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Medical workforce census report 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 13/06/2016 - 10:15

Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) - 
This report provides comprehensive data on the anaesthetics workforce in the UK. It finds that while there have been increases in the numbers of consultant and specialty and associate specialist doctors since the previous census in 2010, the 2015 report confirms a number of challenges facing the specialty, including an existing unmet need for anaesthetics and intensive care medicine in trusts across the UK.

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Temporary solution in Lancashire hospitals' robot wars

HSJ - Mon, 13/06/2016 - 08:00
ACUTE CARE: NHS England has agreed to commission some robotic surgery from an acute trust in the North West, on the condition that the equipment could be moved elsewhere as part of an ongoing review.
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Daily Insight: Hospital ratings − the (almost) full picture

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 18:00
The must read stories to end the week
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DH to scrap nursing advisory team

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 17:45
The Department of Health is planning to axe its nursing, midwifery and allied health professions policy unit, HSJ has learned.
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Southern Health admits 'unlawful acts' in relation to Sparrowhawk death

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 17:23
Southern Health Foundation Trust has formally accepted responsibility for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, and accepted it made “unlawful acts and ommissions” in relation to the teenager’s death.
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Map of technology and data in health care

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 17:05

The King's Fund - 
Our interactive map brings together case studies from across England and the rest of world, highlighting some of the places that are experimenting with and implementing new technologies to achieve better health outcomes or more efficient care. This map is not a comprehensive listing of all such projects – it is limited to a selection of case studies featured in our publications and at our events, plus the NHS test bed sites set up to evaluate the real-world impact of new technologies.

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Engaging patients and communities in the community health needs assessment process

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 17:03

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) - 
This guide presents a model for engaging patients, their families and community members at each step of the process of developing a community health needs assessment.

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Dorrell warns health and care service will need more cash

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 14:14
The health and social care system will likely require more money over the next four years than was allocated in the comprehensive spending review, former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell has suggested.
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Exclusive: 'Blackmail' over control totals could undermine STPs, leaders warn

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 13:00
National leaders risk derailing the sustainability and transformation planning process by “blackmailing” local NHS bodies using outdated strategies such as control totals, the NHS Confederation has warned.
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Exclusive: Control totals risk undermining STPs, leaders warn

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 13:00
National leaders risk derailing the sustainability and transformation planning process by “blackmailing” local NHS bodies using outdated strategies such as control totals, the NHS Confederation has warned.
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The economic consequences of outdoor air pollution

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 12:47

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - 
This report estimates that outdoor air pollution could cause six to nine million premature deaths a year by 2060 and cost 1 per cent of global GDP as a result of sick days, medical bills and reduced agricultural output, unless action is taken.

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GMC workshop - changes to reduce the impact of our fitness to practice processes on doctors

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 12:32

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This report outlines proposals which originated from a workshop to discuss a set of draft proposals aimed at reducing the stress and impact that GMC processes can have on doctors, particularly those with health concerns. The report summarises key feedback received on the draft proposals and highlights further areas for consideration.

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Each baby counts: key message from 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 11:21

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) - 
This is the first annual report from RCOG's Each Baby Counts quality improvement programme which aims to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries by 2020. The report examines the interim data from 2015 and finds that the quality of local investigations into cases of stillbirth, early neonatal death and severe brain injury occurring as a result of incidents during term labour must improve. 

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Health leaders' panel: survey six - footprints, financing and staff morale

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 10:54

The Nuffield Trust - 
Since July 2014, the Nuffield Trust has regularly surveyed a panel of 100 health and social care leaders in England for their views on a range of issues including: finance, general practice and rationing. This is the sixth poll in the series and this poll focuses on NHS finances, staff morale and the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) areas. The poll results identify a decline in staff morale in the last six months, linked to heavy workloads and financial pressures in the sector. Respondents also highlighted concerns about the successful implementation of STPs due to the survival instincts of previously independent bodies and the fragmented system of NHS governance.

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"Hiding who I am": exposing the reality of end of life care for LGBT people

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 09:52

Marie Curie - 
This report looks at the barriers that prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people from accessing end of life care and highlights their real-life experiences. Its findings indicate that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of LGBT people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs.  As a result, access to care is often delayed and LGBT people are more likely to experience unmanaged symptoms and pain at the end of their lives.

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NHS contracting for the provision of third party pharmacy out-patient dispensing services and service provider access to the Commercial Medicines Unit framework agreement prices

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 09:49

Department of Health (DH) - 

This guidance for NHS trusts and chief pharmacists, informs all stakeholders involved in outsourcing of outpatient pharmacy services of their responsibilities during this process. The document includes a template letter to help make sure a consistent message is sent to pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers about these arrangements.

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Analysis: More than half of trusts 'require improvement'

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 08:00
HSJ has mapped and analysed every inspection rating the Care Quality Commission has handed out to NHS trusts across the country to date.
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Trust spent £315,000 on interim HR directors in a year

HSJ - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 08:00
WORKFORCE: A Kent trust paid £315,000 for the services of two “off payroll” interim human resources directors who were each in post for less than a year.
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Daily Insight: What would Brexit mean for the NHS?

HSJ - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s summary of the day’s must read stories and debate
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It is unlikely the 18 week target will ever be achieved again

HSJ - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 17:32
The English waiting list grew more rapidly than expected in April, and it looks like we have passed a crucial milestone.
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