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What's behind the A&E 'crisis'?

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 13:46

Nuffield Trust - 
This briefing examines the real reasons behind England’s A&E ‘crisis’, and warns that the emphasis on the four-hour waiting time target has become disproportionate. It also makes some recommendations to policy makers on how performance management should be approached in the future.

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Trusts told 'make every effort' to meet A&E target in April

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 11:59
Trusts have been told to ‘make every effort’ to meet the four hour target for accident and emergency departments by the end of next month.
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Updated: Majority of providers opt for 'voluntary' tariff option

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 11:17
The vast majority of NHS providers have accepted NHS England and Monitor’s offer of a ‘voluntary’ tariff for 2015-16, it has been announced, but the country’s biggest teaching hospital trusts have rejected the deal.
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Breaking: Majority of providers opt for 'voluntary' tariff option

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 11:17
The vast majority of NHS providers have accepted NHS England and Monitor’s offer of a ‘voluntary” tariff for 2015-16, it has been announced.
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Monitor to investigate finances at four northern FTs

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 11:04
FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.
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Local leadership, new approaches: improving the health of local communities

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:58

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This report describes how local authorities and health teams are working together to improve the health of local communities through prevention and early intervention. It also features seven case studies, each of which describes a particular programme or close partnership between a local authority and local public health or health care teams, often with the additional support of the voluntary sector.

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NHS adult hearing services in England: exploring how choice is working for patients

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:55

Monitor - 
This report presents the findings from Monitor's research and sets out how the NHS could ensure that choice works better for patients. The research sought views on how having a choice of NHS hearing loss services impacts patients.

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Tariff arrangements for 2015/16 NHS activity

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:53

Monitor - 
This letter is aimed at all chief executives of providers of NHS-funded care and discusses the tariff arrangements for 2015/16 activity. It provides new information on next year’s NHS funding and contracting round, and sets out decisions that need to be taken by 6 March 2015.

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Monitor and the Care Quality Commission: memorandum of understanding

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:52

Monitor - 
This memorandum of understanding sets out how Monitor and CQC will work together. It describes both organisations' respective roles, the principles followed and the agreed governance framework on joint areas of work.

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Country-level cost-effectiveness thresholds: initial estimates and the need for further research

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:50

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This report looks at whether a cost-effectiveness analysis of resource allocation is an economically viable method of improving population healthcare needs in low - and middle-income countries.

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Access to GP care

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:27

London Assembly - 
This report highlights GP shortages in London and investigates the issue of low morale and GP retention. It outlines a number of recommendations to improve access to primary care services in London such as commissioning further research into staff morale; a review of IT strategy to improve patient access; and greater collaboration between the Mayor of London and NHS England.

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The state of care in counties: the integration imperative

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:25

County All Party Parliamentary Group - 
This report from the County All Party Parliamentary Group is the result of an inquiry into integrated care and the future of adult social care. It concludes that the success of the health and social care integration is at risk in counties from overly centralised NHS structures entrenching barriers between services. It argues that there was a critical need for health and social care deals to enable counties and their partners in health to negotiate devolved deals suited to their local challenges.

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Putting patients in charge: the future of health and social care

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:18

Social Market Foundation - 

This report argues that a new system of charges is needed for an integrated NHS and social care service to distribute the costs of care more fairly across the system, to make funding more sustainable and to incentivise patients to prevent health needs and costs arising. It calls for the introduction of 'personal care accounts', where both the individual and the state contribute towards the costs of NHS and social care treatments. The funding model proposed in this paper puts health and social care on an equal footing and brings to an end the current unfair settlement where individuals face huge financial liabilities for social care, while the cost for their health needs is almost entirely paid for by the state. It would do this by redistributing £7 billion of charging that currently falls solely on social care patients in a more equitable way to all health and social care patients through expanded charging for health services.

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Ignoring the prescription?

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:16

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - 
This paper reports the findings of a survey of 142 clinical leaders in emergency medicine across the UK. The survey was carried out in response to the unprecedented pressures over the 2014/15 winter period and reveals just how much needs to be done to address the profound challenges facing A&E services.

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Solent to sue Hampshire council over tender award

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:10
COMMERCIAL: Solent Trust is set to sue Hampshire County Council after the local authority awarded a £41.3m contract for adult substance misuse services to another provider, HSJ has been told.
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HSJ Live 06.03.2015: Reaction to trusts' decision on 'voluntary' Tariff

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 09:27
Reaction and full analysis of the news that the majority of NHS providers have opted for the “voluntary” tariff offer, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 06.03.14: Monitor to investigate four trusts in the north of England

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 09:27
Regulator will probe the finances of four trusts in the north, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Patient Safety Awards entry deadline extended

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 09:16
You now have until 13 March to enter for a chance to showcase your project infront of NHS leaders.
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Urgent care system 'near breaking point', think tank claims

HSJ - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 00:01
Four hour target ‘distorts’ behaviour in hospitals, Nuffield Trust says
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New chief executive for beleaguered acute trust

HSJ - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 14:59
WORKFORCE: Medway Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.
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