• Consultation on research in the NHS

    22 January 2018

    On 30 November 2017 NHS England launched a consultation to support research in the NHS. The consultation sets out proposals to manage excess treatment costs better and to improve commercial clinical research set-up and reporting. We are inviting stakeholders, including NHS commissioners, to share views on these proposals. The consultation ends on 1 February 2018. For further information, contact england.research@nhs.net.

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  • GP practice lease incentive scheme extended until end of March 2018

    22 January 2018

    The General Practice Forward View offered the following support to GP practices that are tenants of an NHS Property Services or Community Health Partnerships (freehold or leased) building to enter into a new lease: reimbursement of Stamp Duty Land Tax for the initial term (up to 15 years), contribution up to £1,000 plus VAT of legal fees related to the lease transaction and reimbursement of management fees for the financial year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. This offer has been extended to 31 March 2018 to allow more time for GP practices to formally complete their lease transactions. Practices will need to present their signed leases to england.gppremisesfund@nhs.net by that time.

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  • Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers: still waiting for parity

    16 January 2018

    The spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers widened further last year, according to a report from the King’s Fund.

    The report shows that 84% of mental health trusts, which provide the great majority of mental health services, received an increase in funding last year, significantly higher than in previous years. But funding for acute and specialist hospitals has continued to grow more quickly as national leaders have prioritised reducing financial deficits and improving performance in A&E.

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  • Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS

    15 January 2018

    A report from a think-tank illustrates the areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. It also highlights the main barriers to the implementation of this technology and suggests some potential solutions.

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  • NHS standard contract 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) – eContract system

    15 January 2018

    The eContract system has been updated in line with the NHS standard contract 2017-19 (January 2018 edition – both full length and shorter). The eContract system reduces the time taken to draft the contract. NHS England strongly recommends that commissioners and providers use the system.

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