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Pharmaceutical expenditure and policies: past trends and future challenges

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 10:33

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - 
This paper looks at recent trends in pharmaceutical spending across OECD countries. It examines the drivers of recent spending trends, highlighting differences across therapeutic classes. The paper then looks at emerging challenges for policy makers in the management of pharmaceutical spending.

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A paperless NHS: electronic health records

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 10:24

House of Commons Library - 
This briefing outlines the current use of electronic health records in the NHS in England in relation to the pledge that the NHS will be paper-free by 2020.

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HSJ Live 26.04.16: Junior doctors full walkout as it happened

HSJ - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:00
NHS England data suggests fewer doctors on strike than earlier this month, plus Jeremy Hunt says health secretary will be his ‘last big job in politics’
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HSJ Live 26.04.16: Junior doctors stage first full walkout in NHS history

HSJ - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:00
Jeremy Hunt says health secretary will be his ‘last big job in politics’ as junior doctors go on strike
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HSJ Live 26.04.16: Junior doctors begin first full walkout in NHS history

HSJ - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:00
Follow HSJ Live for rolling coverage of the junior doctors strike over contract imposition
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Trusts fear impact of junior contract on services, training and bottom line

HSJ - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:00
The new junior doctors’ contract has sparked concern among NHS providers that concessions made by the government could impact medical staffing levels and make some services unviable.
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Poll: Hunt blamed for strike but rising number criticise both sides

HSJ - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 01:01
The majority of the public still think responsibility for the junior doctors’ strike rests with the government – but a growing proportion blame both sides equally, a poll shows.
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Daily Insight: Hunt holds his ground ahead of strike

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 19:22
HSJ’s round-up of the day’s must read stories
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Junior doctors' strike goes ahead as both sides stand firm

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 18:50
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for medics to cross picket lines during the full walkout by junior doctors on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Suspension of NICE staffing guidance sparks safety fears among nurses

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 15:18
The suspension of safe staffing guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has left almost three quarters of nurses worried that patient safety will suffer, a UK-wide survey has revealed.
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Explainer: The rules on off-payroll payments

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 14:08
Rules on off-payroll payments were introduced in 2012 amid anger over senior public officials minimising tax liabilities by being paid through companies.
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Legal battle could cause out of hours costs to rocket

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 14:03
Out of hours services costs could face a significant hike as off-payroll payments to GPs come under scrutiny from the government.
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CCGs risk fines and unpaid tax bills for breaking pay rules

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 13:59
Clinical commissioning groups could face significant bills for unpaid tax and penalty fines after falling foul of rules over the use of off-payroll payments to GP leaders.
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Vanguard CCGs cut better care fund pot

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 13:06
Five clinical commissioning groups, including two involved in NHS England’s vanguard programme, have cut their planned better care fund contributions for next year.
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English devolution deals

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 12:41

National Audit Office (NAO) - 
This report argues that whilst devolution deals offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services for local users, the arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended. It also highlights significant accountability implications arising from the deals which central government and local areas will need to develop and clarify. These include the details of how and when powers will be transferred to mayors and how they will be balanced against national parliamentary accountability.

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Antimicrobial stewardship quality standard

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 12:28

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This quality standard aims to help health care professionals and organisations tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance. It contains six statements which health care professionals can use to lower antimicrobian resistance and improve the quality of data tracking in the NHS. 

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The Buurtzorg Nederland (home care provider) model: observations for the UK

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 12:24

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) - 
The Buurtzorg model is a cost-effective and nurse-led district nursing system founded in the Netherlands. This briefing looks at the successes of the Buurtzorg model, while also identifying some of the challenges which would need to be addressed if the UK were ever to adopt a similar system approach. The content and analysis have been updated to reflect developments taking place across the UK with regards to piloting Buurtzorg.

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Chart: CCG leaders' contracting and integration plans

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 08:07
“Accountable care systems” and “alliance contracting” are clinical commissioning leaders’ favoured contracting routes, HSJ’s barometer survey indicates.
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Commissioners split on STP leads' roles and responsibility

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 08:02
More than a third of clinical commissioning group bosses expect sustainability and transformation footprint leaders to become responsible for performance and finance across their patch.
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Survey: CCG leaders' financial confidence dips

HSJ - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 08:00
Clinical commissioning group leaders’ confidence in balancing their budgets has taken a substantial knock, according to HSJ’s latest barometer survey. 
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