• The state of hospice services in England 2014 to 2017

    13 October 2017

    Hospice care across England has the highest percentage of services rated outstanding, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    In a report published during Hospice Care Week CQC found that 25% of hospices are rated as outstanding (51 services), with a further 70% (142 services) rated as good. By comparison around 6% of NHS acute hospitals, 4% of GP services and 2% of domiciliary care agencies, nursing homes and residential homes being rated outstanding.

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  • GP indemnity: development of state-backed scheme for England

    13 October 2017

    The government is planning a state-backed indemnity scheme to protect GPs from the costs of clinical negligence claims.

    The aim is to provide GPs with more affordable cover for claims arising from the delivery of NHS services.

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  • Action to boost flu vaccination and manage winter pressures

    13 October 2017

    NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have unveiled measures to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations along with package of new contingency actions to respond to pressures on frontline services this winter.

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  • Musculoskeletal conditions: return on investment tool

    12 October 2017

    A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

    Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups can use results from the tool to protect and improve the health of their local populations when making commissioning decisions.

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  • What happens when people leave hospital and other care settings?

    12 October 2017

    When discharge goes wrong, it comes at a cost, both to individuals and to the health and social care system, according to a report from Healthwatch. The number of beds lost as a result of discharge delays has risen from 4,754 in July 2015 to 5,861 in July 2017, a rise of 23.3%. In order to further understand people’s experiences of leaving care in light of these increases, Healthwatch has brought together a summary of the experiences of more than 2,000 people have shared with 46 local Healthwatch organisations during the last two years.

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