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'A different ending': addressing inequalities in end of life care

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:56

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This review of end of life care found that people from certain groups in society sometimes experience poorer quality care because providers do not always understand or fully consider their needs. In light of this, the report argues that some commissioners and providers might not be fulfilling their duties under the Equality Act 2010 as all public bodies have a legal duty to consider the needs of a range of equality groups when carrying out their day-to-day work. The review identified examples of good practice, but found that action is needed to make sure everyone has the same access to high quality, personalised care at the end of their lives, regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.

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Funding mental health at a local level: unpicking the variation

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:46

NHS Providers - 
NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) surveyed finance directors in mental health trusts and chief finance officers in CCGs to understand how the parity of esteem commitment is being implemented locally. The survey found that the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health services is being undermined by a failure to ensure funding increases reach the frontline with only half (52%) of providers reporting that they had received a real terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16. 

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Mental health crisis care: health based places of safety funding

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:42

Department of Health (DH) - 
This funding programme aims to increase and improve health based places of safety and continue to reduce police cells being used as an alternative. Bids for a share of the £15 million fund will be managed by the Department of Health. This guidance document sets out how local crisis care concordat groups can apply for funding to increase the capacity and number of health based places of safety.

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State of caring 2016

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:35

Carers UK - 
This report shows that, one year on from the implementation of the Care Act 2014 - designed to improve support for carers - carers in England are still struggling to get the support they need to care well, maintain their own health, balance work and care, and have a life of their own outside of caring. It calls for the government, local authorities and health bodies to redouble their efforts to support England’s 5.4 million unpaid carers, arguing that squeezed public services and financial pressures is pushing carers to the brink.

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NESTA ideas bank: ideas to transform Scotland

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:29

NESTA - 
This report discusses innovative policy solutions to transform Scotland's health and care system, democratic process and creative industries. It focuses on patient-centred care, personalisation and smarter use of technology and data to improve health and care in Scotland.

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Junior doctors contract talks resume

HSJ - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 01:01
Talks seeking to resolve the junior doctor contract dispute were due to begin on Monday, with Sir David Dalton leading for the government.
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Mackey: Some trusts 'not doing enough' to tackle agency spending

HSJ - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 01:01
Exclusive: The chief executive of NHS Improvement has issued a stern warning to trusts that “aren’t doing enough” to cut their agency staff spending, as the regulator released new figures on the effect of the agency pay caps.
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Junior doctors contract talks to resume today

HSJ - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 01:01
Talks seeking to resolve the junior doctor contract dispute were due to begin today, with Sir David Dalton leading for the government.
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Daily Insight: DH integration drive achieves little

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 20:01
The must read stories and talking points from Friday
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Regional review of medical education and training in the East of England: 2015-16

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 17:00

General Medical Council (GMC) - 
This report outlines the findings of a review into medical education and training organisations in the east of England and it highlights a number of areas of good practice such as the University of East Anglia's programme designed to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a career in medicine. The review found the main challenge in hospitals was the increasing workload, which made it difficult to ensure high quality training as it decreased the time available for on-the-job learning in wards, clinics and theatre. It also reduced the time available for doctors in training to attend teaching.

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Reviewing regulation: DH commitments: post-implementation review schedule

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 16:31

Department of Health (DH) - 
This paper sets out the Department of Health's commitments to review regulations and evaluate any legislative measures after implementation. The review will focus on whether the regulatory interventions are delivering the intended outcomes; identify any unintended consequences; re-evaluate the estimates of costs and benefits; and make sure that these accurately reflect the impacts to business and society.

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Little progress by ‘integration pioneers’, DH’s study finds

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 13:32
The coalition government’s high profile “integration pioneers” programme has yielded few tangible results and failed to remove barriers to joined-up care, according to a government commissioned evaluation.
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'Integration pioneers' made little progress, DH's study finds

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 13:32
The coalition government’s high profile “integration pioneers” programme has yielded few tangible results and failed to remove barriers to joined-up care, according to a government commissioned evaluation.
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Optimal hospital payment rules under rationing by random waiting

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 11:35

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This paper derives optimal rules for paying hospitals in a public health care system in which providers can choose quality and random patient demand is rationed by waiting time.

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Single bidder kept in race for children’s services contract

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 11:00
An NHS led consortium is the only bidder to reach the next stage of a procurement to run children’s community services in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
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Adult personal social services: specific revenue funding and grant allocations for 2016/17

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 10:49

Department of Health (DH) - 
This letter clarifies local authority specific revenue funding for the financial year 2016 to 2017, which was subject to the 2015 spending review. It provides information on funding for the second year of Care Act implementation, which comes from a range of sources, as well as allocations for parts of the Better Care Fund.

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Trusts at loggerheads over millions in unpaid bills

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 08:00
FINANCE: Two hospital trusts are embroiled in a row over more than £3m of unpaid bills that could significantly affect their year-end financial positions.
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Hunt beats Milburn to become longest serving health secretary

HSJ - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Jeremy Hunt will become the longest serving health secretary on Sunday.
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Daily Insight: Will the government and the BMA finally talk?

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:30
The must read stories and talking points from Thursday
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Council leader chosen to head up STP

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:45
A fourth senior council figure has been appointed to lead one of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans.
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