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EnCO2de 2015 – making energy work in healthcare

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:34

Department of Health -
This health technical memoranda draws together best practice guidance and background information regarding energy use in the healthcare sector. It provides information on mandatory requirements by legislation, best practices in energy efficiency, as well as relevant case studies.

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Avoidable harm bill becomes law today

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:31
A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.
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Avoidable harm bill becomes law today

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:31
A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.
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Challenges facing the NHS in England: a guide for prospective parliamentary candidates

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:20

NHS Confederation -
This guide sets out for prospective parliamentary candidates the challenges facing health and care services in England, the progress already made in confronting these issues and the future direction of travel. It outlines the actions which could be taken by national and local politicians in England, as well as health and care leaders, to tackle these challenges.

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London's NHS: into the unknown

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:14

Unite -
This report investigates the capital’s health service over the last 12 months. It concludes that the NHS has become more fragmented and financially squeezed and that the public don't have a say in decisions that affect them.

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Exclusive: Dr Foster Intelligence sold to Australian telecoms giant

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:30
Dr Foster Intelligence has been bought by an Australian telecoms giant, HSJ can exclusively reveal.
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Living well for longer: one year on

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:00

Department of Health -
This document shows progress against the actions set out in Living well for longer: national support for local action which followed a call to action from the Secretary of State. The report shows that there has been improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of the five largest causes of mortality: cancer, stroke, heart disease, lung disease and liver disease. It also outlines the next steps for ongoing improvements across the system in reducing premature mortality.

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One place, one budget? Approaches to pooling resources for public service transformation

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:16

RAND Corporation -
In 2014, the Local Government Association (LGA) People and Places Board commissioned RAND Europe to prepare nine case studies of local authorities in England where LGA knew a pooled approach was being used for service delivery. The objective was to describe the development of different initiatives and to comment on what appeared to be the enablers and barriers to progress. The specific initiatives implemented by local authorities using a pooled approach covered different services including health and social care, skills and vocational training, regeneration, economic growth, troubled families and the management of public assets. This report makes recommendations for what a 'public sector reform deal' — a series of 'asks' of government and 'offers' from places — might look like, based on the evidence gathered.

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Local Healthwatch: progress and promise

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:03

Department of Health -
Local Healthwatch organisations are the local champion for patients, services users and the public, covering both health and social care. The Department of Health commissioned the King’s Fund to review the progress made by local Healthwatch. This report identifies the positive steps that could be taken across the system to enable a high-performing and effective local Healthwatch network.

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2015/16 choice framework

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:51

Department of Health -
This framework sets out patients’ rights to choice in healthcare, where to find information to help choose, and how to complain if choice isn’t offered. It is consistent with NHS England’s recently published mental health choice guidance.

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Two years on: age is still just a number

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:40

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) -
By 2040, almost three-quarters of all women living with breast cancer in the UK will be aged over 65 but, according to this report, this patient population is not being adequately provided for. This follows on from a 2013 Inquiry into older people and breast cancer with an aim to better understand the variations and barriers preventing all patients diagnosed with the disease having access to the services, treatments and care that benefits them most, regardless of their age. The first report laid out a series of key recommendations with a view to improving services specifically for this patient population. Two years on, the APPGBC have reviewed the recommendations alongside the progress that’s been made and found that – whilst steps have been made in the right direction – a lot of work still needs to be done.

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Inspectors return to trust two days before report due

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:39
PERFORMANCE: Care Quality Commission inspectors have returned to East Sussex Healthcare Trust just two days before the regulator is due to publish a report into the trust.
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Access to new medicines in Europe: technical review of policy initiatives and opportunities for collaboration and research

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:21

World Health Organization Europe -
This report, with a focus on sustainable access to new medicines, reviews policies that affect medicines throughout their lifecycle, examining the current evidence base across Europe. While many European countries have not traditionally required active priority-setting for access to medicines, appraising new medicines using pharmacoeconomics is increasingly seen as critical in order to improve efficiency in spending while maintaining an appropriate balance between access and cost–effectiveness. The study features findings from 27 countries and explores different ways that health authorities in European countries are dealing with high spending on new medicines, including methods such as restrictive treatment guidelines, target levels for use of generics, and limitations on the use of particularly expensive drugs. It also outlines possible policy directions and choices that may help governments to reduce high prices when introducing new drugs.

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Maude calls for more personal budgets and mutuals

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:21
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude has said there is ‘much more’ scope for the use of personal budgets in health and social care.
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The NHS under the coalition government. Part two: NHS performance

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:10

The King's Fund -
This report looks at how well the NHS has performed under the coalition government. The report acknowledges that assessing the performance of any health service is an inexact science for many reasons, but using routinely available data, the report creates a conventional ‘production path’ – describing the financial inputs to the NHS before detailing its outputs, such as hospital admissions, or A&E attendances. It draws on surveys of patient and staff experience; access to care as measured by waiting times; and data on outcomes, safety and quality of care. The report concludes with an analysis of NHS productivity and financial performance between 2010 and 2015, and an assessment of its prospects in the next parliament and beyond.

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Revealed: Virgin handed £280m Staffordshire contract

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 10:07
Virgin Care has been awarded a £280m, seven-year prime provider contract to manage services in East Staffordshire, HSJ can reveal.
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HSJ Live 26.03.2015: Dr Foster Intelligence sold to telecoms giant

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 09:37
Exclusive: Dr Foster Intelligence has been bought by an Australian telecoms giant, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 26.03.2015: Revealed - Virgin handed £280m Staffordshire contract

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 09:37
Virgin Care has been awarded a £280m, seven-year prime provider contract to manage services in East Staffordshire, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 26.03.2015: Revealed - HSJ’s top provider chief executives

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 09:37
Sir David Dalton has been named the top NHS provider chief executive in 2015, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Revealed: HSJ’s top provider chief executives

HSJ - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 07:30
Sir David Dalton has been named the top NHS provider chief executive in 2015.
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