• NHS Mandate publication expected
  • Hospital quality bonus scheme success
  • King’s Fund primary care report
  • Public Health nursing lead confirmed

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4.23pm: Over in HSJ’s opinion section, Michael White discusses a rare show of unity from MPs, eager to right a wrong over patients who might have been incorrectly sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He writes: “Peers completed the bill between 4.30pm and 5.05pm, as if it was a wartime national emergency.”

Also in opinion, NHS Employers director Dean Royles argues the Maintaining High Professional Standards procedure for disciplining underperforming doctors is letting down patients and medics, and needs an overhaul.

3.24pm: The Department of Health will publish its Mandate for the NHS, which will set out its priorities for the service, which the NHS Commissioning Board must deliver, and its funding, next week. It is expected, but not confirmed, to be published on Tuesday.

1.44pm: The Advancing Quality findings will lead to calls for the development of new pay-for-performance bonus schemes for hospitals nationally. Currently providers are fined for not meeting various measures under the commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) scheme.

1.40pm: An evaluation of the novel Advancing Quality scheme, introduced across hospitals in the north west in 2008, to pay providers bonuses for quality performance is due to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine imminently.

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar, who initiated the programme as NHS North West chief executive, has been tweeting about the findings: @FarrarMike: I’m so pleased and proud about the advancing quality outcomes reported in todays NEJM. NW nhs organisations deserve huge credit.

12.38pm: The King’s Fund has published a report showing the link between patient experience of primary care and other measures. It also finds poorer quality in London and in deprived areas. King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham tweets: @profchrisham: our new briefing on GP services in England and variations in performance

11am: HSJ reporter Sarah Calkin is reporting from the main annual health visitors’ conference. She reports: “@sjcalkin: @VivJBennett confirms she is lead nurse for Public Health England as well as nursing director at DH #cphva2012”

11am: The Labour Party has named 31 hospitals it claims are looking to reduce NHS staff terms and conditions ahead of a debate in the House of Commons later today. It has been reported by Nursing Times: Labour claims 31 trusts trying to break with AfC

10.42am Ben Clover also reports Mr Ricketts as saying:”Diabetes is one of those areas like end-of-life-care where I look at the NHS and think this really isn’t good enough”. Also: “Commissioners need to understand pricing and be bold enough to take things out of tariff or use prime contractor”.

10.40am Back to Ben Clover’s tweets from London Health 2012. Bob Ricketts, the Department of Health’s director of provider transition and the commissioning board’s director for commissioning support strategy and market development, lauded Ms Carnall as the “model of a modern public servant”, and “better than a management consultant and much cheaper”.

10.37am In other news Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and non executive director of the NHS Commissioning Board, has been appointed a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

10.35am Ruth Carnall also said the 2013-14 planning round is shaping up to be “much more challenging than any recent year.”

10.33am Some updates from Ben Clover at London Health 2012:

London strategic health authority chief Ruth Carnall has been listing some regrets: “Though we’ve invested in GP leadership, that was in response to the reforms, and we could have been ahead. Hospital productivity “could have done with being started two years ago”. Most important: “it turns out to be a wholly unsustainable provider landscape, we can’t continue to deliver 24/7 emergency services at every provider across London”

10.17am The health secretary is today backing a set of new standards for NHS managers - related to the vexed question of whether and how management should be regulated. Hunt backs new standards for NHS managers

10.09am HSJ reporter Ben Clover is reporting on Twitter from the London Health 2012:  Leadership in the New Landscape event with NHS London chief executive Dame Ruth Carnall and others.

10.04am HSJ story: Minister criticises end of life care ‘misinformation’

10.03am HSJ story: Blood and Transplant reports ‘dramatic decline’ in young donors