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Community Services

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Independent sector profits from lack of NHS secure beds

A lack of secure inpatient NHS beds has driven a £21m overspend in NHS England’s budget for independent sector mental health providers. HSJ analysis reveals the organisation overspent £21m on independent mental health providers, 5 per cent more than its planned spending on this sector.

Valerie Michie

Serco estimates £18m losses on health contracts

Embattled outsourcer Serco has estimated it will rack up losses of nearly £18m on three flagship NHS contracts in the coming years, the company has told investors.


Labour dubs NHS 111 'fundamentally flawed'

Labour has accused the government of ‘vandalism’ by destroying NHS Direct, which formally closed on March 31.

Nursing home

Care home assaults are 'sad fact'

A judge who specialises in analysing issues relating to vulnerable people says assaults and serious incidents will occur at care homes and psychiatric units which house mentally-ill residents.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt safety plans 'will require frontline investment'

Providers will need to invest “significant” time in ensuring frontline staff can deliver the plans to improve patient safety which were announced by the health secretary last week, HSJ has been told.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt to launch patient safety 'movement' to halve harm

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to use a major speech in the US today to launch a “patient safety movement” aimed at halving rates of avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years.

Junior doctors 'will be forced to train in community'

All junior doctors in England will be forced to undertake at least four months’ community placement during their first two years in the NHS, to better prepare them for the future of service delivery, it has been announced.

David Nicholson

Nicholson: CCGs 'encouraged' to protect mental health parity

Clinical commissioning groups have received guidance to “encourage and support” them to deliver parity of esteem for mental health services, Sir David Nicholson has said.

David Dalton

Duty of candour set to be extended to 100,000 incidents

NHS providers will be required to tell patients about all but the very least serious patient safety incidents under the new statutory duty of candour, if the recommendations of a government commissioned review are adopted into law.

David Oliver

King's Fund calls for 'urgent shift' in elderly care

Budget-squeezed health and care provision for a rapidly ageing population needs to change urgently, a leading health charity has warned.

Chris Ham

GPs should control community services, report says

GPs should take responsibility for out of hospital community services for patients under their registered lists, according to a report by the King’s Fund.

Royal Courts of Justice

Exclusive: Mental health trust threatens legal challenge over tariff

A mental health trust has told HSJ it is considering a legal challenge against the decision by NHS England and Monitor to impose 20 per cent higher cuts for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts.

Victor Adebowale

Exclusive: Adebowale says differential tariff deflator policy is 'laughable'

NHS England board member Lord Adebowale has described the policy of imposing cuts to mental health and community trusts, which are a fifth higher than those for other sectors, as “bordering on laughable”.

community services care worker elderly woman patient

Exclusive: National bodies back community services plans

Efforts to develop quality indicators and a tariff payment system for community services providers have taken a leap forward after winning the support of the main national health leadership organisations, HSJ has discovered.

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CCGs urged to use freedoms to set prices following tariff row

NHS England and Monitor have said clinical commissioning groups can set their own prices for mental health and community services following claims that there is an institutional bias against the sector.

Mike Durkin image

Alert system will name and shame unsafe providers

The names of organisations that fail to comply with patient safety alerts are to be published online each month as part of a revamped warning system being introduced by NHS England.

David Bennett

Monitor watching CCG procurement decisions 'closely'

Monitor is closely observing the decisions clinical commissioning groups are making about transforming community services contracts, its chief executive has told HSJ.

Norman Lamb

EXCLUSIVE: Minister intervenes in funding row

The care services minister has warned NHS England he may intervene to ask it to reconsider funding decisions if they undermine the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health.

Roger Taylor

Dr Foster founder joins CQC

The Care Quality Commission has appointed one of the founders of health informatics firm Dr Foster Intelligence to advise on how the regulator uses data to monitor health and social care providers.

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Exclusive: Non-acute providers allege institutional bias

Healthcare leaders from across the community and mental health sectors have united against plans to cut the tariff price for their services by a fifth more than the reduction proposed for acute providers.

GP talkimng to patient

Let the mavericks lead primary care service design

Put GPs at the centre of radical approach to integration

Older man

How to provide 24/7, joined up palliative care

Scheme in Bedfordshire has had positive results

Michael Jones

Keep patients healthier and happier at home

Provide cardiovascular treatment out of hospital

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How to treat older people with dignity while in hospital


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