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Improving the experience of care for cancer patients

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:05

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.

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A consultation on arrangements for the transfer of commissioning responsibility from NHS England to CCGs

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:52

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.

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Safer staffing: a guide to care contact time

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:48

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.

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National tariff payment system 2015/16: a consultation

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:45

Monitor -
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.

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Beds could go under Somerset community services plans

HSJ - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:23
STRUCTURE: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is planning a major overhaul of its community services which will see a significant reduction in hospital beds and the potential procurement of an integrated service for patients with long term conditions.
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HSJ Live 27.11.2014: New NHS regulations come into force

HSJ - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 09:57
Duty of candour and fit and proper person requirement come into for trusts, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 27.11.2014: What Simon Stevens says goes: Politicians need to get out of the way

HSJ - Thu, 27/11/2014 - 09:57
With Simon Stevens seizing the health policy initiative with his forward view, the NHS needs to find a way for politicians to play their part without getting in the way, says Reform senior researcher Thomas Cawston, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Urgent and important : the future for urgent care in a 24/7 NHS

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:52

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.

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The return of PFI – will the NHS pay a higher price for new hospitals?

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:02

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.

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Tariff reveals NHS savings targets for 2015-16

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:00
NHS pricing authorities will require all providers to deliver another 3.8 per cent in efficiency savings next year, while tweaking the controversial “marginal rate” for emergency admissions to ease the financial strain on smaller hospitals
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BREAKING: Tariff reveals NHS savings targets for 2015-16

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:00
NHS pricing authorities will require all providers to deliver another 3.8 per cent in efficiency savings next year, while tweaking the controversial “marginal rate” for emergency admissions to ease the financial strain on smaller hospitals, HSJ can reveal.
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Winterbourne view - time for change: transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:20

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.

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The autumn statement: NHS funding

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:00

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.

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Some trusts will not become FTs until 2018, says Flory

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:38
The chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority has said some trusts will not be authorised for at least another four years.
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Exclusive: Patient choice is not key to improving performance, says Hunt

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 07:00
Patient choice is no longer fundamental to improving NHS performance, the health secretary has declared, marking a major break from a policy favoured by Conservative and Labour governments
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PF2 approvals process 'not fit for purpose', hospital chief warns

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 07:00
COMMERCIAL: The Treasury’s approval process for the private finance 2 programme has been criticised by a hospital chief executive whose trust was forced to halt plans to build a new hospital.
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Hunt: I want five years as health secretary

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 07:00
Jeremy Hunt has asked the prime minister to keep him in the health secretary post until 2017, claiming he ‘would be very happy if this is my life’s work’
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Government considering 'incentives' for trusts to sell land

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 07:00
Jeremy Hunt has accepted the need for ‘investment in new primary care estate’ and revealed the government is examining how to encourage FTs to sell unused land
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HSJ Live 26.11.2014: Tariff reveals NHS savings targets for 2015-16

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 00:01
NHS pricing authorities will require all providers to deliver another 3.8 per cent in efficiency savings next year, while tweaking the controversial “marginal rate” for emergency admissions to ease the financial strain on smaller hospitals, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 26.11.2014: NHS “failure” to move to people with learning disabilities out of hospitals

HSJ - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 00:01
There are still more people with learning disabilties admitted institutions than are being discharged, the King’s Fund calls for £2bn NHS funding in the Autumn Statement next week, and the rest of today’s news and comment
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