Negotiations are taking place to establish a private provider led consortium to take on a 10 year, £687m contract to integrate cancer services in Staffordshire. Sources close to the procurement, part of a wider £1.2bn cancer and end of life care
Monitor plans to set up a framework agreement to allow high performing trusts to put themselves forward as potential “super buddies” for failing counterparts, the regulator’s chief executive has revealed. The purpose of the agreement would be to create a
When we talk about the problem of driving innovation, we often focus on how to foster creative thinking. But much of the time, the challenge isn’t that we lack creativity — it’s that we fail to capture the bursts of
There is still an assumption that the environment is treated as a reflection of information that should drive preferences. For instance, it’s assumed that people tend to stick with the default option because they do not know enough to change
Successful integrated working means creating a culture where professionals are empowered to manage themselves and understand how to build and influence informal networks. Kate Wilson explains Integrated working sits at the heart of plans to transform health and social care
‘Telling’ and ‘mentoring’ styles of leadership have proven to be less effective than ‘coaching’ in aligning the individual’s goals with those of the organisation. A coaching approach to leadership can inspire your team – (HSJ Article request full text from
Busy hospital staff often have anxieties around implementing IT systems. Shopping for the right software and hardware can be riddled with obstacles and a great deal of uncertainty but there is a solution. Appease tech fears by speaking the NHS
The Department of Health has started to adopt ‘extra-legislative’ solutions to problems, stepping outside or even ignoring the legislation on the statute books, but this won’t help the NHS be fit for the future. Queen’s Speech: We can’t avoid legislation
Bolton Foundation Trust is seeking £30m of capital funding from the Department of Health towards its IT and estates strategies. The trust said Monitor will present its bid, which includes a £10m loan and £20m of public dividend capital,to the
Since the election result, many of the ‘excuses’ for not delivering the forward view have been swept away. Now, the ‘modernisers’ want to make progress to avoid the long and wasted years at the start of the last Parliament. Modernisers
Sugars can be added to food and drinks or occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and milk. A high sugar diet increases the risk of tooth decay and weight gain, and high consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is associated with type
The co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator looks at moves to tackle Type 2 diabetes.
This guideline offers evidence-based advice on prevention and interventions for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges.
This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline CG25 (published February 2005). It offers evidence-based advice on the short-term management of violence and aggression in mental health, health and community settings. New recommendations have been added to cover a broader range
HSMC at the University of Birmingham have been actively researching the impact on emotional labour and compassionate organisations. This short TEDx talk “why good people deliver bad care” provides an introduction to this concept, and their latest thinking.
Newsletter identifying best practice in improving delivery of services for Long Term Conditions.
Paper that considers the arguments for applying experimental methods to industrial policy measures, and propose an experimental policy evaluation approach (which we call RCT+). Experimental methods of policy evaluation are well-established in social policy and development economics but are rare
This guide draws on case studies of three different reconfiguration programmes and offers some tips on how to get your engagement right.
UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations B 22: investigation of cerebrospinal fluid shunts. The last full scientific review of this document was completed on 18 May 2015. Additional Item Review of users’ comments May 2015
Sets out the role and purpose of PHE’s screening quality assurance (QA) service, providing a common approach for all NHS screening programmes.
Independent external review to provide an expert opinion on whether film reading and current clinical practice at the assessment stage in the breast screening service provided by University Hospital of Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT) is operating safely and within national
Foundation trusts in breach of their licence will face tighter regulatory controls on their agency and management consultancy spending, as part of an interventionist drive by Monitor to bear down on escalating provider deficits. Monitor ramps up challenge to FTs
Birmingham Women’s Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive. Neil Savage, chief operating officer at the specialist trust, will step into the role of interim chief executive following the departure of Ros Keeton, who will leave at the end of
More than 250 posts have been axed during the last 12 months at a West Midlands foundation trust in a bid to save £7.5m. The job cuts at Dudley Group of Hospitals FT are part of a plan to get
David Bennett has called for the NHS to investigate the possibility of redefining key access targets to reduce the financial burden they place on providers – where it can be done without compromising safety. The Monitor chief executive said the
A cap on the cost of agency staff supplied to NHS trusts is being explored by the Cabinet Office and Department of Health in an attempt to tackle the ballooning agency spend in the NHS, it has emerged. Government considers
Large companies face significant hurdles in transforming into digital businesses. McKinsey’s Edwin van Bommel explains how organizations can quickly develop digital capabilities.
Technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, advanced motion controls, and new methods for continuous manufacturing hold great potential for improving how companies design and build products to better serve customers. But if the past is any indicator, many established firms will be
Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele,
Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation,
Twenty five years after the term “emotional intelligence” was first introduced by academics, thousands of independent scientific studies have highlighted the importance of managing your own and others’ emotions in relation to career success, job performance, entrepreneurship, and leadership. But research
Persuading decision makers that your proposals and recommendations are worthy of their time and attention is a tough challenge – even for the most experienced and admired experts. So what should you do if you find yourself having to persuade
Middle managers have not fared well. Their ranks have been decimated in many organizations, and those that have survived are often perceived as powerless or, worse, as bureaucratic sticks-in-the-mud. This is not fair and it’s flat-out wrong. Take what’s happening
Is management research a folly? If not, whose interests does it serve? And whose interests should it serve? The questions of good for what and good for whom are worth revisiting. There is reason to worry that the reward system in
This document list all countries as 1 of 3 categories of risk: no risk countries low risk countries high risk countries
Blog post from Peter Fuda that identifies that aligning your time, money and resources to your articulated goals will accelerate you towards them because it provides evidence of your integrity; people quickly realise that you say what you mean, and
The potential for inadvertent injection of solutions intended for topical use has been identified in the UK and internationally . Past errors usually occurred because skin cleansing antiseptic solutions and medication intended for injection had been placed proximally in ‘open
Here are the six biggest myths about empowerment: The route to empowerment is a program. You empower people. Empowerment is enough. Your picture of empowerment matches your team’s. During a crisis, it’s appropriate to revert to traditional top-down command and control.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” is a hackneyed idiom, but it sticks because it happens to be mostly true. It’s one of the reasons why data visualization is emerging as a powerful information force in the crowded, intensely
When Fredrick Winslow Taylor designed the world’s first modern assembly line and forever changed industry, persuasion was the last thing on his mind. Taylor believed assembly line workers simply needed clear direction on how to execute prescribed tasks. His belief,
Behavioral economists and psychologists have uncovered scores of biases that undermine good decision-making. And, along with management experts, they have provided helpful tips that decision-makers can use to try to correct for those biases. But a comprehensive framework for achieving
The Health Research Authority has moved to stave off a judicial review by a pharmaceutical company with links to the NHS in a dispute over transparency in clinical trials. The HRA, which regulates clinical research in the UK, last week
A clinical commissioning group will introduce clinical thresholds for surgery and significantly restrict access to services to cope with its ‘financially distressed position’. North East Essex CCG will bring in thresholds for non-urgent elective surgery on the basis of whether
Getting By? voices the experiences over a year of thirty Liverpool families where one or both parents were in low paid employment. Through weekly spending diaries tracking their income and expenses and regular in-depth interviews, they revealed the challenges they
An independent investigation into the collapse of a specialist service at a large teaching hospital trust has described the handling of changes by commissioners and providers as an ‘unmitigated disaster’. Nottingham University Hospitals Trust closed its internationally renowned acute adult dermatology
‘Capacity building’ is an ugly phrase that’s become unavoidable. It’s built into public programmes, regional development and regeneration, as well as business support. It seems simple. But isn’t. And my prejudice – partly based on experience – is that many
End-of-life care has received increasing attention in recent years as the baby boomers age and health care costs continue to rise. This attention has brought with it remarkable growth in the field and improvement in care, but there remains work
Government policy has outlined the importance and increasing need for information sharing between organisations at a local level. Everyone working in social care and health should see the use and safe sharing of information as part of their responsibility. This
Councillors in East Sussex have taken a unanimous vote of ‘no confidence’ in the leadership of East Sussex Healthcare Trust and have called on the chief executive to resign. The vote took place at an East Sussex County Council health
The foundation trust sector must be more collaborative in order to make the most of a restrictive financial environment, the chief executive of the country’s newest FT has said. Bradford District Care FT chief executive Simon Large also said that his organisation’s