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Core GP services could be part of pooled budgets

HSJ - Thu, 12/02/2015 - 00:01
The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on an amendment that would allow budgets for core GP services to be pooled with clinical commissioning group and local authorities’ funds. 
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Francis: CQC should probe whistleblower settlements

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:20
Settlements between NHS trusts and whistleblowers should be scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission to ensure organisations are well led, the Francis review has recommended.
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Francis: CQC should probe whistleblower settlements

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:20
Settlements between NHS trusts and whistleblowers should be scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission to ensure organisations are well led, the Francis review has recommended.
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DH backs shifting national safety functions to single body

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:12
The Department of Health has said it “makes sense” to combine national patient safety functions into one organisation, following today’s Francis review report.
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Exclusive interview: Francis insists whistleblowing measures have 'teeth'

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:12
New legal powers and regulations brought in over the last 18 months will provide ‘the stick’ to force the NHS to change the way it treats whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis QC has told HSJ.
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DH backs shifting national safety functions to single body

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:12
The Department of Health has said it “makes sense” to combine national patient safety functions into one organisation, following today’s Francis review report.
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Exclusive interview: Francis insists whistleblowing measures have 'teeth'

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 17:12
New legal powers and regulations brought in over the last 18 months will provide ‘the stick’ to force the NHS to change the way it treats whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis QC has told HSJ.
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Government to study 'feasibility' of out of hospital avoidable death rates

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 16:35
The government will fund a national study into avoidable deaths in out of hospital settings to gauge the ‘feasibility’ of developing ‘locally attributable’ death rates.
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Culture change in the NHS: applying the lessons of the Francis Inquiries

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 16:31

Department of Health -
This report shows that a great deal has been achieved since Sir Robert Francis’s public inquiry into Mid Staffs, and that the improvements made since must be sustained and embedded for the future and applied equally and rigorously across all sectors of the health and care system. Each chapter sets out the main areas where further action is needed to ensure that safe, effective and compassionate care is the norm. The supporting annex sets out in detail the progress made against the 290 recommendations of the Francis report.

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The false or misleading information offence: guidance for providers

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 16:24

Department of Health -
The Care Act 2014 has put in place a new criminal offence applicable to care providers who supply, publish or otherwise make available certain types of information that is false or misleading, where that information is required to comply with a statutory or other legal obligation. The offence also applies to the ‘controlling minds’ of the organisation, where they have consented or connived in an offence committed by a care provider. This guidance sets out the context for the offence and explains how the offence is applied.

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Reference costs guidance 2014-15

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 15:50

Department of Health -
This document sets out requirements for the collection of 2014 to 2015 reference costs from NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts between 22 June and 1 August 2015. It follows feedback from the NHS on draft collection guidance.

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Approved costing guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 15:15

Department of Health -
This guidance aims to set out the costing principles and standards, and guidance for both reference costs and PLICS collections for 2014/15. It also explains the approach to costing and cost collection that Monitor are encouraging providers of NHS services to adopt and informs NHS providers how to comply with the pricing conditions of Monitor’s provider licence that relate to recording of costs. Finally it aims to support the continuous improvement of costing processes in the NHS.

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Hunt calls for whistleblower protection 'on statute books' before election

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 14:46
The government will aim to get increased safeguards for NHS whistleblowers on to the statute books before the general election, Jeremy Hunt has said.
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Hunt calls for whistleblower protection 'on statue books' before election

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 14:46
The government will aim to get increased safeguards for NHS whistleblowers on to the statute books before the general election, Jeremy Hunt has said.
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An independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 14:45

Freedom to Speak Up - 
Sir Robert Francis has published his report on the Freedom to Speak Up review. The report sets out 20 principles and actions which aim to create the right conditions for NHS staff to speak up, share what works right across the NHS and get all organisations up to the standard of the best and provide redress when things go wrong in future.

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'Harrowing' experience of NHS whistleblowers revealed

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:38
The Freedom to Speak Up review heard ‘harrowing’ evidence of how some whistleblowers have been treated, according to today’s report.
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'Harrowing' experience of NHS whistleblowers revealed

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:38
The Freedom to Speak Up review heard ‘harrowing’ evidence of how some whistleblowers have been treated, according to today’s report.
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Francis unveils plan to fix 'serious problem' of NHS's whistleblower treatment

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:00
A new national independent officer’s role should be created with responsibility for overseeing the investigation and treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis has recommended.
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No binding powers for national whistleblowing 'officer'

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:00
A new ‘independent national officer’ role should be created to oversee and review the treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis’s ‘freedom to speak up review’ has recommended.
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Trusts should employ whistleblower ‘guardians’, Francis says

HSJ - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:00
Sir Robert Francis QC has called for every NHS organisation to employ a full time officer to act in an ‘independent capacity’ to hear whistleblowers’ concerns and raise them at board level, as part of his review into creating an open culture in the NHS.
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