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Daily Insight: We’re gonna need a bigger broom

HSJ - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:08
The must-read stories and debate in health policy and leadership.
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Advancing medical professionalism

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:30

Royal College of Physicians -
This report underlines how essential professionalism is in increasing job satisfaction, improving patient care and raising productivity, and looks at what this means for doctors under growing pressures from increased workload, to their own remit and to their relationship with patients. It points to a growing gap between what doctors are trained to do and the realities of their workplace – competing ideals of what is good practice, rising demand, and increasing regulatory and legal obligations. According to the report, doctors also face ethical dilemmas and clashes in professional personal values.

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CCGs object to demand for GP at Hand payment

HSJ - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00
London commissioners have contested demands that they help pay for the escalating cost associated with GP at Hand, according to committee papers.
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Teaching trust appoints new medical director

HSJ - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed a new medical director, it has been announced.
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Major IT supplier pays out to NHS over misleading reports

HSJ - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00
England’s biggest supplier of GP IT has reached a multimillion settlement after the company admitted to providing misleading information about the quality of its service.
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Exclusive: Regulator may get powers to force FTs to merge

HSJ - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 05:00
National officials are set to seek strengthened legal powers to force NHS providers to merge, HSJ has learned.
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Dalton calls for 'honesty' in five year plans

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:43
The chief executive of NHS Improvement has called for “honesty” and “believability” in local five year plans due in 2019, saying there needs to be a “raising of the bar” on capacity and financial planning.
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Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:41

House of Commons Education Committee -
This report warns that the uptake of nursing degree apprenticeships has been slow with no more than 30 starters beginning training through the scheme last year. It argues that there is no evidence of how the Department for Education intends to meet the target of 400 nursing associates progressing to degree apprenticeships from 2019. It finds universities and employers are currently trying to navigate a 'maze of bureaucracy' when trying to deliver degree apprenticeships and calls for much greater flexibility in the system and the use of the apprenticeships levy.

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The carers’ covenant

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:19

Demos -
This report calls for a new settlement between the state and informal carers. It is estimated there are now almost eight million informal carers in the UK making the informal care economy equivalent to £139 billion – more than seven times the UK’s total annual spend on adult social care. The report sets out an overhaul of current policy, including the introduction of a new Universal Carer’s Income for all carers providing more than 35 hours a week.

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Plans to change four hour target based on ‘myth’

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:00
Potential plans to ditch the four hour target for minor ailments are based on the “utter myth” that a large number of patients should be seen elsewhere, a senior emergency chief has told HSJ.
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Government drops proposal for secret trust investigations

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:00
There will be no safe spaces during NHS and foundation trust internal investigations, the government announced this week.
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Modernising the Mental Health Act: increasing choice, reducing compulsion

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:48

Department of Health and Social Care -
This independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 sets out recommendations for government on how the Act and associated practice needs to change. It covers four principles that the review believes should underpin the reformed Act: choice and autonomy; least restriction; therapeutic benefit; and people as individuals. The review looked at: rising rates of detention under the Act; the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act; and processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system.

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Daily Insight: Wessely’s wish list

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:27
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CQC: Leadership must improve at ‘dysfunctional’ heart unit

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 05:30
Leadership and management problems from service to trust level contributed to failures at a London teaching trust’s heart surgery unit, the Care Quality Commission said today.
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Review: Major investment needed for 'worst estate in the NHS'

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 05:29
Mental health services are operating in some of the “worst estate the NHS has” and require major capital investment, a government review has said.
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NHS England probes CCG's redundancy pay offs

HSJ - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 05:14
NHS England has launched an independent investigation into how two clinical commissioning group managers were given redundancy payments which appear to have breached the maximum allowed.
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Improving staff retention: key conversations to have with your staff

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:25

NHS Employers - 

Understanding what matters to staff can help overcome retention challenges. Aimed at employers, this guide explores when and how to have these conversations and includes practical tips and examples from a number of NHS organisations.

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Improving staff retention: flexible working

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:24

NHS Employers - 

Offering flexible working opportunities can help employers attract and retain staff. This guide explores how to build a business case for flexible working and includes best practice, practical tips and resources to help you implement flexible working successfully. A number of case studies illustrate the range of flexible working arrangements already in place across the NHS. 

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Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness: 2018

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:06

Office of National Statistics - 

Analysis of children's and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and Good Childhood Index Survey, 2018.

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Dalton condemns ‘blame culture’ after CQC’s ‘prosecution’ comments

HSJ - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:00
The NHS Improvement chief executive has told local leaders he is against a “blame culture” and “fear of punishment”, in response to the Care Quality Commission’s new boss saying it will prosecute more providers.
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