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Trust gets cash for staff standing up in long meetings

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 11:00
A Midlands trusts is asking staff to stand when meetings run over an hour to help meet its staff health and wellbeing CQUIN goal, which is worth £900,000 this financial year.
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Trust tells staff to stand in meetings to help hit funding goal

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 11:00
A Midlands trusts is asking staff to stand when meetings run over an hour to help meet its staff health and wellbeing CQUIN goal, which is worth £900,000 this financial year.
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Evolution of WHO air quality guidelines: past, present and future

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 10:37

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This document summarizes key WHO publications in the field of air quality and health since the 1950s, which led to the development of the series of WHO air quality guidelines. It outlines the evolution of the scientific evidence on the health effects of air pollution and of its interpretation, supporting policy and other decision-makers in setting outdoor and indoor air quality management strategies worldwide. Current WHO activities and their future directions in this field are also presented.

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Exclusive: Trust chiefs must sign off CCG mental health spending

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 07:00
Mental health trust leaders must sign off their commissioners’ spending for the sector under radical new plans to make sure cash is reaching the front line, HSJ can reveal.
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Success regime will not solve region's problems, warn senior medics

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 07:00
Plans for a major acute reorganisation in Essex will not address its financial and workforce sustainability problems and provide “relatively little change to current provision”, senior clinicians have warned.
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'Lives at risk' unless ambulance trust cuts waiting times

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 07:00
The chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust has admitted the organisation “does not have the capacity” to reach patients within national response time targets.
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Concerns over future of pioneering heart failure unit

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 07:00
“Significant” concerns have been raised over the sustainability of a pioneering heart failure unit at a major London trust, which will now review its use of resources.
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Mortality spike linked to care cuts

HSJ - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 00:02
A sharp rise in deaths last year was likely to have been caused by failures in health and social care linked to funding cuts, a study has concluded.
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Daily Insight: Mackey admits target already missed

HSJ - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 17:15
HSJ’s round-up of Thursday’s must read stories
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Eight CCGs could be 'taken over' under council proposals

HSJ - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 15:00
A single entity could be established to commission all health and social care services in Lancashire, with a councillor potentially given the casting vote on its board, a new report has proposed.
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Next generation of community health

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 13:43

American Hospital Association (AHA) - 
This report takes a U.S. focused view on how community health services are likely to develop as hospitals redefine themselves to keep pace with the changing health care landscape. It examines how community health has the potential to become the hub for population health and to bring together multiple sectors to reduce health inequalities.

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Retirement on hold: supporting older carers

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 13:33

Carers Trust - 
This report gives an insight into the experiences of older carers and highlights the need for greater support for these unpaid carers. Some of the key issues that are highlighted include the health of older carers and the use of personal finances to support care needs.

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'Inadequate' trust secures £40m support package

HSJ - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 12:36
Commissioners in Greater Manchester have agreed to provide £40m of additional revenue funding to the troubled Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust over the next two years.
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The London Quality Standards: a case study in changing clinical care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 12:01

Nuffield Trust - 
This review of the London Quality Standards (LQS), the London-wide precursor to the Seven Day Services Standards, argues that using seven-day standards as the basis for downgrading or closing hospital services is unjustified and counterproductive. The LQS aimed to reduce excess weekend deaths in hospitals and to improve access to services for patients. The review concludes that the LQS worked well as a quality improvement programme but that there was no statistical evidence on improvement on weekend mortality rates or rates of discharge.

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Exclusive: Huge expansion of scheme to cut NHS variation

HSJ - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 11:56
The Getting It Right First Time programme, designed to reduce unwarranted variation in the NHS, has almost tripled the number of clinical specialities it will work in, HSJ can reveal.
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Department of Health named social worker: reflect and refine report

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 11:51

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - 
The Named Social Work pilot scheme aims to address the lack of continuity of care in social work by creating a role of a single named social worker. This report presents the interim findings on the scheme's progress and outlines the specifics of how this role is developing throughout the process of implementation.

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Working together to address obesity in adult mental health secure units

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 11:35

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This review summarises the latest evidence on obesity in secure mental health units. It examines the evidence on the prevalence and impact of obesity in secure settings and an investigation of potential interventions.

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Saving STPs: achieving meaningful health and social care reform

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 11:32

Reform - 
This report identifies three key barriers to STPs being successfully implemented and outlines a series of changes to overcome these barriers. It argues that engagement with the plans are dominated by CCGs and NHS providers with input from other parties limited. It also finds that mixed messages regarding the focus of STPs from national bodies and a lack of leadership have left STPs struggling with the challenges of reform and implementation.

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The health and care of older people in England 2017

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 10:48

Age UK - 
This report discusses the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS. It calls for an emergency injection of funds in the spring budget for social care and for the development of a long-term solution to the care crisis.

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Doctors could be allowed to opt out of new consultant contract

HSJ - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 06:00
A new consultant contract for hospital doctors in England could be made optional for both existing consultants and junior doctors.
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