Annual health check

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NICE: community centres best placed to tackle health inequalities

Councils can do more to encourage older people to attend NHS health checks as part of their new public health role, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.

Clare Gerada

Over-40s health checks dubbed 'waste of time'

Health checks offered to millions of people over 40 are a waste of time and could lead to people taking medicines unnecessarily, the head of the Royal College of GPs has said.

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NHS checks 'could save 650 lives'

More than 650 lives a year could be saved if there was full take-up of NHS health checks, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Jeremy Hunt

Bring in hospital 'superheads' to tackle poor performance, says Hunt

The NHS could “emulate” the superhead model used to turn around failing schools to tackle poor performance in the NHS, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told HSJ.

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Hunt to announce plans for Ofsted-style hospital ratings

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is backing the introduction of an Ofsted-style rating system for hospitals and care homes in an attempt to end a “crisis of care” in parts of the system.

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Heart check target surpassed

The target for heart check-ups in Scotland last year was smashed as the NHS screened 75 per cent more people than expected.

Cynthia Bower

CQC chief welcomes 'formalisation' of relationship with Monitor

The Care Quality Commission is to become a “quality inspectorate” focusing solely on the safety and quality of providers.

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower

Government tells CQC to drop annual health check reviews

The government has told the Care Quality Commission to scrap its annual review of health service organisations immediately, HSJ has learned.

Tougher version of CQC annual health check scrapped

Tougher version of CQC annual health check scrapped

A tougher version of the annual health check that would have branded struggling trusts “poor” has been scrapped in light of the change of government and revised operating framework.

In the North health experiences were generally poorer than average.

North-South health divide remains

There is still a North-South divide on health in England despite attempts to promote wellbeing for all, according to figures published today.

CQC tries to dispel 'live ratings' fears

CQC tries to dispel 'live ratings' fears

The Care Quality Commission has attempted to reassure trusts its soon-to-go-live regulation system is “not a rating, not a ranking and not a league table”.

Cynthia Bower

CQC plans ‘live’ ratings system

The Care Quality Commission will publish six traffic light ratings for each health provider later this year, chief executive Cynthia Bower has revealed.

Heart of England Foundation Trust’s rating has fallen since it took over Good Hope Hospital in 2007

Rescue plan for ailing hospitals in doubt

The government’s aspiration for foundation trusts to take over failing hospitals appears in significant doubt, a month away from the deadline for agreeing the future for all acutes.

NHS quality strongly linked to increases in managers

NHS quality strongly linked to increases in managers

NHS leaders have been told to consider how to reduce management costs without compromising services, after an HSJ analysis revealed a strong link between quality scores and increases in manager numbers.

Improvements in stroke care still needed, says NAO report

Stroke action falls short of CQC standards

Many stroke patients are still not spending enough of their hospital stay on a specialist stroke unit or having a brain scan within 24 hours, a National Audit Office report has revealed.

Stroke care gets better since health check

Stroke care gets better since health check

Latest figures from the Department of Health indicate hospital trusts have improved stroke care since the Care Quality Commission undertook the 2008-09 annual health check.

Ian Kennedy

Sir Ian Kennedy champions ‘fearless’ NHS regulator

Former Healthcare Commission chair Sir Ian Kennedy has accused MPs of “shooting the messenger” in a Commons health committee report on patient safety.

Trusts fail to keep up pace on stroke targets

Trusts fail to keep up pace on stroke targets

Fewer than 40 per cent of acute and specialist trusts are achieving the required standards of stroke care.

CQC will face ‘tricky decisions’ on failing services

CQC will face ‘tricky decisions’ on failing services

The Care Quality Commission has some “tricky decisions” ahead on using its powers to shut down failing services, its chair has admitted.

Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower

Annual health check: impact of targets and FTs seen in acute score slide

The stroke target, winter pressures and the increasing number of foundation trusts are being blamed for the slide in acute trusts’ annual health check performance.