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Exclusive: Regulator to probe 'whistleblower' ambulance trust

HSJ - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:00
REGULATION: NHS Improvement has launched an investigation into South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, following allegations made by a whistleblower.
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Daily Insight: Honesty is the best policy

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 20:25
HSJ’s round-up of the must read stories from Thursday
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Vanguards face funding cut in 2016-17

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 15:57
Vanguards will receive less money in 2016-17 than last year, with hospital chains the only sector to see an overall increase in funding.
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Vanguards funding cut in 2016-17

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 15:57
Vanguards will receive less money in 2016-17 than last year, with hospital chains the only sector to see an overall increase in funding.
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Public health workforce of the future: a 20-year perspective

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 15:10

Centre for Workforce Intelligence -
This report was jointly commissioned by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and Health Education England as a discussion paper looking at the public health workforce of 2035. It looks ahead at the capacity and capability needed and what needs to be be done or put in place to get ready for the future. It is aimed at informing the DH's planned refresh of the national public health workforce strategy in 2016. The work complements the PHE review Fit for the Future - Public Health People: A review of the public health workforce, which considers the medium-term issues and needs of the public health workforce.

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NHS providers end year with £2.7bn deficit, HSJ research reveals

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 15:00
EXCLUSIVE: NHS providers have fallen almost £1bn short of their revised financial target for 2015-16, finishing the year £2.7bn in the red, HSJ analysis has found.
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How is the NHS performing? Quarterly monitoring report: issue 19

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:44

The King's Fund -
Nearly two-thirds of NHS trust finance directors and more than half of CCG finance leads say the quality of patient care in their area has deteriorated over the past year, according to this report. It finds that only 2 per cent of trust finance directors and 12 per cent of CCG finance leads said that patient care had improved over the past 12 months.

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Fit for the future – public health people: a review of the public health workforce

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:28

Public Health England (PHE) -
The Department of Health commissioned PHE to carry out a thematic review of public health workforce future capabilities and skills. This review outlines five important themes that underpin the response to developing a workforce for 2021 and provides a clear pathway and plan to achieve the ‘new’ workforce.

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Joint review of partnerships and investment in voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the health and care sector

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:13

Department of Health -
This report sets out recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector. It is a joint review by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England. The aim of the review is to: describe the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes; identify the challenges and opportunities in realising the sector’s potential; and address challenges and maximise opportunities. It emphasises putting wellbeing at the centre of health and care services, and making VCSE organisations an integral part of a collaborative system.

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Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final report and recommendations

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 13:53

Review on Antimicrobial Resistance -
This report outlines the Review’s final recommendations. It first discusses the mounting problem of resistance and why action is needed to combat it and then provides an overview of the solutions that the Review thinks should be implemented to curtail unnecessary use and increase the supply of new antimicrobials. It then looks at the role of public awareness campaigns, the need to improve sanitation and hygiene, reduce pollution from agriculture and the environment, improve global surveillance, introduce rapid diagnostics and vaccines, the need to increase the number of people in this area, and use of market entry rewards and an innovation fund to generate more drugs. Finally the paper examines how these solutions can be funded and looks at ways to build political consensus around them.

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NHS England to roll out personal health budgets

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 13:38
NHS England is to begin rolling out integrated personal commissioning budgets nationwide, with the hope it will become the main model of care for people with complex conditions by 2020.
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Exclusive: Stevens floats 'combined authorities' for the NHS

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 10:00
The health service could create a form of “combined authorities” bringing together multiple commissioners and providers in order to simplify decision making and service change, Simon Stevens has said.
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Stevens: NICE process makes it 'harder' to strike deals with pharma

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 10:00
Authorisation of a drug by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence can make it “harder” for NHS England to get a good deal from pharmaceutical companies, Simon Stevens has said.
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Stevens warns trusts must make more savings this year

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 10:00
Some provider trusts “mistakenly” believed they could choose their “own level of deficit” for 2016-17 and will now need to plan further savings, Simon Stevens has said.
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'Safe harbour' promise for NHS leaders planning controversial changes

HSJ - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 08:00
NHS leaders planning to shake up local services through their sustainability and transformation plans will be given “safe harbour” by NHS England and NHS Improvement, Simon Stevens has said.
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Junior doctors contract: 16 key agreements

HSJ - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 18:47
On Wednesday evening the government and the British Medical Association reached an agreement on the junior doctors contract.
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Daily Insight: Junior doctors deal reached

HSJ - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 18:39
HSJ’s round-up of the day’s essential health policy stories
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Deal reached on junior doctors contract

HSJ - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 18:10
A deal has been reached between the government and junior doctors, bringing to an end the three year dispute that has seen thousands of patient operations cancelled.
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Breaking: Deal reached on junior doctors contract

HSJ - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 18:10
A deal has been reached between the government and junior doctors, bringing to an end the three year dispute that has seen thousands of patient operations cancelled.
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'Not true' that CCGs must always use competitive tenders, says regulator

HSJ - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 16:04
NHS Improvement has told commissioners that competitive tenders are not always needed to choose a provider, following the introduction of a strict new EU procurement regime.
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