• 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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  • 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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  • Revised never events policy and framework

    22 January 2018

    NHS Improvement has published a revised policy and framework for avoiding never events. The document clarifies who may be involved in identifying, investigating or managing never events. CCGs should note the removal of financial sanctions from the NHS standard contract in relation to never events. The updated 2017-19 NHS standard contract is to be used from 1 February 2018. Providers are asked to ensure their local policies and procedures align with the revised national policy framework.

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  • Making sense of accountable care

    22 January 2018

    Accountable care is the latest health policy buzz phrase. But where did it come from and what does it really mean? The King’s Fund is promising to explain all with a short briefing that promises accountable care in a nutshell and a long version that goes into more depth.

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