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National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report finds that there is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. In 2014-15, over three-quarters of local authorities, and nearly two-fifths of CCGs, are more than five percentage points above or below their fair share of funding per person. It makes recommendations towards ways in which funding could be allocated in a way to help reduce health inequalities.
HSJ Live 07.10.2014: Trust bosses apologise for illicitly recorded comments in ‘whistleblower’ meeting
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This resource is for managers of care homes for older people, including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care. It aims to help managers implement NICE's quality standard defining best practice in mental wellbeing of older people in care homes. It highlights key messages for care providers for each of the 6 quality statements that make up the standard. The messages relate to high-priority areas where improvements are needed.
The voluntary and community sector and localised health commissioning: what are the issues and how can we start to address them?
Regional Voices -
This report highlights the difficulties experienced by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in linking with new commissioners, in order to get the issues of their beneficiaries addressed. These difficulties were found to be more pronounced for organisations with a larger geographic footprint, which need to deal with more than one set of commissioners. It argues for the need for policy discussion around how best to remove barriers and design the partnerships, incentives, contracts and other mechanisms that would enable VCS organisations to make contributions towards local commissioning.