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Primary care: a review of local Healthwatch reports

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 15:24

Healthwatch -
This report showcases the work that local Healthwatch have carried out to champion their local population’s primary care needs, and brings together the key issues the public have raised with them regarding GP practices, dental surgeries, opticians and pharmacies.

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An update on Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 14:39

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts -
This report recommends that the Department of Health and the NHS Trust Development Authority should report to the Committee on the total cost to the taxpayer arising from the failure of the franchise, including the costs of transition arrangements and the total cost of covering the financial deficits incurred during the franchise. It also suggests that the Department of Health and the NHS Trust Development Authority should ensure that strong governance and clear accountabilities are put in place for future novel or high-risk ventures, and that there is strong and effective monitoring.

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Apprenticeship standards

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 14:06

Skills Funding Agency -
These standards describe the job role an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the healthcare sector. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.

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Economic and fiscal outlook

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 12:22

Office for Budget Responsibility -
This report sets out forecasts for the economy and the public finances over a five year horizon and assesses whether the Government is on course to hit its fiscal targets.

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Public health scientist stocktake: a review of Public Health England’s scientist workforce

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 12:07

Centre for Workforce Intelligence -
With rapid changes in technology and the new and broad remit of Public Health England, the roles and functions of science within the organisation are likely to look different over the coming years to what exists now. To support PHE, Department of Health and Health Education England, in workforce planning, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence was commissioned to take a forward view of this workforce and estimate the likely size, shape and skills that will be required. Overall it finds that, if recruitment and attrition remain as they have been in recent years, the number of scientists in PHE is likely to remain relatively stable over the coming 15 years. However changes to recruitment patterns, political influence, or retirement rates will change this outlook.

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Acute hospitals and integrated care: from hospitals to health systems

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 11:56

The King's Fund -
This report describes lessons from five case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care – three of these sites have since been chosen as vanguards by NHS England. The report assesses the achievements made so far, distils the lessons learnt for other local health economies, and makes recommendations for national policy-makers.

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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 15:23

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) -
This suite of 12 resources includes short films, reports, at a glance summaries and tools. Some of the resources aim to raise service users’ and mental health staffs’ awareness and understanding of the IMHA role, and address equality of access.  Others help advocacy providers, commissioners and mental health trusts to improve access to IMHA, to understand what a good service looks like, and how outcomes can be measured.

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The edge

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 10:57

NHS Improving Quality -
The Edge is a free, online hub for those who are supportive of action for change in health and care. It brings together the latest thinking, learning opportunities and projects so you can learn, share, discuss and make NHS change a reality and is aimed at everyone from leaders to front line change activists, improvement specialists to educationalists and researchers to senior leaders.

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Practical guides to engaging with local commissioning bodies

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 10:44

Compact Voice -
These guides for voluntary organisations provides practical steps to follow to develop relationships with HWBs and CCGs. The information is based on the experiences of a range of organisations who have established strong links with commissioning groups in their areas. They highlight a number of steps organisations can follow if they wish to build better links themselves.

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Procurement and competition rules: can the NHS be exempted?

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 10:28

The King's Fund -
This briefing seeks to clarify whether a new government could extract the NHS from European Union procurement and competition rules. It aims to clarify the current situation and assess what policy changes would be required should a new government wish to insulate the NHS from the application of the rules. It concludes that it is not possible to exempt the NHS from EU procurement and competition law. It does, however, suggest that the same aim could be achieved by making broader changes to policy, including bringing foundation trusts clearly back under the direct control of government.

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Equal measures: equality information report for 2014

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 10:19

Care Quality Commission -
This report summarises what the Care Quality Commission have learned about equality and diversity, both across health and social care and internally last year. It finds that while seeing some improvements, there is still too much variation in people’s access, experience and outcomes in many health and social care services. For example, the fact that more ethnic groups seem to use certain hospital services more than other groups suggests that access could be an issue. It also finds that people with dementia have poorer outcomes in hospitals than those without dementia going into hospital for the same health conditions; and, that the needs of people with visual impairment and hearing loss within care homes are sometimes overlooked.

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Distinctive, valued, personal - why social care matters: the next five years

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 14:06

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) - 
This discussion paper outlines the developmental steps needed to be taken immediately after the general election in order to ensure a safe, secure and personalised care and health system for older and disabled people. It highlights the need to develop a sustainable social care workforce as well tackling the social care funding gap.

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Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 11:06

Department of Health (DH) - 
This guidance aims to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need. It replaces statutory guidance on Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children issued in 2009

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Future in mind: promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 10:50

Department of Health (DH) - 
This report of the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce makes a number of proposals the government wishes to see by 2020. These include tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness; introducing more access and waiting time standards for services; establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community; and improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable. It sets out how much of this can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of these changes can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

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Agenda for Change pay charts and frequently asked questions

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 17:25

NHS Employers - 
Following the recent Agenda for Change pay agreement, this new pay chart and frequently asked questions document aims to help communicate the changes to the pay scales to NHS staff.

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Interactive reports to investigate factors that affect progression of doctors in training

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 17:20

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
The GMC have published data for the first time on examination results and recruitment outcomes for different groups of doctors across the UK. Among the findings, women doctors were more likely to pass their exams or be offered a training post than men. Ethnic minority doctors from UK medical schools did less well in recruitment and exams than their white counterparts, but better than white doctors from a non-UK medical school.

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Revised annual planning timetable 2015/16

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 17:15

Monitor - 
This letter sets out the confirmed, revised timetable for planning, contracting and dispute resolution in 2015/16, as agreed by Monitor with NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

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Getting it right first time

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 16:56

British Orthopaedic Association - 
This report details the results of a national review into adult elective orthopaedic services. It details the work of a pilot project launched in 2012 which aimed to improve patient experience and care using a clinically-led approach.  

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Building primary care in a changing Europe

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 14:54

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This publication analyses the way how primary care is organised and delivered across European countries, looking at governance, financing and workforce aspects and the breadth of the service profiles. It describes wide national variations in terms of accessibility, continuity and coordination. Relating these differences to health system outcomes the authors suggest some priority areas for reducing the gap between the ideal and current realities.

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Review of decision-making in the GMC’s Fitness to Practise procedures

Mon, 16/03/2015 - 13:27

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This independent research into GMC Fitness to Practice procedures finds that decisions made about doctors during a General Medical Council investigation are fair and consistent.

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