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NHS providers considering a merger are urged to contact Monitor early in their planning to ensure proposals work well for patients. These guidance documents will help NHS providers navigate their way through a transaction such as a merger or acquisition.
This document gives an update on progress made at 11 NHS trusts and foundation trusts that were put into special measures in July 2013. Practical measures that have led to significant changes at some of the trusts include: recruiting extra staff, using better systems to manage the way patients are moved throughout their stay from admission to discharge (known as ‘patient flow’), better managing patients with life threatening conditions and placing renewed emphasis on the quality of care provided.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report investigates the practices and attitudes around whistleblowing and emphasises the need for a whistleblowing system in which employees can place their trust in. It found that government departments’ own attempts at changing whistleblowing policy and processes for the better have not been successful in modifying a bullying culture, or in combating unacceptable behaviour, such as harassment ofwhistleblowers, within their organisations. It argues that the lack of cross-government leadership on whistleblowing has resulted in an inconsistent approach across departments.
NHS England -
The second part of the planning templates for the Better Care Fund have been updated with technical amendments. A macro is also available for download for areas who have already started their Part 2 plans to avoid having to start again. A summary of what has changed is contained within the spreadsheet.
Department of Health (DH) -
This document updates scheme members and employers on NHS pension scheme reforms ahead of a formal regulatory consultation. It sets out the proposals for the detailed design of the NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales 2015 and transitional arrangements for existing members.
Healthwatch England -
This is the first strategic plan for Healthwatch England and sets out how, by working together, the Healthwatch network will truly champion the interests of those who use health and social care services. The accompanying business plan outlines what Healthwatch will be working on from April 2014 to March 2015.
This short guide seeks to answer the questions merging providers often ask us about the UK merger review process. It is designed to highlight important aspects of the process of merger review and provide an overview of the substantive test. It is therefore not intended to be comprehensive.
Meeting the support needs of patients with complex regional pain syndrome through innovative use of wiki technology: a mixed-methods study
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
Using online discussion forums can have a positive impact on psychological well-being through development of shared group identity and validation of thoughts, feelings and experiences. This may be particularly beneficial to people with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), who often become socially isolated, lack mobility and face threats to their sense of identity. This study set up a peer-support online forum to identify the nature of support provided and to explore its development over time.
General Optical Council (GOC) -
This call for evidence accompanies the launch a strategic review of the standards set for optometrists and dispensing opticians. The review will seek to ensure that the standards continue to reflect good practice now and in the future, while enabling optical professionals to develop their roles – for example, by delivering more enhanced services in the community. This call for evidence closes on 10 October 2014.