Issue : 25 September 2008
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Are we killing psychiatric patients with food? Subscription
High-calorie meals and little exercise mean psychiatric inpatients often put on weight and damage their health. Sharmila Menon looks at how hospitals can manage the problem without violating patients' rights
Developing user-led standards in mental healthSubscription
Developing user-led standards has increased patient involvement and improved the quality of care at one mental health trust. Tony Leiba and Caroline Mathiason explain
The future of patient and public involvementSubscription
Lord Darzi's review and the new local involvement networks have pushed public engagement to the top of the health policy agenda. Robina Shah speaks to national patient and public affairs director Joan Saddler about her plans for increasing public involvement
Kotter's theory of urgency in useSubscription
I see John Kotter's new book, A Sense of Urgency, has surfaced as number one on the bookshelf.
Naomi Chambers on health and educationSubscription
With all the emphasis on world class commissioning, it is important to remember that primary care trust boards are tasked with improving the health of the population they serve, not just with the delivery of healthcare.
Equitable access to primary careSubscription
Andrew Daly explains how the Department of Health's equitable access to primary medical care programme is working to improve patient care
The Department of Health could be heading for a re-run of the chaos that saw the publication of the 2006-07 payment by results tariff just one week before the start of the financial year.A draft tariff for 2009-10 is being road tested in secret in the West Midlands, but sources suggest it is so inaccurate it is causing trust income to fluctuate by up to 18 per cent.
Is there going to be tariff turmoil for the second time in three years?
Following HSJ's revelation last week that the Department of Health is projecting 2.1 per cent of trusts will fail each year for the next 20 years, we have been accused of misrepresenting policy.
Prizes for world class commissioning winners Subscription
Primary care trusts that are successful in world class commissioning may win the right to name the salaries of their senior managers and non-executive directors.