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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.
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.
This report proposes an 18-point plan to improve NHS services in London.
'Fair Deal for staff pensions: staff transfers from Central Government’ - guidance for the NHS pension scheme
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.