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Executive Summary: Deficit double vision for King's

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 17:49
HSJ’s essential digest of Tuesday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders.
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HSJ Executive Summary: Deficit double vision

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 17:49
HSJ’s daily digest of the significant developments for healthcare leaders.
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PFI company could ban hospital staff from trust restaurant

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 14:20
Hospital staff could be banned from an NHS foundation trust restaurant under plans by one of the FT’s private finance initiative partner companies, HSJ has learned.
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New ministers join DH in reshuffle

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 13:13
David Cameron has appointed two new health ministers in his government reshuffle, following the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.  
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Care improvement works

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 12:17

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - 
A free online resource aimed at care providers has been launched, aimed at care providers, so that they can drive up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and support from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and ‘key lines of enquiry’. Providers should have the confidence to use it pre/post-inspection, and also use it to challenge practice. People who use services, and carers, can use the resource to question the quality of care they receive.

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Tax barriers and staff opposition deter trusts from becoming mutuals

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 11:17
Trusts in the Mutuals in Health pathfinder scheme have concluded that legislation, tax regimes and a lack of staff support present major barriers to their becoming staff owned organisations.
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Tax barriers and staff opposition deter trusts from becoming mutuals

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 11:17
Trusts in the Mutuals in Health pathfinder scheme have concluded that legislation, tax regimes and a lack of staff support present major barriers to their becoming staff owned organisations.
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Alcohol consumption and harmful drinking: trends and social disparities across OECD countries

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:56

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - 

Harmful alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of ill health and premature mortality worldwide. This paper illustrates trends and social disparities in alcohol consumption and harmful drinking in 20 OECD countries. Analyses are based on individual-level data from national health and lifestyle surveys. Alcohol consumption, on average, remained relatively stable in OECD countries over the past 20 years, but with significant variations between countries. However, a closer look at trends and patterns of consumption in specific population groups reveals a more complex picture. Young people are increasingly taking up harmful drinking. Women with high education and high socio-economic status are more likely to engage in harmful drinking than their less educated and less well-off counterparts, while the opposite is observed in men.

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Assessing the impacts of alcohol policies: a microsimulation approach

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:52

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - 
This working paper assesses alcohol policies in three countries: Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany. The results show that brief interventions in primary care, typically targeting high-risk drinkers, and tax increases, which affect all drinkers, have the potential to generate large health gains. The impacts of regulation and enforcement policies as well as other health care interventions are more dependent on the setting and mode of implementation, while school-based programmes show less promise. Alcohol policies have the potential to prevent alcohol-related disabilities and injuries in hundreds of thousands of working-age people in the countries examined, with major potential gains in their productivity. Most alcohol policies are estimated to cut health care expenditures to the extent that their implementation costs would be more than offset. Health care interventions and enforcement of drinking-and-driving restrictions are more expensive policies, but they still have very favourable cost-effectiveness profiles.

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Updated: UCLH claims late win in Project Diamond funding battle

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:48
FINANCE: One of the country’s most prestigious teaching hospital trusts has said it will record a ‘small surplus’ for the financial year 2014-15 after winning a protracted battle over specialised funding.
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NHS England backtracks in Project Diamond funding battle

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:48
FINANCE: One of the country’s most prestigious teaching hospital trusts has said it will record a ‘small surplus’ for the financial year 2014-15 after winning its battle with NHS England over specialised funding.
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HSJ Live 12.05.2015: Government reshuffle continues

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:47
Government reshuffle continues following Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as health secretary yesterday
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The NHS: how does it compare?

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:28

Economist Intelligence Unit - This report provides a comparative analysis of the NHS against health care systems in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) group. The report finds that there is a correlation between higher spending on health care and better outcomes but warns that there are diminishing returns from this as longer life expectancy means progress becomes increasingly expensive. 
Please note that this report requires free registration for full-text access.

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Major teaching hospital's deficit could double

HSJ - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 08:00
FINANCE: One of England’s biggest and most prestigious teaching hospital trusts has predicted a large deficit for 2014-15, with indications it will almost double in this financial year.
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HSJ Executive Summary: Jeremy's back

HSJ - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 19:25
HSJ’s digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders.
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Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretary

HSJ - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 15:00
Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary, HSJ understands.
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BREAKING: Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretary

HSJ - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 15:00
Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary, HSJ understands.
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Value based assessment of drugs

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:50

House of Commons Library - 
In 2010, the Government proposed moving towards a broader value-based system for assessing and pricing branded drugs. Such an approach aims to ensure that the price the NHS pays for a medicine better reflects its benefits. This briefing outlines recent proposals to change the current assessment methods.

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Palliative and end of life care

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:48

House of Commons Library - 
Palliative and end of life care refer to the care of people who have an incurable and progressive illness. This briefing note provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.

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Parity of esteem for mental health

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:45

House of Commons Library - 
Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes has been attempted for decades. This briefing note outlines the history of these efforts, the various ways in which parity is defined and measured, the challenges of achieving this ideal and the strategies that may be employed to that end.

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