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Daily Insight: A plan about a plan

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 18:13
The must read stories and biggest talking points in health policy
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Private firms warn Stevens over end of purchaser-provider split

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 17:30
The head of the body representing private providers of NHS work has warned Simon Stevens that STPs must act within competition laws.
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Analysis: The trusts posing the biggest risk to NHS's financial plan

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:28
Hospital trusts with some of the largest back-loaded savings plans have insisted they can still meet their financial targets.
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CCG faces £50m deficit despite 'radical' savings plan

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:05
A clinical commissioning group in Yorkshire has admitted that even if it manages to make £47m of savings in the next four years and achieve an in-year surplus, it would still have a cumulative deficit of more than £50m.
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End of life care core skills education and training framework

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 15:24

Skills for Health - 
This framework, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and Health Education England, promotes greater collaboration between organisations in the health and care sectors and in the community. The framework sets out standards for staff education and training and classifies key skills and knowledge into three tiers, ranging from general end of life care awareness to the in-depth knowledge needed to care for and support an individual approaching the end of their life, and their family. A accompanying training pack has been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives.

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Health matters: preventing drug misuse deaths

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 15:12

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This professional resource outlines how providers and commissioners can prevent deaths from drug abuse. It includes data on the scale of the problem, driving factors behind the rise in drug misuse deaths, and summarises the preventative measures that can be taken.

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Race in the workplace: the MacGregor-Smith review

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 15:09

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - 
This independent review considers the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace. It sets out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversity within their organisations. The government response is published alongside the report.

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Shifting the balance of care: great expectations

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 15:00

Nuffield Trust - 
This report reviews the evidence around care closer to home finds that whilst it results in improved patient experience, they fail to save money for the NHS. The report warns that the drive to move care into the community, as outlined in STPs, requires greater funding and resourcing in order to reduce the demand on acute services.

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Treasury cuts force redundancies at arm’s length body

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 11:53
Cuts to Health Education England’s budget have prompted the national training body to launch a redundancy programme for all staff.
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Trade body for NHS suppliers to start publishing complaints data

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 10:48
The Association of British Healthcare Industries is to start publishing information on complaints made about its members, HSJ can reveal.
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Struggling CCG bids to resolve 'financial crisis' with service review

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 10:30
A financially challenged CCG has announced it will carry out a review of several services over the next few months in order to “resolve the financial crisis” in its health economy.
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Top trust chief executives could command a £126k salary premium

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 07:00
The best chief executives at the largest NHS acute trusts could legitimately command salaries of over £250,000, according to guidance released by NHS Improvement.
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£190k salaries for leading trust operating officers and finance directors

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 07:00
Chief operating officers employed by the largest NHS acute trusts could receive almost 70 per cent higher pay than their colleagues working in smaller providers if NHS Improvement guidannce is followed. 
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Pay gap between medical and nursing directors widens at largest trusts

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 07:00
Clinical leadership staff can receive a salary boost of almost 40 per cent for working in the largest acute providers, but pay for medical directors accelerates faster than for nursing colleagues.
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Trust to remain in special measures despite rating upgrade

HSJ - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 00:01
West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust will remain in special measures despite the Care Quality Commission upgrading its rating from inadequate to requires improvement.
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Daily Insight: A new Kirkup inquiry

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 17:52
HSJ’s round up of Tuesday’s must read stories
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Evaluation of behaviour change interventions: school nurse toolkit

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 17:00

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This toolkit aims to guide school nurses through evaluations and provides guidance on how to implement results to promote learning, make improvements and demonstrate the impact of interventions.

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Revealed: Under pressure trust raises bar to admit patients

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 17:00
A struggling trust has said it must to raise the “acuity threshold” for emergency admissions and discharge due to a surge in the number of people attending its accident and emergency department, HSJ has learned.
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Exclusive: STPs asked for 'credible implementation plan'

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:59
Sustainability and transformation plan areas are being asked for a “credible implementation plan” to turn proposals into action and reconcile them with contracts and financial targets.
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GP services in Wales: the perspective of older people

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:55

Older People's Commissioner for Wales - 
This report finds significant variation in older people's experiences of accessing and using GP services in Wales, with particular issues around the appointments booking process, the accessibility of GP surgeries and the surgery environment, the time available for appointments, and community and privacy. The report calls for GP services to be more responsive to older people's needs, particularly those with sensory loss, cognitive impairment or dementia, those who are carers or who are vulnerable.

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