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National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report finds that there is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. In 2014-15, over three-quarters of local authorities, and nearly two-fifths of CCGs, are more than five percentage points above or below their fair share of funding per person. It makes recommendations towards ways in which funding could be allocated in a way to help reduce health inequalities.
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This resource is for managers of care homes for older people, including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care. It aims to help managers implement NICE's quality standard defining best practice in mental wellbeing of older people in care homes. It highlights key messages for care providers for each of the 6 quality statements that make up the standard. The messages relate to high-priority areas where improvements are needed.
The voluntary and community sector and localised health commissioning: what are the issues and how can we start to address them?
Regional Voices -
This report highlights the difficulties experienced by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in linking with new commissioners, in order to get the issues of their beneficiaries addressed. These difficulties were found to be more pronounced for organisations with a larger geographic footprint, which need to deal with more than one set of commissioners. It argues for the need for policy discussion around how best to remove barriers and design the partnerships, incentives, contracts and other mechanisms that would enable VCS organisations to make contributions towards local commissioning.
NHS England -
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the way the CDF operates, in order that it delivers maximum benefit for patients, within the resources available. The consultation asks for consideration of the cost of cancer drugs, when deciding whether a drug should be available or not on the national cancer drug fund list. Views on the proposed changes will be accepted until 31 October 2014.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) -
This audit of neonatal care in England found that care for babies born in England and Wales has improved greatly over the last seven years as a record high number of neonatal units meet national care standards. It highlights variations in experiences of care across the country with babies born early in the south of England more likely to go home breastfeeding than those born in the north of England, increasing the chance of those babies born in the north of infection and disease - particularly concerning for premature babies needing specialist care.
Department of Health (DH) -
This consultation seeks views as to how the Professional Standards Authority will be funded by the healthcare professional regulatory bodies it oversees. Responses to this open consultation will be accepted until 28 November 2014.