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NHS England -
The Never Events Policy Framework is designed to provide healthcare workers, clinicians, managers, boards and accountable officers with clarity around their responsibilities and clarity on the principles of never events. In particular, it is designed to be clear about what they are expected to do in terms of preventing never events and how they must respond to them if they should occur, including clarity around incident reporting. This framework is being reviewed to address feedback from NHS providers and commissioners on a number of uncertainties around the existing Never Events Policy Framework. The consultation runs until 31 October 2014.
Nuffield Trust -
This analysis looks at trends in admissions and bed use over the last few years, and uses population projections to explore the likely pressures on hospitals in the future.
Millar Adamson Craig -
This position paper offers advice on how to set up a patient participation group to make patient engagement work for a CCG. It draws on recent work in Lambeth.
General Medical Council -
The findings of this report show significant increases in the number of women becoming surgeons and specialists in emergency medicine. At the same time, the profession as a whole will soon have equal numbers of men and women doctors – already women account for 44% of all registered doctors and more than half of medical students are female. There has also been a shift in the pattern of doctors from overseas coming to work here. In the past, the largest source of overseas-trained doctors was south Asia, but recently there has been a sharp rise in doctors coming to work here from southern Europe.
Department of Health -
This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.