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Nuffield Trust -
This briefing examines the real reasons behind England’s A&E ‘crisis’, and warns that the emphasis on the four-hour waiting time target has become disproportionate. It also makes some recommendations to policy makers on how performance management should be approached in the future.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This report describes how local authorities and health teams are working together to improve the health of local communities through prevention and early intervention. It also features seven case studies, each of which describes a particular programme or close partnership between a local authority and local public health or health care teams, often with the additional support of the voluntary sector.
This report presents the findings from Monitor's research and sets out how the NHS could ensure that choice works better for patients. The research sought views on how having a choice of NHS hearing loss services impacts patients.
This letter is aimed at all chief executives of providers of NHS-funded care and discusses the tariff arrangements for 2015/16 activity. It provides new information on next year’s NHS funding and contracting round, and sets out decisions that need to be taken by 6 March 2015.
This memorandum of understanding sets out how Monitor and CQC will work together. It describes both organisations' respective roles, the principles followed and the agreed governance framework on joint areas of work.
Centre for Health Economics (CHE) -
This report looks at whether a cost-effectiveness analysis of resource allocation is an economically viable method of improving population healthcare needs in low - and middle-income countries.
London Assembly -
This report highlights GP shortages in London and investigates the issue of low morale and GP retention. It outlines a number of recommendations to improve access to primary care services in London such as commissioning further research into staff morale; a review of IT strategy to improve patient access; and greater collaboration between the Mayor of London and NHS England.
County All Party Parliamentary Group -
This report from the County All Party Parliamentary Group is the result of an inquiry into integrated care and the future of adult social care. It concludes that the success of the health and social care integration is at risk in counties from overly centralised NHS structures entrenching barriers between services. It argues that there was a critical need for health and social care deals to enable counties and their partners in health to negotiate devolved deals suited to their local challenges.
Social Market Foundation -
This report argues that a new system of charges is needed for an integrated NHS and social care service to distribute the costs of care more fairly across the system, to make funding more sustainable and to incentivise patients to prevent health needs and costs arising. It calls for the introduction of 'personal care accounts', where both the individual and the state contribute towards the costs of NHS and social care treatments. The funding model proposed in this paper puts health and social care on an equal footing and brings to an end the current unfair settlement where individuals face huge financial liabilities for social care, while the cost for their health needs is almost entirely paid for by the state. It would do this by redistributing £7 billion of charging that currently falls solely on social care patients in a more equitable way to all health and social care patients through expanded charging for health services.
Royal College of Emergency Medicine -
This paper reports the findings of a survey of 142 clinical leaders in emergency medicine across the UK. The survey was carried out in response to the unprecedented pressures over the 2014/15 winter period and reveals just how much needs to be done to address the profound challenges facing A&E services.