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NHS trusts 'non-compliant' with quality standards for over two years

HSJ - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 12:39
The CQC has pinpointed more than 10 NHS trusts that have fallen short of its quality standards for over two years, potentially putting patients at risk of unsafe care
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Supporting NHS providers considering transactions and mergers

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 10:56

Monitor - 
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.

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Special measures: one year on

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 10:53

Monitor - 
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.

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Junior doctors left without consultant supervision, report reveals

HSJ - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 08:00
PERFORMANCE: Training offered to junior doctors by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust has been criticised after an investigation found that trainees were running specialist clinics without consultant supervision.
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Trusts battle to secure 'specialist' status amid Healthier Together controversy

HSJ - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 08:00
The four hospitals fighting to win ‘specialist’ status in a major reconfiguration of services across Greater Manchester have drawn their battle lines amid escalating political controversy.
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Whistleblowing: ninth report of session 2014-15

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 14:38

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.

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Devon procurement plan resisted by providers and local council

HSJ - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 13:00
A Devon commissioner’s plan to award community services contracts without putting them out to tender has been resisted by competing providers and a local authority.
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Better Care Fund planning templates

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 12:01

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.

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The NHS pension scheme for England & Wales 2015: update on scheme reforms and contribution rates

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 12:00

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.

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Doubts over GP phone consultation

HSJ - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 10:52
Patients who receive telephone consultations from their GP or a nurse are more likely to need care in the month after their phone call than those who see doctors face-to-face, a new study suggests.
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Hunt: care targets to suffer "managed breach"

HSJ - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 10:32
The health secretary has announced a “managed breach” of key waiting times targets for several months while the service treats extra patients to tackle its long list backlog.
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HSJ Live 04.08.2014: Hunt announces 'managed breach' of waiting target

HSJ - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 01:01
Latest reaction to announcement of “managed breach” of key waiting times targets while the service treats long-waiters, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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HSJ Live 04.08.2014: Hunt to announce 'managed breach' of waiting target

HSJ - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 01:01
Jeremy Hunt announces a “managed breach” of key waiting times targets while the service treats long-waiters, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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Social enterprise explores ‘merger’ with NHS trust

HSJ - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 18:18
STRUCTURE: A social enterprise established to provide community services in Cornwall could be taken back into the NHS after experiencing financial difficulties.
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Healthwatch England strategy 2014-16

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 15:31

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.

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Exclusive: Former judge to probe GMC treatment of whistleblowing doctors

HSJ - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 12:47
A former Court of Appeal judge has been commissioned by the General Medical Council to investigate the way it handles whistleblowing doctors, HSJ can reveal.
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Basildon and Thurrock considers clinical placements for armed forces

HSJ - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:10
WORKFORCE: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust is considering offering clinical placements for members of the armed forces to help ease staffing pressures.
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Competition review of NHS mergers: a short guide for managers of NHS providers

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:07

Monitor - 
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.

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Meeting the support needs of patients with complex regional pain syndrome through innovative use of wiki technology: a mixed-methods study

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:04

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.

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Standards strategic review: call for evidence

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:00

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.

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