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Trust recommended to exit special measures

HSJ - Wed, 21/12/2016 - 00:01
England’s chief inspector of hospitals has recommended that East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust should exit special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
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Daily Insight: We're here to help

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 17:30
HSJ’s summary of the day’s biggest health stories
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CQC plans 'far fewer comprehensive inspections'

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 16:39
The Care Quality Commission will in future carry out ”far fewer comprehensive inspections” and place an increased focus on providers’ own assessments of their quality, but has said this does not represent ”self assessment”.
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NHS manager guilty of £153,600 fraud avoids jail

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 14:55
A senior clinical commissioning group manager and clinical lead on its board have avoided being immediately jailed after pleading guilty to defrauding the NHS of £153,600.
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Special measures trust plans £60m extra savings by April

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 12:02
Barts Health Trust plans to use £33m of non-recurrent savings to meet its financial target in 2016-17, including balance sheet adjustments and cuts to planned consultancy work.
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How hospital activity and funding in England have changed over time

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:54

The King's Fund - 
This new analysis finds that the number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget. It highlights the potential for rising hospital admissions to jeopardise the plans set out in the NHS five year forward view, which is based on an assumption that growth in hospital activity would be reduced to 1.3 per cent a year rather than the current rate of a 3.6 per cent increase per year. The paper argues that finding ways of moderating demand for hospital care should be prioritised and that the best hope for this lies in strengthening community services.

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Beyond Brexit: assessing key risks to the nursing workforce in England

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:08

Institute for Employment Studies (IES) - 
This paper analyses data at national and trust level to map the regions and NHS trusts in England who may be most vulnerable to the associated risks of Brexit and population growth. The analysis forecasts that areas with a high projected rate of population growth of over-85s and above average employment of nurses from the European Economic Area are most at risk of facing greater pressures in those health economies. 

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Exclusive: Trust prosecuted after 'high profile' patient death

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 07:00
A trust is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive over the death of a mentally ill patient, who fell to his death on hospital premises.
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Exclusive: Trust prosecuted after 'high profile' patient death

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 07:00
Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
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Payments to fix junior contract quirk may cost trusts thousands

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 07:00
NHS trusts are coming under pressure to make one-off payments to junior doctors who are being paid less than their colleagues doing the same job after moving on to the new junior doctor contract.
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Trust set to miss financial target due to CCG fines

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 07:00
A large acute foundation trust has said it is likely to miss its control total by £10m because of fines imposed by commissioners for emergency readmissions and the resulting loss of central funding.
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Hospital, CCG and GP consolidation mooted by STP

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 07:00
Service redesign under the Northamptonshire sustainability and transformation plan may go so far that it will “make little sense to continue with separate organisational processes”.
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Commissioners may make 'controversial' cuts to break even

HSJ - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 06:00
Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group is heading for a £15m deficit in 2016-17 unless it makes “controversial decisions” to patient services.
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Daily Insight: Festive bonus

HSJ - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 17:30
The must read stories in health policy today
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Hospitals to be rated on new A&E 'scorecard'

HSJ - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 14:00
Hospitals will be rated against a new accident and emergency standard from 2017, which will combine the waiting time target with clinical standards and data on staff and patient experience.
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Commissioning for value: long term conditions packs

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:36

NHS RightCare - 
These packs contains data on a number of disease areas and elements of care. The pack is split by stages along a long term conditions pathway and enables a local health economy to look at an element, for example disease detection or prescribing, across multiple disease areas. They contains a number of new indicators not included in previous packs and they also includes case studies, tools and guidance to support CCGs to make improvements to long term conditions care in their local health economy.

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Liver disease: draft quality standard

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:34

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
NICE are seeking comments and feedback on the draft quality standard for the treatment and prevention of liver disease. The draft standard advises GPs to to send people for scans for cirrhosis if men are drinking more than 50 units per week or 22 pints and women are drinking more than 35 units per week or three and a half bottles of wine. The closing date for responses to the consultation is 2 February 2017.

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Devolution in England: governance, financial accountability and following the taxpayer pound

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 12:23

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report highlights the need for the government to define its objectives for devolution in England and reiterates concerns regarding scrutiny, transparency and accountability. It also highlights the need for the Department of Communities and Local Government in ensuring that devolution benefits entire localities rather than key central zones or cities.  

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Suicide prevention: interim report

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 11:16

House of Commons Health Select Committee - 
This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. It argues that the government should prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the suicide rate. Ahead of the final report, the interim report highlights areas for action: a clear implementation strategy; improving services for those who are vulnerable to suicide; developing a consensus statement on sharing information with families; the need for more timely and consistent data to help prevent suicides; and greater adherence to media guidelines for the reporting of suicides.

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Arm's length bodies consolidation schedules 2016/17

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 10:35

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document provides guidance for DH's arm’s length bodies to complete the accounts data consolidation schedules.

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