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National event for early lessons learnt from the opt-out blood-borne virus (BBV) testing policy in prisons, 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 25/08/2015 - 09:12

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This briefing provides a summary of event in May 2015, to review lessons learnt from policy change for testing for BBV in prisons.

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Executive Summary: Get on with it vanguards

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 18:38
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NHS staff to face new sanctions under ‘Sunshine rule’

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 17:01
NHS staff who fail to disclose payments and hospitality received from drug suppliers and medical device makers will be sanctioned under new regulation, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
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National health report 2015

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 13:55

Benenden - 
This report, compiled by mutual health and wellbeing provider Benenden, questioned 4,000 people across the UK asking them to put a cost to some common procedures and treatments - ranging from natural child birth to liver transplants, while at the same time enquiring if they believe some of those treatments should be funded, at least in part, by the individuals on the receiving end. It also explored attitudes and sense of entitlement to those same NHS treatments, uncovering a disparity between what people believe others are entitled to and their own entitlement.

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Better knowledge, better care: animations

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 13:52

NHS Improving Quality - 
These animations explore the value of knowledge in health care and they take viewers on a journey explaining key concepts along the way, to build an understanding of what better knowledge means in health and care. They demonstrate that no matter where you work in the system, small changes to capture, store, share and apply knowledge can lead to improved quality of care, outcomes and patient experience.

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Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 13:47
The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.
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Independent inquiry into trust’s handling of whistleblower complete

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:48
An investigation commissioned by the NHS Trust Development Authority into the handling of whistleblowing concerns at a West Midlands hospital trust has been completed, HSJ has learned.
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Public health cuts 'short sighted, short term and unwarranted'

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:29
Cutting public health budgets by £200m is ‘short sighted, short term and unwarranted”, according to the Local Government Association and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.
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NHS audiology - adult hearing services guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:02

National Community Hearing Association - 
This series of guides aimed at commissioners, providers, health and wellbeing boards and Healthwatch aim to increase access, quality and choice in adult hearing services whilst making the most of available resources. The guides advise how stakeholders in NHS hearing care can work together to deliver the goals in the NHS five year forward view – including putting patients first, improving access and follow-up, delivering more care out-of-hospital and making better use of limited resources. Most importantly the guidance sets the stage to take preventative health more seriously by thinking of hearing care as a public health, rather than medical, challenge.

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Exclusive: CSU procurements paused amid uncertainty over costs

HSJ - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:02
A least two procurements for commissioning support services have been paused, HSJ has learned. This comes amid uncertainty over how stranded costs will be paid for if a commissioning support unit loses a contract.
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Primary care in the NHS: busting the myths

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 11:55

NHS Confederation - 
NHS Confederation is publishing a series of myth busters, which challenge common misconceptions and enrich debate on topical issues regarding our health and care. The third in the series dispels myths about primary care in the NHS.

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Care and Treatment Reviews: policy and guidance

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 11:38

NHS England - 
Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They bring those responsible for the care of those who are in, or at risk of being admitted to, specialist hospitals around the table with the individual themselves and their families, as well as independent clinicians and experts by experience, to ensure that the care needs of that individual are being met. This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families. It will help CCGs and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.

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Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of older people living with cancer

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 10:58

Macmillan Cancer Support - 
Currently, older cancer patients (aged 65 and over) are far less likely to be given life-saving treatment than younger cancer patients (aged 55 to 64). One reason previously put forward for this is that older people may be more likely to turn down treatment. This report, commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support and carried out by Ipsos MORI, has found that older people are no more likely to refuse cancer treatment than younger people.

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Executive Summary: Bringing down a 'monster'

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 18:19
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Backlash expected over cancer drugs delisting

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 13:44
Talks are under way to identify high profile treatments to be removed from the cancer drugs fund in the coming months, HSJ has learned.
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Care UK claims commissioners broke competition rules

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 13:28
Private provider Care UK has accused NHS commissioners in north east London of breaking rules around price competition.
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Private providers could take big hit from NHS price changes

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 12:08
Private hospitals could see a steep cut in their income from NHS funded services under draft prices proposed for 2016-17, Monitor has warned.
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Yorkshire ambulance trust must improve, says CQC

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 12:02
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust has been told to improve following a Care Quality Commission inspection.
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Hinchingbrooke chief executive to step down

HSJ - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 11:41
The chief executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust has announced he is to step down.
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Privacy of health records: Europeans' preferences on electronic health data storage and sharing

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 21/08/2015 - 10:11

RAND Europe - 
This briefing summaries the evidence from one of the largest-ever surveys of citizens' views across Europe on security, surveillance and privacy issues in the storage of health records.

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