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Choice in mental health care

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 14:32

NHS England - 
This guidance aims to help commissioners, GPs and providers support mental health patients exercising their legal rights to choose who provides their care and treatment. This guidance has been updated to reflect suggestions from consultation which highlighted the need for further clarity and it also includes a set of clinical scenarios to illustrate how mental health patients’ legal rights should work in practice.

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Developing a new approach to palliative care: a revised draft for discussion

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 14:28

NHS England - 
Based on a two year data collection from sites covering both adults’ and children’s services, NHS England is developing a currency for palliative care which focuses on patient need. The aim of the work is to provide a transparent basis for palliative care commissioning. Feedback is sought on this draft guidance and will be accepted up until 23 January 2015.

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Managing conflicts of interest: statutory guidance for CCGs

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 14:27

NHS England - 
This document is a national framework for handling of conflicts of interest in CCGs and supersedes previous guidance published in March 2013. It strengthens recognition that primary care co-commissioning is likely to increase the range and frequency of real and perceived conflicts of interest, especially for delegated arrangements. The guidance has been developed in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners.

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The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 14:26

NHS England - 
This guidance for the whole NHS system has been produced in collaboration with Public Heath England, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority, the Care Quality Commission and Health Education England. It outlines the action which the NHS will be taking in relation to the recommendations made in the Five Year Forward View. Recommendations include investment in prevention of illness; financial investment in the transformation of primary care, mental health services and local health economies; and the ongoing commitment to providing high-quality data to staff and carers.

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Former civil service chief appointed as new chair at King's

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 12:11
WORKFORCE: The former head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake, has been appointed the chair at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust.
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Exclusive: Unannounced £740m revenue boost shows DH was in 'desperate trouble'

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 12:03
The Treasury has agreed an unannounced £740m increase to the health revenue budget for the current financial year, it has been confirmed to HSJ.
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Evolving expectations of GP services

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 11:55

Citizens Advice - 
This briefing note explores the experience of younger adults (18-34 years) as consumers of GP services. It finds that younger adults are more than twice as likely to go to A&E or an NHS walk-in centre when they can’t see a GP compared with those aged 55 and over. It highlights the need for GP surgeries to consider the access needs and preferences of younger adults in order to accommodate their lifestyles and to potentially reduce the pressure on walk-in services and A&E.

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Guidance for 2015 to 2016 education and training tariffs consultation

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 11:34

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation seeks views on the draft guidance for using education and training tariffs for healthcare placements. The consultation is not addressing the tariff prices but rather how the tariffs are used. Feedback will be accepted up until 16 January 2015.

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HSJ apologises for inaccurate nursing press release

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 11:21
HSJ would like to apologise for making an inaccurate claim in a press release issued last week, which resulted in a number of national publications running erroneous stories about the proportion of NHS nurses recruited from overseas.
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Inclusive integration: how whole person care can work for adults with disabilities

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 11:12

IPPR - 
This report focusses on the needs of working-age disabled adults and particularly on how, as health and social care services are increasing integrated, they can be protected and more effectively met. It aims to provide an empirical evidence base to demonstrate how whole person care should meet the needs of working age disabled adults.

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Response to the consultation on funding formulae for implementation of the Care Act in 2015/16

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 10:24

Department of Health (DH) - 
This consultation response sets out local authority funding in the financial year 2015 to 2016 for early assessments for against the cap on care costs; universal deferred payment agreements; carers and Care Act Implementation; and social care in prisons. The funding for the first 3 grants will be paid to local authorities as a Department for Communities and Local Government revenue grant, and the funding for social care in prisons will be paid as a Department of Health revenue grant.

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CCG funding allocations 2014/15 and 2015/16

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 10:14

NHS England - 
These documents outline the funding allocations that CCGs will receive over the next two years (2014/15 and 2015/16). The allocations reflect the new funding formula which has been adopted for local health commissioners that will more accurately reflect population changes and include a specific deprivation measure.

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Public health grants to local authorities from 2013 to 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 10:01

Public Health England - 
This local authority circular sets out the funding allocations to local authorities (LAs) for public health services and the conditions for using the money. The public health grants provided local authorities with £8.25bn between 2013 and 2016 to spend on public health services for their local populations. Broken down per year, the allocations provided £2.80bn in 2015/16; £2.79bn in 2014/15; and £2.66bn in 2013/14.

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HSJ Live 22.12.2014: Unannounced £740m revenue boost shows DH was in 'desperate trouble'

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 07:00
The Treasury has agreed an unannounced £740m increase to the health revenue budget for the current financial year, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.
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Video: Watch Simon Stevens give the first HSJ annual lecture

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 07:00
Watching the NHS chief executive’s speech and Q&A is free for registered users of hsj.co.uk
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HSJ Live 22.12.2014: Soul searching NHS leaves foundation trusts with an identity crisis

HSJ - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 07:00
We have to address questions about foundation trusts’ status within the health economy, Emma Spencelayh argues, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.
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CCGs must set targets for reducing health inequalities

HSJ - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:11
Clinical commissioning groups will have to set targets for reducing health inequalities and improving outcomes for health and wellbeing, under the 2015-16 planning guidance.
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New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

HSJ - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:01
A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.
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New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:01
A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.
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NHS England says CCGs must increase mental health spend

HSJ - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:35
Clinical commissioning groups have been told by NHS England to increase in real terms the amount of money they spend on mental health services as part of the 2015-16 planning guidance.
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