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Mid Staffs judicial review bids fail

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Two judicial reviews to block the dissolution and downgrade of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust have been rejected by the High Court.
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Trust ends lock out after striking pay deal

HSJ - 5 hours 12 min ago
WORKFORCE: NHS pathology staff at Northampton General Hospital will be returning to work on Monday after a settlement was reached over a long running contract dispute.
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Mental health services 'lottery'

HSJ - 6 hours 26 min ago
Mental health patients are facing an “alarming” postcode lottery in services, Labour has warned.
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Addressing missing data in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): implications for comparing provider performance

NHS Evidence - health management - 7 hours 1 min ago

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This paper argues that comparisons of provider performance using patient reported outcome measures should account for missing PROMs data. It argues that the missing data creates statistical problems and this may make PROMs data less representative of patient experiences. This paper tests out a statistical approach which aims to compensate for the missing data.

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Commissioning for quality: views from commissioners

NHS Evidence - health management - 7 hours 9 min ago

NHS England - 
This resource sets out five key messages which have emerged from the analysis of a number of CCG quality frameworks and strategies as well as other relevant literature. It aims to help commissioners with quality improvement.

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Patient transport service fails to improve

HSJ - 7 hours 16 min ago
PERFORMANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway may be forced to continue using a patient transport service that is failing to hit its targets because of the terms of its contract.
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Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare

NHS Evidence - health management - 7 hours 45 min ago

Instistute of Mechanical Engineers - 
This report argues that boosting the number, as well as the influence, of engineers in the NHS would help cut the number of incidents caused by faulty medical equipment. It calls for for urgent action to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS, and introduce a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS acute trust.

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Department of Health to establish an anti-fraud unit

HSJ - 9 hours 50 min ago
The Department of Health plans to establish its own fraud investigation function by poaching senior officers from NHS Protect, shrinking the national body’s size significantly as a result.
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Department of Health to establish an anti-fraud unit

HSJ Workforce - 9 hours 50 min ago
The Department of Health plans to establish its own fraud investigation function by poaching senior officers from NHS Protect, shrinking the national body’s size significantly as a result.
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25 July issue of HSJ is ready to read on the app

HSJ - 16 hours 49 min ago
This week’s issue of HSJ magazine is now available to read on our tablet app.
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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke backtracks on controversial £50 referrals offer

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 17:44
The NHS hospital run by private provider Circle has been forced to withdraw an offer to pay local GPs a £50 ‘administrative fee’ for surgery referrals, claiming the proposal had been ‘misunderstood in some areas’.
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Manchester trust calls for suspension of Healthier Together consultation

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:38
STRUCTURE: A teaching hospital, whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.
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Auditing the accounts 2013/14 - NHS bodies

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:57

Audit Commission -
This report found that the timeliness and quality of NHS trusts’ financial reporting improved for 2013/14. It also looks at arrangements to secure value for money and auditors’ use of their statutory reporting powers. It found that in their first year, CCGs submitted their accounts on time but experienced some issues with quality.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:30

World Health Organization (WHO) -
According to these guidelines, countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care. The guidelines outline steps for countries to take in reducing new infections and increasing access to services for five key populations: men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people. They conclude that failure to provide adequate services to these groups threatens regional and global progress in responding to HIV.

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Focus on: A&E attendances - why are patients waiting longer?

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:59

Nuffield Trust -
This analysis from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation looks at patterns of A&E activity, the nature of the increased demand and what has driven waiting times upwards.

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The friends and family test

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:48

NHS England -
This guidance supports the introduction of the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) to NHS funded services and GP practices. NHS England has engaged with NHS providers, patients, the public and insight experts in carrying out a review of the methodology and implementation of the FFT after the first six months of national data collection. This guidance has been informed by this review and the work of a number of pathfinders.

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Initiatives to reduce length of stay in acute hospital settings: a rapid synthesis of evidence relating to enhanced recovery programmes

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:38

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of enhanced recovery programmes for patients undergoing elective surgery in acute hospital settings. It aimed to identify and critically describe key factors associated with successful adoption, implementation and sustainability of enhanced recovery programmes in UK settings. It also summarises existing knowledge about patient experience of enhanced recovery programmes in UK settings.

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More trusts with financial concerns

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:33
The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost three-fold in a year, a report has revealed.
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A mixed-methods study exploring therapeutic relationships and their association with service user satisfaction in acute psychiatric wards and crisis residential alternatives

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:30

NHS National Institute for Health Research -
This study aimed to test the hypothesis that stronger therapeutic alliances are achieved in crisis houses than in hospital. It also aimed to develop a model of service user satisfaction with acute services, exploring its relationship to service type, service user characteristics, therapeutic relationships, perceived peer support, recovery and negative events experienced as well as trying to understand the factors that impede and facilitate good staff–service user relationships in acute settings.

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A&E patients 'will wait longer'

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:21
Patients should expect “inevitable” greater waits in A&E departments, two health charities have warned.
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