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Acute care

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Planning guidance: NHS England sets out next steps for realising forward view

Health economies seeking to be at the forefront of moving to the new models of care set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View have been given six weeks to submit an expression of interest to NHS England

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Emergency care demand for older people predicted to rise

Emergency admissions among older people are likely to keep rising during the next five years, a Department of Health funded study has found. This is despite ministers’ claims that the better care fund will lead to a reduction in non-elective activity.

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Exclusive: Staff shortage fuels recruitment of nearly 6,000 overseas nurses

A shortage of registered nurses to fill an increasing number of posts has driven nearly three-quarters of hospital trusts to recruit overseas, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

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Updated: NHS England to fund 'significant volume' of private sector care

NHS England has agreed to commission a ‘significant range and volume’ of planned care from private hospitals over the coming months, following the failure of a national push to clear NHS waiting list backlogs

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Waiting time standards toughened up under contract proposals

Tougher financial penalties will be imposed on trusts that fail to meet waiting time standards and commissioners’ freedom to waive penalties will be curbed under NHS England’s draft standard contract for 2015-16, which was published this week.

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Emergency care fines strengthened to encourage 'radical transformation'

The financial penalty imposed on accident and emergency departments that fail to meet the 95 per cent four hour target has been strengthened to encourage ‘radical transformation’ from struggling NHS providers.

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NHS England to trial employing pharmacists in A&E

The urgent and emergency care review being led by NHS England will conduct a national pilot in the spring to trial employing pharmacists in an emergency department setting.

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Exclusive: Service hit by staff 'exodus' after CCG transfers contract to Circle

One of the biggest teaching trusts in England has been forced to axe its once renowned acute dermatology service following an “exodus” of medical consultants following the transfer of their contract to private provider Circle.

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Exclusive: Top hospital chief criticises 'out of area' referrals move

An attempt by NHS England to protect patient choice by preventing hospitals closing their doors to ‘out of area’ referrals has been strongly criticised by a leading foundation trust chief executive.

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Dorset's better care fund budget slashed

One of the largest and most ambitious bids to pool health and social care budgets has been scaled back dramatically after the plans were checked by NHS England.

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'Perfect storm' tips Walsall trust into the red

Walsall Healthcare Trust has instigated an action plan to clear its ‘significant’ waiting list after being hit by a ‘perfect storm’ of IT problems and heightened demand that threatens to push it £9m into the red.

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18 week waits, October 2014: explore the maps

See all NHS waiting lists around England by provider, CCG or specialty

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A&Es under 'extreme pressure' as admissions rise

Accident and emergency departments are ‘cracking under extreme pressure’ with the number of patients waiting longer than four hours at a record high.

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Exclusive: Lord Willis reveals plans for the future of nurse education

NHS trusts could be required to provide far more formalised education and training for qualified nurses under radical proposals outlined to HSJ ahead of a major review next year.

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Government's £250m campaign fails to clear waiting list backlog

The number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment has increased despite the government pouring £250m into the NHS to clear the backlogs of longest waiters

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Exclusive: Agency pay variations revealed

Hospitals across the North West paid the highest rates for locum medical staff, an analysis of expenditure on temporary staff in 2013-14 has indicated.

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Orange segments

Segment the population to enable better integrated care

Revealing patient needs holistically

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Solve the A&E puzzle for smarter patient care

People often view hospital as ‘best place’ for treatment

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Data sharing: step out of the technological dark ages

How to make sharing really happen

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The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls

Specialists can support and train GPs and nurses

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