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'Bin' DTOC warning letters, says local government leader

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:34
Local government’s national representative has advised councils to “throw in the bin” warning letters over care delays, amid fresh warnings that relationships are being fractured by the funding row.
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The state of hospice services in England: 2014 to 2017

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:18

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This report presents findings from CQC's hospice inspection programme and finds that hospice care across England has the highest percentage of health and social care services that are rated outstanding (25 per cent), and a further 70 per cent are rated good. The inspections found that hospice leaders and frontline staff displayed a strong commitment to providing truly person-centred, compassionate care and support to people using their services, and their loved ones.

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'No systematic bullying' of NHS finance staff, says second professional body

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:13
A second body representing NHS finance staff has described reports of senior managers feeling bullied into reporting unachievable numbers “disturbing”, but does not believe there is a “systematic” problem.
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New regulator launches investigation after patient dies

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:54
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has launched its fourth investigation after being alerted to a patient’s death after they presented to hospital two weeks after surgery.
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DTOCs reduction drive having 'unintended consequences'

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:07
Efforts to cut delayed discharges to free up between 2,000 and 3,000 beds are being hampered by problems with the assessment process for long term care packages, a senior policy expert has warned.
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The impact of homelessness on health: a guide for local authorities

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:01

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This report warns that that the rising number of older homeless will create significant extra pressures for councils, such as in providing housing and social care. The report aims to support local authorities in protecting and improving their population’s health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, by tackling homelessness and its causes.

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CCGs tender £125m contract for integrated urgent care

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:38
A distressed health economy is redesigning its urgent care services with commissioners releasing a £125m contract to bring urgent out of hospital services together.
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Exclusive: Variation in surgery standards depending on time of day flagged

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:00
Standards of care for patients needing emergency bowel surgery vary considerably based on the time of day they have their operation, a new audit has revealed.
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Trust re-enters special measures after less than a year

HSJ - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:01
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has been placed back in quality special measures, less than a year after it exited them, after a new inspection found the number of serious incidents “remained high”.
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The regulation of medical associate professions in the UK

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:21

Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on the regulation of medical associate professions in the UK, including physician associates, physicians’ assistanta, surgical care practitioners and advanced critical care practitioners. The closing date for comments is 22 December 2017.


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Indemnity in general practice: developing a more affordable and stable future

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:28

Department of Health (DH) -
The DH is seeking to put in place a more stable and more affordable system of indemnity for general practice in England. This factsheet marks the start of detailed work with GP representatives and others. It outlines current assumptions on key areas.

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Clinical radiology: UK workforce census 2016 report

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:18

Royal College of Radiologists -
This report underlines the situation in UK radiology, with the ongoing shortage of imaging doctors making late hospital diagnoses and delayed scan results a very real likelihood for patients. It finds that, in 2016, the NHS paid out an estimated £88 million for out-of-hours reporting of X-rays and scans, while nearly two-thirds of vacant radiologist posts sat empty for 12 months or more. It also highlights the UK-wide problem of not have enough imaging doctors to fill hospital vacancies.

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Sustainability and transformation partnerships: developing robust governance arrangements

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:02

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
This briefing includes a diagnostic tool to assess the status of governance arrangements arising from ‘at scale’ working. Completing the tool will provide a basis for discussion by the board/ governing body and/ or audit committee of an NHS body when seeking assurance about developing governance arrangements.

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NHS Improvement deputy chief leaving to run STP

HSJ - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:45
NHS Improvement’s director of resources and deputy chief executive Bob Alexander will step down next year to run a sustainability and transformation partnership.
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Return on investment of interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions: final report

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:41

Public Health England -
This tool aims to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for a number of interventions for musculoskeletal conditions. The tool allows results to be tailored to local situations based on the knowledge of the user.

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Of primary importance: commissioning mental health services in primary care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:06

NHS Clinical Commissioners -
This report showcases programmes that are embedding mental health in primary care and draws out advice from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. It highlights projects where CCGs and their partners are delivering better care for patients, working across the boundaries between physical and mental health, as well as health and social care, while at the same time reducing pressure on GPs and hospitals.

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Making the case for quality improvement: lessons for NHS boards and leaders

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:55

The King's Fund -
This report has been co-authored with The Health Foundation. It outlines ten lessons for NHS leaders. These provide a starting point for leaders seeking to embed quality improvement in their work.

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