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Senior DH official: trusts ‘need’ IT directors at board level  

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 12:49
Hospital trusts ‘need’ chief information officers on their boards and should treat IT as a leadership function instead of a back office one, Will Cavendish has said
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Plans to involve GPs in NHS 111 'naive'

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 12:39
NHS England has ‘lost’ time exploring the use of GPs for the NHS 111 phone line as there are too few in the workforce to support it, a leading clinician has said
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NHS England plans specialist radiotherapy overhaul

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 12:14
An overhaul of specialist radiotherapy nationwide could see the number of sites commissioned by NHS England reduced as the body seeks to improve efficiency and access
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Commissioning for better outcomes: a route map

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 12:03

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.

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Not more of the same: ensuring we have the right workforce for future models of care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:50

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.

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Is general practice in crisis?

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:46

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.

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The efficient management of healthcare estates and facilities

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:40

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.

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Options for change: stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy services

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:34

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.

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Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of candour - a public consultation on our draft guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:28

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.

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Protecting resources, promoting value: a doctor's guide to cutting waste in clinical care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:10

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.

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What is preventing progress? Time to move from talk to action on reducing preventable illness

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 11:03

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.

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HSJ Live 06.11.2014: Plans to involve GPs in NHS 111 'naive'

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Leading clinician claims there is too few GPs to support NHS 111 phone line, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.
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HSJ Live 06.11.2014: NHS England board meeting

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
First NHS England board meeting following publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.
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HSJ Live 06.11.2014: Diversity 'a fundamental part of NHS England’s vision'

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Making the NHS a fair, open, supportive and respectful workplace is a crucial to achieving NHS England’s vision of high quality care for all, writes chief nursing officer Jane Cummings, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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£35m of key technology funding withheld by DH

HSJ - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 17:58
Over a third of the flagship £100m nursing technology fund has been held back, with the Department of Health declining to confirm a new date for its release
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People in control of their own health and care: the state of involvement

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 16:33

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.

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Guidance on prevention and management of stress at work

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 16:27

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.

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National child measurement programme (NCMP): practice examples

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 16:21

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.

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Patient online support and resources

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 16:12

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.

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Exclusive: Private provider admits 'human error' in NHS eye procedures

HSJ - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 14:53
NHS patients who underwent eye surgery at a private hospital suffered complications because of an overdose of an antibiotic used during their cataract procedures, an investigation has found.
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