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Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:38

Public Health England -
The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

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Loser of £126m tender challenges commissioners

HSJ - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:27
COMMERCIAL: One of the losers in a £126m community services tender has written to commissioners to query their methodology.
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Devolution: the next five years and beyond

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 09:53

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee -
The authors of this report welcome the Government's commitment to devolution but urges Government and local leaders to do more to engage the public in devolution proposals, negotiations and outcomes. The Committee's inquiry set out to examine the Government's Devolution Bill and whether the Greater Manchester deal, and its health devolution agreement, was a model for other areas. However, the inquiry's scope widened to look and review the way in which devolution in England is moving ahead in other places such as the Tees Valley, Liverpool, Leeds and Cornwall.

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Worcestershire CCGs ink three year commissioning support deal

HSJ - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 07:00
COMMERCIAL: Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit has been named as the preferred provider of support services to Worcestershire’s three clinical commissioning groups.
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Exclusive: Spike in NHS block contracts raises private sector concerns

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 17:30
The past three years have seen a steep rise in the amount of NHS elective care being commissioned under “block contracts”, according to data shared exclusively with HSJ.
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Executive Summary: HSJ readers sniff out Hunt's red herring

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 17:12
Today’s must read health policy stories and debate
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Morecambe Bay vanguard sets out ‘accountable care’ ambition

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:39
STRUCTURE: Health leaders in Morecambe Bay will look to establish an “accountable care system” in shadow form by April, with a view to full implementation in December.
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CPS to review handling of NHS corporate manslaughter case

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:02
The Crown Prosecution Service said it will review its handling of the corporate manslaughter case against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust.
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Pharma companies banned from sponsoring CCG's events

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 07:15
COMMERCIAL: Pharmaceutical companies will no longer be allowed to sponsor events organised by South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
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Fifteen trusts asked to pay executives more than prime minister

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 07:00
Fifteen trusts have applied for permission to pay at least one board member more than the prime minister’s £142,500 annual salary, HSJ research reveals.
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HEE chief: Spending review cuts led to fewer nurse places

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 07:00
Health Education England would “have almost certainly” commissioned more adult nurse training places if it had not been subject to funding cuts by the Treasury, its chief executive Ian Cumming has told HSJ.
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'Clear objectives' needed before health devolution

HSJ - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:01
Areas should shun health devolution if integration initiatives with social care are working well.
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£1.2bn contracts tender paused following Cambridgeshire fiasco

HSJ - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:21
The largest outcomes based contracting tender exercise in the country has been paused in response to the collapse of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s £800m contract for older people’s care.
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Executive Summary: Morris' merger miracle

HSJ - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:07
The must read stories in health on Tuesday
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Health on the back burner in southern devolution bid

HSJ - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 16:55
Complex integration left to later stage by Surrey, East and West Sussex
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Sheltered housing in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot: a case study of a joint project led by WAM CCG

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:12

Housing LIN - 
This case study how Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG is working with sheltered accommodation providers to identify common problems and work towards incremental solutions. Reducing hospital readmissions, knowing the right people, opening doors and asking tenants what would make the biggest difference to them are just some of the current initiatives. It gives personal insight into managing the project and the outcomes achieved that have both improved the experiences of sheltered housing residents and led to service improvements in the delivery of care following a hospital admission.

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How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:54

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
This study aims to investigate the interplay of service factors that influence decision-making about emergency patient admissions and to understand how the medical assessment process is experienced by patients, carers and medical staff.

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NICE indicators programme: consultation on potential new indicators

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:51

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This consultation seeks feedback on potential new indicators for inclusion in the NICE indicator menu. The proposed new indicators aim to improve the quality of care for a variety of conditions, including: waiting times for antenatal care; improved diagnosis of atrial fibrillation; targets for diabetes services; health assessments and prevention of emergency admissions for people with learning disabilities and autism. This consultation closes on 29th February 2016.

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Faith at the end of life: public health approach resource for professionals

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:46

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This resource aims to help frontline professionals and providers working in community settings and commissioners maintain a holistic approach to the people dying, caring or bereaved. It provides information to help ensure that commissioning and delivery of services and practice takes account of spiritual needs of the six largest faith groups in England and remains appropriate to the community setting in which they work.

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Thousands of patients adrift on specialist trust waiting lists

HSJ - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:37
PATIENT SAFETY: Thousands of patients at a specialist acute trust have been denied follow-up appointments while hundreds more have been left waiting for treatment, HSJ has learned.
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