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Revealed: Trusts borrow millions to pay for redundancies and beds

HSJ - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 08:00
Papers released by the Department of Health show trusts have borrowed hundreds of millions of pounds to pay suppliers, make redundancies and increase bed capacity.
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Revealed: Trusts given hundreds of millions in bailouts

HSJ - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 08:00
Papers released by the Department of Health show trusts have borrowed hundreds of millions of pounds to pay suppliers, make redundancies and increase bed capacity.
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Daily Insight: Two sides of the CQC

HSJ - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Monday’s must read stories and debate
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First teaching hospital rated outstanding

HSJ - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:45
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, becoming the first teaching hospital in the country to receive the regulator’s top rating.
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CQC orders hospital chief to improve A&E performance

HSJ - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:13
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has taken the unprecedented step of telling a chief executive they must improve their trust’s accident and emergency performance.
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The impact of taxation and signposting on diet: an online field study with breakfast cereals and soft drinks

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:36

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This report presents the results of a large scale study where a nationally representative sample of 1,000 participants were asked to make real purchases within an online supermarket platform. The study captured the effect of price changes, and of the signposting of such changes, for breakfast cereals and soft drinks. It found that taxation was an effective means of altering food purchasing, with a 20 per cent rate being sufficient to make a significant impact.

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CCGs to be rated on STP progress, GP access and new care models

HSJ - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 08:00
Clinical commissioning groups will in future be rated on the progress of the STP they are a member of, the proportion of GP practices with extended access, and the development of new care models in their area.
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Daily Insight: It’s hard times in East Surrey

HSJ - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 18:51
HSJ’s round-up of the must read stories from Friday
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Kent trust struggles to staff new urgent care centre

HSJ - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 13:22
A Kent trust is struggling to find GPs to staff a 24/7 urgent care centre which is being set up to replace its emergency unit in Canterbury.
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Exclusive: Air Accident Investigation chief set for top NHS role

HSJ - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 12:59
The existing head of the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch is set to become the chief investigator of the new NHS patient safety body, HSJ can reveal.
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A basic need: housing policy and mental health

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 10:46

Centre for Mental Health (CMH) - 
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 reformed the way in which state supports vulnerable people who cannot afford housing on the open market. This briefing considers the actual and potential impact of these policy reforms, the significance of affordable housing to mental wellbeing, and potential priorities for mental health policy going forward.

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More than shelter: supporting accommodation and mental health

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 10:35

Centre for Mental Health - 
This report reviews evidence about the provision of supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England. It argues that people using mental health services should get access to high quality housing support when they need it. The report also highlights the significant links between housing and mental wellbeing, indicating that factors such as overcrowding, insufficient daylight and fear of crime all contribute to poorer mental health.

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Two major trusts could give up 'sovereignty' to hospital chain

HSJ - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 08:00
The “hospital chain” being developed in Greater Manchester looks set to have two separate categories of members – with two major NHS trusts relinquishing a greater degree of sovereignty than others.
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Struggling CCG spent £500,000 on two interims last year

HSJ - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 08:00
A clinical commissioning group which is under directions from NHS England spent £500,000 on two “off payroll” interim executives last year.
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Top hospital chief takes same role at neighbouring trust

HSJ - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 18:40
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust chief executive Peter Homa will take on the same role at nearby Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust next week.
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Daily Insight: Trusts' financial deterioration revealed

HSJ - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 18:01
HSJ’s round-up of the must read stories from Thursday
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Analysis: The trusts whose finances fell furthest despite 'urgent action'

HSJ - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 13:52
Dozens of NHS trusts saw their financial position deteriorate further in the final months of 2015-16, despite regulators’ last ditch efforts to improve the bottom line. We list those with the biggest deteriorations.
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PHSO review: quality of NHS complaints investigations

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 12:29

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee -
This report concludes that the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will only succeed if the Government legislates to guarantee its independence and ensure that it provides a genuine 'safe space' for people to speak out about patient safety risks.

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Working together: how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 12:03

NHS England -
This document showcases work by the fire and rescue services to help reduce demand for other services through prevention, including health and social care. Underlying risk factors that ultimately result in fires, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, also have a strong impact on health. Fire and rescue services are applying the principles of early intervention and prevention, to these health-related risk factors, resulting in a reduced demand for the services of others, whilst also continuing to reduce demand for fire and rescue.

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Supplying the demand for doctors: the need to end the rationing of medical training places

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 11:37

Civitas -
This report proposes that instead of Health Education England (HEE) making upfront payments for the training of its medics, medical students should be required to take out a loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the total cost of their training. It argues that the eradication of upfront payments by the NHS would mean the current cap on the number of doctors training each year could be lifted and the UK could train the number of doctors it needs. In addition to this, such a training loan would be repaid on behalf of each medic by the NHS through HEE on condition that doctors work for the NHS after graduating. If graduates leave the country to work abroad or transfer from the NHS into the private sector they would become liable for the repayment of these loans.

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