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Using clinical practice variations as a method for commissioners and clinicians to identify and prioritise opportunities for disinvestment in health care: a cross-sectional study, systematic reviews and qualitative study

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 13:53

National Institute for Health Research  - 
This study aimed to explore if geographical variation in procedure rates is a marker of clinical uncertainty and might be used by local commissioners to identify procedures that are potential candidates for disinvestment. We also explore obstacles and solutions to local commissioners achieving disinvestment, and patient and clinician perspectives on regulating access to procedures.

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One hundred days for early action: time for government to put prevention first

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 13:47

Community Links - 
This report brings together leading experts and thinkers and presents a collection of essays outlining a preventative policy approach in various areas such as health, education and family services. Amongst the recommendations for health policy, is a focus on a more holistic approach to the treatment of mental illness and generally more cross-sector collaboration for better outcomes.

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North West trust needs £25m loan to pay staff and suppliers

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 13:39
FINANCE: Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust has said it needs a £25m loan this year to keep paying staff and suppliers.
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Somerset CCG mulls early end to provider contracts

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 13:11
FINANCE: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is considering whether to release itself from contracts with a number of local providers in a bid to reduce financial pressures.
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Milton Keynes becomes university hospital in medical school plan

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 08:00
COMMERCIAL: Milton Keynes Hospital Foundation Trust has been given university hospital status as part of plans to create the country’s first private medical school.
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HSJ Live 16.04.2015: Politicians should recognise workforce cost reality, says Confed chief

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 07:56
Politicians should recognise the NHS needs to ‘get more out of’ and reduce the cost of its staff, the NHS Confederation chief executive has said, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 16.04.2015: David Nicholson: NHS funding gap will require 'emergency action'

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 07:56
Former NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson speaks out about the NHS’s financial problems, saying they are much steeper than acknowledged and will demand “emergency action” later this year, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Mid Essex rated 'requires improvement' after unregistered staff concerns

HSJ - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 01:01
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has rated Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust as ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection that found unregistered staff were providing nursing care.
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Exclusive: Social care will benefit from £8bn NHS boost, says Hunt

HSJ - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 18:00
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told HSJ the better care fund should be ‘accelerated and extended’, helping the social care sector to benefit from increased spending promised for the NHS.
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Hunt: Seven day NHS may be cheapest way to meet rising demand

HSJ - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 18:00
The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.
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Hunt: Seven day NHS may be cheapest way to meet rising demand

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 18:00
The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.
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Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health Act

HSJ - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 16:21
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.
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Monitor to investigate Cambridgeshire and Peterborough finances

HSJ - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:48
FINANCE: Monitor his probing the financial sustainability of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust – just weeks after it took on an extra 1,400 staff as part of one of the NHS’s biggest, most complex service restructures.
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Manifesto 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:44

Liberal Democrats - 
This manifesto sets out the Liberal Democrats' policy pledges for the upcoming general election. The manifesto makes commitments to an additional £8 billion of funding by 2020; parity of esteem between mental and physical health care; integrating health and social care; improving access to GPs and community care; providing more support for family carers; improving social care; and an increased focus on preventive care and public health.

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Believe in Britain: UKIP manifesto 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:35

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) - 
This manifesto sets out UKIP's policy pledges for the upcoming general election. The manifesto makes commitments to increased funding for GP, nursing and midwifery training and recruitment; increased funding of £3 billion a year for the NHS; placing GPs within A&E services; and improving mental health care by giving it equal parity to physical health care.

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

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:13

Voluntary Sector Health and Care - 
The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and representatives of the voluntary sector are working together to review how government invests in the voluntary sector in health and care. This interim report outlines the findings of the review so far and highlights the challenges that the voluntary sector has experienced, as well as the potential benefits and value that collaboration could bring to the health and care sector. 

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Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

HSJ - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 11:42
One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.
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Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 11:42
One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.
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For the common good: general election manifesto 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 11:00

Green Party - 
This manifesto sets out the Green Party's policy pledges for the upcoming general election. The manifesto makes commitments to ending privatisation in the NHS; increasing funding for the NHS; focusing on a person-centred approach to care; and improving mental health care by achieving parity of mental and physical health care.

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The Conservative Party manifesto 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 10:07

Conservative Party - 
This manifesto sets out the Conservative Party's policy pledges for the upcoming general election. The manifesto makes a commitment to an additional £8 billion of funding by 2020; integration of health and social care through the Better Care Fund; and improvement in access to GPs, particularly for over-75s.

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