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The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDBR) review for 2017

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 13:56

Department of Health (DH) - 
The report provides information for the DDRB to consider before it makes its recommendations on changes to pay for doctors and dentists who work for the NHS.

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The NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) review for 2017

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 13:52

Department of Health (DH) - 
Pay, terms and conditions for NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts are determined by the government in the light of the recommendations from NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), which takes evidence from the 4 UK governments, trade unions and NHS Employers before making its recommendations. This report is the Department of Health’s evidence to the NHSPRB for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.

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Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 13:38

Royal College of Psychiatrists - 
This report, written in partnership with various royal medical colleges and Public Health England, sets out the essential actions  to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) across the NHS. The report makes practical recommendations for changes that will help adults with SMI to receive the same standards of physical healthcare as the general population and reduce the risk of premature death.

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The state of the state 2016-17

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 13:33

Reform - 
This report, produced in collaboration with Deloitte UK, provides analysis of the UK public sector through a business lens. Amongst the findings of a public survey, the report finds that 57 per cent of respondents feel that the NHS is the top priority for the government compared with Brexit at 33 per cent. The report also presents the results of interviews with public sector leaders and some of the themes that came out of these discussions included the need for continued transformation and funding for the NHS and the need for greater collaboration and a flexible workforce in the public sector.

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Rapid review of evidence of the impact on health outcomes of NHS commissioned health services for people in secure and detained settings

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 13:27

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This rapid review of evidence of the impact on health outcomes of NHS commissioned health services demonstrates that there have been significant improvements in the quality of health care in prison settings. The review will inform future health interventions and prioritisation in England where there are further improvements to be made.

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Patient activation and why it is relevant to community pharmacy

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:58

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - 
It is widely recognised that people who feel in control, empowered and confident to take a lead role in their healthcare have better outcomes. This briefing explains the concept of patient activation and examines how it is relevant to community pharmacy services.

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Regulatory fees for tobacco products: setting of fees for notification and testing of tobacco products

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:27

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce proportionate fees for the notification of tobacco and herbal products and the testing of cigarettes. The government intends to introduce proportionate new fees in order for PHE to recover the costs of processing notifications and for testing cigarettes. The government proposes to implement these fees in 2017. The consultation closes at 23 November 2016.

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NHS terms and conditions of service handbook

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:08

NHS Employers - 
NHS Employers have launched the terms and conditions of service handbook for Agenda for Change staff in an interactive format which aims to make it easier to find information. 

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Involving patients and citizens: I statements for research and innovation

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:06

National Voices - 
This guidance sets a standard for how patients and citizens should be involved in research and innovation. It was developed as part of the Department of Health's accelerated access review and this guidance aims to provide standards for how patients and the public are involved in research and innovation in medical technologies, diagnostic tools, drugs and digital health care.

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Freeing up health analysis: using government data to improve health services

Mon, 24/10/2016 - 14:33

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) - 
This report argues that relevant government departments should adopt a data labs model to enable charities to better understand the impact of their services on people’s health. This would allow the whole health sector learn what works, and would help to build more effective and efficient services.

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Commissioning for Value: where to look packs

Mon, 24/10/2016 - 14:25

NHS RightCare - 
These packs provide local health economies with data to support service planning and to support initiatives such as sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). It is recommended that these data packs are used as part of annual planning cycles to support discussions about prioritising areas for change and utilising resources.

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Accelerated access review: final report

Mon, 24/10/2016 - 11:55

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report sets out recommendations on how patients could get quicker access to innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments, and medical technologies. It argues that streamlined processes could bring forward patient access to drugs by up to four years and patients will benefit from quicker access to medical technologies too. The report will help the NHS to provide the best care to patients, use funds more effectively, and create the conditions to help the life sciences industry continue to thrive.

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The Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill (Bill 72 of 2016-17)

Mon, 24/10/2016 - 11:31

House of Commons Library - 
This briefing summarises the contents of the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill 2016-17, background on the issues and relevant comment. The bill intends to make a number of amendments to the National Health Service Act 2006 on matters related to the control of medicine prices.

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The Public Contracts Regulation 2015 and NHS commissioners

Mon, 24/10/2016 - 10:51

Department of Health (DH) - 
The Public Contract Regulations 2015 requires commissioners to act in a transparent way when taking procurement decisions and, in particular, advertising when awarding a contract for services above a value of €750,000. This briefing summarises requirements for NHS commissioners and those supporting them with their procurement of healthcare services.

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RCGP mythbusters: addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 16:05

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - 
This briefing addresses common misunderstandings around the requirements for revalidation and appraisal for GPs. It clearly differentiates between the requirements of the General Medical Council and the recommendations of the RCGP and aims to help GPs to identify how to make the appraisal and revalidation processes constructive and supportive to them and their patients.

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Recruiting for values and behaviours in social care toolkit

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 15:47

Skills for Care - 
Values based recruitment and retention is about finding and keeping people who have the right values, behaviours and attitudes to work in social care and know what it means to provide high quality care.This toolkit has guidance, suggestions and practical resources to help with recruiting people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes.

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In the red: student nurse debt

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 13:23

UNISON - 
This report finds that two thirds of NHS students have had to take on work on top of their studies in order to supplement their income. The proportion of medical and health students taking on extra jobs has risen from 61 per cent to 68 per cent in the last decade and 64 per cent of those surveyed say that working these extra hours in affecting their ability to study. 

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Hospital productivity growth in the English NHS 2008/09 to 2013/14

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:36

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This report examines the extent to which NHS hospital trusts make better of their resources over time by increasing the number of patients they treat and the services that they deliver for the same or fewer inputs. The report finds that current methods of measuring productivity aren't appropriate for individual hospital trusts and that a new approach is needed.

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Departments' oversight of arm's-length bodies: twenty-first report of session 2016-17

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:23

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts - 
This report outlines the findings of an investigation into the lines of accountability between government departments and arm's-length bodies. The committee found many examples of effective oversight but argues that good practice should be more widely shared within and outside of department boundaries. The report recommends that the Cabinet Office should use its position at the centre of government to ensure departments improve the way they manage business through arm's-length bodies.

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Unheeded warnings: health care in crisis: the UK nursing labour market review 2016

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:17

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) - 
This research highlights risks to the future nursing supply in England as it finds that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and are within ten years of being eligible for early retirement. In comparison, a decade ago just a third of the nursing workforce was aged 45 or over. The report calls on the government to scrap the pay cap for NHS staff to help to alleviate the retention crisis.

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