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Health Service Journal
27 March 2008

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  • A suggested coat of arms for Sir Robert Naylor

    Many thanks for your suggestions for a coat of arms for the newly knighted Sir Robert Naylor. Here is the first to be published, from a reader who pleads anonymity because he works for a firm that is currently trying to win business from Sir Robert's trust. With a motto that reads (roughly) 'Can he fix it? Yes he can?' they ask: "What else for Bob the Builder?"Still time to send in your own suggestions, readers.
  • After the smoking ban: early conclusions

    Early conclusions about the impact of the smoking ban since its introduction in England in July 2007 can be drawn from an Information Centre report into NHS stop-smoking services.
  • Agency workers: who is in charge around here?

    A recent court case brought by an agency worker highlighted the need to widen the protection of temporary employees. Stuart Jones investigates
  • Alison Irving on life after the health service

    A long, fulfilling career in the NHS can prepare you for things you never thought possible, as one former manager explains
  • Care as a career: raising the public perception

    The public's view of caring as a profession is often negative, but this can be changed by bringing people closer to the realities of this work at its best, argues Helen Joy
  • Coaching: ready to speak out

    Dorothy Larios continues our coaching series with a look at how she worked with a hospital-based commissioner
  • Corporate manslaughter: you could be in the dock

    From 6 April NHS organisations could be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter if someone dies in their care, but different interpretations of the law mean trusts may be unclear about their responsibilities. Ingrid Torjesen attempts to unravel the new actFor more in-depth information about the act, register for HSJ’s free corporate manslaughter webinar
  • David Amos on directing talent

    2008 could be the year that the widespread development of talented frontline staff and the spotting of potential senior staff takes centre stage in the NHS.
  • Department outlines 18 quality standards

    All health organisations will have to comply with a new set of 18 safety and quality standards under proposals unveiled in a Department of Health consultation this week.
  • Department to spend £600,000 on choice publicity drive

    The Department of Health is to push ahead with the development of clinical quality measures to help patients decide where they want to be treated.
  • Designing healthcare buildings: the legal framework

    Who is responsible for ensuring that new healthcare buildings are fit for purpose? David March explains
  • Developing inter-organisational governance

    Effective governance between partner organisations is essential to safeguard each party's reputation, say Bryan Stoten and colleagues
  • Dutch-style healthcare

    David Cameron's plans for a 'luxury' health visiting service are based on a trip that his shadow cabinet colleagues made to Holland. This service is paid for by a top income tax rate of 52 per cent - which fits uneasily with the Conservatives' long-term agenda of tax cuts, writes Kevin Coyne
  • Emergency services get the most calls from deprived areas

    Ambulances are four times more likely to be called out to deprived areas than the most affluent areas, a ground-breaking analysis has found.
  • Engaging clinicians in service improvement: talking the talk

    Changing how we talk can help to bring about a change in culture, as one hospital's approach has demonstrated
  • Freedom of information: accountability is part of the job

    Hounslow primary care trust's failure to meet its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act was so severe that the information commissioner Richard Thomas served draft High Court papers to force it to revea
  • GPs in poorer areas 'prescribe fewer drugs'

    GPs in poorer areas prescribe fewer drugs and spend less on them than GPs in richer areas, research by Suffolk primary care trust has found.
  • How to support evidence-based practice

    Most clinicians and medical researchers believe the NHS should adopt an evidence-based approach to patient care. This will lead to greater effectiveness, fewer inappropriate interventions, greater consistency and less overuse or underuse of healthcare resources.
  • Huge variation in GP practice pay regardless of size of list

    Figures obtained by HSJ reveal the extent to which the national GP contract has driven inequity across the country, with huge variations in payments to practices, regardless of the number and need of their patients.
  • Jon Restell on valuing all frontline staff

    I have had the people who work in general practice on my mind recently. At this time of especially heightened clinical engagement, it is easier than ever to forget that good healthcare is delivered by teams.
  • LIFT Awards 2008: building healthier communities

    The first annual LIFT Awards celebrated an initiative that makes a real difference to the health and well-being of communities.
  • Lisa Rodrigues on how it feels to become a foundation trust

    Working for foundation status is like growing up - you learn from personal experience
  • Lung disease worse than estimated

    The challenge of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is much greater in some areas than previously thought, it has been revealed.
  • Managers criticised over reconfiguration plans

