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Addenbrooke's A&E performance slumps to record low

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:55
Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust has recorded the worst weekly accident and emergency waiting time performance by any NHS provider for three and half years, a statistician has calculated.
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NHS finances ‘absolutely on the knife edge’

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:50
The health service is “absolutely on the knife edge” with no reserve left to cushion against  unforeseen pressures, NHS England officials have warned
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NEW Devon presses ahead with procurement plans

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:27
COMMERCIAL: A South West clinical commissioning group has agreed to award community services contracts worth more than £90m without going out to tender.
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The financial sustainability of NHS bodies

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:50

National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report finds that the financial position of the NHS has worsened since 2012-13, with growing financial stress in NHS trusts and foundation trusts. It notes that financial risk is increasing in NHS trusts and foundation trusts, and those in severe financial difficulty continue to rely on in-year cash support from the Department of Health. In 2013-14, over £0.5 billion extra money was issued to 21 NHS trusts and 10 foundation trusts to ensure that organisations in difficulty have the cash they need to pay staff and creditors.

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Hinchingbrooke finance director steps down

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:05
WORKFORCE: The chief financial officer of Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust has stepped down from her position.
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Kent organisations step in to relieve pressure on Medway

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:56
STRUCTURE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some of its work moved to a neighbouring trust to relieve pressure on the struggling organisation.
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HSJ Live 07.11.2014: HSJ reveals healthcare’s BME Pioneers

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:00
HSJ’s second BME Pioneers list revealed, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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NHS bailouts under fire in 'deeply alarming' NAO study

HSJ - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:01
Government bailouts for financially troubled hospitals have come under fire in a report laying bare the deteriorating financial state of the NHS
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HSJ reveals healthcare’s BME Pioneers

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 19:30
Clinicians, managers, patient advocates and diversity champions are among the names on HSJ’s second BME Pioneers list
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HSJ reveals healthcare’s BME Pioneers

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 19:30
Clinicians, managers, patient advocates and diversity champions are among the names on HSJ’s second BME Pioneers list
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South west trusts pay course fees in exchange for contracts

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 16:47
WORKFORCE: A group of five acute south west trusts have agreed to pay the course fees of physician associate trainees in return for two years’ service as part of a drive to ease workforce pressures.
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Waiting list shrinks slightly amid government drive to treat long waiters

HSJ - Thu, 06/11/2014 - 15:48
The government’s drive to help hospitals clear their backlog of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment has started to pay off, figures from NHS England indicate
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Senior DH official: trusts ‘need’ IT directors at board level  

HSJ - 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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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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