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Staffordshire council votes against hearing aid charging

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 13:28
FINANCE: Proposals by North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to cut funding for hearing aids have been opposed by a local authority scrutiny committee.
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Commissioners set out 'deep concerns' over East London trust

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 13:18
PERFORMANCE: City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group has highlighted ‘deep concerns’ about the quality of services provided by Barts Health Trust.
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Healthier Together deadline extended

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 13:06
STRUCTURE: Residents and organisations in Greater Manchester have been given more time to respond to a consultation on reorganising acute services across the region.
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Acute care toolkit 10: ambulatory emergency care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 13:00

Royal College of Physicians -
Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) allows patients going to hospital as an emergency to be quickly assessed, diagnosed and treated on the same day, so that they can return home, reducing the number of patients admitted to a hospital bed.  Although not suitable for all patients, for example those needing emergency surgery, the streamlined process has already improved clinical care, reduced costs, and is popular with patients. This toolkit outlines the principles of AEC and describes the resources required for delivering AEC, highlighting the benefits, and signposts other resources to support its development.

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NICE tenders for safe staffing guidelines support

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 12:59
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is tendering for a team of outside advisers to provide economic modelling to help it draw up safe staffing guidelines.
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NICE tenders for safe staffing guidelines support

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 12:59
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is tendering for a team of outside advisers to provide economic modelling to help it draw up safe staffing guidelines.
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Taking digital health to the next level: promoting technologies that empower consumers and drive health system transformation

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 12:40

The Commonwealth Fund -
This report finds that there are significant barriers to the development and adoption of effective digital health technologies. It outlines these challenges and makes recommendations for overcoming them, with the explicit goal of encouraging clinicians, developers, and entrepreneurs to focus on the needs of patients with complex and costly medical and behavioral health conditions. The recommendations are informed by interviews with clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors, and consumer advocates as well as research, and are founded on the premise that such technologies will work toward achieving the vision of the triple aim: improving population health, improving care experiences, and reducing per capita costs of care.

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A vision for using digital health technologies to empower consumers and transform the U.S. health care system

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 11:50

The Commonwealth Fund - 
Health care organisations also beginning to use data-mining tools that have helped other industries identify and fill customers’ needs. Using clinical data drawn from various sources, organisations have been able to identify not only the patients who would benefit from more intensive or better-coordinated care, but also best practices that can influence health outcomes for millions of patients. This report includes examples of these innovations, as well as others that have been used to help consumers make informed decisions about their treatment based on the known benefits, risks, and uncertainties of medical procedures.

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HSJ Live 02.10.2014: Hunt commissions independent study into GP capacity

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 08:00
The health secretary has commissioned Health Education England to conduct an examination of GP capacity, after admitting current assessments involved guesswork, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Seven in 10 trusts 'require improvement' or are 'inadequate', says CQC

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 08:00
Seven out of 10 NHS trusts rated by the Care Quality Commission under its new inspections regime were found to be inadequate or requiring improvement, an HSJ analysis of published ratings reveals.
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HSJ Live 02.10.2014: Over 500 practices face closure next year, GPs warn

HSJ - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 08:00
More than 500 GP practices are at risk of closure next year, the Royal College of GPs has warned, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Seven in 10 trusts 'require improvement' or are 'inadequate', says CQC

HSJ Workforce - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 08:00
Seven out of 10 NHS trusts rated by the Care Quality Commission under its new inspections regime were found to be inadequate or requiring improvement, an HSJ analysis of published ratings reveals.
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Alcohol, drugs and tobacco joint strategic needs assessment support pack

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 17:30

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This support pack aims to help local areas develop joint strategic needs assessments and local joint health and wellbeing strategies that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use. It consists of eight resources covering young people’s substance misuse and adult alcohol, drug and, for the first time in 2014, tobacco use. For each topic area there are good practice evidence-based prompts to support local areas to assess need, plan and commission effective services and interventions. The second component for each topic is a bespoke data pack for every local authority to support needs assessment and commissioning.

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Guidance for developing a local suicide prevention action plan: information for public health staff in local authorities

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 16:41

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document is part of PHE’s ongoing programme of work to support the government’s suicide prevention strategy. It advises local authorities on how to develop a suicide prevention action plan; monitor data, trends and hot spots; engage with local media; work with transport to map hot spots; and work on local priorities to improve mental health.

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Cameron: We will protect the NHS budget

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 14:52
The prime minister has announced at the Conservative Party conference that he would “protect the NHS budget and continue to invest more” in the next parliament
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Councils call for primary care commissioning role

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 14:06
Councils in London have asked to be given greater involvement in the commissioning of primary care.
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CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 11:01
Commissioners have selected a consortium led by NHS providers as preferred bidder for a pioneering £800m contract for older people’s services in Cambridgeshire.
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BREAKING: CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 11:01
Commissioners have selected a consortium led by NHS providers as preferred bidder for a pioneering £800m contract for older people’s services.
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HSJ Live 01.10.2014: CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 03:13
Commissioners have selected a consortium led by NHS providers as preferred bidder for a pioneering £800m contract to deliver older people’s services in Cambridgeshire, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 01.10.2014: Cameron' speech live coverage

HSJ - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 03:13
David Cameron to an offer to “protect” NHS spending speech to Conservative Party conference, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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