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Breaking: NHS providers exceed financial targets, says regulator

HSJ - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 14:57
The overall NHS provider sector has reported a deficit of £461m for the first three months of the financial year, which was £5m better than planned.
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Stafford hospital A&E stops seeing children amid safety fears

HSJ - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 13:55
PATIENT SAFETY: Emergency services for children at Stafford hospital have been suspended because of safety concerns amid a shortage of A&E staff with specialist paediatric skills.
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Stafford hospital A&E stops seeing children amid safety fears

HSJ - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 13:55
PATIENT SAFETY: Emergency services for children at Stafford hospital have been suspended because of safety concerns amid a shortage of A&E staff with specialist paediatric skills.
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Becoming one of us: reforming the UK's citizenship system for a competitive, post-Brexit world

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 10:55

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) - 
This report calls for a reform of citizenship rules to avoid harm to the British economy and workforce following Brexit. Home Office figures show a rise of 14 per cent in EU nationals applying for British citizenship in the past year, reflecting the uncertainty of the result of the referendum. The report notes that one in ten doctors is from the EU and that this uncertainty would have implications for the NHS workforce and on service provision.

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Securing meaningful choice for patients: CCG planning and improvement guide

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 10:09

NHS England - 
This guide is designed to help CCGs deliver their statutory duties by highlighting the actions they need to take to make choice work for the populations that they serve. CCGs are encouraged to focus specifically on choice of provider and team for first outpatient appointments and choice of a suitable alternative provider if patients are not able to access certain services within the waiting time standards. The guide sets out a number of enablers for patient choice and the actions that can be taken to deliver each of these.

 

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Exclusive: Officials warn over 'extremely constrained' capital for STPs

HSJ - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 08:00
Health and local government leaders working on major regional transformation plans have been warned capital funding is “extremely constrained” and to prepare to have IT funding requests turned down.
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80 hospitals in GMC 'special measures' over safety and training concerns

HSJ - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 08:00
Almost 80 hospitals are being monitored by the General Medical Council with “a form of special measures” because of concerns about training for junior doctors and risks to patient safety, its chief executive has told HSJ.
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Daily Insight: NHS data sharing gets a reboot

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 18:31
The must read stories and talking points from Wednesday
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Exclusive: Successor to Care.data awaits government sign-off

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 16:30
A new data service capable of recreating key elements of the controversial Care.data project is being developed by the National Information Board and is likely to receive Treasury backing as soon as next month, HSJ has learned.
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Health in a hurry: the impact of rush hour commuting on our health and wellbeing

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 14:25

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) - 
This report highlights the impact of passive commuting (via rail, bus or car) on the public's health and wellbeing. The report outlines how longer commute times are associated with increased stress, higher blood pressure and BMI and contributes to reduced time available for health promoting activities such as cooking, exercise and sleeping. The report calls for a greater adoption of flexible and remote working and greater restrictions on unhealthy food and drinks outlets in stations.

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Trust to face legal challenge over A&E closure

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 12:39
LEGAL: United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust could face a legal challenge against its decision to partially close the accident and emergency department at Grantham and District Hospital.
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London trusts seek major savings through pathology consolidation

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 11:57
STRUCTURE: Three trusts in north west London have decided to consolidate their pathology services in a bid to save money.
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Guide for clinical audit leads

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 10:26

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) - 
This guide is intended to support clinicians who are responsible for leading clinical audit in clinical services and at senior levels in healthcare organisations. This is an update to the previous guide for clinical audit leads which was published by HQIP in 2011. 

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'Outstanding' CCG announces £8m savings target

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 08:00
FINANCE: A Yorkshire clinical commissioning group rated as outstanding last month has declared it needs to make £8m additional savings this year.
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'Outstanding' CCG admits £8m black hole

HSJ - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 08:00
FINANCE: A Yorkshire clinical commissioning group rated as outstanding last month has admitted it has an £8m black hole in its finances.
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Daily Insight: Commissioners aim for marginal gains

HSJ - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Tuesday’s must read stories
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Private provider beats trusts and GP federation to community contract

HSJ - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 13:05
COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won an alliance contract to provide adult community services in the south of England, ahead of a bid from local trusts and a GP federation.
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Commissioners insist Virgin Care will make no 'margin' on Bath contract

HSJ - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 12:34
COMMERICAL: A CCG and council in the South West have claimed Virgin Care will make no “margin” on a community services contract it has been chosen as the preferred bidder for.
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Demand management good practice guide

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 12:00

NHS England - 
This guidance is aimed at commissioners and providers in order to support effective management of demand for NHS services. It provides an overview of regional benchmarking of demand in England alongside a summary of actions and initiatives that can be taken to manage demand on a sustainable basis.

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Southern Health services continue to be disbanded

HSJ - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 11:57
RECONFIGURATION: Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust is taking on specialist learning disability services from Southern Health FT as part of ongoing changes at the embattled trust.
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