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NHS Digital director: Focusing cash on elite tech trusts first is right

HSJ - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 13:45
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Hunt’s new policy to prioritise more digitally mature hospitals for central funding instead of less technologically developed trusts as previously planned has been backed by a senior figure at NHS Digital.
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Spending on general practice rose 5 per cent last year

HSJ - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 13:28
Spending on general practice in England increased by 4.7 per cent in 2015-16, but its proportion of overall NHS spending grew by only a small amount, according to statistics released today. 
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Fiscal sustainability analytical paper: fiscal sustainability and public spending on health

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 12:51

Office for Budget Responsibility -
This paper reviews the latest evidence on the demographic and non-demographic determinants of health spending in the UK and its implications for the Office for Budget Responsbility's long-term health spending projection. It finds that demographic effects have explained only a small part of the increase in health spending over past decades and that they are likely to remain a relatively small, although growing, driver of spending in the future.

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Improving access to mental health services

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 12:07

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report concludes that much remains to be done to secure urgently needed improvements in mental health services. The Committee finds pressure on the NHS budget will make it very difficult to achieve 'parity of esteem' between mental and physical health and that this is a task "for the whole of government".

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Merger CCGs appoint joint chair for new board

HSJ - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 11:54
Three clinical commissioning groups have appointed a chair for a new joint board being established ahead of their planned full merger.
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Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched: the NHS in 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 11:34

Royal College of Physicians -
This report argues that the NHS in 2016 needs a new plan, designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs in the long term, and to value, support and motivate NHS staff. This would include an increase in the amount of funding and an increase in the number of medical students and doctors training to be hospital specialists.

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Exclusive: Providers to compete to run new maternity mental health units

HSJ - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 11:00
Providers are being invited to bid to run new inpatient units for mothers with serious mental health problems that will allow them to stay near their babies.
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NHS managers face crackdown on conflicts of interest

HSJ - Wed, 21/09/2016 - 07:00
NHS executives earning money from consultancy, advisory positions or honorariums will be expected to publicly declare them as interests in a new crackdown proposed by NHS England.
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Daily Insight: No health economies in surplus

HSJ - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 18:43
The must read stories and analysis from Tuesday
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Leaders of CCG trio commit to merger by April

HSJ - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 14:58
The leaders of the three clinical commissioning groups for Manchester have committed to a formal merger by April 2017, according to an independent options appraisal.
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Exclusive: Vanguards scale back plans due to funding shortfall

HSJ - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 13:25
Vanguard sites have told HSJ they have had to scale back their work developing new care models after receiving less than a third of the transformation funding they said they needed this year.
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The economics of housing and health: the role of housing associations

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 12:00

The King's Fund -
This report, based on work commissioned by the National Housing Federation from The King’s Fund and the New NHS Alliance, looks at the economic case for closer working between the housing and health sectors. The authors demonstrate how housing associations provide a wide range of services that produce health benefits, which can both reduce demand on the NHS and create social value. The report concludes that there is no one piece of economic analysis that will persuade health providers or commissioners to work with or commission housing associations. However, the case studies in the report illustrate the economic benefits that housing association can provide.

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Time for a turnaround on turnaround time

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 11:47

MindMetre Research -
This briefing contains an assessment of the importance and impact of improving laboratory test turnaround time in the acute care sector. The authors consider whether this is an area that should be better funded and prioritised?

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Who knows best? Older people’s contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 11:30

University of Birmingham -
The authors of this report interviewed 104 older people, exploring their experiences of emergency admissions. The research focused on whether the older people felt it was appropriate to be admitted to hospital and whether they thought anything could have prevented their admission. The findings of this study confirm the belief that older people have an important role to play in helping understand the nature of emergency admissions and to devise appropriate responses to their rising numbers. The report concludes that ignoring this expertise could be detrimental to ensuring older people get the appropriate care they need.

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Updated: Trust heading for unexpected deficit after governance failings

HSJ - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 01:01
Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust has revealed it is heading for a large unexpected deficit after “concerns” were raised within the trust about its financial position.
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Trust heading for unexpected deficit after governance failings

HSJ - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 01:01
Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust has revealed it is heading for a large unexpected deficit after “concerns” were raised within the trust about its financial position.
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Daily Insight: Smart moves

HSJ - Mon, 19/09/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Monday’s must read stories
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Southern Health chair resigns

HSJ - Mon, 19/09/2016 - 16:58
Tim Smart has resigned as interim chair of Southern Health Foundation Trust after less than five months in the role.
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Head of academic health partnership to retire

HSJ - Mon, 19/09/2016 - 16:27
The managing director of UCLPartners is retiring next week.
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Checklist for signing off new care model revealed

HSJ - Mon, 19/09/2016 - 08:30
Regulators are expected to require proposals for MCPs to pass three tests under a “joint assurance process” before becoming operational, according to governing body paper.
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