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In search of accountability

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 10:54

Welsh Government - 
This is the final report of Operation Jasmine, a review into the neglect of older people in care homes in Wales. It highlights issues around regulation, board-level accountability and public health's role in the care of older people in care homes.

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Psychological wellbeing and work: improving outcomes for people with common mental health problems

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 14:05

RAND Corporation - 
This briefing summarises key findings and recommendations from a report that explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems.

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Health and safety competencies for NHS managers

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 14:03

NHS Employers - 
This guidance looks at the nine key competency areas required for managers, identifying the core skills for every managerial post. It will help health and safety professionals and representatives to assess whether their managers have the right skills and competencies to manage health and safety effectively.

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The Royal College of Nursing response to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) evaluation of the revalidation pilots

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 13:43

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) - 
Revalidation is a process being introduced by the NMC that all nurses and midwives will be required to undertake every three years, in order to renew their registration. This response is the result of a consultation with RCN members and sets out a number of areas on which the RCN feel that the NMC must urgently provide clarity, in order to instil confidence in the nursing workforce and indeed the wider healthcare system that current proposals will be effective.

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Food for thought: promoting healthy diets among children and young people

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 13:39

British Medical Association (BMA) - 
This report sets out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people. It makes recommendations for the improvement of promotion of healthy behaviours including: improving knowledge and attitudes towards healthy eating; the limitation of unhealthy cues and promotion of unhealthy food and drink; and international co-operation on nutrition.

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Services for people with neurological conditions: progress review

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 13:31

National Audit Office (NAO) - 
This review finds that progress has been mixed in implementing recommendations made by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in 2012 aimed at improving services and achieving better outcomes for people with neurological conditions. The review identified three recommendations against which progress had been poor: using the CCG outcomes indicators set, JSNA and health and wellbeing boards to ensure that all people with neurological conditions have appropriate access to services; mandating joint health and social care commissioning of neurological services; and ensuring that everyone with a long-term neurological condition is offered a personal care plan, covering both health and social care.

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Insights on earlier adoption of medical innovations

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 13:24

Department of Health (DH)  - 
The aim of this study was to identify and gain insight into international examples of best practice where the use of new drugs, devices and diagnostics were already being accelerated. It explored systems across the world through which drugs, devices and diagnostics pass rapidly, identifying what works both in theory and in practice.

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Social care grant determinations for 2015 to 2016

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 13:20

Department of Health (DH) - 
These grant determinations set out how much money the Department of Health will pay local authorities for social care grants in 2015 to 2016. They also explain any conditions on how the money is used.

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A guide to quality improvement methods

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 12:07

Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) - 
The guide brings together twelve quality improvement (QI) methods, providing an overview of each and practical advice on how and when to implement them, with illustrative case examples. QI methods covered include clinical audit; Plan, Do, Study, Act; model for improvement; LEAN/Six Sigma; performance benchmarking, process mapping and statistical process control and it is aimed at all professionals with an interest in QI.

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Collective intelligence in patient organisations

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 11:00

NESTA - 
This report examines patient organisations’ role as knowledge brokers in an increasingly complex, data-rich healthcare system. It argues that patient organisations have a pivotal role to play in distributing the burden and benefit of knowledge work amongst participants. They need new and better tools to support their work developing connections between the many individuals and institutions of the healthcare system, driving ambitious research programmes, and facilitating peer support. 

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Productivity and competition: a summary of the evidence

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 16:23

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) - 
This report outlines the theoretical and empirical evidence on the relationship between competition and productivity. It addresses whether stronger competition between firms lead to higher levels of productivity; and whether competition policy and enforcement lead to stronger competition and therefore higher productivity? The evidence summarised in the report suggests that increases in competition in a market are often associated with increases in productivity, and that competition policy interventions can therefore improve productivity.

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The new health and social care economy

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 13:32

European Services Strategy Unit - 
This report examines the new health and social care economy in the north-west of England, spanning Sefton, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. It makes recommendations for the reconfiguration of the organisation and funding of health and social care in this region.

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Leading change in supervision: lessons from practice

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 13:18

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) - 
This report describes the rationale, process and learning from a project led by IRISS which explored the topic of supervision with a group of six partners from across the social services sector. The purpose of this report is to share the learning gathered through the project to provide some evidence, inspiration, and pointers for those interested in improving supervision. Key points from the report can be used to prompt reflection and discussion with teams, to review current supervision practice and to help plan improvements.

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Better value in the NHS: the role of changes in clinical practice

Wed, 08/07/2015 - 09:58

The King's Fund - 
In a time of severe financial constraint, the NHS is being asked to make productivity savings of £22 billion by 2020/21. However, this report argues that, rather than looking at efficiency and costs, the NHS should be focusing on getting better value from its budget. The report looks at trends in NHS productivity in three areas – generic prescribing, length of stay and day case surgery – in which the NHS has made significant and sustained gains in productivity over a number of years, allowing more (and often better) care to be delivered within the same budget. It then outlines a number of areas where the NHS has opportunities to improve value in the future, focusing in particular on changes in clinical practice.

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WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:28

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This report argues that too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products therefore missing out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services.

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Measuring and improving patients’ experience of care: report of a summit for pharmacy teams

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:24

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) - 
In April 2015, RPS held a one day summit focusing on how pharmacy teams could measure and improve patients’ experience of care. This event brought together experts with insight and experience of how to both raise the profile of patient experience in organisations, and how to measure and evaluate it in practice, with local NHS teams sharing their individual approaches. This report summarises the discussions of the day and can be used as a resource to support the continued development of pharmacy approaches to evaluating and improving patients’ experience of care.

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:15

House of Commons Library - 
This briefing provides information on the background, negotiation process and controversial points of the proposed EU-US free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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The hidden cost of dementia in Wales

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:09

Alzheimer's Society - 
This report exposes the financial and human impact of dementia in Wales. It found that the total cost of dementia to society in Wales is £1.4 billion per year, with an average cost of £31,300 per person per year.

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Local Healthwatch governance: a self-assessment toolkit for local Healthwatch and local Healthwatch commissioners

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:05

Local Government Association - 
This self-assessment toolkit is designed to support local Healthwatch and local Healthwatch commissioners in establishing successful governance for an effective local Healthwatch organisation. 

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What are community health services?

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:26

NHS Confederation - 
This guide explains what community health services are and the key role they can play in supporting people and delivering care.

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