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HSJ Live 17.10.17: Dido Harding faces health committee grilling

HSJ - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:20
Baroness Dido Harding answers questions from MPs at pre-appointment hearing
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NHS private patient income predicted to grow every year to 2020

HSJ - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:55
Income from private patient work carried out by NHS run units will grow by more than 5 per cent in each of the next three calendar years, researchers have predicted.
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Doctors threaten legal action against NHS over IR35 tax rules

HSJ - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00
Unions representing locum doctors have threatened to seek a judicial review against NHS Improvement claiming the NHS is continuing to wrongly apply new tax rules.
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CCGs demand patients lose weight or face indefinite wait for surgery

HSJ - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00
People in Hertfordshire who smoke or are obese face indefinite waits for routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight, commissioners have decided as they try to save £68m this financial year.
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New safety regulator could be given power to fine trusts

HSJ - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00
Ministers plan to give the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch tough new powers including the ability to fine organisations and staff for failing to cooperate with its inquiries.
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Daily Insight: Mackey and Dalton keep it simple

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:30
Today’s must read stories and biggest talking points
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A&E faces 'temporary' overnight closure

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:14
Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust has confirmed plans that could see Calderdale Royal Hospital’s emergency department in Halifax “temporarily” closed at night and patients sent to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary instead.
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Competition regulator orders hospital sale

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:15
The Competition and Markets Authority has said a merger of mental health providers would be anti-competitive unless one of the organisations’ hospitals is sold.
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Commissioning for quality and innovation: enhanced supportive care data tool

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:13

NHS England - 
This updated version of the tool should be used to collect baseline data and return data relevant to each quarter's payment trigger within the Enhanced supportive care (for advanced cancer patients) commissioning for quality and innovation national goal.

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Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:08

NHS Confederation - 
This briefing considers a post-Brexit scenario in which reciprocal health care arrangements no longer exist and estimates the cost of this at £500 million a year. It warns that travel insurance could become unaffordable for British citizens with pre-existing health conditions and that additional pressure could be placed on an already stretched health service if British people abroad could no longer access reciprocal healthcare.

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Joint chair appointed across acute and mental health trusts

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:51
A new chair has been announced for a teaching hospital trust and its local mental health trust.
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Trusts to invest millions in new children's mental health model

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:39
A partnership of mental health trusts is investing £3m a year into community provision as part of a pilot scheme to improve children and young people’s services.
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Landmark legal case could save trusts millions in business rates

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:01
A “landmark legal case” is set to be launched which could dramatically reduce the business rates paid by NHS trusts, according to a trust’s board papers.
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NHS app used by 500,000 patients suspended over quality concerns

HSJ - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:00
An NHS developed app and website used by half a million patients has suspended its service after clinical assurance concerns were raised at NHS England.
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Adolescents self-harmed while under supervision at 'inadequate' private hospital

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:14
Some of the country’s most vulnerable and troubled young people were able to significantly self-harm and were allegedly sexually assaulted despite being under “constant observation” at a regional psychiatric intensive care unit.
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PHE Cancer Board plan: 2017 to 2021

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:12

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This plan outlines the approach to co-ordinating PHE's cancer work for the next five years. It is aligned with the Five year forward view and the Independent Cancer Taskforce report and highlights how we will work in partnership with others to achieve the recommendations and enhance PHE’s role in the fight against cancer.

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Daily Insight: A predictable mess

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:30
The must read stories and talking points in health policy
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Reducing agency spend through a collaborative mobile app

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:12

NHS Employers - 
This case study describes how Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has maximised the take up of bank shifts through development of a mobile app allowing clinicians to self select shifts.

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Care Quality Commission regulating health and social care

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:03

National Audit Office (NAO) - 
This report concludes that the Care Quality Commission has improved as an organisation, but now needs to overcome some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities if it is to sustain further improvement. In particular, the report outlines concerns around information systems, consistency of judgements and capabilities in meeting targets in a timely manner.

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Children's mental healthcare in England

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:57

Children's Commissioner - 
This report sets out the views, perspectives and experiences of children with mental health needs and gives anonymous first-hand accounts of children in England aged 17 and under who have dealt with mental health illnesses. It highlights the discrepancy and inequalities between children's and adult's mental health services and makes recommendation to transform provision and improve access to services. An accompanying evidence review uses qualitative research to explore the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.

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