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Focus on wellbeing an alternative cure for the NHS's ills

Guardian Healthcare - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:13
Better prevention, as well as better treatment, can be achieved by government departments joining forces

The Department of Health (DH) faces an enormous challenge: how to meet ever-increasing demand from an ageing society while public spending increases no faster than inflation. And maybe less fast: last month's budget implies further public expenditure cuts, to meet the government's deficit targets.

The "solution" most often proposed is further below-inflation pay rises for NHS staff, more reconfiguration of hospitals and new ways of enhancing productivity. There is no alternative? Well, actually this time there is: but it involves a radical change of focus, a Whitehall shakeup, and some tough spending choices.

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Five top tips for commissioning support units

Guardian Healthcare - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:13
One year after its introduction, the managing director of Greater Manchester CSU reflects on what he has learned

This week marks the first anniversary of the introduction of radically changed commissioning arrangements in the NHS.

These arrangements, which, through the creation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), placed clinicians in a position to lead decision-making for local health services, also saw the creation of commissioning support units (CSUs) to support CCGs and NHS England.

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Health service facing biggest challenge in its history, new NHS chief says

Guardian Healthcare - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:13
Budget cuts and ageing population's growing demand for care mean 'stakes have never been higher', says Simon Stevens

The NHS is facing the biggest challenge in its 66-year history and must radically change how it cares for patients in order to cope with intensifying pressures, the service's new boss has warned.

A budget squeeze combined with a growing demand for care driven by the ageing population means that "for the NHS the stakes have never been higher", Simon Stevens will say on Tuesday his first day as NHS England's chief executive.

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Congress booking is now open

Royal College of Nursing - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:36
Bookings are now being taken for RCN Congress 2014, which will be taking place in Liverpool from Sunday 15 to Thursday 19 June.
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Health Secretary pay claims are insulting

Royal College of Nursing - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 09:28
The RCN has reacted angrily to comments by the Health Secretary that a 1% pay award for NHS staff would be damaging for patients.
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Barnsley gets Lorenzo green light

EHI News - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 01:00
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been officially approved to take the Lorenzo electronic patient record system and has appointed a chief clinical information officer.
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Morecambe delivers digital letters

EHI News - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 01:00
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is sending discharge summaries and A&E letters electronically to GPs following a two-month deployment of Docman Hub.
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RoI evidence needed for tech strategy

EHI News - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 01:00
NHS England's IT strategy will focus on telehealth, customer service and integrated digital care records, Beverley Bryant has said.
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NICE updating NHS guidelines to plug care gap for patients with common digestive disorders

People with some common but potentially serious digestive disorders may not be getting the most effective treatments or care from hospitals or specialist NHS services. Now NICE is updating its guidance to plug this care gap
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NICE recommends tests to help diagnose and manage asthma

NICE has issued final guidance recommending the use of a simple test to help clinicians in the diagnosis and management of asthma. People with asthma often have inflamed lungs and breathe out higher levels of nitric oxide. In the new guidance, NICE recommends 3 devices to measure the levels of nitric oxide a person is breathing out. They are NIOX MINO and NIOX VERO (Aerocrine), and NObreath (Bedfont Scientific Ltd).
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Simple test to help diagnose and manage asthma

Simple test to help diagnose and manage asthma
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New NHS boss must get workforce strategy right

Royal College of Nursing - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 16:05
The RCN has called for new NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens to prioritise getting a long-term workforce strategy in place, to help the NHS deal with the challenges ahead.
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TPP and HSCIC still talking on GPSoC

EHI News - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 13:25
The Health and Social Care Information Centre and TPP are still in negotiations around the new GP Systems of Choice contract, which they hope to conclude by the end of this week.
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Stevens calls for change on first day

EHI News - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 07:45
NHS England's new chief executive, Simon Stevens, has taken up the top job in health service management.
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NICE consults on new draft guideline for improving oral health

NICE has published a draft guideline to help local authorities improve oral health.
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Five ways to fund the NHS that Reform might like to consider

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 22:53

Lord Warners suggestion of a £10 a month subscription fee to the NHS hasnt gone down well so here are five other ideas from history he could use instead.

Throughout Europe religious orders have provided the great majority of care to those too poor or sick to be able to pay for medical attention. Theyve dealt with every part of health care, from foundling hospitals for abandoned babies, to leprosariums for the shunned and contagious. In fact, Hildegard of Bingen, one of the most famous healers of the medieval period and author of books on natural history and medicine, was a nun. Nuns are notoriously cheap labour, and best of all hospitals can be run on a mixed funding basis with contributions from rich local benefactors, the church, and the state.

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