NHS England -
Since the publication of a joint letter from Simon Stevens and David Bennett on 18 February setting out new information on tariff arrangements for 2015/16, NHS England and Monitor have received a number of questions about how the arrangements are expected to work. As a result, this Q&A document has been published to answer the questions that have been received by both organisations.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This consultation asks questions on proposed changes to the national information standard for end of life care coordination. This standard identifies the core content to be held in the Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems (EPaCCS) and aims to support communication and co-ordination of end of life care between the professionals and services delivering care. EPaCCS users and implementers, IT systems suppliers and other interested parties are invited to comment. This consultation closes on 27 March 2015.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This consultation asks for feedback on plans for a new national data collection from specialist palliative care services. he proposed data collection includes activity, demographic and clinical outcomes data. The data collection supports improved services for people at the end of life and their families. This consultation closes on 27 March 2015.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This consultation seeks views and comments on proposals for the ways in which NHS 111 services will be regulated and inspected by CQC. The consultation runs until 24 April 2015.
Thomas Pocklington Trust -
This briefing outlines the research findings and evidence on specialist vision rehabilitation support giving people with sight loss confidence, making them feel safer and helping to maintain independence.
Morecambe Bay Investigation -
This report sets out the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the independent panel established to undertake this investigation, which was established to review the management, delivery and outcomes of care provided by the maternity and neonatal services of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust between January 2004 and June 2013. It concludes the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. The report makes 44 recommendations for the trust and wider NHS, aimed at ensuring the failings are properly recognised and acted upon.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) -
This report argues that reducing waiting times for a GP appointment must be a priority for politicians and the incoming government but that this must not be delivered at the expense of other GP services, including the long-term care provided to patients with chronic and multiple health problems. It examines a wide range of initiatives to increase patient access to general practice but warns that this can only be achieved with increased funding and significantly more GPs.
National Audit Office -
Prescribed persons, as prescribed under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, are independent bodies or individuals that can be approached by whistleblowers where an approach to their employers would not be appropriate. One of the principal conclusions of this NAO investigation is that more needs to be done to reduce the gap between the actions of prescribed persons and whistleblowers’ expectations, whilst recognizing that it is unlikely that the gap will ever be fully closed
British Geriatrics Society -
The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is calling on the incoming government to take six key decisions to promote excellent healthcare and support for older people. Excellent care and support is person-centred, effective, efficient, safe, equitable and timely.
This briefing aims to demonstrate to board members how using innovative solutions in medical education can help to improve quality of care and patient safety and can also make cost savings. Employers, educational supervisors and trainees will want to look at the successes of the pilots and consider which of the pilots might be suitable for local adoption, or whether other innovative solutions in education and training could lead to similar successes.
Monitor along with national tripartite partners (NHS TDA, NHS England) and ADASS has published a joint letter to all providers and commissioners setting out planning requirements for the Easter bank holiday period, and April 2015 in general. This letter sets out expectations for planning for the bank holiday period when demand is expected to increase, continuation of resilience schemes in 2015/16, and the ‘National Breaking the Cycle’ initiative for the first 2 weeks of April.