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Acute care

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust

New study into impact of staffing levels on patient care

UK researchers are to begin a new study investigating how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.

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NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Updated: Eighth trust to leave special measures regime

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust should come out of special measures.

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Exclusive: Hospitals fail to hit staffing targets despite recruitment drive

The ability of NHS acute trusts to employ sufficient numbers of nurses on hospital wards has worsened this year compared with 2014 despite record levels of recruitment, HSJ can reveal.

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Interactive: How your trust is performing on staffing levels

HSJ’s analysis of the proportion of nursing shifts filled according to acute hospitals’ own staffing plans, as reported in the ‘safe staffing’ data collected by NHS England.

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Cap on clinical negligence costs could save £400m, says Litigation Authority

The health service could save £400m a year if the government changed the law to fix the costs for clinical negligence schemes alongside other measures, the NHS Litigation Authority has said.

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Webinar today: Can clinical decision support improve care?

Explore the latest research on CDS at 12pm

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First eight urgent and emergency care vanguards revealed

The first wave of urgent and emergency care vanguard sites has been revealed by NHS England.

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Mapped: The urgent and emergency care vanguard sites

HSJ’s map of the eight sites identified by NHS England as the first urgent and emergency care vanguards.

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Out of area mental health placements increase suicide risk, inquiry warns

The practice of sending mental health patients up to hundreds of miles from home for a bed should be stopped because of the risk of suicide, a national inquiry has warned.

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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust

TDA 'broadens' support for challenged trusts

The NHS Trust Development Authority has appointed improvement directors to two trusts struggling with performance and leadership issues.

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CCGs expected to fund 2.3 per cent rise in emergency activity

Clinical commissioning groups are expected to fund a 2.3 per cent increase in emergency activity this year compared to 2014-15, NHS England has confirmed.

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Updated: US corporation brought in to help improve five trusts

An American healthcare corporation is being brought in to support five trusts in improving quality and clinical engagement.

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Patients to be told CQC ratings to encourage 'informed' hospital choice

Patients will be told the Care Quality Commission rating and waiting times for their local hospitals when making appointments through a new electronic booking system to encourage ‘truly informed’ patient choice, the health secretary has said.

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18 week waits, May 2015: explore the maps

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

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Exclusive: NICE to publish A&E staffing guidance not wanted by NHS England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will publish recommended nurse staffing levels for accident and emergency departments despite being asked by NHS England to drop the work, HSJ can reveal.

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Paperless NHS: How to transform hospital IT

How to deliver better hospital IT systems

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