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Review of the Friends and Family Test (FFT)

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:52

NHS England - 
This review was designed to assess the implementation, publication, use and reception of FFT during the first six months of national data collection, focusing on what has worked well and what might be improved. It found that FFT had made a positive impact on the NHS, with 78% of trusts saying it had increased the emphasis on patient experience in their trust. The FFT was also seen to have an important role on driving local service improvements, as well as boosting staff morale when positive comments are received.

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Doctors urged to opt out of working week directive

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:44
The Department of Health has pledged to find ways to help more doctors opt out of the European working time directive, which the authority admits has led to rigid shift patterns and had a detrimental effect on training.
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Doctors urged to opt out of working week directive

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:44
The Department of Health has pledged to find ways to help more doctors opt out of the European working time directive, which the authority admits has led to rigid shift patterns and had a detrimental effect on training.
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HSJ Live 22.07.2014: MPs debate Manchester reconfiguration

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:31
Healthier Together programme debated in Parliament, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 22.07.2014: NHS staff to be balloted on strike action

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:31
Unison and the Royal College of Midwives announce plans to ballot members, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 22.07.2014: Why the friends and family test scores badly among clinicians

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:31
Rachel Davis and colleagues on the contentious test, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Drop in bans on hospital and care home workers

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:26
The Labour party has voiced concern about a sharp drop in the numbers of people being barred from working with vulnerable adults in care homes and hospitals.
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Drop in bans on hospital and care home workers

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:26
The Labour party has voiced concern about a sharp drop in the numbers of people being barred from working with vulnerable adults in care homes and hospitals.
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Survey of health managers on the future of the NHS

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:01

Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) - 
This survey of IHM members reveals that over half (53.7%) of health and social care managers signalled doubt that greater integration of health and social care will take the pressure off the NHS. Other key concerns and issues included uncertainty on whether their organisations could deliver safe and compassionate care; an appetite for greater collaboration between the public and private sector; and increasing financial pressure inspiring greater innovation.

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NHS procurement atlas of variation

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:56

Department of Health (DH) - 
This atlas of variation shows differences in the amount hospitals pay for everyday items including catheters, gloves and needles. It aims to help hospitals to compare prices and identify where they need to drive down costs so they can invest in more doctors and nurses to care for patients, as well as in frontline care.

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Trust in lock-out dispute faces legal action

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 17:17
Trade union Unite has pledge to take legal action against Northampton General Hospital Trust after it locked out pathology staff following a contract dispute.
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Friends and family test changes announced

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 14:05
NHS England is to change how the friends and family test is implemented and presented after a major review concluded it cannot be used as a “single measure” for the quality of care across the health service as originally intended.
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Agency costs jump £300m at foundation trusts

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:53
FTs saw the cost of agency and contract staff shoot up by £300m last year, according to their annual accounts
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Agency costs jump £300m at foundation trusts

HSJ Workforce - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:53
FTs saw the cost of agency and contract staff shoot up by £300m last year, according to their annual accounts
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Council warned to end legal battle over North Yorkshire maternity reconfiguration

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:29
QC advises Richmondshire to drop judicial review
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NHS National Tariff Payment System 2015/16: engagement

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:19

Monitor - 
Monitor and NHS England’s long-term aim is to develop a transparent, flexible and accountable NHS payment system that rewards good-quality, efficient care that delivers the best possible outcomes for patients. The proposed changes to the 2015/16 National Tariff Payment System are designed to help maintain financial discipline while promoting quality high-quality care for patients in tough economic conditions. The proposals would also encourage a speedier expansion of innovative patterns of care to meet the needs of patients. Healthcare providers and commissioners are encouraged to respond to these proposals in order to influence the final national tariff which will be published later in the year. This consultation closes on 15 August 2014.

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Understanding the rise in Fitness to Practise complaints from members of the public

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 10:25

Plymouth University - 
Enquiries made by the general public to the General Medical Council (GMC) about doctors’ fitness to practise rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2012. The report found that an increase in complaints has been seen across the UK, which suggests wider social trends rather than localised issues; pointing towards problems with the wider complaint-handling system and culture. It highlights the increased profile of the GMC, press coverage of medical complaints and social media as potential factors in the rise in complaints.

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Complaints against doctors double

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 10:23
The rise in the use of social media has contributed to a doubling of complaints against doctors in five years, it is reported.
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HSJ 21.07.2014: The future of NHS leadership - unpicking Griffiths' complex legacy

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 09:32
HSJ reflects on the past reforms and future leadership challenges following three decades of healthcare management change in the wake of the milestone Griffiths report, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ 21.07.2014: Unpicking Griffiths' complex legacy

HSJ - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 09:32
HSJ reflects on the past reforms and future leadership challenges following three decades of healthcare management change in the wake of the milestone Griffiths report, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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