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Manchester trust calls for suspension of Healthier Together consultation

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:38
STRUCTURE: A teaching hospital, whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.
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Auditing the accounts 2013/14 - NHS bodies

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:57

Audit Commission -
This report found that the timeliness and quality of NHS trusts’ financial reporting improved for 2013/14. It also looks at arrangements to secure value for money and auditors’ use of their statutory reporting powers. It found that in their first year, CCGs submitted their accounts on time but experienced some issues with quality.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:30

World Health Organization (WHO) -
According to these guidelines, countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care. The guidelines outline steps for countries to take in reducing new infections and increasing access to services for five key populations: men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people. They conclude that failure to provide adequate services to these groups threatens regional and global progress in responding to HIV.

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Focus on: A&E attendances - why are patients waiting longer?

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:59

Nuffield Trust -
This analysis from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation looks at patterns of A&E activity, the nature of the increased demand and what has driven waiting times upwards.

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The friends and family test

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:48

NHS England -
This guidance supports the introduction of the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) to NHS funded services and GP practices. NHS England has engaged with NHS providers, patients, the public and insight experts in carrying out a review of the methodology and implementation of the FFT after the first six months of national data collection. This guidance has been informed by this review and the work of a number of pathfinders.

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Initiatives to reduce length of stay in acute hospital settings: a rapid synthesis of evidence relating to enhanced recovery programmes

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:38

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of enhanced recovery programmes for patients undergoing elective surgery in acute hospital settings. It aimed to identify and critically describe key factors associated with successful adoption, implementation and sustainability of enhanced recovery programmes in UK settings. It also summarises existing knowledge about patient experience of enhanced recovery programmes in UK settings.

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More trusts with financial concerns

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:33
The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost three-fold in a year, a report has revealed.
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A mixed-methods study exploring therapeutic relationships and their association with service user satisfaction in acute psychiatric wards and crisis residential alternatives

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:30

NHS National Institute for Health Research -
This study aimed to test the hypothesis that stronger therapeutic alliances are achieved in crisis houses than in hospital. It also aimed to develop a model of service user satisfaction with acute services, exploring its relationship to service type, service user characteristics, therapeutic relationships, perceived peer support, recovery and negative events experienced as well as trying to understand the factors that impede and facilitate good staff–service user relationships in acute settings.

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A&E patients 'will wait longer'

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:21
Patients should expect “inevitable” greater waits in A&E departments, two health charities have warned.
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HSJ to host third annual pathology seminar

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:20
The HSJ Pathology seminar returns this autumn to explore the pressures affecting providers and commissioners in pathology
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Exclusive: Trusts seek to shield wage bills with income ambitions

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 08:00
English hospitals have reduced the amount they expect to save on wage bills this year, as they focus on cutting costs in other areas and boosting income.
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Burton stays in special measures

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 17:40
PERFORMANCE: A West Midlands “Keogh trust” will remain in special measures after receiving a critical inspection report from the Care Quality Commission.  
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Cross-party MPs push for London GP to be allowed access to the market

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 14:25
COMMERCE: Three MPs in Enfield have backed a seven year campaign by a GP to enter what they argue is the London borough’s “inadequate” primary care market.
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Call to address GP numbers 'crisis'

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 13:35
More must be done to address the “crisis” in the number of family doctors working in the NHS, leading medics have said.
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‘Buddy’ trusts could double their money under bonus scheme

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 12:00
The leading hospitals ‘buddied’ with failing trusts under the special measures regime received some £1.5m to cover their costs last year.
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‘Buddy’ trust could double their money under bonus scheme

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 12:00
The leading hospitals ‘buddied’ with failing trusts under the special measures regime received some £1.5m to cover their costs last year.
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Hunt dismisses Keogh trusts' finance struggles

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 12:00
Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has said
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HSJ Live 23.07.2014: NHS leaders must be more confident in tackling waiting lists

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 08:00
Ian Gillespie on waiting lists, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Health spending sees sharpest rise in current parliament

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:57
Department of Health spending rose by 2.6 per cent in real terms last year – by far the greatest annual rise in health spending of the current parliament
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'Then what...?' special inquiry

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:38

Healthwatch England - 
This special inquiry aims to investigate the experience of people who are discharged from hospitals or care homes without adequate support in place. The aim of the inquiry is to gain a deeper understanding of what happens to people who experience ‘unsafe discharge’ from a hospital, nursing or care home, or mental health setting in England and how it was that they were able to fall through the gaps.

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