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The King's Fund -
This report is based on case studies of four NHS trusts with acknowledged high levels of medical engagement. It aims to help other organisations that are seeking to create cultures in which doctors want to engage more in the management, leadership and improvement of services. Based on interviews with a range of executives, senior and junior doctors, the report presents key features of each of the four trusts. Its final analytical section highlights common themes and includes a checklist to allow organisations and individuals to assess how far medical engagement is being sought and developed.
House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee -
This report finds that up to 220,000 people working in the care system earn less than the minimum wage and that around one third of the workforce are on zero-hours contracts, whilst 2.2 million people have had to give up work to care for family members, at extra cost to the government through the benefits bill. It concludes that successful implementation of the Care Act depends on an unprecedented amount of collaboration at every level of government.
Nuffield Trust -
This report looks at how the finances of the hospitals and commissioning groups that make up the NHS in England have held up under austerity. It finds that, after holding up well under austerity since 2010, the NHS’ finances are starting to come under severe financial pressure.
Local Government Association (LGA) -
This document sets out a possible course of action of what the government will need to do in May 2015. It covers at healthcare, housing, education, employment and transport.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
In this survey almost 3000 people gave their views of ‘Hear and Treat’ services – a ‘999’ service, in which trained call handlers give medical advice over the telephone to avoid ambulances and paramedics being sent out when they are not needed. The survey asked people, amongst other things, whether they felt reassured by staff, whether they were treated with dignity and respect, whether they understood the advice given to them and whether they received an explanation if an ambulance was not sent out.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -
This report argues that even in those OECD countries with a long history of deinstitutionalisation, there is still a long way to go to make community-based mental health care that achieves good outcomes for people with severe mental illness a reality. It addresses the high cost of mental illness, weaknesses and innovative developments in the organisation of care, changes and future directions for the mental health workforce, the need to develop better indicators for mental health care and quality, and tools for better governance of the mental health system.
Monitor & Department of Health -
This framework agreement defines the critical elements of the relationship between Monitor and the Department of Health.