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Exclusive: Trust forced to downgrade A&E after locum doctor crisis

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:37
A teaching hospital has been forced to downgrade one of its two accident and emergency departments after a crisis in locum doctor recruitment. The problem has been blamed on difficulties caused by introduction of a cap on locum rates, HSJ has learned.
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Breaking: Trust forced to downgrade A&E after locum doctor crisis

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:37
EXCLUSIVE: A teaching hospital has been forced to downgrade one of its two accident and emergency departments after a crisis in locum doctor recruitment. The problem has been blamed on difficulties caused by introduction of a cap on locum rates, HSJ has learned.
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Breaking: Trust forced to downgrade A&E after locum doctor exodus

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:37
EXCLUSIVE: A teaching hospital has been forced to downgrade one of its two accident and emergency departments after an exodus of medical staff following the introduction of a cap on locum rates, HSJ has learned.
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Daily Insight: What's down the road for GPs

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Wednesday’s must read stories
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Transfers of premature and sick babies

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 13:59

Bliss -
This report highlights the challenges faced by neonatal transport services in the UK. Findings reveal that these essential services are often under-staffed, under-resourced and part-time. It shows that in a one week snapshot, half of the neonatal transport services across the UK reported gaps in their rota.

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Private firm may have been only bidder for £12m a year contract

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 13:19
COMMISSIONING: The company in charge of patient transport services in Sussex may have been the only bidder for the £12m a year contract, HSJ has learned.
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Manchester vanguards will not access national fund

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 12:50
The new care model vanguards being developed in Greater Manchester will need to be funded from the region’s already allocated transformation fund, not the national pot.
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Manchester vanguards refused access to national funds

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 12:50
The new care model vanguards being developed in Greater Manchester will need to be funded from the region’s already allocated transformation fund, not the national pot.
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Developing a method to assist investment decisions in specialised commissioning

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 10:37

NHS England -
NHS England is consulting on a method which we propose is used by NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group when comparing competing priorities when it meets to agree recommendations on the relative prioritisation of new investments in specialised services. The closing date for comments is 11 May 2016.

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GP roadmap may herald move to 'self-assessment', say sources

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:00
GPs could face fewer inspections in future under a proposal being considered for the sector’s support package to be launched next week, HSJ has been told.
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Trust silent over status of operations director

HSJ - Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:00
A troubled acute trust in Greater Manchester has refused to comment on the apparent departure of its director of operations.
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Daily Insight: Are you tech yes or tech no?

HSJ - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 19:18
HSJ’s round-up of Tuesday’s must read health stories
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Enhancing staff engagement and patient care through the 'Go Engage' survey tool

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 12:24

NHS Employers - 
This case study examines the experience of Wrightlington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trust who commissioned the development of a staff engagement tool. The survey tool is based on the NHS national staff survey questions and sits alongside a number of exploratory questions. They are sent to staff every quarter to assess morale and engagement. The case study provides more information on the tool and its uses, how the trust communicates with staff and the results that have been achieved so far.

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Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 12:20

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This guidance accompanies the newly updated RCS guidance on professional standards for cosmetic surgeons. The GMC guidance makes clear the ethical obligations that doctors have towards patients and the standards of care that they need to provide during cosmetic procedures. 

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Professional standards for cosmetic surgery

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 12:15

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - 
This guidance has been updated with the aim of improving patient safety and standards within the cosmetic surgery industry. It stipulates that only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience should undertake cosmetic surgery and outlines the ethics and behaviour expected of cosmetic surgeons. It supplements new guidance produced by the General Medical Council today for all doctors who carry out cosmetic intervention and is intended to be read alongside this guidance.

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Estimates memorandum: Department of Health 2015-16 supplementary supply estimate

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 11:56

House of Commons Health Select Committee - 
The supplementary estimates are presented by HM Treasury to the House of Commons to seek parliamentary approval for voted expenditure by government departments resources, capital and cash, both for existing services and for any necessary new services. The supplementary estimates for the Department of Health estimated that the net deficit across all NHS trusts and foundation trusts would be managed to £1.8bn. This would score as a pressure against the department's expenditure limits and would therefore require offsetting mitigations to ensure that financial balance is achieved. This memorandum summarises these planned offsetting mitigations.

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Who cares? The future of general practice

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 11:51

Reform - 
This report examines the current model of general practice in relation to advances in culture, society and technology and argues that the model needs to change to adapt to future needs. It highlights the need for providers to operate at a larger scale in order to deliver primary care services more effectively. It also considers different approaches to providing primary care services such as utilising a more diverse workforce to deliver these services, such as using nurses or pharmacists to administer some general practice appointments.

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The health of the nation: averting the demise of universal healthcare

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 11:27

Civitas - 
This college of essays explores the background to the current pressures on the NHS  and ideas that have been proposed for reform. The publication features contributions from eleven authors, including Richard Murray from The King's Fund, from across the political spectrum and covers a wide range of suggestions covering public health and behaviour change; change management; technological innovations; and the future of commissioning.

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NHS England clarifies tech funding position

HSJ - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 11:17
Around £500m of the £1.8bn of funding earmarked for making the NHS paperless by 2020 will go on contracts set up under the National Programme for IT, a senior NHS England director has told HSJ.
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Assessing the impact of health care expenditures on mortality using cross-country data

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 11:04

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This paper examines the body of literature which has explored the relationship between levels of public health expenditure and mortality, using a global cross-section or panel of country-level data. 

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