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Health Services Management Centre -
These standards aim to support local authorities in achieving better outcomes following the implementation of the Care Act 2014 next year. They have been created for and with local authorities to support sector-led improvement in the quality of commissioning in adult social care. They have been developed from a literature review of the evidence for effective commissioning in social care, as well as a series of ADASS development events and workshops, which engaged a wide range of stakeholders and identified challenges in commissioning.
NHS Confederation -
This paper sets out some considerations for developing a primary care workforce that is fit for purpose now and in the future. It argues that workforce planning and modelling assumptions in primary care need to incorporate new, emerging and more sustainable models of primary care.
Nuffield Trust -
This policy briefing provides an evidence-based overview of the current state of general practice in England, and offers policy-makers some potential solutions. It examines demand for GP services, the GP workforce, funding, and standards of access and patient care. It then presents four ideas to help solve the problems facing general practice – and the wider NHS.
Department of Health -
This guidance is for NHS trusts, foundation trusts and other NHS organisations and contains advice on achieving efficiency savings and reducing costs in NHS estates. This building note is split into two parts. Part A outlines how efficiencies in the running of land and property can be achieved. Part B provides more detailed advice about the active management of land and buildings used for healthcare services.
NHS England -
NHS England is seeking people’s views on proposed changes to the shape of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT) services across the country. NHS England took on responsibility for commissioning these services in April 2013 and inherited a number of different commissioning arrangements, meaning patients were experiencing variable access to services depending where they lived. As the single national commissioner of SRS and SRT services, NHS England has the opportunity to develop a national service, which means equal access to high quality services for all patients requiring this specialised treatment.
Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of candour - a public consultation on our draft guidance
Nursing & Midwifery Council -
This consultation is designed to support nurses, midwives and doctors in fulfilling their professional duty to be open and honest about mistakes. The proposals cover the need to learn from ‘near misses’ as well as when something goes wrong and a patient is harmed. There is also advice on apologising to patients and those close to them. The draft guidance also calls on clinical leaders and employers to support nurses, midwives and doctors by creating cultures in the workplace that are open, honest, and where people learn from mistakes so that future patients are protected from harm.
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges -
This research identified nearly two billion pounds worth of cost savings the NHS could be making if it provided more appropriate care in just sixteen areas of clinical practice. While the authors acknowledge that it would be impossible to identify the true figure that could be saved by clinicians, health service managers and patients, the guidance being made available to doctors shows how a series of relatively simple measures could create savings which can be reinvested to improve patient care and raise standards across the healthcare system.
British Heart Foundation -
This report highlights how in England tackling common risk factors such as smoking, inactivity, unhealthy diet and alcohol would drastically reduce the number of people affected by common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and stroke, while helping to prevent or delay the onset of conditions like dementia. It outlines nine key calls to action through which political leaders and key decision-makers can ensure disease prevention is placed at the top of the agenda.
The King's Fund -
The idea that people should have a stronger voice in decisions about their health and care, and that services should better reflect their needs and preferences, has been a policy goal of politicians and senior policy-makers in health for at least 20 years. Patients want it, and the evidence shows that when they are involved, decisions are better, health and health outcomes improve, and resources are allocated more efficiently. Despite this, and some small pockets of improvement, there has generally been a lack of progress towards fully involving people in their own health and care. This report examines the reasons behind this, and considers how we can advance the cause of making person-centred care the core of health and care reform.
NHS Employers -
For the past two years, 38 per cent of staff have told the NHS Staff Survey that they have suffered stress in the previous 12 months. NHS Employers also estimates that over 30 per cent of all sick leave is now caused by work-related stress in the NHS, costing up to £400 million each year. This guidance aims to help managers throughout the NHS reduce stress in the workplace and better support staff who experience it.
Public Health England -
These examples demonstrate how local authorities are meeting the NCMP programme goals, and can help health public health professionals find examples to apply to their local requirements.
NHS England -
Developed in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, this guide provides practical tools on implementing a range of online services including booking appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions.