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New GP federation and trusts in collaboration talks

HSJ - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 12:22
STRUCTURE: A new GP federation covering North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent is in talks with local health bodies to examine proposals for more integrated working.
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Patient safety alert: addressing antimicrobial resistance through implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship programme

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 12:13

NHS England - 
This patient safety alert has been issued to all providers of NHS care in England to highlight the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and the need for antimicrobial stewardship. The alert signposts NHS organisations to toolkits which have been developed by Public Health England in collaboration with several professional bodies to support the NHS in improving antimicrobial stewardship in both primary and secondary care. Through the alert health providers are asked to specifically identify how the toolkits can be used to support their own local antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

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Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 11:57

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This guideline covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) in children, young people and adults. It aims to change prescribing practice to help slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ensure that antimicrobials remain an effective treatment for infection.

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Health and social care: the first 100 days of the new government

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 11:12

The King's Fund -
After 100 days in office, the new government's plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. We take a look at the measures that have been outlined so far and focus on financial control and productivity; devolution; quality and safety; primary care; seven-day services; mental health and learning disabilities; public health; social care; patient engagement; leadership; and regulation.

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Executive Summary: The government's first 100 days

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 18:26
HSJ’s Executive Summary looks back at the key events and policy interventions since 8 May.
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East London maternity service 'inadequate' for safety

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 14:32
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has told Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust to improve its maternity services following an inspection triggered by the deaths of five mothers over 18 months.
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Quarter of FTs face regulatory intervention

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 14:14
Nearly a quarter of all foundation trusts are in breach of their licence, HSJ analysis has revealed.
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Two more directors off sick for months at troubled trust

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 13:42
WORKFORCE: Two directors at a struggling acute trust have been off sick since at least May – the same period of sick leave as the former chief executive who resigned last month, HSJ has learned.
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Virgin in running for Bristol children’s community services contract

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 11:27
COMMERCIAL: Virgin Care Services is in the running to be the interim provider of children’s community services in Bristol and south Gloucestershire, after the incumbent NHS provider announced it would end its contract in March.
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18 week waits, June 2015: explore the maps

HSJ - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 09:00
See all NHS waiting lists around England by provider, CCG or specialty
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Executive summary: CCGs' power gets switched off

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 18:14
HSJ’s roundup of the day’s essential stories and talking points
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East of England Ambulance appoints new chief executive

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 15:43
WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Robert Morton as its new chief executive.
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Trial date set for trust facing corporate manslaughter charge

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 15:17
The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient will stand trial in January.
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Trial date set for trust facing corporate manslaughter charge

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 15:17
The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient will stand trial in January.
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Surrey merger 'provisionally cleared' by CMA

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 13:09
The proposed merger between Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust has been ‘provisionally cleared’ by the Competition and Markets Authority.
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NHS Employers: BMA has 'staggering lack of understanding'

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 13:01
NHS Employers has accused the British Medical Association junior doctors committee of ‘a staggering lack of understanding’ over the proposals to change medical contracts.
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NHS Employers: BMA has 'staggering lack of understanding'

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 13:01
NHS Employers has accused the British Medical Association junior doctors committee of ‘a staggering lack of understanding’ over the proposals to change medical contracts.
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Police clear Colchester trust of data ‘manipulation’ claims

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 12:29
PERFORMANCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has been cleared of wrongdoing, following a police investigation into allegations of cancer data ‘manipulation’.
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Police clear Colchester trust over data ‘manipulation’ claims

HSJ - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 12:29
PERFORMANCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has been cleared of wrongdoing, following a police investigation into allegations of cancer data ‘manipulation’.
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2016/17 national tariff proposals: currency design and relative prices

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 14/08/2015 - 12:25

Monitor -
This document explains a number of proposals that Monitor and NHS England are asking for views on for the 2016/17 national tariff to help ensure that the tariff acts in the best interest of patients. The deadline for responses is 14 September 2015.

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