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Mental health services: preparations for improving access

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 10:43

National Audit Office -
This report finds that the Department of Health and NHS England are making progress, particularly in setting priorities and national leadership, but significant risks to implementing the access and waiting times programme remain. The strongest areas are the clear objectives and strong leadership, and a governance framework is being developed. The greatest challenges for the future are collecting data to show whether the standards are being met, building the mental health workforce and reinforcing incentives for providers. It finds that full information does not exist to measure how far the NHS is from meeting the access and waiting time standards, but it is clear that meeting the standards will be a very significant challenge.

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General practice forward view

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 10:32

NHS England -
This forward view sets out a plan, backed by a multi-billion pound investment, to stabilise and transform general practice. It has been developed with Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs and other GP representatives. It commits to an extra £2.4 billion a year to support general practice services by 2020/21. This means spending will rise from £9.6 billion in 2016/17 to over £12 billion by 2021. This investment will be supplemented by a one off five-year £500 million national sustainability and transformation package to support GP practices, and includes additional funds from local CCGs. The plan also contains specific, practical and funded steps to grow and develop workforce, drive efficiencies in workload and relieve demand, modernise infrastructure and technology, and support local practices to redesign the way modern primary care is offered to patients.

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Mental health and criminal justice: views from consultations across England & Wales

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 10:06

Centre for Mental Health -
With extremely high rates of mental ill-health among the prison population, this report draws on experiences from across England and Wales to determine the way forward for improvement. It finds that few of the prisons represented at the events were able to offer psychological therapies, and that primary mental health care remains the weakest element of mental health support in prisons.

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NHS Improvement to allow local power over nurse staffing levels

HSJ - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 08:00
The NHS should allow local discretion on nurse staffing levels but trusts will be expected to report against outcome measures to support patient care, according to an NHS Improvement director.
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Stevens promises big increase in GP spending

HSJ - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 01:01
Spending on general practice will increase by 14 per cent in real terms by 2020-21, NHS England has claimed as it launches a five year GP strategy.
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New ‘GP contract’ may be open to NHS trust joint ventures

HSJ - Thu, 21/04/2016 - 01:01
The new voluntary GP contract announced by the prime minister last year could be held by joint ventures set up by NHS organisations, Simon Stevens has said.
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Exclusive: 'Strong push' still needed in NHS contract negotiations

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 18:38
NHS Improvement’s finance chief has said the health service needs another “significant push” over the next four days to get 2016-17 contracts agreed before arbitration kicks in on 25 April.
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Daily Insight: Secrets of outstanding trust's success

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of the must read stories in health policy
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Sweeping centralisation proposed for Manchester services

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 18:03
RECONFIGURATION: Cardiac services in Manchester should be consolidated on one hospital site and several other specialities organised as “single services”, according to the initial findings of an independent review.
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HSCIC renamed NHS Digital and new chair hired

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 15:15
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has appointed a new chair and been renamed NHS Digital.
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Foundation trust chief made NHS England mental health director

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 15:05
One of the most influential foundation trust chief executives in the country has been appointed as NHS England’s national mental health director.
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CQC's budget cut further

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 13:26
The Care Quality Commission’s budget had been reduced by an additional £9m compared to what it was expecting to receive this year.
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CCGs order inquiry into disrupted switch to private transport firm

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 12:07
PERFORMANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have ordered an independent inquiry into the troubled start of a new patient transport service.
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Supporting NHS staff who are volunteers

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 11:51

NHS Employers -
This guidance for NHS employers looks at the business case and benefits of volunteering, the impact it has on an employee’s terms and conditions and gives examples from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have both supported their staff to take part in volunteering activities.

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Shortlist for HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards revealed

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 11:37
The shortlist for the 2016 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards has been announced.
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Integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness: a rapid review

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 10:43

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
People with mental health conditions have a lower life expectancy and poorer physical health outcomes than the general population. Evidence suggests that this discrepancy is driven by a combination of clinical risk factors, socioeconomic factors and health system factors. The objective of this research was to explore current service provision and map the recent evidence on models of integrated care addressing the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness primarily within the mental health service setting.

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‘Financial recovery plan’ for specialised services in South

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 08:00
NHS England has implemented a “financial recovery plan” for specialised services in the South of England, one of its directors has confirmed.
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'Outstanding' trust's chief reveals turning point

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 01:01
Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become only the third acute trust in England to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with staff being praised by the chief inspector of hospitals and the chief executive.
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Merger trust third to be rated 'outstanding' by CQC

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 01:01
Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become only the third acute trust in England to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with staff being praised by the chief inspector of hospitals and the chief executive.
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Third acute trust rated 'outstanding'

HSJ - Wed, 20/04/2016 - 01:01
Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become only the third acute trust in England to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with staff being praised by the chief inspector of hospitals and the chief executive.
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