard the NHS from an impending financial crisis. It calls for the government to invest in medical education and support research, promote public health through evidence-based legislation, and adopt the RCP’s Future Hospital model for redesigning health services that brings care closer to the patient.

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Choice and competition: hypothetical scenarios for NHS healthcare providers

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 16:54

Monitor - 
This document provides examples of the types of conduct that can breach the competition condition of the NHS provider licence and competition law. Each example looks at the effect of an agreement or conduct on patients and what Monitor’s analysis would be under the provider licence and competition law.

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Government response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report: ensuring access to working antimicrobials

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 16:44

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report outlines the government response to the House of Commons report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It also contains details about the independent review of AMR that the Prime Minister announced on 2 July 2014. The review is working to improve surveillance data and build an international consensus on stimulating the antibiotic market.

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Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee report into long-term conditions

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 16:43

Department of Health (DH) - 
The government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report explains the measures in place to improve the care, support and treatment of those with long term conditions, including:
improving personalised care and support, mainly through the house of care (HOC) approach; guidance and tools for commissioners to implement and monitor HOC approach; and system changes to improve efficiency and patient outcomes.

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An ethnographic study of knowledge sharing across the boundaries between care processes, services and organisations: the contributions to ‘safe’ hospital discharge

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 13:18

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -  
Hospital discharge is a vulnerable stage in the patient pathway. This study aimed to identify interventions and practices that support knowledge sharing and collaboration in the processes of discharge planning and care transition.

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The use of a collaborative structured methodology for the development of a multifaceted intervention programme for the management of asthma (the MIA project), tailored to the needs of children and families of South Asian origin: a community-based, partici

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 13:17

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
This project aimed to test an iterative multiphase participatory approach to intervention development underpinned by the socioecological model of health, producing an intervention-planning framework and enhancing an evidence-based understanding of asthma management in South Asian and White British children. It demonstrated barriers to optimal asthma management in children at the family, provider and healthcare system levels and across the whole asthma pathway. Interventions need to address each of these levels to be effective. Minority ethnic communities can be successfully engaged in collaborative intervention development with a community-focused and culturally sensitive methodology.

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Carers at breaking point

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 12:27

Carers UK - 
This report examines the experiences of carers who have been pushed to breaking point by caring without the right support. Based on the experiences of over 5,000 carers, this analysis examines the causes of carer breakdown, the impact of crisis and what support can prevent carers mental and physical health breaking down.

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Local government funding: assurance to Parliament

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 11:31

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report discusses the governance and accountability of local authorities in relation to their funding and finances. It argues that the current accountability systems are not aligned with funding for newly established bodies such as health and wellbeing boards and highlights the need for clearer responsibilities and accountability structures.

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Everybody active, every day

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:31

Public Health England (PHE) - 
These draft physical activity implementation document set out the case for change, evidence base for implementation and the options for action and highlights 4 key domains for action at national and local level. Views on the draft documents are currently being sought and comments will be accepted up until 25 September 2014.

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Securing the future workforce supply: trauma and orthopaedic surgery stocktake

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 14:25

Centre for Workforce Intelligence -
This review assesses the key drivers of workforce demand and supply for trauma and orthopaedic (T&O) surgery and estimates the future number of Certificate of Completion of Training holders that would enable current levels of T&O services per patient to be maintained to 2028. It also estimates how many T&O trainees need to enter higher specialty training level three to ensure workforce supply is broadly in balance with expected demand to 2028.

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Specialty guidance group: phase 3 project report

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 11:49

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges -
This report is aimed at improving the revalidation experience of doctors, appraisers and responsible officers. It considers the results of a consultation of doctors, appraisers and responsible officers on their experience of appraisal and revalidation and the types of support available, and makes recommendations to improve the support available for doctors. The report identifies key areas for further development of the revalidation process over the next few years.

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Crowding in emergency departments

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 11:27

The College of Emergency Medicine -
This guideline is to assist managers and clinicians who are trying to reduce crowding in their hospital emergency departments. The guideline explains the causes and consequences of crowding and offers suggestions to reduce the effects of crowding and improve the safety of an emergency department.

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The 2015 challenge manifesto: a time for action

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 10:55

NHS Confederation -
This manifesto was produced by a partnership of national organisations representing health and care charities, local government, communities, staff and leaders and lays out seven challenges that politicians, policymakers and the public could address after the election: needs, culture, design, finance, leadership, workforce and technology.

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