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Exclusive: Employers push BMA on pay deal 'fairness'

HSJ - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 11:18
The British Medical Association has been accused of taking an ‘untenable position’ in refusing to accept that changes to NHS redundancy pay apply to doctors.
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Exclusive: Employers push BMA on pay deal 'fairness'

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 11:18
The British Medical Association has been accused of taking an ‘untenable position’ in refusing to accept that changes to NHS redundancy pay apply to doctors.
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Better health for London: next steps

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 11:06

London Councils - 
This document outlines how the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, NHS England, Public Health England, London Councils and the 32 GP-led clinical commissioning groups have come together to outline how, individually and collaboratively, they will work towards London becoming the world's healthiest major city. It sets out shared ambitions and how progress will be measured against goals of improving the health of London's population; improving access to GPs; and reducing health inequalities.

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Sustainability at risk from high GP referrals, CCG claims

HSJ - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 07:15
PERFORMANCE: Commissioners in south London have told GPs to curb referral rates after figures showed they rose by 16 per cent in a year.
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HSJ Live 20.03.2015: Provider deficit forecast tops £800m

HSJ - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 07:00
The overall deficit forecast across trusts and foundation trusts has hit £823m, in the latest sign of the ‘continuing deterioration’ in the health service’s finances, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 20.03.2015: HSJ commission final report - Are you doing enough for frail older people?

HSJ - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 07:00
This third and final report from the commission sets out obstacles to improving care and puts key questions to politicians, citizens and providers, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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Looking forward: the views of health and social care leaders

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 16:38

Nuffield Trust - 
In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, the Nuffield Trust is regularly surveying a panel of 100 health and social care leaders in England for their views on a range of issues, including the state of the NHS and social care system, and what they believe should be the priority areas for reform during the next Parliament. This is the fourth survey in this series and it looks at future of the NHS, and in particular whether the NHS Five Year Forward View has accurately diagnosed the challenges faced by the health service

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Primary care: a review of local Healthwatch reports

NHS Evidence - health management - 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

NHS Evidence - health management - 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

NHS Evidence - health management - 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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Community hospitals review underway as CCG forecasts £11m deficit

HSJ - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 12:49
STRUCTURE: Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is undertaking a review into the future of its four community hospitals.
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Economic and fiscal outlook

NHS Evidence - health management - 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

NHS Evidence - health management - 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

NHS Evidence - health management - 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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Hinchingbrooke to return to NHS management next month

HSJ - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 10:36
STRUCTURE: The UK’s only privately-run NHS hospital will be handed back to the health service next month, the NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed.
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HSJ Live 19.03.2015: Trust sector forecasts £448m overall deficit

HSJ - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 10:00
NHS trusts are forecast to end the year with an overall deficit of £448m, in the latest sign of the “continuing deterioration” in the health service’s finance, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 19.03.2015: App exclusive - Frail Elderly Commission final report

HSJ - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 10:00
HSJ Frail Elderly Commission final report published online tomorrow, available to HSJ app users now, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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Budget round up: Chancellor outlines £1.25bn mental health package

HSJ - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 16:22
Chancellor George Osborne today outlined how a £1.25bn mental health funding package will be spent over the next five years, as part of plans for the government’s next budget.
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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

NHS Evidence - health management - 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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Tougher penalties under new NHS contract

HSJ - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 13:01
Penalties for breaching referral to treatment targets have been toughened up to try to bring down waiting lists, in the final standard contract issued by NHS England, but sanctions for accident and emergency and elective treatment breaches have been reduced.
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