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Community Services

Exclusive: National director says NHS 'can’t afford' new drugs

The NHS will not be able to afford many new drugs and treatments in the next few years because it is prioritising out of hospital care, a senior NHS England director has warned.

Accident scene

NHS England tells regions to create urgent care networks

NHS England has said urgent and emergency care networks should be set up across the country to set and monitor standards of care and ‘designate urgent care facilities’.

Suzanne Rastrick

Give AHPs more powers to unlock new care models, says NHS England official

Plans to give allied health professionals the ability to prescribe medicines without the input of a doctor will help the NHS develop new models of care, an NHS England official has said.

Surgeon, surgery, surgical tools,

£2bn acute deficit may mean ‘real trouble’ for frontline services

Experts have warned that patients could end up waiting longer for treatment as acute trusts try to tackle an expected overall deficit of more than £2bn this year.

baby feeding bottle

Fears health visitors will be target in £200m cuts round

Providers of health visiting services fear they could face funding cuts after the government said it would reduce councils’ public health budgets by £200m.


Simon Stevens confirms 'collective' NHS action on agency spend

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has said the NHS will take collective action to tackle the high cost of agency spending in the NHS.

Large Simon

FT financial freedoms a ‘bygone era’, says new foundation trust chief

The foundation trust sector must be more collaborative in order to make the most of a restrictive financial environment, the chief executive of the country’s newest FT has said.

Woman in wheelchair

Care UK offloads learning disabilities services

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

Woman in kitchen

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.

Older man, depressed

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.

GP taking patient's blood pressure

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.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

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.

Graham Phillips

We pharmacists are tackling dementia in our communities

I play a lead role in identifying and preventing dementia

Don Redding

Embrace peer support to encourage self-management

Individuals feel more confident about their care


Readers’ letters – 30 April 2015

In response to the Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People

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