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Proposals for changing the system to midwifery supervision in the UK

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 11:14

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document outlines the changes to the statutory supervision of midwives, which will be introduced in 2017. The new non-statutory supervision will separate midwifery supervision and regulation. The regulation will be controlled by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Employers and providers of midwifery services will be responsible for improving the quality of services and support for women through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

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Royal College of Midwives report: spending on agency midwives in England

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 10:56

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) - 
This report is a result of freedom of information (FOI) requests that the RCM sent to 136 NHS trusts in England last year about spending on agency nurses. The FOI had a response rate of over 95 per cent with 130 trusts responding and it found that over 73 per cent of trusts in London with maternity services rely on agency midwives to staff their services. As a result, the spend on agency midwives has increased from £10,159,099 in 2012 to £17,849,767 in 2014 - representing an increase of almost 76 per cent.

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Fears GP funding will be diverted after guidance delay

HSJ - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 10:45
The deadline for bids for £750m of GP premises funding could be extended, as clinical commissioning groups await guidance which was due to be published last month, HSJ has learned. 
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Behavioural insights and health

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 10:19

Local Government Association - 
There is a variety of ways that people can be supported to make better choices. This report details the way that councils are demonstrating this through the way they are making use of behavioural insights to improve health. From exploiting digital technologies to stressing social norms in a bid to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, local authorities have started using behavioural insights to make a difference to people's lives.

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NHS business rates challenge could cost 'hundreds of millions'

HSJ - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 10:00
Councils could face a wave of claims for business rate refunds from NHS foundation trusts in cases that revolve around whether trusts should enjoy the mandatory rate relief accorded to charities and certain other bodies.
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Executive Summary: We got Carter, and the rest of HSJ's week of leaks

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 18:05
The essential stories for healthcare leaders this week, including details of the Carter efficiency review revealed.
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Carter: Diagnostic services should hit new targets, merge, or outsource

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:45
Trusts that cannot achieve new benchmarks for pathology will have to agree by next January to outsourcing or sharing services with other providers, Lord Carter is expected to recommend.
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Carter report: Hospitals face new limits on underused land

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:45
Hospitals should be ordered to operate with no more than 35 per cent non-clinical floor space and 2.5 per cent unoccupied or underused space, Lord Carter is expected to recommend.
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Efficiency review will point to pharmacy consolidation

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:45
Lord Carter’s review of hospital efficiency is set to highlight the benefits of consolidated, or outsourced, pharmacy and medicines management services.
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NHS has ‘systemically failed’ to use buying power, says Carter

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:39
The Carter review is expected to call for hospitals to make urgent investments in electronic procurement catalogues, HSJ has learned.
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HSCIC faces 30 per cent grant cut

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:10
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has estimated it faces a 30 per cent cut to its central grant funding allocation over the next four years.
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HSCIC faces 30 per cent grant cut

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 17:10
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has estimated it faces a 30 per cent cut to its central grant funding allocation over the next four years.
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Exclusive: Midlands trust expected to enter special measures this week

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 14:58
PERFORMANCE: A West Midlands hospital is expected to be put in special measures this week after the Care Quality Commission found serious failings and risks to patient safety.
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Exclusive: Midlands trust expected to enter special measures next week

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 14:58
PERFORMANCE: A West Midlands hospital is expected to be put in special measures next week after the Care Quality Commission found serious failings and risks to patient safety.
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Carter to back new measure of nurse productivity

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 13:17
Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity is to recommend that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April, HSJ has learned.
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Exclusive: Carter calls for cap on hospital management costs

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 13:16
Lord Carter is set to recommend that all hospital trusts’ management and administrative costs be limited to 7 per cent of income by April 2018, HSJ has learned.
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£3bn savings can be made by 2020, hospitals agree

HSJ - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 13:16
Hospital trusts have accepted they can make £3bn of the £5bn efficiency savings the Carter review says are possible by 2020, Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity is expected to say.
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Management of adult diabetes services in the NHS: progress review inquiry

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 11:04

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report identifies weaknesses in the approach of the Department for Health and NHS England on diabetes prevention, resulting in the continued increase in the cost of diabetes to the NHS. It finds that while progress has been made since the committee last examined diabetes services, variations remain in the take up of education programmes, delivery of recommended care processes, achievement of treatment standards and in outcomes for diabetes patients. The report sets out new measures intended to improve treatment for diabetes patients and bolster prevention of the condition.

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National framework for children and young people's continuing care

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 11:01

Department of Health (DH) - 
This document outlines the process for assessing, deciding and agreeing continuing care for children with complex health needs. It is aimed at CCGs when assessing the needs of children and young people (0 to 17 years) whose complex needs cannot be met by universal or specialist health services. The accompanying decision support tool provides a structure to help in reaching a decision.

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People helping people: year two of the pioneer programme

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 10:52

NHS England - 
This report describes the journey taken over the last year by the integrated care pioneers. It describes the progress, challenges and lessons learnt across the pioneers. Also included within the report are pioneers’ stories which describe the core elements of their care models and showcase how these are impacting real people.

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