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'Challenged' areas recovery plans demand integration and reconfiguration

HSJ - Wed, 12/11/2014 - 10:32
The creation of new integrated provider models and capitated budgets are fundamental to the visions of the national ‘challenged health economies’, HSJ has been told
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HSJ Live 12.11.2014: Distressed health economies' leaders doubt books will balance

HSJ - Wed, 12/11/2014 - 09:54
Senior leaders in several of the NHS’s “challenged health economies” are not confident their area will be in financial balance in five years’ time, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Patients 'denied treatments' because of 'Kafkaesque' commissioning regime

HSJ - Wed, 12/11/2014 - 09:54
Patients are being denied access to life changing treatments because parts of NHS England’s “Kafkaesque” commissioning regime appear to have ground to a halt, clinicians and charities have warned
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HSJ Live 12.11.2014: Dig up the foundations of our health economy

HSJ - Wed, 12/11/2014 - 09:54
Time is up for the foundation trust model argues James Wilson, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Making an impact through good governance: a practical guide for health and wellbeing boards

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:50

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
Now that health and wellbeing boards are fully operational, their emphasis is on being as effective as possible in their statutory and influencing roles. This guide discusses how health and wellbeing boards can make an impact through their governance structures and procedures – delivering business within council constitutional requirements, as required by statute – while enabling all board members to participate as equal partners.

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Connecting health and wellbeing boards: a social media guide

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:46

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This guide was undertaken in response to requests from people working with health and wellbeing boards where there was a real desire for social media to be used effectively to help the boards shape policy, explain decisions and deliver objectives. It explores some of the current social media channels; five broad principles for using social media; and five levels of social media engagement for health and wellbeing boards to encourage progress and best practice.

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UKIP candidate hits out at Medway chair

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:17
The UKIP parliamentary candidate criticised for using a picture of a hospital chief executive in election material has attacked the “extraordinary” intervention of the chair of Medway Foundation Trust
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Rethinking resistance to ‘big IT’: a sociological study of why and when healthcare staff do not use nationally mandated information and communication technologies

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:00

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
This study examines why nationally mandated information and communication technology systems are often locally resented and little used, from a sociological perspective. The analysis focused on the Choose and Book system for outpatient referrals and makes suggestions to counteract resistance to the implementation of new systems.

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Planning for the Better Care Fund

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:06

National Audit Office - 
This report recognises that a government programme to integrate local health and social care services to improve care in the community and lessen pressures on health services is an innovative idea. However, according to today’s report, the quality of early preparation and planning did not match the scale of ambition.

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Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:04

NHS England - 
This document aims to give CCGs the opportunity to choose afresh the co-commissioning model they wish to assume. It clarifies the opportunities and parameters of each co-commissioning model and the steps towards implementing arrangements. The document is accompanied by a suite of practical resources and tools to support local implementation of co-commissioning arrangements.

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Commissioning and contracting for integrated care

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:00

The King's Fund - 
This report describes how CCGs in England are innovating with two broad models – the prime contract and alliance contract. It draws on experiences from five geographical areas, covering different population and disease groups (cancer, end-of-life care, musculoskeletal services, mental health rehabilitation, and older people’s services). It concludes by highlighting four lessons that CCGs, other commissioners and providers should keep in mind as they embark on new models of commissioning and contracting to support integrated care.

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No cash for co-commissioning running costs, NHS England confirms

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:29
Clinical commissioning groups will not be awarded extra funding to run primary care co-commissioning, NHS England has confirmed.
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Healthwatch: on the board toolkit

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:15

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This toolkit has been designed as a learning aid to support local Healthwatch representatives on their health and wellbeing board. It aims to help Healthwatch representatives develop skills needed to effectively represent their organisation and provides tools for self-development of leadership capacity.

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Expensive drugs to be cut from cancer drugs fund

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:39
NHS England is to start evaluating the cost effectiveness of medicines available through the cancer drugs fund in a bid to bring the budget under control
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Better care fund planning 'a shambles'

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:28
The planning process for the £5.3bn better care fund has been branded a “shambles” after a National Audit Office report pinpointed a series of problems with its implementation
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HSJ Live 11.11.2014: Better care fund planning 'a shambles'

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:00
The planning process for the £5.3bn fund has been branded a “shambles” after the public spending watchdog a highlight a series of problems with its implementation, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 11.11.2014: Better Care Fund planning 'inadequate', says NAO

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:00
The National Audit Office has said that Better Care Fund planning has not matched the scale of its ambitions, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Three more trusts impose out of area referral restrictions

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:00
Three further trusts have imposed controversial curbs on patient access to services by restricting referrals from outside of their catchment areas
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HSJ Live 11.11.2014: Is your board ready for a more open and transparent NHS?

HSJ - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:00
Providers of regulated healthcare need to start taking account of a slew of legislative changes affecting the governance of their organisation in the coming months, writes Tony Yeaman, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Hospital chief executive steps down after regulatory action

HSJ - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 18:37
The chief executive of a large Midlands hospital trust has announced he is stepping down.
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