Health Systems to be Judged on Growth in Emergency Admissions and Bed Days

NHS England has announced a new scheme that will hold healthcare systems to account based on growth in emergency admissions and bad days. The new approach will assess how well the growth in these critical aspects of the healthcare system can be contained, with the assessment taking place over a two-year period. Simon Stevens suggested that this new initiative is critical to the success of the sustainability and transformation program. “The level of emergency admissions will be a key new metric... Readmore

Review Suggests £10 Billion NHS Funding Increase Required

A major government review of property and estates has concluded that at least £10 billion of capital funding is required in order to deliver sustainability and transformation plans. Proposals required in order to ensure that NHS facilities are fit for purpose will also be included within this figure. The review has been conducted by by former University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Sir Robert Naylor. And although the £10 billion figure may be worrying, the report... Readmore

NHS England to Launch New Nursing Training Programme

As concerns grow over nursing shortages caused by Brexit, NHS England has announced a new training program with the intention of addressing the situation. The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has already conceded that the healthcare system is hugely reliant on international professionals. This includes around 12,000 nurses who are EU nationals, a significant proportion of the 350,000 total nurses on the NHS payroll. Speaking to the BBC, Stevens asserted that the training program... Readmore

Conflict Mars Sustainability and Transformation in Frimley

Regions within the sustainability and transformation program have been in conflict over local planning to reconfigure cardiovascular services. One trust involved in the argument suggested that the ongoing discussion means that “longstanding strong clinical relationships are under threat”. Frimley Health Foundation Trust, the sole acute provider in the Frimley Health and Care STP, currently provides cardiovascular care for patients referred from the Royal Surrey County Hospital. This... Readmore

Clinical Commissioning Group Placed Under Legal Directions by NHS England

NHS England has placed a clinical commissioning group under legal directions following an unprecedented £27 million overspend. NHS England pointed to “serious performance, planning, financial and leadership weaknesses” at Coastal West Sussex CCG that have necessitated the decision. The clinical commissioning group will now be required to conduct a governance review, a capacity and capability action plan, while also developing a recovery plan. Coastal West Sussex CCG had been required... Readmore

Vanguard Project Floats New Care Model

A leading vanguard project will compose a £340 million contract with the intention of acquiring a single provider in order to oversee its new care model. This arrangement will be in place by April 2018, if the All Together Better Sunderland multi-specialty community provider model is successful. This new model attempts to ensure that health services, social care and the voluntary sector can be commingled in a collaborative process. The overall aim is to ensure that vulnerable patients are spared... Readmore

Figures Suggest Practices Left in Limbo Over CQC Reports

Official figures indicate that the Care Quality Commission failed to deliver reports within the targeted 50 days in approximately 40% of cases. GP leaders warned that the tardiness involved is leaving practices and their staff in a state of limbo. Figures from January indicate that the Care Quality Commission was only able to complete 61% of reports within the 50-day inspection target. This was well under the 90% figure that the commission had been set. Inspections have been completed... Readmore

Interest Rates for Troubled Trusts Strongly Criticised

Interest rates of 6% are being charged on the bailout loans taken out by the most financially disadvantaged NHS trusts in England. Experts have suggested that this is an extremely insidious policy that is effectively punishing some of the most vulnerable patients in Britain. Indeed, evidence indicates that those trusts currently in financial special measures can pay up to 400% more on working capital loans than other organisations. The Department of Health claims that this reflects the additional... Readmore

Medway Foundation Trust Removed from Special Measures

A hospital that was condemned for being one of the very worst in the country has been removed from special measures by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has recommended that the Medway Foundation Trust can be removed from this unenviable situation following substantial improvements. NHS Improvement confirmed that the trust has been taken out of special measures in recognition of the “major improvement in the services it offers patients”. Nonetheless,... Readmore

NHS England £800 Million Fund Diversion Slammed by Healthcare Bosses

The decision to divert £800 million of primary, community and mental health care funding into dealing with the NHS deficit has been condemned by doctors' leaders. New Treasury rules dictate that the funding must be utilised in order to address the growing fiscal problems of the healthcare system. NHS England has already written to commissioners across the healthcare system indicating that the entirety of the proportion of their budgets intended to mitigate financial risk must indeed be utilised... Readmore

Maternity Challenge Fund Winners Announced

Winners have been selected for the Maternity Challenge Funds second round of prizes. NHS England have awarded three midwife projects £50,000 with the intention of enabling them to explore innovative ways to utilise women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. The judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the three winners from approximately 50 entrants. The fund was initiated during 2016 in an attempt to encourage new thinking regarding... Readmore

NHS England Extends Support for GPs on Rising Indemnity Costs

NHS England has announced increased support for those GPs struggling to deal with the rising cost of indemnity payments. The healthcare organisation has made this provision with the intention of ensuring greater access to doctors for patients across the country. In order to work towards the same, the 2016 Winter Indemnity Scheme will be extended by a month to 17th April. This will enable GPs to work additional shifts, particularly over the Easter Bank Holiday, without the burden of additional... Readmore
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