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Healthwatch England strategy 2014-16

NHS Evidence - health management - 7 hours 56 min ago

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.

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Exclusive: Former judge to probe GMC treatment of whistleblowing doctors

HSJ - 10 hours 41 min ago
A former Court of Appeal judge has been commissioned by the General Medical Council to investigate the way it handles whistleblowing doctors, HSJ can reveal.
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Competition review of NHS mergers: a short guide for managers of NHS providers

NHS Evidence - health management - 12 hours 20 min ago

Monitor - 
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.

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Meeting the support needs of patients with complex regional pain syndrome through innovative use of wiki technology: a mixed-methods study

NHS Evidence - health management - 12 hours 23 min ago

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.

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Standards strategic review: call for evidence

NHS Evidence - health management - 12 hours 27 min ago

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.

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Health literacy: report from an RCGP-led workshop

NHS Evidence - health management - 12 hours 31 min ago

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.

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Shortcomings in ambulance response times

HSJ - 12 hours 41 min ago
Ambulances in three regions of England are “failing” to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.
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Imperial plans huge land selloff to fund reconfiguration

HSJ - 22 hours 26 min ago
STRUCTURE: Imperial College Healthcare Trust is to sell off huge tracts of land across three of its hospitals to help fund a major revamp of services, according to clinical strategy papers released last week.
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1 August issue of HSJ is ready to read on the app

HSJ - 22 hours 27 min ago
This week’s issue of HSJ magazine is now available to read on our tablet app.
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Bedfordshire CCG clinical chief defends hospital downgrade plans

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 17:54
The chief clinical officer of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group appears to have ruled out a radical reconfiguration proposal for its acute services that would downgrade Bedford Hospital to a GP led facility with no beds.
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Beds CCG clinical chief defends hospital downgrade plans

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 17:54
The chief clinical officer of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group appears to have ruled out a radical reconfiguration proposal for its acute services that would downgrade Bedford Hospital to a GP-led facility with no beds.
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Ciarán Devane steps down as Macmillan chief executive

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:21
Ciarán Devane to leave the charity after seven years in the post
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Ciarán Devane steps down as Macmillan chief executive

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:21
Ciarán Devane to leave the charity after seven years in the post
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BREAKING: Ciarán Devane steps down as Macmillan chief executive

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:21
Ciarán Devane to leave the charity after seven years in the post
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BREAKING: Ciarán Devane steps down as Macmillan chief executive

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:21
Ciarán Devane to leave the charity after seven years in the post
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Test could create blacklist for 'unfit' NHS directors, lawyers warn

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 14:07
The fit and proper person test for healthcare directors could lead to the creation of an ‘informal blacklist’ of senior managers and put regulators at risk of legal challenge, senior lawyers have warned.
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Test could create blacklist for 'unfit' NHS directors, lawyers warn

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 14:07
The fit and proper person test for healthcare directors could lead to the creation of an ‘informal blacklist’ of senior managers and put regulators at risk of legal challenge, senior lawyers have warned.
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Bedford and Milton Keynes face A&E downgrades in Keogh plans

HSJ - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 13:05
A reshaping of hospital services in the east of England should result in the accident and emergency departments of Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals being downgraded, commissioners have announced.
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A plan for public procurement: food & catering - balanced scorecard for public food procurement

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:57

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.

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Evaluating the Care Quality Commission's acute hospital regulatory model: final report

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:46

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.

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