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Consultation launched on heart surgery standards

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:16
NHS England has begun consultation on a new set of standards for congenital heart disease services, in the latest chapter of the long-running debate on the future of children’s cardiac surgery.
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First wave integration plans aim low on emergency activity

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:09
Four of the first five better care fund plans to receive official approval are all aiming for less than the ‘expected minimum target’ of a 3.5 per cent reduction in emergency admissions.
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Deprived mothers 'get worse care' than wealthiest

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:01
More needs to be done to help poor women through pregnancy, experts have said, after new research found that they have a worse experience than better-off mothers-to-be.
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Labour insists scrapping NHS competition would not require major upheaval

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:59
A legal adviser to the Labour Party has rejected claims it would have to ‘dismantle’ the commissioner-provider split in order to remove the effect of EU procurement rules on the NHS.
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HSJ Live 17.09.2014: NHS to plan for 'transition' year in 2015-16

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 08:00
The coming financial year will be a ‘transition’ period with few new national requirements so the NHS ‘can focus on core aspects’, NHS England suggests, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 17.09.2014: First wave integration plans aim low on emergency activity

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 08:00
Four of the first five better care fund plans to receive approval aim for less than the ‘expected minimum target’ in emergency admissions, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 17.09.2014: Making sense of the Francis focus on leadership

HSJ - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 08:00
How to use the ‘dispersed leadership’ concept, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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NHS England delays consultation on restructure and job cuts

HSJ - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 17:28
NHS England has delayed a consultation with staff on a planned large reduction in posts and structural reorganisation, following feedback from staff, it has said.
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NHS England delays consultation on restructure and job cuts

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 17:28
NHS England has delayed a consultation with staff on a planned large reduction in posts and structural reorganisation, following feedback from staff, it has said.
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Comparing lean and quality improvement

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 15:59

Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) - 
This white paper discusses the relationship between quality improvement and lean and how either or both could best be utilised to improve care systems.

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Local action on health inequalities

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 15:43

UCL Institute of Health Inequity - 
This series of evidence reports and briefings, commissioned by Public Health England, outline practical, local actions to tackle health inequalities through the social determinants of health. The are designed for local authorities particularly Directors of Public Health and their teams, and for health and wellbeing boards. They include evidence, practical points and case studies on approaches and actions that can be taken by local authorities on a range of issues to reduce health inequalities.

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NHS healthcare providers: working with choice and competition

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 15:38

Monitor - 
This suite of documents provide guidance to help healthcare providers make the best decisions for patients, explaining how Monitor applies competition rules.

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Priorities for the next government

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:25

The King's Fund - 
The general election will come at a pivotal time for health and social care. An unprecedented funding squeeze has left the NHS on the brink of financial crisis, while reductions in local government funding have led to significant cuts in social care services. The next government must ensure that the focus on improving quality of care established in the wake of the Francis report is sustained. It will also need to set in train a transformation of services to meet the needs of patients more effectively. Looking further ahead, the big question is how to provide adequate funding to meet future demand for health and social care.

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Norfolk trust applies for mutual programme

HSJ - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:12
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust is bidding to be one of 10 trusts to receive grant funding to investigate the potential scope for becoming a mutual, HSJ has learned.
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Herts Valleys CCG seeking partner to undertake ‘strategic review’

HSJ - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:00
STRUCTURE: Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group is looking for an “independent partner” to help it conduct a “strategic review” to ensure the sustainability of the West Hertfordshire healtheconomy.
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Consultant level data undermined by 'conflicts of interest', expert says

HSJ - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:57
A health information expert has claimed official consultant level quality data is flawed because of the ‘conflicts of interest’ of those who oversee national clinical audits.
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Two weeks left to enter Emerging Leaders competition

HSJ - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:12
Entrants have the chance to win a £5,000 bursary and two years’ of professional mentoring
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Two weeks left to enter Emerging Leaders competition

HSJ Workforce - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:12
Entrants have the chance to win a £5,000 bursary and two years’ of professional mentoring
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Strategic commissioning of long-term care: can we get more for less?

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:05

Laing & Buisson - 
This white paper seeks to analyse the state of the UK market in care services for older people, to identify the market failures (and achievements) and to ask if there are any ways to correct the failures – especially the key issue which dogs providers of care services working for a publicly funded clientele, which is the mismatch between public sector commissioners’ need to contain costs in an extended period of austerity, and providers’ need to earn an adequate return in order to sustain existing services and develop the new ones.

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A UK without poverty

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 12:57

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) - 
This report calls for a comprehensive approach to tackling poverty in the UK and highlights the actions which health and social care systems need to take in order to contribute to this. It recommends that programmes of support for individuals and families of those with complex and long-term conditions, such as mental health or problem substance use, in order to help them move towards independence and out of poverty.

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