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Trust launches High Court challenge over contract loss

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 16:31
A foundation trust has launched a legal challenge after losing out on a five year contract to run community services.
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PHE chief: Smoking should be banned from all hospital sites

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 16:30
The chief executive of Public Health England has called for a blanket smoking ban on all hospital grounds to strengthen the NHS’s role in preventing ill health.
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Public sector prevention fund 'could be used across England'

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 16:30
A move to measure preventative spend across the public sector – and set a target to increase it – could be adopted across the country, Public Health England’s chief executive told HSJ.
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Exclusive: STPs 'made a good stab' on prevention, says public health chief

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 16:30
All sustainability and transformation plans have made “a good stab” on prevention but have further to go, the Public Health England chief executive has told HSJ.
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Exclusive: Hospital chain trust looking at primary care integration

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 12:23
The Royal Free London Foundation Trust, which already runs a chain of hospitals across north London, is looking at models of integration between acute and primary care.
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2016 international health policy survey of adults

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 12:17

Commonwealth Fund - 
This survey of eleven countries compares patients' experiences with their country's health care system - comparing access to care, quality and affordability - as well as their self-reported health and wellbeing. The study compared patients from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The digital patient: transforming primary care?

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 12:05

Nuffield Trust - 
This report argues that digital technology for patients and staff in primary care holds great potential for the NHS but that the impact of this new digital capability is far from certain. It reviews the evidence on digital technology and its impact on patients and finds that patient-facing technology is already showing promise, particularly for people with long-term conditions. The report warns that policy-makers and politicians should avoid assuming that self-care enabling technology will produce significant savings, at least in the short term. 

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Region plans shake-up of nursing skill mix to save millions

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 11:57
Workforce costs in a south of England region will be cut by more than £30m through changes to the nursing skill mix including greater use of “generic support workers”, according to a newly published STP document.
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Exclusive: Tighter bailout controls to deal with NHS 'cashflow crisis' revealed

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 11:30
NHS trusts will face tighter controls when requesting cash bailouts from the government, according to a leaked email seen by HSJ.
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Cutting down: the reality of budget cuts to local tobacco control

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 10:47

Cancer Research UK - 
This report, carried out by Action on Smoking and Health, outlines the results of a survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England. The report finds that smoking cessation services are facing ongoing budget cuts, with 59 per cent of respondents reporting that they were forced to reduce their funding to services in the past year. The report calls on public and local councillors to help protect smoking cessation services by urging the government to solve the public health funding crisis.

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Cities alive: towards a walking world

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 10:26

ARUP - 
This report highlights the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. It lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design. These actions are informed by a catalogue of international case studies that will inspire action and further aid cities in identifying and evaluating opportunities.

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Trusts form new 'group model' to cut costs

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 07:00
Three trust chief executives have said their new partnership will not create expensive “governance castles” but will focus on making back office efficiencies and improving care pathways.
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Analysis: Half of hospital trusts miss reduced waiting targets

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 07:00
More than half of England’s hospital trusts have missed their elective waiting time targets set by NHS Improvement.
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Trusts form new 'group model' to cut costs

HSJ - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 07:00
Three trust chief executives have said their new partnership will not create expensive “governance castles” but will focus on making back office efficiencies and improving care pathways.
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King's Fund chief says STPs are not 'secret plans'

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 17:54
King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham has written to the health secretary stating that sustainability and transformation plans “offer an important opportunity to improve health and care services”, and that there was no ”concerted effort to keep the plans secret”.
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Daily Insight: Mackey's word on the bond

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 17:30
The must read stories and debate in health policy
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NHS Digital chief to retire

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 17:04
NHS Digital chief executive Andy Williams has announced he will retire in March next year.
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Major teaching hospital has 100 patients waiting more than a year

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 16:07
A London teaching hospital has more than 100 patients waiting over a year for treatment.
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Five CCGs confirm shared leader by April

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 15:00
Five clinical commissioning groups in London intend to have a single accountable officer by April 2017.
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Fitness to practise annual report 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 14:09

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - 
This report highlights the HCPC's work in considering allegations about the fitness to practise of registered health and care workers. In 2015/16, HCPC's register increased and the numbers of fitness to practise concerns decreased and the proportion of registered workers remains low with less than one per cent being subjects of investigation.

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