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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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CQC trialling appeals process for quality ratings

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 11:28
The Care Quality Commission is to begin trialling a new appeals process which will allow providers to challenge the regulator’s ratings in certain circumstances.
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'Fair Deal for staff pensions: staff transfers from Central Government’ - guidance for the NHS pension scheme

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:54

Department of Health -
Fair Deal is a non-statutory policy setting out how pension issues are to be dealt with when staff are compulsorily transferred from the public sector to independent sector providers of public services. This guidance gives information to contracting authorities, bidders and providers about the application of the new Fair Deal policy where the relevant public service pension scheme is the NHS Pension Scheme.

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Evaluating the Care Quality Commission’s acute hospital regulatory model: emerging findings

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:30

Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
The CQC commissioned The King's Fund and Manchester Business School to explore whether the new approach to inspections provides a better analysis of the performance of an acute hospital. The full report is due to be published in May 2014.

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Elective waiting list continues to grow

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:28
The size of the NHS waiting list for elective care grew in January, bucking the pattern of previous years where the number of patients waiting reduced during the month, according to latest figures for England.
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Nominate the NHS’s social media pioneers

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:14
Champion the people using social media to drive change in the NHS
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MRC head brands Care.data naysayers ‘consent fetishists’

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 09:38
The head of the Medical Research Council has said data sharing in the NHS would be seen as a “no brainer” by patients if the government explained the scheme properly.
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HSJ Live 21.03.2014: Rise in children who have self-harmed on acute wards

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 07:00
Growing number of children who have self-harmed are admitted to acute wards because of lack of mental health services, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Exclusive: University Hospitals Bristol 'inured' to impact of failings

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 00:01
An adviser to the national review of children’s heart surgery has warned recent failings at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children “echo” those which led to a public inquiry almost 20 years ago.
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Exclusive: More children who have self harmed on acute wards

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 00:01
A growing “hidden cohort” of children who have self-harmed are admitted to acute hospitals because of a lack of appropriate mental health services, according to a survey shared with HSJ.
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21 March issue of HSJ is ready to read on the app

HSJ - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 00:01
This week’s issue of HSJ magazine is now available to read on our tablet app.Download the HSJ app for iPadDownload the HSJ app for AndroidIn this
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Exclusive: More children who have self harmed on acute wards

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 00:01
A growing “hidden cohort” of children who have self-harmed are admitted to acute hospitals because of a lack of appropriate mental health services, according to a survey shared with HSJ.
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Patient safety alert: improving incident reporting and learning

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 16:04

NHS England -
NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have jointly issued two patient safety alerts to help healthcare providers increase incident reporting for medication errors and medical devices. The alerts instruct providers to take specific steps that will improve data report quality; and will see the establishment of national networks to maximise learning and provide guidance on minimising harm relating to these two incident types.

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Values mapping tool

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 15:24

NHS Employers -
This tool aims to help organisations to map their values to the those in the NHS Constitution. It has been developed as part of Health Education England’s Values Based Recruitment programme which will ensure that selection into all new NHS funded training posts incorporates testing of values based recruitment by March 2015.

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Commissioning guide: weight assessment and management clinics (tier 3)

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 15:04

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) -
The guide is intended to assist clinical commissioning groups in commissioning these services and reduce variation in access to weight-loss clinics across the country.

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