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Midlands trust's handling of whistleblower 'significantly flawed'

HSJ - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 11:34
WORKFORCE: A hospital trust’s handling of a whistleblower who raised concerns over the way mortality rates were recorded was “significantly flawed”, an independent review has found.
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Exclusive: Departing boss blames leadership for tech woes

HSJ - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 08:00
Muddled leadership, competing agendas and a risk averse culture are damaging the NHS’s digital agenda, a senior figure has warned.
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NHS warned it is not taking hacking threat seriously enough

HSJ - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 08:00
NHS organisations are not taking the threat of cyber attacks seriously enough, the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s outgoing chair has warned.
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Daily Insight: Contract worth hundreds of millions in 'meltdown'

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 18:45
HSJ’s round-up of the most important stories in health policy
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Worst A&E performance since targets began

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 18:24
The English NHS has recorded its worst yearly results for four hour waits in accident and emergency since the target was introduced.
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DH tells nursing watchdog to review treatment of bereaved families

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 15:32
REGULATION: The Department of Health has told the Nursing and Midwifery Council to “urgently review” the way it treats patients and bereaved families.
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Building better participation

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 15:30

National Association for Patient Participation -
This guidance is designed to be of use to all Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), whether long-standing or recently formed, whether large or very small, whether in a single practice or as part of a federation of practices. It was developed and “road tested” with the involvement of over 50 PPG members and Practice Managers. It aims to help PPGs and their practice to reflect on what they do, how they work, and how they might become even more effective.

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Tailored review of Public Health England (PHE)

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 15:03

Department of Health -
This review looks at PHE’s performance and effectiveness, efficiency, and governance. The Department of Health want to gather opinions on: whether PHE performs necessary functions; whether these functions are delivered effectively; how issues are prioritised and how well PHE performs; whether PHE is efficient and provides good value for money; and whether the governance processes are appropriate and effective. The consultation closes on 24 June 2016.

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Funding mental health at local level: unpicking the variation

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:52

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
Mental health service providers have raised concerns about the level of funding being allocated to mental health services to deliver the government’s ambitions for parity of esteem between physical and mental health services. This report highlights a ‘disjoint’ about whether the investment requirement is being met, lack of clarity as to what expenditure is counted as mental health spend and that more investment is needed than the £1 billion highlighted by the Mental Health Taskforce report.

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Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: taking the strategy forward

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:30

NHS England -
The NHS’s Independent Cancer Taskforce estimates 30,000 lives can be saved each year by 2020 through earlier diagnosis and better treatment and care.  This document sets out plans to take action across all strategic priorities, with more cancers prevented, more people surviving for longer following a cancer diagnosis, everyone with cancer having consistently good experiences of treatment and care, and a better long-term quality of life. The plan explains how Cancer Alliances will be established across the country from September this year. These will see clinicians from across primary, secondary and tertiary care working together with other local healthcare leaders to improve services for their populations.

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Looking through the wellbeing kaleidoscope: results from the European Social Survey

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:11

New Economics Foundation -
This report explores new ways in which policy can support and encourage high levels of wellbeing, using data from the European Social Survey.

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Elective waiting list reaches nine year high

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:08
The number of patients waiting for an elective procedure could be as high as 3.7m, NHS England estimates – the highest level since 2007.
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Health matters: giving every child the best start in life

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:06

Public Health England -
This guidance for health professionals and local authorities focuses on investing in early years services from pregnancy through to two years old.

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Department of Health group accounting manual 2016-17: consultation document

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 13:53

Department of Health -
The group accounting manual (GAM) is based on the 2016 to 2017 Treasury Financial Reporting Manual, adapted for the NHS. It includes mandatory accounting guidance for all NHS bodies on completing their statutory annual report and accounts. The Department of Health are consulting on the content of the 2016 to 2017 GAM. The consultation closes on 1 July 2016.

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'Meltdown' of £330m outsource contract disrupts primary care

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 11:22
Vital primary care support services are in “meltdown” after NHS England contracted them out to Capita last year, prompting anger among providers toward the contractor and the national body.
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Report of the Expert Advisory Group: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 10:52

Department of Health -
The report makes recommendations about establishing the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) as well as how to improve investigation, and learning from investigation, across the health system.

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NHS England 'risks being in parallel universe' on mental health

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
The mental health sector and NHS England are “in danger of operating in parallel universes” because of the disconnect between national policies on commissioning models, the new chair of the Mental Health Network has told HSJ.
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Salford 'appears' favourite to be cancer surgery centre

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
STRUCTURE: Commissioners in Greater Manchester are likely to choose Salford Royal Foundation Trust as the single site for some specialised cancer services, according to local leaders.
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Bournemouth is CCG's preferred choice for emergency centre

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
STRUCTURE: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust has been chosen over Poole FT to be the “major emergency hospital” in east Dorset.
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Blueprint and deadlines for future of cancer care unveiled

HSJ - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 01:01
The body responsible for improving England’s cancer care is to increase diagnostics capacity, start work on surgery reconfiguration recommendations and develop cancer alliances.
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