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Hunt dismisses Keogh trusts' finance struggles

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 12:00
Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has said
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HSJ Live 23.07.2014: NHS leaders must be more confident in tackling waiting lists

HSJ - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 08:00
Ian Gillespie on waiting lists, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Health spending sees sharpest rise in current parliament

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:57
Department of Health spending rose by 2.6 per cent in real terms last year – by far the greatest annual rise in health spending of the current parliament
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'Then what...?' special inquiry

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:38

Healthwatch England - 
This special inquiry aims to investigate the experience of people who are discharged from hospitals or care homes without adequate support in place. The aim of the inquiry is to gain a deeper understanding of what happens to people who experience ‘unsafe discharge’ from a hospital, nursing or care home, or mental health setting in England and how it was that they were able to fall through the gaps.

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Securing the future of the GP workforce: delivering the Mandate on GP expansion.

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:25

Health Education England (HEE) - 
The GP Taskforce was established prior to the establishment of HEE and it was asked to recommend how the system could achieve the long-standing workforce target for 3,250 trainees to enter GP training in England each year by 2015. This report identifies the blocks to progress, as well as considering other key factors affecting the overall size of the GP workforce, namely retention and retirement rates.

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Post-legislative assessment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012: memorandum to the House of Commons Health Select Committee

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:19

Department of Health (DH) - 
This memorandum reports on whether the objectives for each part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 were met. The overall assessment was the Act had achieved most of its objectives, in particular by putting in place new structures for the NHS in England.

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Post-legislative assessment of the Health Act 2009: memorandum to the House of Commons Health Select Committee

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:17

Department of Health (DH) - 
This memorandum reports on the whether the objectives for each part of the Health Act 2009 were met. It finds that broadly speaking, the Act achieved its objectives, although some of its provisions have since been modified by later Acts.

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Local education and training posts at risk in HEE's cost cutting review

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 14:48
Education and training posts across the country could be axed as part of the second phase of Health Education England’s cost cutting reorganisation.
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Local education and training posts at risk in HEE's cost cutting review

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 14:48
Education and training posts across the country could be axed as part of the second phase of Health Education England’s cost cutting reorganisation.
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Unions ballot members for strike action over NHS pay

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 14:32
Three health unions have announced they are going to ballot their members for strike action over NHS pay.
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Unions ballot members for strike action over NHS pay

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 14:32
Three health unions have announced they are going to ballot their members for strike action over NHS pay.
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Healthwatch warns of the rise of 'super CCGs'

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 11:57
The health secretary has been urged to rethink legal reforms that would ease the creation of allegedly unaccountable “super clinical commissioning groups”.
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Everything you need to know about sickness absence: a simple guide for NHS managers

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 11:31

NHS Employers - 
This online tool aims to further improve the management of staff sick leave in the NHS. It answers questions such as, what do you do when a staff member calls in sick? How do you handle long-term or recurring absences? How can managers reduce stress, support staff to return to work and prevent sickness absence from becoming an issue in the first place?

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National confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness: annual report 2014 – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 11:21

University of Manchester - 
This report finds that mental health patients are at their highest risk of dying by suicide in the first two weeks after leaving hospital. It calls for suicides within 3 days of hospital discharge and deaths and serious injuries caused by restraint to be NHS ‘never events’.

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Guidance on implementing the Friends and Family Test (FFT)

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:53

NHS England - 
NHS England has produced guidance for NHS hospital trusts and providers of NHS funded services, helping them to implement FFT most effectively for both patients and staff. This includes advice on how to make the FFT more inclusive, allowing people of all ages and from all parts of our community to provide feedback.

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Review of the Friends and Family Test (FFT)

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:52

NHS England - 
This review was designed to assess the implementation, publication, use and reception of FFT during the first six months of national data collection, focusing on what has worked well and what might be improved. It found that FFT had made a positive impact on the NHS, with 78% of trusts saying it had increased the emphasis on patient experience in their trust. The FFT was also seen to have an important role on driving local service improvements, as well as boosting staff morale when positive comments are received.

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Doctors urged to opt out of working week directive

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:44
The Department of Health has pledged to find ways to help more doctors opt out of the European working time directive, which the authority admits has led to rigid shift patterns and had a detrimental effect on training.
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Doctors urged to opt out of working week directive

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:44
The Department of Health has pledged to find ways to help more doctors opt out of the European working time directive, which the authority admits has led to rigid shift patterns and had a detrimental effect on training.
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HSJ Live 22.07.2014: MPs debate Manchester reconfiguration

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:31
Healthier Together programme debated in Parliament, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 22.07.2014: NHS staff to be balloted on strike action

HSJ - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:31
Unison and the Royal College of Midwives announce plans to ballot members, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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