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Investing in social care

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 14:01

UNISON - 
This report argues that the social care funding crisis could be eased by the use of £2.4 billion in unallocated business rates. The report also highlights the inequality in service provision in England for elderly people in deprived areas and emphasises how an increase in social care funding can help to improve care and ease pressures on the system.

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UnitingCare Partnership contract

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:55

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report warns that services for patients are likely to suffer following the collapse of an £800 million contract to provide older people's and adult community services. It sets out urgent recommendations to address the lack of commercial skills in the NHS and calls on NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the oversight and supervision of contracting arrangements to avoid failures in future.

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Freedom to speak up in primary care: guidance to primary care providers on supporting whistleblowing in the NHS

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:38

NHS England - 
This guidance aims to make it easier for primary care staff to raise their concerns so that action can be taken and improvements made. The guidance has been produced following recommendations from the Freedom to Speak Up review which suggested that guidelines be adapted for primary care where smaller work settings can present challenges around anonymity and conflicts with employers. 

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Choice in the presence of experts: the role of general practitioners in patients' hospital care

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:34

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) - 
This paper presents an analysis of patients' hospital choice for elective medical procedures when their choice set is pre-selected by a GP. The study found that patients defer to GPs when assessing hospital quality and tangible attributes such as hospital ameneties and that GPs, in turn, as patients' agents present choice options based on quality, but as agents of health authorities also consider their financial implications.

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Best practice for perinatal mental health care: the economic case

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:30

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) - 
This report examines the economic case for investing in early interventions that reflect best practice in England. Commissioned by NHS England, the study included a comparison of the potential costs and consequences associated with such interventions compared with one or more alternative course of action (operationally defined as current practice, and sometimes referred to in studies as the ‘do nothing’ option).

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Unlocking the power of local: reflections on the new place leadership

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:26

New Local Government Network (NLGN) - 
This essay collection brings together a selection of voices, representing different institutions and stakeholders in places, to show how place leadership is already emerging. The essays highlight the interconnectedness of local services, institutions and organisations and how a shared vision can help to deliver the best outcomes for local people.

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2016 community mental health survey: statistical release

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:17

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This report outlines the findings of a patient experience survey of people who have received community mental health services. It found that overall the majority of respondents reported a positive experience of care but that areas for improvement include patient involvement in their care decisions, provision of crisis care, named contacts for care planning and regularity of care reviews.

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The forensic mental health social work: capabilities framework

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 12:51

Department of Health (DH) - 
This framework sets out progression and developments for forensic mental health social workers. It builds on the capabilities set out in the framework for social workers and it outlines pathways for post-qualifying progression and development for social workers practising within forensic mental health settings.

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Exclusive: New NHS 'bond' could unlock capital funds, says Jim Mackey

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 12:48
Regulators are looking to establish a new mechanism to deliver much needed capital investment for NHS trust estates.
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Regulator looking at buyouts of 'ridiculous' PFI schemes

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 12:48
NHS regulators have established a working group that is looking at the possibility of buying out some providers’ PFI schemes.
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Children and young people's mental health: time to deliver

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 12:35

Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health - 
This is the final report from an independent commission which was tasked to reflect on the progress made in transforming children and young people's (CYP) mental health services following the government's promised investment of £1.4bn. The report highlights the government decision not to ringfence the CYP funding is putting the transformation process at risk. The commission also found that there is little clarity around whether the CYP funding is reaching frontline services and with increasing pressures on the NHS, there is a risk that the investment may be spent on other priorities.

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How is the NHS performing? Quarterly monitoring report: November 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 12:17

The King's Fund - 
Our latest quarterly monitoring report finds that big rises in demand for health care mean the NHS is heading into winter with its finances under pressure and performance against several key indicators at their worst level for more than a decade. For the first time, the report includes analysis of demand and activity in general practice and similarly finds an increase in patient contacts. Ahead of next week's Autumn Statement, the report highlights the impact of social care budget cuts on delayed discharges and problems in co-ordinating care.

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Only two days left to enter 2017 Value in Healthcare Awards

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 07:05
There are only two days left to enter the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017.
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Only three days left to enter 2017 Value in Healthcare Awards

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 07:05
There are only three days left to enter the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017.
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A&E could be downgraded to 'urgent care centre-plus'

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 07:00
The chief executive of the trust that runs Grantham hospital has said it intends to reintroduce 24/7 opening for urgent care at the site, but suggested its emergency unit could be reduced to an “urgent care centre-plus”.
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London NHS organisations call for 'whole system' regulation

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 07:00
The North East London sustainability and transformation plan asks that national regulators move to a “single system” approach for areas planning to implement accountable care systems.
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'Termination payment' to former deputy ombudsman revealed

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 07:00
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman made a “termination payment” of £93,834 to its former deputy ombudsman who resigned earlier this year.
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MPs: Services 'likely to suffer' after UnitingCare contract collapse

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 00:01
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has been told by MPs to “come clean” about the potential damage to services caused by the collapse of a £750m contract.
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MPs order CCG to 'come clean' about damage caused by UnitingCare fiasco

HSJ - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 00:01
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has been told by MPs to “come clean” about the potential damage to services caused by the collapse of a £750m contract.
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National nurse leaders defend plans for new support role

HSJ - Tue, 15/11/2016 - 23:30
The most senior nurses in England have defended plans for the new nursing associate role
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