This patient group direction (PGD) template is to support the rotavirus vaccination programme provided via NHS England commissioners. It is valid from June 2015 to June 2017. The PGD template requires further authorisation by a clinical governance or patient safety
More than 23,000 extra nurses will be trained over the next four years to help meet growing demand in the NHS. Health Education England has confirmed it plans to train an additional 23,121 full-time equivalent qualified nurses by 2019 based on
Consultancy firm Accenture has been awarded a £60m contract to deliver a replacement for the health service’s secure email system by the Department of Health. The project, called “NHSmail 2”, will include upgrades designed to make it easier for the
The NHSmail email system used by 650,000 people across the health and care sectors suffered technical problems due to a network issue, taking it offline for most of yesterday. Users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations and try to
The Master Indemnity Agreement (MIA) provides protection to an NHS trust when it is in receipt of equipment or goods from a supplier. The MIA guidance provides information to suppliers who wish to provide equipment on loan or offer goods
This briefing gives statistics on obesity for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with international comparisons. Breakdowns by age, gender, local authority and deprivation are given where possible, and data for both adult and child obesity is covered. In addition
An introduction to the use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in clinical and economic studies and outlines new developments in research around patient-reported measurements.
This guidance focuses on the professional duty of candour and the need for nurses and midwives to be open and honest when things go wrong. It has been produced in collaboration with the General Medical Council and complements the joint statement
The penalty imposed on providers who breach the remaining elective waiting time target is to be increased, regulators have told all NHS providers and clinical commissioning groups. Two of the referral to treatment waiting time standards – admitted and non-admitted –
A third of clinical commissioning groups with control of their primary care budgets plan to fund member GP practices to get them to form federations. HSJ asked all 63 CCGs that have taken delegated responsibility for general practice in 2015-16
Progress towards the goal for a paperless NHS by 2020 has been too slow in the acute sector. Shaun O’Hanlon looks at the challenges and solutions for transforming hospital IT. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to have a digital
A total of 65 NHS chief executives and senior board directors have been subject to complaints under fit and proper person regulations. The Care Quality Commission, which is responsible for making sure trusts comply with the rules that came into effect
A hospital trust in Lancashire has ignored national guidance by spending £1.5m on a surgical robot, according to NHS England. East Lancashire Hospitals Trust bought and installed a Da Vinci robot at the Royal Blackburn Hospital earlier this month, which
NHS England has hit back the assertion by an independent watchdog that delivery of the controversial Care.data patient record sharing initiative has been dogged by ‘unresolvable problems’. NHS.UK and N4 are considered to be at risk. The Major Projects Authority,
The information packs provide the social work bursary allocations for HEIs and the Education Support Grant rates for the 2015 academic year. This document provides information for students on how to apply for a bursary and: the number of undergraduate
Latest web and policy updates from NHS England.
There is an 80 % probability of heatwave conditions between 1200 on Tuesday and 0600 on Thursday in parts of England. More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website.
With the rise of the internet of things, our individual technology envelopes – our personal networks of smart, connected devices — are rapidly becoming more complicated as more and more devices from a growing profusion of vendors do ever more
We talk about building strong teams as though there’s no upper limit — stronger is always better. But it turns out, you can go too far. It’s possible for a team to betoo strong. In fact, one of the primary
Have you ever been on vacation and been unable to relax? The whole point of taking time off is to achieve the calm, happy, and energized (CHE) states of mind that make us most productive and effective both while we’re away
A round-up of evidence on the relationship between housing and poverty. This publication presents evidence emerging from JRF’s Housing and poverty research programme. It looks at: how housing affects people’s experience of poverty and how it can act as a
The Secretary of State for Health talks about the new deal for GPs and how this will deliver better services for patients.
Laboratory confirmed cases of pertussis reported to the enhanced pertussis surveillance programme in England. Laboratory reports from the enhanced surveillance programme for Bordetella pertussis infection (whooping cough) in England, operated by Public Health England’s microbiology services.
