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Community Services

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Care UK offloads learning disabilities services

Private provider Care UK has sold its learning disabilities services to Lifeways, an independent provider of specialist care.

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Transformation fund will pay for council 'dowries'

Part of NHS England’s £200m transformation fund will be spent on ‘dowries’ for councils taking over responsibility for the care of some people with learning disabilities and autism, HSJ has learned.

Social care

City's social workers transfer to healthcare provider

All 172 of Plymouth City Council’s social workers are now employed by Plymouth Community Healthcare


Revealed: Virgin handed £280m Staffordshire contract

Virgin Care has been awarded a £280m, seven-year prime provider contract to manage services in East Staffordshire, HSJ can reveal.

Trusts told to halve the number of ‘green to go’ patients

A number of trusts were told to reduce the number of medically fit patients who were delayed in being discharged from hospital by 50 per cent in a month, HSJ has learned.

George Osborne

Updated: £6bn Manchester devolution deal is signed

NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.


CCG accused of 'lack of candour' over outsourced community service

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been accused of misleading GPs and the public over whether patients in a community based dermatology service run by a private healthcare provider are always seen by specialist consultants.

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Exclusive: Dementia care still 'inadequate', report finds

Care for people diagnosed with dementia is ‘inadequate and still not fit for purpose’, three years after the government launched its dementia challenge, a new report for the Alzheimer’s Society has said.


Core GP services could be part of pooled budgets

The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on an amendment that would allow budgets for core GP services to be pooled with clinical commissioning group and local authorities’ funds. 

Government to study 'feasibility' of out of hospital avoidable death rates

The government will fund a national study into avoidable deaths in out of hospital settings to gauge the ‘feasibility’ of developing ‘locally attributable’ death rates.

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Stevens: New care vanguard must bring in GP lists

The involvement of GPs is the most important and most challenging factor facing any area wanting to trial one of the new models of care detailed in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Simon Stevens has said.


Senior figures from three main parties back greater role for HWBs

Senior figures from the three main political parties have backed health and wellbeing boards as the main commissioners of integrated health and social care.

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Number of NHS nursing staff hits record levels

The numbers of qualified nursing staff recruited by the NHS in England has reached record levels, with numbers increasing by more than 3,000 in a single month.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Cabinet ministers focus on delayed transfers ahead of election

Ministers across government are focusing on attempting to cut the rate of delayed transfers of care in a renewed effort to improve accident and emergency performance ahead of the general election.

Bob Alexander

Trust sector deficit deteriorates to £414m

The NHS trust sector’s financial position has deteriorated to an overall deficit of £414.2m, providing new evidence of the pressure trusts are under.

Andy Burnham

Labour promises to shield voluntary sector from preferred provider plans

Labour has pledged to shield voluntary sector organisations from the effects of its “NHS preferred provider” policies by giving not-for-profit providers “longer and more stable arrangements”.

Simon Stevens

Stevens: Room for more flexibility in the future of FT model

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested that there could be more flexibility in what constitutes a foundation trust in future.

Steve Kell

Monitor angers CCGs with advice on community services

Commissioners have voiced concern that their efforts to integrate services will be hampered by ‘enforced competition’ after Monitor released a report warning them against simply rolling over existing community services contracts.

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Exclusive: Independent sector 'could provide 50 per cent of community services by 2020'

Independent sector providers could take a 50 per cent share of the market for NHS community services by the end of the decade, according to market analyst LaingBuisson.

7 day working

Exclusive: NHS England to probe costs of seven day services

Financial consultancy firm Deloitte has been commissioned by NHS England to examine the cost implications of expanding NHS services across seven days, HSJ has learned.

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