Patient and public involvement


NHS Digital 'considers' demand to stop Home Office record sharing

NHS Digital is considering a direct demand from the Commons health committee chair to immediately stop sharing patients’ confidential information with the Home Office, calling the arrangement “unacceptable”.

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Judicial review against national ACO contract given green light

A judicial review against NHS England over its draft national accountable care contract has been given permission to proceed, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Government warned not to repeat mistakes

Dame Fiona Caldicott has warned the government that too many exceptions to the new patient data opt out scheme risk repeating the failings of

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Exclusive: Healthwatch warns Hunt over deep funding cuts

Statutory public involvement groups have seen such deep cuts they are failing to fulfil basic functions, Healthwatch England has warned the government.

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NHS England to 'strongly resist' legal case against accountable care contract

A judicial review has been launched against NHS England, claiming its accountable care contract is “unlawful”, HSJ has learned.


'Accelerated' access to NHS patient data for private firms

Ministers have been urged to set out plans for a new national patient data sharing scheme to give researchers, including private companies, faster access to “de-identified” patient data from millions of records.


CQC to investigate patient deaths at NHS trusts

NHS trusts will be investigated over patient deaths under new plans from the Care Quality Commission to “strengthen” how it monitors hospital mortality reviews.

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Exclusive: Former NHS Digital chief defends record on data sharing

NHS Digital’s recently exited chief executive has defended the organisation’s record on patient data sharing and urged his successor not to “throw everything up in the air”.


NHS England chief reveals new restrictions on bed closures

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is to set out new national approval requirements for the closure of beds in the NHS.


Exclusive: Trusts given stricter instructions on reviewing patient deaths

Every NHS trust will be required to review all patient deaths where a relative or a member of staff has raised concerns about the quality of care, HSJ has learned.

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STP 'guerrilla marketing' campaign to fight public perception of cuts

A sustainability and transformation plan region has invited marketing agencies to express an interest in developing a “social media and guerrilla marketing” campaign to promote its proposals.


New consultation on future of specialist heart surgery imminent

NHS England is to consult “soon” on last summer’s controversial decisions to remove congenital heart disease services from some hospitals, HSJ has been told.


Exclusive: Six out of seven people haven't heard of STPs

Research shared exclusively with HSJ has found very low awareness of sustainability and transformation plans among the general public.

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Hunt: Trusts face poor CQC rating for ignoring families

Jeremy Hunt has warned hospital trusts that fail to properly involve families in the investigation of avoidable deaths risk receiving a poor inspection rating.


Trusts 'downplaying security breaches'

NHS Digital will relaunch a key part of the NHS’s data governance system, amid criticism that trusts are using the informaton governance toolkit to “game” their results by exploiting the current self-assessment system.

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STPs will struggle without 'democratic' involvement, says council chief

Councils’ involvement in drawing up sustainability and transformation plans has varied “significantly” across the country, Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd has said.

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STP leads have 'duty to talk with the public'

Healthwatch England has today warned that the public are at risk of being brought in at the “very end” of the sustainability and transformation plan process to “simply ‘rubber stamp’ over-simplified plans”.

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NHS Digital says it has completed steps to fix data breaches

NHS Digital says it has “met the terms of the undertakings” agreed with the Information Commissioner’s Office to remedy serious data breaches involving the medical records of 1.2 million patients.

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Landmark patient data probe sparks 'serious concerns'

The UK’s data watchdog is set to make a crucial ruling on whether the NHS has been wrongly sharing the hospital data of 1.2 million patients who opted out of their records being shared.

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Stevens: Southern Health controversy 'undermined public confidence'

Simon Stevens has said that events at Southern Health Foundation Trust have “undermined” public confidence, in response to a question about departing chief executives.