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NHS Improving Quality -
This introductory guide aims to help cancer teams and professionals at all levels within a Trust to drive continual improvement in patient experience, using tried and tested tools and techniques.
A consultation on arrangements for the transfer of commissioning responsibility from NHS England to CCGs
Department of Health -
The Department of Health are looking for views on what type of support CCGs will need from NHS England to be able to commission renal dialysis services and morbid obesity surgery services safely and effectively.
NHS England -
This guide is for providers and commissioners as part of the drive to deliver safe and effective care. It gives providers a suite of toolkits to support them in making decisions to secure safe staffing care for their patients and service users and recommends that organisations review the contact time staff spend with their patients. It also supports commissioners working with providers to assure themselves that there is sufficient nurse, midwifery and care staff capacity and capability to meet appropriate outcomes and quality standards and to use commissioning and contractual levers to help secure improvements.
NHS England and Monitor have published proposals for the 2015/16 national tariff payment system. The consultation notice sets out the proposed prices and payment rules for 2015/16 that are designed to support commissioners and providers improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients. The deadline for responses is 24 December 2014.
Care UK -
This report makes eight recommendations to improve standards and ensure the most efficient use of resources. It surveyed 1,000 GPs, whose feedback helped to guide the report’s recommendations. The recommendations aim to give the out of hours sector a stronger position through a more tailored and informed approach to workforce development, communication, commissioning and delivery.
Centre for Health and the Public Interest -
This report claims that the Government’s Private Finance 2 initiative is likely to divert more resources away from the NHS in England than the original Private Finance Initiative. It warns that Private Finance 2 deals are likely to be more expensive than existing PFI deals. Analysis of the financing model for the new scheme finds that restructuring the balance of debt and risk capital would increase the rate of return to private investors by 15%, under current market conditions.
Winterbourne view - time for change: transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism
NHS England -
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address the shortcomings in the provision of support for people with learning disabilities. The report makes a series of recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the government, that include a robust NHS commissioning framework to support people with learning disabilities and autism move out of hospitals and into the community.
The King's Fund -
The NHS is facing huge pressures as a result of an ongoing funding squeeze, rising demand for services and the need to safeguard quality of care following the Francis report. This briefing says that without the additional £2 billion, staff numbers will be cut, waiting times will rise and quality of care will deteriorate, leaving patients to bear the cost.