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Patients first: improving patients' food and drink experience through a better understanding of their priorities

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:46

Patients Association - 
This report covers a large-scale, independent survey of patients’ preferences and experiences of hospital meals. The aim was to conduct face to face interviews with patients in hospital wards to give useful insight into their requirements and views, providing both robust numbers and a good qualitative understanding. By establishing patients’ preferences and priorities and linking this to their satisfaction with what is currently offered, it will be possible to give guidance to providers of food and meal service to develop and improve their offer.

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Reducing hospital admissions by improving continuity of care in general practice

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:54

The Health Foundation - 
This briefing summarises research that analysed data from over 230,000 anonymised patient records for older people aged 62 - 82 years. The research found that there were fewer hospital admissions for certain conditions when the patient saw the same GP more consistently. Patients who saw their usual GP two or more times out of every ten were associated with six per cent fewer avoidable hospital admissions.

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Pharmacy quality payments: quality criteria guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 12:35

NHS England - 
The quality payments scheme encourages a range of activities, carried out by community pharmacists for the first time, designed to widen their role beyond dispensing to improving the quality of health care for patients while at the same time helping to ease demand on other areas of the health system. This guidance provides information to contractors on how to claim quality payments, provide further clarification on gateway criteria and to provide information for contractors to help them demonstrate that they meet any of the eight quality payment criteria.

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Older people's experiences of sight loss in care homes

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 12:28

Thomas Pocklington Trust - 
This report calls for greater visual awareness training in order to support people with sight loss living in care homes. It presents the findings of an study carried out in seven care homes and found that greater support for this group of people helped to reduce the impact of sight loss and social isolation.

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Exclusive: Morecambe Bay inquiry chair to lead new investigation

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 12:14
Jeremy Hunt has appointed Bill Kirkup to lead the investigation into the death of baby whose case has exposed “regulatory gaps” and “significant risks” in the care of sick children.
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Against the odds: experiences from the NHS front line

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:24

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) - 
This report brings together the experiences of doctors working in NHS hospitals between December 2016 and January 2017. In the report, they explain in their own words what an overstretched NHS looks like in practice.

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Update on NHS Shared Business Services patient correspondence incident

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:18

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This letter from the Department of Health provides an update to the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee at her request to have regular updates provided on the misplacing of patient records. The letter outlines the costs of further clinical investigation so far and how many cases have required further clinical review.

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Trusts and CCGs ordered to change logos by NHS England

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:18
Trust managers have condemned NHS England for ordering them to change their logos on signs and websites.
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Commissioning for health improvement following the 2012 health and social care reforms in England: what has changed?

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:12

Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) - 
The wide-ranging program of reforms brought about by the Health and Social Care Act (2012) in England fundamentally changed the operation of the public health system, moving responsibility for the commissioning and delivery of services from the National Health Service to locally elected councils and a new national public health agency. This paper explores the ways in which the reforms have altered public health commissioning.

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Performance tracker: spring 2017

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 10:50

Institute for Government (IoG) - 
This report is the first in a series of data-driven analyses on the performance of government. The report uses government data to examine five key public services: hospitals, adult social care, police, prisons and schools. It finds that until recently the government managed to maintain the quality of public services while controlling spending however it warns that now the UK faces a combination of failing public services and breached spending controls unless urgent action is taken.

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NHS suppliers refute allegation of 'cosy cartel' on prices

HSJ - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 10:30
The chief executive of the body representing medical device manufacturers has defended the industry from a former minister who alleged a “cosy cartel” kept prices high for the NHS.
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STPs will end the purchaser-provider split, says Stevens

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 21:20
Several STP areas are moving to “accountable care” structures which “will which will for the first time since 1990 effectively end the purchaser provider split”, Simon Stevens has said.
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Daily Insight: Sir Bruce lays down the law

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 18:27
The must read stories and biggest talking points in the NHS
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Exclusive: 100 NHS locums earning £20m

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 18:08
“Around one hundred” locum staff are earning ”in excess of £200k per year from NHS agency work” according to NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey.
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Exclusive: Sir Bruce Keogh warns trusts over surgery delay deaths

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:27
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh has warned hospitals they must not refuse patients in need of emergency neurosurgery even if they have no free intensive care beds.
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HSJ Live 27.02.17: Stevens quizzed by PAC on integration

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:08
NHS England chief executive to give evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on the integration of health and social care.
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Finance woes hold up biggest CCG merger in England

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 15:06
Progress towards a merger creating the biggest clinical commissioning group in the country, covering 1.2 million people, has been delayed because commissioners have failed to sign off a shared financial plan.
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NHS England urged to review bed capacity after surgery delay deaths

HSJ - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 12:54
The Royal College of Surgeons has called on NHS England to carry out a review of critical care bed capacity after two patients died because of delays receiving surgery and poor referral practices between hospitals.
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Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 12:41

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This guideline highlights the role that local authorities can play in targeting people who use drugs or are at risk from doing so. It argues that local authorities can work together with gyms, nightclubs, festivals, sexual health services and supported accommodation for homeless people to make clear the support services and advice that are available.

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Women in public life, the professions and the boardroom

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 12:34

House of Commons Library - 
How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This briefing sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.

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