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What if antibiotics were to stop working?

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 15:51

The King's Fund - 
The NHS if is a collection of essays that explores hypothetical scenarios and their impact on the future of health and care. Our aim is to encourage new thinking and debate about possible future scenarios that could fundamentally change health and care. This essay, by Professor Dame Sally Davies and Rebecca Sugden, explores a future in which antimicrobial resistance changes the face of medicine and health care.

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Syphilis epidemiology in London: sustained high numbers of cases in men who have sex with men

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 15:45

Public Health England (PHE) - 
The aim of this report is to update on the epidemiology of syphilis in adults in London. It shows that the rate of syphilis diagnoses in three times higher among Londoners than anywhere else in England and that it disproportionately affects men who have sex with men. The report contains an overview on syphilis alongside data sources and a breakdown of the syphilis burden in London by local authority.

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Tailored end-of-life care training

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 15:31

NHS Employers - 
This case study outlines how the palliative care and end-of-life care specialists at Leeds Teaching Hospitals offered bespoke departmental teaching and focused interventions to improve care within specific clinical areas. Staff at the trust reported an improvement in their skills and confidence in symptom management; facilitating end-of-life care at home; recognising end of life; and knowledge of community services. The success of this approach has led to the training being rolled out to other clinical areas across the trust.

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'Confusion' over new policies led to trust's inadequate safety rating

HSJ - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 08:00
QUALITY: Failure to filter new care policies through the workforce led to Humber Foundation Trust being rated inadequate for safety, the trust’s nursing director has said.
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Exclusive: Birmingham CCGs plan to merge by April 2018

HSJ - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 08:00
Three Birmingham clinical commissioning groups are planning to merge in April 2018, HSJ understands.
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Performance data 'fundamental' to vanguards and STPs could be delayed

HSJ - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 08:00
Community services performance data will be “essential” to delivering vanguard projects and sustainability and transformation plans and its publication should not be delayed, according to leaders in the sector.
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South Coast trust in special measures after serious leadership failings

HSJ - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 01:01
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has today been placed in special measures after the Care Quality Commission found it to be inadequate.
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Daily Insight: A hard nut to crack

HSJ - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of the day’s must read stories and talking points
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New GP funding formula pushed back

HSJ - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 17:48
NHS England has confirmed that a new GP funding formula will not be sought before 1 April 2018 despite expectations that it would inform the 2017-18 GP contract
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New drugs for dementia

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 14:58

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) - 
This briefing outlines the challenges in developing new drugs to treat dementia, and provides an overview of UK and international research activities to accelerate progress in this field.

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Improving outcomes and supporting transparency: part 2: summary technical specifications of public health indicators

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 14:55

Department of Health (DH) - 
The public health outcomes framework concentrates on increasing healthy life expectancy; reduced differences in life expectancy; and healthy life expectancy between communities. This document sets out the technical specifications of the indicators in the revised framework. Local authorities must consider this document when carrying out their public health functions.

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Paediatric rota gaps and vacancies 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 14:27

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) - 
This annual workforce survey compiles data and evidence on paediatric staffing levels and this year, participants have expressed serious concerns for the future of paediatric services as the gaps on rotas are increasing. The survey found that more than half of paediatric units is not meeting recommended staffing standards and to keep services running, consultants are increasingly providing unplanned cover in addition to covering their own roles.

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Dementia atlas

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 14:15

Department of Health (DH) - 
This interactive map of England allows people to make comparisons about the quality of dementia care in their area, on issues such as prevention, diagnosis and support. 

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Doctor shortage may see maternity unit downgraded

HSJ - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 12:34
Doctor-led maternity services at Horton General hospital may be suspended from the end of September following a failure to recruit doctors.
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Quality assurance report: Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull (BSBC) diabetic eye screening programme: observations and recommendations from visit on 8 March 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 11:33

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document presents the executive summary of the quality assurance report for the NHS diabetic eye screening programme in Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull.

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Quality assurance report: observations and recommendations from the visit to Central England on 2 February 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 11:30

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document presents the executive summary of the quality assurance report to the NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme in Central England.

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Empowering staff to make informed wellbeing choices

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 10:30

NHS Employers - 
This case study outlines how Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has been empowering their staff to make informed wellbeing choices by developing and introducing pledges including: physical activity sessions; healthy food options; staff health checks; and smoking cessation and respiratory health. 

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Feeling the wait: annual report on elective surgery waiting times

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 10:26

Patients Association - 
This is the sixth annual Patients Association report on hospital waiting times for elective surgical procedures in England. The report is based on data from 2015 and shows that on the whole, the total number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for surgery has risen to 92,739 from 51,388 since 2014. The report also highlights the most common causes for cancellation of surgery as well as the variation in performance across different regions of the country.

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Ageing gracefully: the PACE approach to caring for frail elders in the community

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 10:17

The Commonwealth Fund - 
This case study is one in an ongoing series examining initiatives that aim to improve outcomes and reduce costs of care for patients with complex needs, who account for a large share of U.S. health care spending. This case study looks at the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) - a comprehensive medical and social care service which is delivered in community day centres and in patients' homes. It outlines the benefits and challenges of this approach and shares learning from the implementation of this initiative.

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Failure to 'radically redesign' paediatric services fuels six year high vacancy rate

HSJ - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 08:12
Failure to reconfigure NHS paediatric services over the last six years has contributed to the highest vacancy rate among junior doctors in the specialism since 2010, a royal college has found.
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