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Watchdog chief hits out at ‘slow’ action on funding reform

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 15:31
The head of the body which overseas UK health and care regulators has criticised the Department of Health for a delay in driving through reforms to the way in which the watchdog is funded. 
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Co-ordinated care survey findings

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 11:06

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - 
This report details the results of a survey of RCS members and patients looking into the coordination of care including discharge processes and re-admission for surgical patients in England and Wales. Overall, the results showed that discharge from hospital is an area of particular concern with only one quarter of those surveyed agreeing that there is a thorough coordinated discharge process in place to enable effective transfer of care from the hospital environment. It makes a number of recommendations for where the integration of care for patients can be improved including calling for greater discharge planning to take place from the outset, more information to be available to patients and carers, and greater communication between professionals and services.

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'Francis effect' stalls as nurse numbers fall

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:51
he rapid increase in registered nurses employed in the NHS has stopped, with numbers now falling for the first time this year
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'Francis effect' stalls as nurse numbers fall

HSJ Workforce - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:51
he rapid increase in registered nurses employed in the NHS has stopped, with numbers now falling for the first time this year
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Urgent action taken as Medway A&E remains in 'state of crisis'

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:47
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is ‘urgently working’ with NHS England and Monitor to make improvements at Medway Maritime Hospital’s accident and emergency department after an unannounced inspection found it ‘remained in a state of crisis with poor clinical leadership’.
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Bennett: Monitor ‘struggling’ to get message across on competition

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:43
Monitor is struggling to combat influential commentators’ claims that competition rules hamper service change in the NHS, its chief executive has said
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CCG trio face governance probe

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:38
STRUCTURE: NHS England has prompted a review into the governance arrangements of three clinical commissioning groups following concerns around accident and emergency performance within the local health economy.
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Review body on doctors’ and dentists’ remuneration (DDRB) review for 2015: written evidence from the Department of Health

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:24

These documents are produced annually and provide evidence from the Department of Health to the review body on DDRB and the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB). Pay raises for doctors and dentists who work for the NHS are determined by the government in light of recommendations made by the DDRB. Pay raises for NHS staff on Agenda for Change pay, terms and conditions are determined in the light of the recommendations of the NHS PRB. Both of these independent review bodies take evidence from the four UK governments, trades unions and NHS employers before making their recommendations.

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HSJ Live 29.09.2014: 'Francis effect' stalls as nurse numbers fall

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 08:00
The rapid increase in registered nurses has come to an end with numbers falling for the first time this year, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 29.09.2014: Bennett: Monitor ‘struggling’ to get message across on competition

HSJ - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 08:00
Monitor is struggling to combat influential commentators’ claims that competition rules hamper essential service changes in the NHS, its chief executive has admitted, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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Royal Cornwall chief to retire

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 16:28
WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has announced plans to retire before the end of the year in a move that has surprised people locally.
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Exclusive: Hospitals offered bonus payment for extra operations

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 14:18
Acute providers will be paid at a bonus rate for carrying out additional operations as part of national officials’ ongoing attempts to cut waiting lists, HSJ has learned.
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Exploring the cost of care at the end of life

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 13:55

Nuffield Trust -
This analysis estimates the hospital and non-hospital costs for people in the last 90 days of life. It also explores whether reduced hospital activity and costs at the end of life were likely to be offset by increased care costs in other health and social care settings using the Marie Curie home-based palliative care nursing service. The results suggest that cost savings might be available if community-based support were made more widely available to help people to die in their own homes, where that was their preference.

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Exclusive: CQC flags serious concerns about privately run Hinchingbrooke hospital

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 12:03
The Care Quality Commission has raised serious concerns about care quality, management and culture at the UK’s only privately run NHS hospital, HSJ can reveal.
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Unison to strike on turnout of just 16 per cent

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 11:50
The NHS Confederation has questioned the legitimacy of next month’s planned NHS strike after it emerged that just 16 per cent of Unison members took part in the vote.
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Unison to strike on turnout of just 16 per cent

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 11:50
The NHS Confederation has questioned the legitimacy of next month’s planned NHS strike after it emerged that just 16 per cent of Unison members took part in the vote.
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George Eliot fails to find new chief executive

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 11:31
WORKFORCE: A financially troubled trust in the West Midlands has failed to recruit a new chief executive after failing to find candidates with suitable experience.
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EXCLUSIVE: HEE spends £4.7m to tempt nurses back to NHS

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 11:23
Health Education England plans to spend almost £5m to attract thousands of nurses back into the NHS, HSJ can reveal.
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EXCLUSIVE: HEE spends £4.7m to tempt nurses back to NHS

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 11:23
Health Education England plans to spend almost £5m to attract thousands of nurses back into the NHS, HSJ can reveal.
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One in 10 trusts lack permanent finance chief, reveals HSJ analysis

HSJ - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 08:00
Almost one in 10 trust boards does not have a permanent finance director amid one of the biggest ever NHS funding squeezes, HSJ analysis has revealed.
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