Regulation of NHS hospitals

21 May 2013

This joint policy statement provides further information on the changes to the regulation and oversight of NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts proposed in the government’s initial response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (the Francis report) and related clauses in Part 2 of the care bill. It is produced by the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

The Francis report highlighted a lack of clarity over which part of the regulatory, commissioning and supervisory system is responsible for taking decisive action in response to a failure in quality of care.

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No hospital is an island: learning from the acute care collaboration vanguards

23 January 2018

This report covers the learning from 13 acute care collaborations that were established in September 2015 as part of the new care models programme. It highlights six common strategies that have emerged, including the way clinical practices are being standardised, how vanguards are making better use of clinical support services, and how the skills of health care professionals are being used more creatively and flexibly.

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Whose fault is flu?

23 January 2018

Flu is causing more problems than ever for the NHS this year, but who's to blame? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice

23 January 2018

General practices are working together, but once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider.

Understanding all the options available is a crucial next step. Joint working agreement, merger, super-partnership, or develop a company – and do you really need to change at all? There are several forms a company could take including limited by guarantee or by shares. Similar options are also available in the form of a community interest company. More recently super-partnerships have developed and this form has some advantages. Depending on function you may not need a formal company or partnership arrangement.

This workshop on 31 January in Manchester, 13 February in London and 7 March in Birmingham will help you work through the answers, with an experienced lawyer who has supported a number of practices to work together effectively ensuring the issues such as staff sharing and indemnity are covered.

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Guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing for health and social care

22 January 2018

National guidance has been published, setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data off-shoring to store patient information.

The guidance will ensure that organisations know how to use these solutions safely and securely. It has been timed to appear as NHS organisations face tighter restrictions on the processing and transfer of personal data when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in May.

The document also highlights the benefits for organisations choosing to use cloud facilities.

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NHS continuing healthcare funding failing the people who need it, say MPs

22 January 2018

NHS continuing healthcare funding intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society is not reaching people who need it. That’s one of the conclusions of the latest parliamentary report which describes a complex process beset with delays and poor-quality assessments.

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