    Chief executives in North Staffordshire have responded to a scathing report in which senior managers were criticised for failing to collaborate over reconfiguration plans.
  • Media Watch: cigarette sales

    'Cigarettes could soon be sold under the counter, just like X-rated magazines once were,' revealed the Daily Star, reporting on Department of Health plans.
  • Michael White on service cuts

    On the dry pages of Hansard, there are occasionally brief exchanges that shed light on life as eloquently as a short story by Anton Chekhov.
  • Most ambulance trusts off course for new target

    At least three-quarters of England's ambulance trusts look set to miss a new target for the time taken to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
  • No continuing care cuts here

    In your article 'Questions over continuing care cuts at quarter of PCTS' you make reference to several primary care trusts, including Peterborough, that have cut continuing care services. This is based on information PCTs submitted to the Department of Health between April and December 2007, writes Paul Kitney
  • Obesity drugs: a growing issue?

    More than 1 million NHS prescription items were dispensed to treat obesity in England in 2006 - eight times the number dispensed in 1999 - according to a compendium of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet published by the Information Centre for health and social care.
  • Panel saves services at Horton Hospital

    The independent reconfiguration panel has advised the health secretary to reject Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals trust's proposals to downgrade paediatric, gynaecological and obstetric services at Horton Hospital because it would not provide an accessible or improved service for local people.
  • Paul Jennings on football-friendly marketing

    Through an ongoing commitment to social marketing in health, we have been looking for ways that newer technologies could work for us in delivering messages to target groups.
  • PCT threatened with court over fight for information

    NHS trusts have been urged to learn from a primary care trust that became the first organisation to be threatened with High Court action for failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
  • PCTs dub assurance test tough but useful

    Primary care trusts that tried a new test of commissioning abilities say the process was hard but helpful.
  • Practices' minimum income is a guarantee of health inequity

    Figures obtained by
  • Recipes for organisational success

    High-performing organisations - inside and outside the NHS - have a number of management techniques in common, explains Paul Allen
  • Rights of NHS managers

    The recent review of Brent primary care trust raises more general concerns regarding how senior managers in the NHS are judged. Since the publication of the Code of Conduct for NHS managers I have witnessed misuse of it on many occasions, writes Ray Rowden
  • Rival text services deny duplication

    NHS Choices and NHS Direct have both launched SMS text services to help patients find their nearest NHS service providers.
  • Round table - clinical priorities: a dose of realism

    Wonder drugs will play a part in transforming healthcare - but a roundtable of experts brought together by HSJ and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said implementing best practice could be even more important. Alexis Nolan reports
  • Shortage of doctors

    The shortage of doctors and locums is affecting care and causing immense stress to remaining staff. As it is managed at department level, the scale of the problem may not be fully recognised, writes Richard Marks
  • Single room hospital gets go-ahead

    The NHS's first all-single-room acute hospital has been given the final go-ahead. The Department of Health announced last week that construction work could start on Pembury Hospital in Kent by the end of the month.
  • Specialised commissioning: who will stand up for rare conditions?

    As PCTs respond to popular local demand, the government must ensure illnesses that affect relatively few people are cared for too
  • Spot the difference in this week's lookey likey

    Whever End Game gets sent a lookey likey for a pop star -asMartin Graham,forensic services manager at Affinity Healthcare Middleton St George Hospital has this week, suggesting that junior health minister Ben Bradshaw and David Bowie look rather alike - we like to have some fun looking for the artiste's appropriate lyrics. And look what we found in the lyrics for Changes
  • This week's All Our Yesterdays

    March 26, 1948, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review Mr Aneurin Bevan, minister of health had recently addressed the annual meeting of theInstituteofAlmoners.Mr Bevan said that it was now “accepted that it was not possible to treat the patient independently of his social background. ‘Social medicine’ – an awkward phrase – had arisen. It was now understo
  • This week's All Our Yesterdays

    March 12, 1948, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review"On the initiative of the County Borough Council, an extremely well attended public meeting was held in the Town Hall and unanimously decided to found the Dudley Voluntary Children’s Care Society. This society, believed to be unique in character, is intended to form the focal points of contact and communication between the local authority and the general public in the fostering of the
  • Tim Straughan on improving NHS data collection

    The 2008-09 NHS operating framework is clearly a catalyst for improving healthcare provision through better data collection and use.
  • Your Humble Servant on Nicholson's blog

    To: Don Wise, chief executiveFrom: Paul Servant, assistant chief executiveRe: blogs and Zogs

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