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NHS Employers -
The changes to the GMS contract for 2015-16 have been announced and the focus of the changes is on a named, accountable GP for all patients, publication of GPs' average net earnings and commitment to expand and improve the provision of online services.
The Nuffield Trust -
This report reveals that AHPs are a growing part of the NHS workforce, accounting for over £2bn of the salary bill, yet there is little data on the contribution they make to the quality of patient care. It examines the role of AHPs in the NHS, private and voluntary sector and finds that there has been a significant increase in the numbers of AHPs, with numbers of registered practitioners rising by 53% since 2002, and NHS-based practitioners rising by a third.
Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) -
This report details the results of a survey of RCS members and patients looking into the coordination of care including discharge processes and re-admission for surgical patients in England and Wales. Overall, the results showed that discharge from hospital is an area of particular concern with only one quarter of those surveyed agreeing that there is a thorough coordinated discharge process in place to enable effective transfer of care from the hospital environment. It makes a number of recommendations for where the integration of care for patients can be improved including calling for greater discharge planning to take place from the outset, more information to be available to patients and carers, and greater communication between professionals and services.