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Voluntary sector annual survey: findings from the health and care voluntary sector strategic partnership 2014 survey
This survey aims to explore the experience of voluntary organisations involved in the health and care sector. It provides information on the voluntary sector itself as well as perceptions of service responsiveness, person-centred co-ordinated care, support provided to service users, health and wellbeing boards, CCGs, Healthwatch and various national initiatives.
When one door closes...: research into the closure and commissioning of care homes throughout England
Healthcare Property Consultants (HPC) -
As care home operators seek to maintain quality of care in the face of inadequate local authority fee levels and rising costs, this research highlights the impact on registered bed levels throughout England. The research finds that the number of beds in newly registered homes mirrors the number of beds simultaneously falling out of the market and finds that several regions are showing a net bed reduction.
Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) -
This report examines the capacity of the NHS to handle the increasing outsourcing of its services to the private sector and its ability to ensure that services provided by the private sector under contract with the NHS are safe, effective and value for money.
Health Foundation -
This report examines the financial performance of NHS providers, focusing on hospitals. It finds that financial performance of NHS providers in England has deteriorated sharply since 2013 and that despite an expected under-spend from commissioners of £197 million, the NHS is projected to overspend by £626 million by the end of 2014/15. It also found that staff costs are the biggest driver of rising operating costs; with spending on temporary staff rising by £1 billion in 2013/14. The analysis finds that NHS hospitals have only improved efficiency at an average rate of 0.4% a year over this parliament, below previous estimates and also the rate of 2-3% set out in the NHS five year forward view.