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Exclusive: Concern in NHS England over Hunt's CCG 'points' rating system

HSJ - Wed, 29/04/2015 - 12:00
Clinical commissioning group leaders and some NHS England officials are questioning a move by Jeremy Hunt to impose a ‘league table’ style points ranking for CCGs, well placed sources have told HSJ.
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Exclusive: Improvement bodies overhaul may take further six months

HSJ - Wed, 29/04/2015 - 08:00
A six month review of the health service’s improvement organisations has finished, but may be subject to a further extended implementation phase, HSJ has learned.
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HSJ Live 29.04.2015: Improvement bodies overhaul may take further six months

HSJ - Wed, 29/04/2015 - 08:00
Six month review of the health service’s improvement organisations has finished, but may be subject to a further extended implementation phase, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ daily digest: Exclusive election survey and tributes to patients' champion

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 19:12
HSJ’s daily digest of Tuesday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders
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Exclusive poll: Tory cash pledge fails to cut through

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 14:00
Voters believe Labour is the party most likely to give the NHS the money it needs over the next five years, even though the Conservatives have promised more cash for the service in the next Parliament.
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Election survey: How popular are the parties' flagship health policies?

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 14:00
Our exclusive pre-election poll tested the popularity of a series of key health policy pledges from across the political spectrum.
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Monitor and CCG brand trust’s backlog plan ‘unacceptable’

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 13:08
PERFORMANCE: A plan drawn up by Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust to clear its elective treatment backlog has been labelled ‘not acceptable’ by both its local clinical commissioning group and Monitor.
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Commissioners dip into reserves to fund trust’s tariff option

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:45
FINANCE: Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has had to raid its reserves in order to cover the costs of implementing its main acute trust’s enhanced tariff option, HSJ can reveal.
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Do higher primary care practice performance scores predict lower rates of emergency admissions for persons with serious mental illness? An analysis of secondary panel data

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:03

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
Serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are associated with poor outcomes, high costs and high levels of disease burden. Primary care plays a central role in the care of people with a SMI in the English NHS. Good-quality primary care has the potential to reduce emergency hospital admissions, but also to increase elective admissions if physical health problems are identified by regular health screening of people with SMIs. This study aimed to test whether or not better-quality primary care, as assessed by the SMI quality indicators measured routinely in the Quality and Outcomes Framework, is associated with lower rates of emergency hospital admissions for people with SMIs, for both mental and physical conditions and with higher rates of elective admissions for physical conditions in people with a SMI.

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Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: clean air, health and wealth

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:00

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This study reports on the economic cost of the public health impacts of ambient and household air pollution, with particular reference to the countries of the WHO European Region. The economic analysis finds that the annual economic cost of premature deaths from air pollution across the countries of the WHO European Region stands at US$ 1.431 trillion and that the overall annual economic cost of health impacts and mortality from air pollution, including estimates for morbidity costs, stood at US$ 1.575 trillion.

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Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health care

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 10:57

Health Foundation - 
This report summarises the theory and evidence behind asset-based approaches in health care and wellbeing and gives details of six case studies, describing these approaches in action. It sets out some of the opportunities and challenges in adopting asset-based approaches for improving health and wellbeing and explores some of the key principles for developing health assets and the evidence and mechanisms of impact on health outcomes of asset-based projects in the UK.

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HSJ Live 28.04.2015: 10 potential MPs to watch in health

HSJ - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 08:00
Ten candidates standing in ‘winnable seats’ to watch for the future, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ daily digest: Tariff tremors and election lessons for the NHS

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 19:19
HSJ’s daily digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders:
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Revealed: 10 potential MPs to watch in health

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 17:30
Three candidates with experience of NHS management feature in a top 10 list of potential MPs to watch in health after the election.
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Special measures trust to hire turnaround director

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 16:32
WORKFORCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust will employ a turnaround director to implement a series of recovery plans agreed with Monitor.
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Monitor readies itself to refer tariff row to CMA

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 14:30
Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, board papers show.
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Exclusive: Clinical leaders 'more willing to challenge diktats', research finds

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 14:01
Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.
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Tariff proposal threatens delayed discharge schemes

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 13:45
Schemes to reduce the number of patients with a delayed discharge have been scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, trust chief executives have told HSJ.
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Basildon and Thurrock appoints new chair

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 11:15
WORKFORCE: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Nigel Beverley as its new chair.
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HSJ Live 27.04.2015: Tariff proposal threatens delayed discharge schemes

HSJ - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 08:00
Schemes to reduce delayed discharge scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment
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