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Discharging older patients from hospital

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:00

National Audit Office -
According to this report, the health and social care system’s management of discharging older patients from hospital does not represent value for money. The spending watchdog estimates that the gross annual cost to the NHS of treating older patients in hospital who no longer need to receive acute clinical care is in the region of £820 million.

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Daily Insight: Innovative, integrated and un-ignorable Salford

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 18:30
The must read stories and talking points from Wednesday
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Hundreds of council staff to transfer to vanguard trust

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 18:00
More than 400 council staff are set to transfer to an acute trust in Greater Manchester to become part of a new “integrated care organisation”.
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Building Q: learning from designing a large scale improvement community

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:36

Health Foundation -
This report looks at the first year of the Q initiative and the extensive co-design process used to create it. Q is a diverse and growing community of people, with experience and understanding of improvement, committed to improving the quality of health and care across the UK. This report identifies lessons for anyone seeking to support improvement work across organisations or through networks, as well as those engaged in designing initiatives with many diverse stakeholders. It draws on a variety of sources including the independent real-time evaluation of Q undertaken by RAND Europe.

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CQC strategy director to join Ali Parsa tech start up

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 13:13
Paul Bate, the Care Quality Commission’s director of strategy and intelligence, is to leave the regulator to join a digital health company started by Ali Parsa, the founder of Circle Health.
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Deputy ombudsman's resignation payout revealed

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:59
The former deputy Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Mick Martin, who resigned in the wake of his involvement in a sexual harassment cover-up being exposed, received a payment of at least £67,500 after stepping down, HSJ can reveal.
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Strategic quality improvement: an action learning approach

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:38

The King's Fund -
The King’s Fund was commissioned by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to work with their Quality Board to facilitate an assessment of its existing approaches to quality improvement and to develop a strategy for future work. This case study details the approach and philosophy behind this work, which involved working with the trust’s five directorates to develop their ability to appraise their own approach to quality improvement with a view to improving performance, achieving better clinical outcomes and building further on the trust’s capacity as a learning organisation.

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The impact of the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review on higher education fees and funding arrangements in subjects allied to medicine

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:18

UNISON -
According to this report, government plans to scrap the bursary funding for students on nursing, midwifery and other health degrees will mean around 2,000 fewer people a year will study for a career in the NHS.

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Revealed: 2016 winners of the HSJ Value Awards

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:01
Surgery Celebrating the achievements of organisations that provide oustanding value in healthcare
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NHS to face new patient safety investigations from autumn

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:00
The new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will be operating from this autumn with a budget of £3.6m for around 30 investigations, HSJ has been told.
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New patient safety body to begin investigations this autumn

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:00
The new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will be operating from this autumn with a budget of £3.6m for around 30 investigations, HSJ has been told.
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Exclusive: NHS England to help 'blacklisted' primary care whistleblowers

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:00
A new NHS England scheme aims to get primary care whistleblowers back into work, but a senior figure has admitted it needs to do more to support staff speaking up in the commissioning system.
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Hunt rejected expert advice on independence of safety branch

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:00
The health secretary rejected the advice of safety experts who urged him to make the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch independent and to ensure information was shared with patients and families.
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Spike in demand for 'off-payroll' interim trust executives

HSJ - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 08:00
There has been a sharp rise in requests from trusts to hire interim executives on an off-payroll basis, HSJ has learned.
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Daily Insight: The CQC's smaller, faster future

HSJ - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of the day’s must read stories and debate
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Lansley: NHS not sustainable on current funding

HSJ - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 18:01
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley has warned the NHS will not be able to transform care using its current resources and told Parliament the proportion of GDP spent on the NHS cannot keep falling.
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Report of the Specialised Services Commission

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 15:03

Specialised Services Commission - 
This report from an expert commission has called for changes to improve outcomes and efficiency in the NHS but has warned that these alone are unlikely to avoid hard choices about what the NHS can afford without improved funding. The commission strongly supports the need for national funding and accountability for specialised services and argues that commissioners should be given greater freedom to work with providers to deliver end to end services for patients' entire care. It highlights the role of specialised services in maximising the value of every pound spent by the NHS but warns that efficiency improvements will be enough to avoid pushing the NHS towards unwanted rationing of services, treatments or both.

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CQC to review whether fit and proper person rule 'needs to change'

HSJ - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 12:27
The Care Quality Commission is to review how the fit and proper person regulation is operating, the organisation’s chair has said.
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Regulator’s budget cut may require job losses

HSJ - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 12:23
The Care Quality Commission may have to make redundancies to cope with a £32m cut to its budget over the next four years, the regulator’s chief executive has said.
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Shaping the future: CQC's strategy for 2016 to 2021

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:01

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This five-year strategy sets out CQC's vision and ambitions for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation so that more people receive high-quality care. It describes how CQC will combine learning from 22,000 comprehensive inspections with better use of intelligence from the public, providers and partners in order to focus inspections more tightly to where people may be at risk of poor care. The new strategy also aims to encourage services to innovate and collaborate to drive improvement.

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