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Healthwatch England -
This is the first strategic plan for Healthwatch England and sets out how, by working together, the Healthwatch network will truly champion the interests of those who use health and social care services. The accompanying business plan outlines what Healthwatch will be working on from April 2014 to March 2015.
This short guide seeks to answer the questions merging providers often ask us about the UK merger review process. It is designed to highlight important aspects of the process of merger review and provide an overview of the substantive test. It is therefore not intended to be comprehensive.
Meeting the support needs of patients with complex regional pain syndrome through innovative use of wiki technology: a mixed-methods study
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
Using online discussion forums can have a positive impact on psychological well-being through development of shared group identity and validation of thoughts, feelings and experiences. This may be particularly beneficial to people with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), who often become socially isolated, lack mobility and face threats to their sense of identity. This study set up a peer-support online forum to identify the nature of support provided and to explore its development over time.
General Optical Council (GOC) -
This call for evidence accompanies the launch a strategic review of the standards set for optometrists and dispensing opticians. The review will seek to ensure that the standards continue to reflect good practice now and in the future, while enabling optical professionals to develop their roles – for example, by delivering more enhanced services in the community. This call for evidence closes on 10 October 2014.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) -
This report details the key themes and discussions which emerged from an NHS England-funded workshop looking at health literacy. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate discussion about the important principles around health literacy relevant to primary care. Central to the discussion was a shared understanding of what is meant by the term 'health literacy' and to formulate a number of recommendations.
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) -
This scorecard aims to help those those buying food or catering services for the public sector to evaluate a variety of criteria when making decisions about purchases. It shows how straightforward criteria, such as cost, can be ‘balanced’ against more complex criteria, including: sustainability in production, health and nutrition, resource efficiency, social–economic value and quality of service.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report, by researchers from Manchester Business School and The King's Fund, evaluates the first two waves of new style hospital inspections, covering inspections carried out in 18 hospital trusts between September 2013 and April 2014. The authors found that the new approach commands strong credibility, in particular through the use of specialists to inform assessments, and the granular detail of ratings within services rather than at provider level.