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Competition to run district general hospital is abandoned

HSJ - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 13:48
A tender process for the running of George Eliot Hospital Trust has been abandoned, it was announced today.
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Accountable care organisations (ACOs) in the United States and England: testing, evaluating and learning what works

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:44

The King's Fund -
This paper describes the different types of ACOs emerging in the United States; presents some early evidence on their performance; assesses the future for ACOs; and discusses the implication of these developments for integrated care initiatives in England.

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Developing and evaluating a child-centred intervention for diabetes medicine management using mixed methods and a multicentre randomised controlled trial

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:30

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate an individually tailored age-appropriate diabetes diary and information pack for children and young people aged 6–18 years with type 1 diabetes to support decision-making and self-care with a specific focus on insulin management and blood glucose monitoring, compared with vailable resources in routine clinical practice. It found that the Evidence into Practice Information Counts packs and diabetes diaries were no more effective than receiving diabetes information in an ad hoc way.

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An ethnographic organisational study of alongside midwifery units (AMUs): a follow-on study from the Birthplace in England programme

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:21

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This study aimed to investigate the ways that AMUs in England are organised, staffed and managed. It also aimed to look at the experiences of women receiving maternity care in an AMU and the views and experiences of maternity staff, including both those who work in an AMU and those in the adjacent obstetric unit.

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Technical guide to the formulae for 2014-15 and 2015-16 revenue allocations to Clinical Commissioning Groups and Area Teams

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:09

NHS England -
This guide sets out the methodology and actual calculation of the allocations which were agreed at the 17th December 2013 NHS England Board meeting. This documentation covers both the target allocations determined by the formulae and pace of change policy.

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Strengthening corporate accountability in health and social care: consultation on the fit and proper person regulations

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:57

Department of Health -
This consultation proposes a new registration requirement that all directors of providers registered with the CQC must meet a new fit and proper person test. The CQC will be able to insist on the removal of directors that fail this test. The consultation closes on 25th April 2014.

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Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer: surveillance volume, 2012 - on the state of the public's health

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:53

Department of Health -
As well as presenting data and evidence, the report also comments on overarching trends. This year, information in the report suggests that we may need to rethink what is regarded as ‘normal’ in relation to our health and our society. Some of the main themes discussed in the report are obesity, national data on blindness and deafness and active travel.

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NHS and social care: public perceptions 2013

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:47

Department of Health -
The Department of Health commissions a ‘tracker’ survey to explore public attitudes towards, and perceptions of, the NHS and social care services. These reports present the findings from the spring and winter 2013 surveys. The spring 2013 wave brought in new questions on whether people are treated with compassion when they use NHS and social care services and whether it is easy to give feedback on NHS services.

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NICE chief: Approval changes 'won't increase NHS drugs bill'

HSJ - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:37
The head of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has suggested the NHS will not pay more overall for branded pharmaceuticals in future as a result of proposed changes to the way the organisation assesses the value of new drugs.
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HSJ Live 27.03.2014: Competition to run district general hospital is abandoned

HSJ - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:31
George Eliot tender process dropped, and the rest of today’s comment and news
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Female GPs outnumber male counterparts

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 08:43
Female GPs have outnumbered male GPs for first time, according to official figures.
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Treasury claims £650m legacy debt pot

HSJ - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 00:01
NHS England has admitted that £650m of provisions made by primary care trusts last year to pay for historic continuing healthcare claims will not be available to clinical commissioning groups.
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Exclusive: Hunt opens door to wider pay reform negotiations

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 26/03/2014 - 12:30
Jeremy Hunt has suggested the government would be willing to drop its call for a freeze on incremental pay progression
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Exclusive: 'Cost neutral' Francis policy has cost £2.5m

HSJ Workforce - Wed, 26/03/2014 - 10:18
More than £2.5m is being spent piloting a government scheme to make aspiring student nurses work as healthcare assistants for a year before university courses
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NHS could face £500m bill over VAT changes, experts warn

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 00:01
The NHS could face an increased tax bill of at least £500m from 1 April when HM Revenue and Customs attempts to standardise across all government departments the rules for reclaiming VAT on outsourced services, experts have warned.
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GPs warn of 'workload disaster'

HSJ Workforce - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 10:21
More than half of GPs are considering early retirement because of extremely heavy workloads, a British Medical Association poll suggests.
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Information Centre chair defends private sector data use

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:30
The chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre has suggested the use of NHS data by private companies does not “necessarily” contradict the aims of the NHS.
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GP locum chambers: a modern solution for tomorrows GP workforce

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:17

NHS Midlands and East -

This report follows a review of the sustainability of GP leadership for commissioning which identified that GPs are under pressure due to increasing complexity of patient demand, changes in the GP workforce to more part-time and sessional roles, new commissioning responsibilities, poor access to GP locums and difficulties in recruitment with many GPs nearing retirement. This paper outlines how the model of GP locum chambers can help address these challenges, options for development and how to get started.

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Managing medicines in care homes

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:05

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This guideline considers all aspects of managing medicines in care homes and recommends that all care home providers have a care home medicines policy. It considers prescribing, handling and administering medicines to residents living in care homes and the provision of care or services relating to medicines in care homes.

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London's NHS at the crossroads

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 11:53

Unite -
This report proposes an 18-point plan to improve NHS services in London.

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