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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) -
This scorecard aims to help those those buying food or catering services for the public sector to evaluate a variety of criteria when making decisions about purchases. It shows how straightforward criteria, such as cost, can be ‘balanced’ against more complex criteria, including: sustainability in production, health and nutrition, resource efficiency, social–economic value and quality of service.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report, by researchers from Manchester Business School and The King's Fund, evaluates the first two waves of new style hospital inspections, covering inspections carried out in 18 hospital trusts between September 2013 and April 2014. The authors found that the new approach commands strong credibility, in particular through the use of specialists to inform assessments, and the granular detail of ratings within services rather than at provider level.
Facilitating technology adoption in the NHS: negotiating the organisational and policy context - a qualitative study
NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This study investigated the organisational and policy context for the adoption and implementation of clinical technologies, because this context may present barriers that slow – or even prevent – uptake. The research focused on three clinical technologies: insulin pump therapy; breast lymph node assay, a diagnostic tool for metastases; and ultrawide field retinal imaging.
The General Medical Council (GMC) and Professional Standards Authority (PSA): proposed changes to modernise and reform the adjudication of fitness to practise cases
Department of Health -
The GMC is responsible for regulating doctors and the PSA oversees the regulation of all healthcare professionals, protecting the health and safety of the public by ensuring fitness to practise. This consultation is seeking views on proposed changes to the way each body carries out its regulatory functions. Comments must be submitted by 25 September 2014.