No devolution deal will be signed off unless local enterprise partnerships are ‘at the heart’ of proposals, communities secretary Greg Clark has warned. In a speech to the LEPs Network this week, Mr Clark said the partnerships between councils and
UK standards for microbiology investigations (SMI) ID 23: identification of Campylobacter species. The last full scientific review of this document was completed on 17 June 2015. Additional Item Review of users’ comments June 2015
UK standards for microbiology investigations ID 22: identification of vero cytotoxin producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) including E. coli O157. The last full scientific review of this document was completed on 16 June 2015. Please note that ‘ID 22: identification of Escherichia
UK standards for microbiology investigations B 26: investigation of fluids from normally sterile sites. The last full scientific review of this document was completed on 15 June 2015. Additional Item Review of users’ comments June 2015
This external quality assessment (EQA) scheme is suitable for laboratories that routinely examine environmental swabs. It is suitable for laboratories that analyse: swabs for hygiene indicator organisms from both random and template areas swabs for pathogens Additional Item Environmental swab scheme:
This report by the LGA Task and Finish Group on Ageing sets out the increasing contribution to society and the economy older people can make through empowered local government and challenges the commonly-held belief that an ageing population is a
This report summarises the key findings of the network and its partners over the last year. Although much of the research has been published previously, this is the first time it has been brought together in one place. It finds
The NHS provider sector is in straits similar to those of Greece at the moment but there is no Grexit for those that cannot cope. Most sector projections suggest the shortfall will be north of £2bn. “That OK?” provider sector representatives
“Look to your left, look to your right: One of you won’t be here next year.” This intimidating line was immortalized as a greeting for incoming students at Harvard Law School in the classic movie, The Paper Chase. The explicit
Dismissing an employee is one of the most unpleasant tasks of management. It’s likely to evoke a lot of mixed feelings: sympathy, sadness, and anxiety. Even if letting go of the employee (or employees) is in the best interest of
When evaluating talent for recruitment or development, you have just two key questions to answer: What should you assess? And how?
You know those guys with the clipboards and checklists? Those annoying folks who drone on about compliance and procedure? Those sticklers who find reasons why things can’t be done? Every large institution has them. They are the process nerds. And
In the first of three reports into performance, HSJ explores the problems trusts are facing in meeting elective care targets. The 90 per cent target to treat elected admitted patients within 18 weeks that has been the gold standard for the NHS
Information prescriptions – individual notes for patients to follow – make patients better informed, enabling them to work with doctors and nurses to improve their health. If there is one frustration among clinicians caring for people with diabetes it is
This briefing paper provides general background on NHS primary medical services provided by GPs in England. It gives an overview of commissioning arrangements as well as information on changes to GP contracts and funding arrangements. As well as providing an
This paper argues that a strategy for later life funding must secure effective funding for adult social care. It also recommends implementing the Dilnot reforms and finding ways of ensuring the provision of mass market financial advice.
The chief executive of Circle has said that a lack of flexibility in its contract to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust was a major factor behind its early departure from the franchise deal. Steve Melton said the company’s 10 year
Decisions made under Greater Manchester’s proposed devolved health and social care system could be overturned by the health secretary if they think the decisions are “wrong”, a minister has indicated. The comments were made during a Lords committee discussion on the
A trust in special measures believes regulatory intervention has made it harder to improve patient care, the minutes of a high level ministerial meeting reveal. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust was placed in special measures following a Care
This review provides insights into methods used to identify high performing hospitals, and yields ideas about the factors important for success. It highlights the need to advance approaches for understanding what constitutes high performance and how to harness factors associated
Quality improvement collaboratives are used to improve healthcare by various organizations. Despite their popularity literature shows mixed results on their effectiveness. A quality improvement collaborative can be seen as a temporary learning organization in which knowledge about improvement themes and
Third sector organisations (TSOs) are a well-established component of health care provision in the UK’s NHS and other health systems, but little is known about how they use research and other forms of knowledge in their work. There is an
NHS Trust Development Authority officials refused to pay the bulk of a claim for unanticipated costs made by a trust that fell into financial trouble after taking over a failing neighbour. Shared records take Manchester a step closer to integration
Integrated care records for 6,000 patients are now being shared between NHS and social care workers in Manchester. The shared records are intended to help new multidisciplinary teams working across three clinical commissioning group areas, as they aim to keep
E-learning module from NICE and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education on prescribing and monitoring antipsychotics.
An evidence based public health response to support the reduction of violence in West Midlands Police force area. The report gives a public health perspective into violence across West Midlands Police force area. This collaborative work will help local authorities and
Commissioned by the Local Government Association, this report by Ernst and Young proposes the establishment of a £1.3 billion a year transformation fund until 2019/20 to develop a new health and social care system. Supported by a pooled health and social