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South Tees hit by regulatory double whammy

HSJ - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 11:32
PEFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.
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Updated: Seven day GP access brings '3pc reduction in A&E activity'

HSJ - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 09:28
Seven day access to primary care in areas of Greater Manchester has brought a three per cent reduction in accident and emergency activity, according to an evaluation of the project.
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HSJ Live 10.06.2015: Keogh: 'Quality should define finance' for chief execs

HSJ - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 08:00
NHS England medical director says the quality agenda ‘should define the financial strategy’ for NHS chief executives, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 10.06.2015: Seven day primary care access cuts A&E activity in Manchester

HSJ - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 08:00
Evaluation of seven day primary care access project in Greater Manchester finds drop in A&E activity, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Executive Summary: Carrying forward Norman’s torch

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 18:07
A roundup of Tuesday’s important developments for healthcare leaders
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English devolution: local solutions for a healthy nation

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 15:09

Local Government Association -
This publication was commissioned by the Local Government Association to capture the thoughts of councillors, directors of public health, providers, commissioners, academics and other key opinion formers on the challenges and opportunities devolution could bring in terms of improving the public's health.

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Hearing aid rationing plan gets council green light

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 14:02
FINANCE: A West Midlands clinical commissioning group’s controversial proposal to restrict access to NHS funded hearing aids has been narrowly approved by a council scrutiny committee.
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Trust chief speaks out over commissioning 'disaster'

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 13:26
COMMISSIONING: The chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has urged the NHS to learn from the commissioning mistakes which led to the collapse of the trust’s dermatology service.
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CCG to start specialist perinatal service for 'desperate' mothers

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 12:32
COMMISSIONING: A London clinical commissioning group will start to fund a specialist community perinatal mental health service after mothers described how they only received help ‘at the point of desperation’.
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Staff engagement outside the NHS

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 11:56

NHS Employers - 
Whilst the NHS has a staff engagement record to be proud of, it is beneficial for NHS organisations to be aware of staff engagement strategies formed in other sectors and learn from their experiences. This briefing explores how organisations outside of the NHS have sought to develop and sustain staff engagement strategies, focusing on key sectors such as transport, finance, manufacturing and education.

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Options for integrated commissioning: beyond Barker

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 11:43

The King's Fund - 
With around 400 separate local organisations each responsible for commissioning different health and social care services, the current organisational landscape is fragmented and unsustainable. Support is growing for a new settlement based on a single ring-fenced budget and a single local commissioner - as recommended by the Independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, chaired by Kate Barker. This report explores the options for implementing that recommendation. It assesses evidence of past joint commissioning attempts, studies the current policy framework and local innovations in integrated budgets and commissioning, and considers which organisation is best place to take on the role of single local commissioner. It draws together findings from a body of work including a survey of existing joint arrangements, current evidence and examples, a seminar with pioneers of integration developments, and a national conference on integrated commissioning.

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Updated: Police investigate patient death at learning disability unit

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 11:11
PATIENT SAFETY: Detectives have launched an investigation into the circumstances of a patient’s death at a learning disability unit in Lincolnshire.
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Police told about ‘serious incidents’ at learning disability unit

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 11:11
PATIENT SAFETY: A learning disability unit in Lincolnshire has been temporarily closed due to ‘concerns surrounding the quality of care being provided’.
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HSJ Live 09.06.2015: Top tips for a winning HSJ Awards entry

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 10:56
Tips from HSJ editor Alastair McLellan on how to win an HSJ Award, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 09.06.2015: King's Fund calls for merger of NHS and social care budgets

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 10:56
Think tank calls for single pooled budget in every area by 2020, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Guidance for all doctors who offer cosmetic interventions: a public consultation on our draft guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 10:32

General Medical Council - 
This public consultation seeks views and submissions on proposals for doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures to allow patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead with treatment. The new guidance sets out the standards that will be expected of all UK doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. It also aims to help patients understand what to expect from their doctor. The consultation closes on 1 September 2015.

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Sexual health commissioning in local government

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 10:08

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
These nine case studies showcase local government experience of commissioning sexual health services since taking over this responsibility in April 2013.

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Exclusive: King's Fund calls for merger of NHS and social care budgets

HSJ - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 01:01
There should be a single pooled budget for all health and social care services in every area by 2020 at the latest, according to a new report by the King’s Fund.
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Executive Summary: Providers get twitchy over efficiency drive

HSJ - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 17:03
A roundup of Monday’s key stories
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'Safe staffing' move took national nurses by surprise

HSJ - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 15:26
Senior national and regional nursing leaders were taken by surprise by Simon Stevens’ announcement that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s work on safe staffing guidance was to be stopped, it has emerged.
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