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The bigger picture: understanding disability and care in England’s older population

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 15:12

Strategic Society Centre - 
This project explores disability and care at a national, regional and local authority level in England. It brings together data from the 2011 Census, the Department for Work and Pensions and Health and Social Care Information Centre administrative data, as well as from Wave 6 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, to look at the prevalence of disability, need and care of different types, and to ‘paint a picture’ of the lives of different groups. The accompanying policy discussion paper uses the findings of the research to evaluate public policy in relation to the reach of publicly funded support, unmet need, consistency vs. variation, as well as to explore issues around the implementation of the Care Act in light of findings from the research.

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Supporting influence on health and wellbeing boards: survey

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 14:36

Regional Voices - 
This annual survey asks the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector about engagement with health and wellbeing boards - what is working well, what could work better and what support would help? The aim of the survey is to capture how VCSE engagement with health and wellbeing boards is changing over time. The closing date for this survey is 23 January 2015.

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Triennial review of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP): call for evidence

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 13:49

Department of Health (DH) - 
The DH undertakes a triennial review of all arm's length bodies and this document is a call for evidence on the performance and function of the IRP. 

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CQC inspections of dental, ambulance and independent acute healthcare services consultation

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 13:23

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
These consultation documents outline proposals for changes to the way that dental, ambulance and independent acute healthcare services are inspected by CQC. The proposals include new ways to inspect services with chief inspectors and public involvement on the teams; using a new intelligent monitoring system to prioritise inspections; and listening to people's experiences of care. This consultation closes on 23 January 2014.

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Improving quality in general practice

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 14:59

The Health Foundation -
This evidence scan was initially commissioned to inform attendees at the National Summit on Quality in General Practice, held at the Royal College of General Practitioners on 31 July 2014. The theme of the day was 'Sustaining and improving the quality of general practice'.

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NHS reference costs 2013 to 2014

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 13:08

Department of Health -
This is the most up-to-date information about how NHS expenditure was used to provide healthcare by NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts. Reference costs are the unit costs to the NHS for providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients in England. They are collected and published annually.

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Foundation trust annual planning for 2015/16

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:43

Monitor -
This note sets out the planning priorities and timetable jointly agreed by Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority for the 2015/16 NHS planning process. It includes 2015/16 planning requirements and the jointly agreed planning timetable.

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Capitation: a potential new payment model to enable integrated care

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:26

Monitor -
This document aims to support local service improvement and reconfiguration in 2015/16 and beyond as well as to highlight examples of successful local payment arrangements in the NHS and enable evaluation of emerging potential payment models for use in the NHS.

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Improving the experience of care for cancer patients

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:05

NHS Improving Quality -
This introductory guide aims to help cancer teams and professionals at all levels within a Trust to drive continual improvement in patient experience, using tried and tested tools and techniques.

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A consultation on arrangements for the transfer of commissioning responsibility from NHS England to CCGs

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:52

Department of Health -
The Department of Health are looking for views on what type of support CCGs will need from NHS England to be able to commission renal dialysis services and morbid obesity surgery services safely and effectively.

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Safer staffing: a guide to care contact time

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:48

NHS England -
This guide is for providers and commissioners as part of the drive to deliver safe and effective care. It gives providers a suite of toolkits to support them in making decisions to secure safe staffing care for their patients and service users and recommends that organisations review the contact time staff spend with their patients. It also supports commissioners working with providers to assure themselves that there is sufficient nurse, midwifery and care staff capacity and capability to meet appropriate outcomes and quality standards and to use commissioning and contractual levers to help secure improvements.

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National tariff payment system 2015/16: a consultation

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:45

Monitor -
NHS England and Monitor have published proposals for the 2015/16 national tariff payment system. The consultation notice sets out the proposed prices and payment rules for 2015/16 that are designed to support commissioners and providers improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients. The deadline for responses is 24 December 2014.

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Urgent and important : the future for urgent care in a 24/7 NHS

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:52

Care UK -
This report makes eight recommendations to improve standards and ensure the most efficient use of resources. It surveyed 1,000 GPs, whose feedback helped to guide the report’s recommendations. The recommendations aim to give the out of hours sector a stronger position through a more tailored and informed approach to workforce development, communication, commissioning and delivery.

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The return of PFI – will the NHS pay a higher price for new hospitals?

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:02

Centre for Health and the Public Interest -
This report claims that the Government’s Private Finance 2 initiative is likely to divert more resources away from the NHS in England than the original Private Finance Initiative. It warns that Private Finance 2 deals are likely to be more expensive than existing PFI deals. Analysis of the financing model for the new scheme finds that restructuring the balance of debt and risk capital would increase the rate of return to private investors by 15%, under current market conditions.

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Winterbourne view - time for change: transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:20

NHS England -
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address the shortcomings in the provision of support for people with learning disabilities. The report makes a series of recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the government, that include a robust NHS commissioning framework to support people with learning disabilities and autism move out of hospitals and into the community.

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The autumn statement: NHS funding

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:00

The King's Fund -
The NHS is facing huge pressures as a result of an ongoing funding squeeze, rising demand for services and the need to safeguard quality of care following the Francis report. This briefing says that without the additional £2 billion, staff numbers will be cut, waiting times will rise and quality of care will deteriorate, leaving patients to bear the cost.

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Multinational comparisons of health systems data 2014

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:25

The Commonwealth Fund -
This chartpack uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to compare health care systems and performance on a range of topics, including: spending; hospitals; physicians; pharmaceuticals; prevention; mortality; quality and safety; and prices. It presents data across several industrialised countries including the United Kingdom.

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16 days of action against domestic violence

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:24

Public Health England (PHE) -
This toolkit is aimed at businesses that lack an infrastructure to deal with the large-scale problem that is domestic violence. It offers a step by step guide on how to tackle domestic violence and raise awareness of an issue that impacts health and wellbeing, as well as absence and turn over in the workplace.

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The reconfiguration of clinical services: what is the evidence?

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:22

The King's Fund -
This paper aims to help those planning and implementing major clinical service reconfigurations ensure that change is as evidence-based as possible. It investigates the five key drivers – quality, workforce, cost, access and technology – across 13 clinical service areas, and summarises the research evidence and professional guidance available in each. It builds on a major forthcoming analysis of reviews of service reconfigurations commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research and conducted by the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT).

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An inquiry into patient centred care in the 21st century: implications for general practice and primary care

Mon, 24/11/2014 - 11:05

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) -
This inquiry concluded that clinicians must work with patients in a different way, providing personalised care and empowering patients to play an active role in managing their health. The report also calls for a shift in the way that general practice is delivered, so that practices come together as federations or networks and work with a range of other services to deliver coordinated and proactive care in the community.

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