General surgery: GIRFT programme national specialty report

10 August 2017

This report argues that the NHS could see a significant reduction in the amount of people unnecessarily admitted for emergency general surgery if more acute hospitals introduced consultant-led surgical assessments at their ‘front door’. The analysis estimates that this change could lead to up to 30% fewer general surgery emergency admissions a year saving over £100m.

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Communities and health

20 February 2018

The role of communities in improving health is receiving increasing, and long overdue, attention in health policy and practice. Stronger recognition of the role communities can play and greater involvement are needed if there is to be a successful move to population health systems. A briefing from the King’s Fund is a starting point for those wishing to understand more.

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Systems integration to boost NHS communication

20 February 2018

NHS staff will be able to communicate with each other through better integrated systems, thanks to new plans announced by NHS Digital. The plans will eventually see users being able to log into a range of applications and services, integrated with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), using their NHSmail credentials.

The initiative will integrate NHSmail, which uses Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business to securely share patient information, with Office 365.

All NHS employees can use NHSmail, as can those organisations commissioned to deliver NHS services.

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Next steps in updating guidance on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

20 February 2018

A workshop last month marked the formal start of NICE’s collaborative work to update its 2010 guideline on the diagnosis and management of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

The workshop was held so that stakeholders, including patient groups for people with ME/CFS and their carers, could help NICE identify at an early stage the issues they consider most important for the development of the new guideline.

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What should the new CCIO do first?

20 February 2018

The NHS has appointed an emergency care consultant as chief clinical information officer, a nearly new post with only one previous occupant. Simon Eccles has already tweeted his top five priorities. What should he put at the top of the list? Vote on this week’s NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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Conflict of interest – beyond self-assessment

20 February 2018

Conflicts of interest pose a significant risk to CCGs and emerging integrated care systems (ICS), which could leave commissioners exposed to reputational damage or result in decisions being open to challenge. Managing conflicts is a discipline requiring judgement, insight and the ability to evaluate risk. Talking through scenarios with colleagues is the best way to develop these capabilities. PCC delivers local workshops where members of CCG governing bodies work together to discuss potential issues. Boards that take part are able to identify potential concerns, understand how to approach issues and increase their confidence in local governance arrangements when taking decisions. Find out more about our conflict of interest workshops, which can be delivered on your premises. To discuss your requirements with one of our advisers email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk.

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