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CCG improvement and assessment framework 2016/17

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 11:14

NHS England - 
This new assessment framework for CCGs will include ratings published online to show patients how their local health service is performing in six important areas. From June, an initial assessment of CCG performance will be available online that will cover six crucial areas including cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity care.  Each will be based on metrics in the framework that will be verified by independent panels chaired by experts in each field.  This will be followed by an annual assessment in June 2017 which will incorporate additional information from the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans and other relevant data.

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NHS Trust Development Authority directions 2016

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 10:50

Department of Health (DH) - 
The directions in the first document consolidate all previous NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) directions. They update and clarify previous provisions and also make new directions in relation to additional NHS TDA functions.

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Dental Quality and Outcomes Framework for 2016 to 2017

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 10:45

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document provides details of the dental Quality and Outcomes Framework indicators to be used to measure performance of the existing pilots and new dental contract prototypes in 2016 to 2017.

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Improving the patient experience through the health care physical environment

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 10:39

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) - 
This guide explores ways hospital and health system leaders can use the physical environment to improve the patient experience. The guide describes a "people, process, place" model that will help hospital and health system leaders identify people-centered ways to improve the patient experience of care.

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Terms and conditions of service for NHS doctors and dentists in training 2016

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 10:30

NHS Employers - 
This contract outlines the new terms and conditions of the junior doctors' contract which will be introduced in August 2016. The accompanying and supporting documentation includes FAQs and details on the new guardian for safer working role.

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Junior doctors' contract: equality analysis and family test

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 10:23

Department of Health (DH) - 
This equality analysis on the new contract for doctors and dentists in training in the NHS examines the provisions of the contract - for example, including pay linked to levels of responsibility, pay linked to the number of hours worked. The accompanying family test examines the impact of the new contract on family formation and ability to play a full role in family life. 

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Fees scheme 2016/17

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 10:13

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This document outlines the changes to revised fees that providers will have to pay to cover the chargable costs of CQC regulation for 2016/17. These new fees will take effect from 1 April 2016.

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Fit for purpose: workforce policy in the English NHS

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 10:02

Health Foundation - 
As modern health care becomes ever more complex, designing effective ‘workforce policy’ - how the health service plans, trains, regulates, pays and supports its people to ensure affordable, good quality care - is one of the central challenges facing the system today.  This report gives an overview of the components of workforce policy in the English NHS and the bodies which shape it. It argues that government and national leaders need a radical new approach to inspire an NHS workforce that is too often stressed, stretched and disaffected.

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End of life care audit - dying in hospital: national report for England 2016

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 09:56

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) - 
This report shows that there has been steady progress in the care of dying people since the previous audit carried out in 2013 and published in 2014. This is the first audit to be carried out since the official withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway. Whilst it shows documented improvements in patient experience and quality of care, it highlights room for improvement in the provision of palliative care services on a 24/7 basis.

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Electronic health records (EHR): guidance for community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 11:37

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) - 
This guidance which aims to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have access to patient EHRs has been updated. As well as covering general principles about how EHRs should be kept, maintained and accessed, the guidance provides specific support to the national NHS electronic record services used in the devolved administrations, tailored to the initiatives in those countries.

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Healthy living pharmacy: introductory infographic slides

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 11:20

Public Health England (PHE) - 
A set of infographics to illustrate the role of Healthy Living Pharmacies in the health and care system.

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The community pharmacy offer for improving the public's health: a briefing for local government and health and wellbeing boards

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:56

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This briefing for councillors, senior council officers and commissioners describes the increasing role of community pharmacy in public health and explains councils' role and duties. A number of case studies are included to illustrate a variety of collaborative approaches by community pharmacies working with councils and other community partners. 

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Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group: recommendations to Ministers

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 15:36

Department of Health -
The Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group (PSSAG) provides 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. This report sets out the proposals considered by PSSAG at its May and October 2015 meetings, and outlines the Group’s recommendations for each of these proposals.

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Results of quality reports assurance 2014/15

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 11:05

Monitor -
Monitor requires all NHS foundation trusts to produce reports on the quality of care as part of their annual reports. Quality reports help trusts to improve public accountability for the quality of care they provide. This document collates the findings of external auditors' assurance of foundation trusts' quality reports. It also allows foundation trusts to compare their performance and issues against the sector’s aggregate results. The findings may also be of interest to NHS trusts, although their data was not part of the assurance work.

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Specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specification - 8th wave

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:36

NHS England -
This public consultation proposes a number of new products for specialised services, (including service specifications and clinical commissioning policies). The closing date for comments is 20 April 2016.

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Pharmacy dispensing models and displaying prices on medicines: consultation

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:05

Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulations and the Medicines Act. The closing date for comments is 17 May 2016.

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Detailed requirements for quality reports 2015/16

Wed, 23/03/2016 - 14:37

Monitor -
NHS foundation trusts must include a report on the quality of care they provide in their annual report to improve public accountability. This guidance contains the details of contents and assurance requirements for NHS foundation trusts preparing their 2015/16 quality reports.

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2016/17 national tariff payment system

Wed, 23/03/2016 - 14:18

Monitor -
This guidance contains a set of prices and rules to help providers of NHS care and commissioners provide best value to their patients. This year’s national tariff aims to give providers of NHS services the space to restore financial balance and support providers and commissioners to make ambitious longer term plans for their local health economies.

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Economic assumptions 2016/17 to 2020/21

Wed, 23/03/2016 - 13:58

Monitor -
This document sets out NHS Improvement’s latest assumptions for NHS provider inflation over the period 2016/17 to 2020/21. It is recommended that providers apply these assumptions when undertaking planning and forecasting activities, while also taking account of local circumstances, opportunities and pressures.

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Patterns of maternity care in English NHS trusts: 2013/14

Wed, 23/03/2016 - 11:38

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists -
The report, carried out in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, gives a national perspective on patterns of care during labour and delivery, enabling NHS trusts to examine their own practice in context and ensure their services meet the needs of women and their families. It shows substantial variation in practice between NHS maternity units in England and also suggests that NHS resources are not being used in the most efficient way.

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