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Service line reporting

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Monitor urges trusts to use service line system

Monitor is encouraging trusts to use service line management to improve quality and control costs, amid evidence that senior management is taking back control of trust finances.

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Man held over hospital staff attack

A man is being held by police in connection with an attack at a hospital that left two staff members and five patients injured.

Huge variability in regional cancer spending suggests worrying inefficiency, the National Audit Office has warned.

NHS cancer spending queried by National Audit Office

Huge variability in regional cancer spending suggests worrying inefficiency, the National Audit Office has warned.

More than one in four hospitals performing keyhole surgery are using out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment.

Report highlights out-of-date keyhole equipment

More than one in four hospitals performing keyhole surgery are using out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment, according to a new report.

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Audit Commission extends payment by results checks

The Audit Commission has announced an extension of its payment by results data assurance checks.

FT warning over competition panel ruling on consultants

FT warning over competition panel ruling on consultants

Foundation trusts have warned most decisions on allowing consultants to work for other providers will need to be decided individually, despite a co-operation and competition panel ruling last week that attempts to prevent such work were anti-competitive and undermined patient choice.

NHS competition panel says no to limit on medics’ private work

NHS competition panel rejects limit on consultants’ work outside their contracts

The co-operation and competition panel has said that restrictions on consultants working for other providers during their non-contractive hours are anti-competitive and against NHS principles.

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Darzi says focus on long term conditions

Regions should consider shifting their attentions from waiting times to long term conditions to reflect the changing economic climate, health minister Lord Darzi has said.

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Monitor hails Darzi progress report

Attempts by health minister Lord Darzi to boost clinical leadership in the NHS have been welcomed by Monitor, the foundation trust watchdog.

Trusts in the dark over cost of private patients

How much should NHS hospitals be charging to make a profit on private care? With foundation trusts’ income cap up for debate, Sally Gainsbury looks into costs, calculations and rates of return

Corporate skills required for foundation trust governance

Boards require the skills of blue-chip firms to deal with the risks that come with foundation status. Alison Moore examines how trusts have adapted to make the most of their freedoms

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Provider arms should scrutinise unprofitable services

Primary care trust provider arms must be prepared to question the future of unprofitable services in order to succeed as standalone organisations, the NHS Confederation conference has heard.

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Fewer deaths could mean more pay for consultants

Hospital consultants’ pay could be linked to outcomes such as the number of patients who die in their care, the NHS medical director has signalled.

Foundation trusts query accounting changes

Foundation trusts have raised concerns that forthcoming changes to accounting rules could undermine efforts to get hospitals to focus on where they make and lose money.

London trust praises devolution

University College London Hospitals foundation trust is claiming significant savings and improvements in service quality by devolving budgets to clinical leads and directors.

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Monitor criticised for data demand

The foundation trust regulator Monitor must not seek to 'enhance' its regulatory role, Foundation Trust Network director Sue Slipman has warned.

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Just the end of the beginning for Monitor

With 62 members, the foundation movement is coming of age. Monitor chair Bill Moyes offers a compelling picture of where foundation trusts are heading, and outlines his vision for the regulator's future

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Monitor will demand service level figures from foundation trusts

Monitor is set to instruct foundation trusts to provide more accurate information about the financial performance of each of their services.

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Service-line economics goes to the heart of patient care

As we reveal this week, foundation regulator Monitor will be consulting trusts on compliance guidance to push the adoption of service-line economics (feature, page 22).

More on service line reporting

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Leading the line: how service line management can promote clinical excellence

Implementing service line management means recognising and promoting clinical leadership, says Monitor policy adviser Kate Hall.

Intelligent clinical leadership in mental health

Intelligent clinical leadership in mental health

Alex Horne explains why it is essential for mental health trusts to share their financial intelligence with clinicians

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Using business intelligence to drive improvement in the NHS

Business intelligence can help health managers get the most out of the data available. Stuart Shepherd reports

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Service line reporting - a frontline perspective

Professor David Fish talks to Stuart Shepherd about how service line management can improve patient care

Credit: Stephen Coll

Publishing death rates: no dead certainties?

There has been a degree of disquiet about publishing mortality rates. Supporters hoped this would lead to greater transparency, quality and patient choice - but has reality matched expectations? Daloni Carlisle reports

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