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Revoking education standards with maximum time limits - consultation

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 14:13

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) -
Currently, student nurses and midwives are required to finish full-time programmes within five years and part-time programmes within seven years in order to be eligible for registration. The NMC proposes to remove these maximum time limits from NMC standards, while ensuring full responsibility for the management of education programmes lies with approved education institutions. Post-registration programmes, which are currently given time limits either by the NMC or by the specific education institution, will also be affected by the proposed changes. The consultation closes on 12 March 2015.

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Quality first: managing workload to deliver safe patient care

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 13:54

British Medical Association (BMA) -
This guidance aims to help GPs ease their workload pressures and find more time for direct patient care. It provides practical steps practices can take to address rising workloads.

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Compassion in Practice: two years on

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 13:35

NHS Employers -
Compassion in Practice, the national strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff, was launched in December 2012. This report talks about the value of the 6Cs (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment), how they are spreading across health and social care and informing the commissioning process, along with the role care makers play in bringing the vision to life.

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Fit for frailty - part 2: developing, commissioning and managing services for people living with frailty in community settings

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 13:21

British Geriatrics Society -
This document provides advice and guidance on the development, commissioning and management of services for people living with frailty in community settings. It also considers training and education needs to maximise the sharing of skills. It is aimed at GPs, geriatricians, health service managers, social service managers and commissioners of services.

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Learning for the NHS on procurement and supply chain management: a rapid evidence assessment

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 13:11

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This study aimed to describe approaches to procurement and supply chain management (SCM) in selected areas and to identify best practices that may inform procurement and SCM in the NHS.

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A qualitative study of decision-making and safety in ambulance service transitions

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 11:53

NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) -
Decisions made by front-line ambulance staff are often time critical and based on limited information, but wrong decisions in this context could have serious consequences for patients. There has been little research carried out in the ambulance service setting to identify areas of risk associated with decisions about patient care. The aim of this study was to qualitatively examine potential system-wide influences on decision-making in the ambulance service setting and to identify useful areas for future research and intervention.

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Progress in improving cancer services and outcomes in England

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 11:36

National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report finds that since the NAO last reported on cancer services, in 2010, overall outcomes for cancer patients have continued to improve. However, there is considerable scope to make further improvements in cancer services and patient outcomes across England.

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Integrated care licence condition: draft guidance for providers of NHS-funded services

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 11:24

Monitor -
This consultation seeks views on draft guidance outlining the core principles NHS providers can follow to enable patients to receive care in an integrated way. It closes on 13 February 2015.

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Right from the start: what we want from the new government

Wed, 14/01/2015 - 10:26

Every Disabled Child Matters - 
This report outlines some of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face. It calls for the next government to address these issues and highlights integrated care and respite care as key actions to be taken to improve the lives of disabled children and their families.

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State of the nation: challenges for 2015 and beyond

Wed, 14/01/2015 - 10:23

Diabetes UK - 
This report argues that diabetes healthcare in England is leading to avoidable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS. The findings of this research show that there has been very little overall improvement in diabetes healthcare in the past year, with 40 per cent of people with diabetes still not getting the NICE recommended checks that they need to manage their condition. It calls for CCGs to set themselves performance improvement targets and implement diabetes action plans.

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Technology enabled care services: resource for commissioners

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 16:10

NHS Commissioning Assembly - 
This resource aims to help maximise the value of technology enabled care services for patients, carers, commissioners and the whole health economy. It provides information on how to commission, procure, implement and evaluate these types of solutions effectively.

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Assessment of NHS foundation trusts’ 5-year strategic plans

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 15:45

Monitor - 
This document summarises NHS trusts' 5-year strategic plans as part of Monitor's planning round for 2014-15.

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Standard operating procedures: the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Guidance to support the operation of the CDF in 2014-15

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 15:44

NHS England - 
This guidance has been updated to reflect the changes in the CDF following a review of the fund's sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

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CLeaR local tobacco control assessment

Mon, 12/01/2015 - 14:46

Public Health England (PHE) - 
PHE is offering a £1,000 discount to councils undertaking a CLeaR peer assessment. The model supports local authorities to review their current tobacco control efforts, and identify actions to further reduce smoking rates.

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Model specification for child and adolescent mental health services: targeted and specialist levels (tiers 2/3)

Fri, 09/01/2015 - 13:40

NHS England - 
This resource includes tools for commissioning effective mental health services for children and young people. The model specification template has also been made available for commissioners to use when developing their own specification for their local area.

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Funding healthcare: making allocations to local areas report published

Fri, 09/01/2015 - 10:56

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report argues that the slow progress towards target funding allocations means the government has not fulfilled its policy objective of equal access for equal need. It recommends that NHS England also has more work to do on tackling inaccuracies in GP list data, which are a key determinant in calculating an area’s fair share of funding.

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Evidence for the NHS Pay Review Body

Thu, 08/01/2015 - 15:02

Department of Health -
These documents provide the Department of Health’s evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) and the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB) for staff that are subject to the Agenda for Change pay system. The Government asked the pay review bodies to consider and make observations on the barriers and enablers within NHS employment contracts for the delivery of affordable seven day services. They are asked to make recommendations in the case of doctors in training.

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Reducing Care Utilisation through Self-management Interventions (RECURSIVE): a systematic review and meta-analysis

Thu, 08/01/2015 - 14:35

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
The aim of this research was to determine which models of self-management support are associated with significant reductions in health services utilisation (including hospital use) without compromising outcomes, among patients with long-term conditions.

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A rapid synthesis of the evidence on interventions supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions: PRISMS - Practical systematic Review of Self-Management Support for long-term conditions

Thu, 08/01/2015 - 14:25

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
The aim of this research was to undertake a rapid, systematic overview of the evidence on self-management support for long-term conditions to inform health-care commissioners and providers about what works, for whom, and in what contexts.

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Health at a glance: Europe 2014

Tue, 06/01/2015 - 09:54

European Commission - 
This report presents the latest information on health and health systems in 35 European countries, including all European Union member states, candidate countries (with the exception of Albania due to limited data availability) and European Free Trade Association countries.

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