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Exclusive: Trust bailouts reach almost £2bn

HSJ - Thu, 08/09/2016 - 08:00
More than half of acute trusts received some form of cash bailout in 2015-16 as total “revenue support” from the Department of Health reached almost £2bn.
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Exclusive: London STP considers cutting number of acute sites to three

HSJ - Thu, 08/09/2016 - 08:00
The draft sustainability and transformation plan for southwest London reveals that leaders are considering cutting the number of acute sites in the patch from five to four or three.
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Daily Insight: Digital revolution delayed, and DH officials squirm

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 19:16
The must read stories and talking points in health policy
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Stevens: Junior doctor strikes risk harm to patients

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 14:52
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has waded into the junior doctors’ strike row, warning that “no good for patients” will come from the proposed strikes and that patient safety cannot be guaranteed if they go ahead.
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Making IT work: harnessing the power of health information technology to improve care in England

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 14:21

Department of Health -
The National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England has advised the Department of Health and NHS England about making the secondary care system more digital. The report details the group’s overall findings and principles and gives ten implementation recommendations.

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Leading AHSN appoints new managing director

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 11:37
Imperial College Health Partners has appointed Axel Heitmueller as its new managing director.
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Hunt names 12 'digital excellence' trusts in line for funding

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 01:01
Jeremy Hunt is today due to name 12 trusts that will “deliver pioneering approaches to digital services” as he looks to “fast track” technology implementation in the NHS.
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Wachter tells ministers: Discard ‘unrealistic’ 2020 IT target

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 01:01
Ministers have been urged by a government-commissioned review to ditch their “unrealistic” flagship target to achieve a paperless NHS by 2020 - and warned that significantly more money will be required to achieve a digital health service.
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Hunt to name 12 NHS trusts as centres of global digital excellence

HSJ - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 01:01
Jeremy Hunt is today expected to name 12 trusts that will “deliver pioneering approaches to digital services” as he looks to “fast track” technology implementation in the NHS.
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Daily Insight: Technological trust issues

HSJ - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Tuesday’s must read stories
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Bids open to provide army veteran mental health services

HSJ - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 15:41
Mental health providers are being offered the chance to bid to develop and provide services to support armed forces veterans.
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Action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the WHO European Region

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 15:01

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This plan outlines a vision for the prevention and control of long-term conditions and chronic disease in the WHO European Region. It outlines actions which can help to considerably reduce the burden of long-term conditions, improve quality of life and make healthy life expectancy more equitable. In addition to early diagnosis, the plan advocates the use of fiscal policies and marketing restrictions to promote healthy eating and reducing sedentary behaviour through the health system and environmental modifications.

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What's new in care models: The magic 5 per cent

HSJ - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 14:03
Tracking everything that’s new in care models and progress of the Five Year Forward View. By integration reporter David Williams.
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Major hospital trusts reveal merger plan

HSJ - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 13:46
Two major acute trusts in Birmingham have announced their intention to merge.
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DH halts £170m cut to community pharmacy budget

HSJ - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 13:09
A significant cut to community pharmacy budgets has been halted by the Department of Health, with further discussions now set to be held with the sector.
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Understanding safe caseloads in the district nursing service

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 11:30

Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) - 
This discussion paper summarises the challenges in managing safe caseloads in district nursing and points to specific actions needed to improve and safeguard the future quality of services. The report provides a thematic overview of the issues that should be taken into account when determining a safe caseload including: skill mix, capacity of other health and care services, use of technology and housing.

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Quality assurance report: Hereford and Worcester abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 11:26

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This report sets out the observations and recommendations from a quality assurance visit to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to evaluate the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme.

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Transformation of seven day clinical pharmacy services in acute hospitals

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 11:22

NHS England - 
This report sets out a vision of how hospital pharmacy services could operate more efficiently and safely. It includes thirteen key recommendations on how clinical pharmacy services in hospital can be strengthened and how a seven-day service will benefit patients. The report identifies barriers to be overcome in order to implement these plans and explains what national and local leaders can do to expedite implementation. 

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Private healthcare remittal: summary of final report

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 11:12

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) - 
In April 2012, the CMA started a market investigation in private health care and the final report of the investigation concluded that certain features of the markets for privately-funded health services were leading to adverse effects on competition. This report summarises the adverse effect on competition in the central London market and whether any action should be taken to remedy this.

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Department of Health group accounting manual 2016-2017

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 06/09/2016 - 10:48

Department of Health (DH) - 
This manual includes mandatory accounting guidance for DH group bodies (including CCGs, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and arm's length bodies) for completing statutory annual reports and accounts. 

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