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This report outlines findings from a joint investigation into a
complaint made about the standard of mental health care provided in a
specific case, and particularly about the necessity for the patient in
question to fund their own placement in a residential care home.
These tools have been developed to measure the experience of
paediatric patients 0-16 years in all urgent and emergency care settings
including GP practices, out-of-hours centres, A&E departments and
the ambulance service. The survey The survey was developed with input
from paediatric patients, ensuring that their views were captured early
in the design process. It aims to help emergency departments, GP
surgeries, walk-in or urgent care centres and the ambulance service to
identify areas that are important to paediatric patients, as well as
areas for improvement.
This report outlines research with local authorities into levels of
support offered to more than 170,000 individual employers and their
personal assistants, who now make up around a fifth of the adult social
care workforce. It forms a key part of the implementation of the
Department of Health's PA Framework. It points to the leadership role
that local authorities have as commissioners in developing local
markets. It also makes it clear that local authority partnerships with
direct payment support and user led organisations are crucial to embed
This guidance describes the equal pay risks for organisations, and
how to mitigate these risks, once CAJE provision comes to an end on the
31st December 2012. It sets out what employers should seek from any
replacement computer aided job evaluation tool, sign posts specific
advice about consistency checking of job matching and evaluation
outcomes and advises on how to manage the data currently within the CAJE
system once it has been returned to employers. It is aimed mainly at
English employers, but its principles apply to all NHS employers in the
These two organisations have formally agreed to work together towards
better integration of health and social care. This agreement formalises
existing partnerships between the LGA and the NHS, and promotes
commitment to encouraging health and social care leaders to work
together, as well as ensuring access for staff across the sector to
specialist training courses and best practice.
This report is part of a campaign to end poor care and abuse at
large, institutional-style services for people with a learning
disability. It expresses concern that government proposals in the
interim report of the Winterbourne review don't go far enough, and calls
for the phased closure of such services, and their replacement by
appropriate local services.
This briefing argues the urgent need for a full and open debate
between politicians, the public and the health sector about the future
of the NHS over the next ten to fifteen years. It recognises the need to
better engage with local populations to explain how proposals for
reconfiguration and service change will improve patient care and listen
to what communities say in response. It asks that local politicians,
including MPs and councillors, support open public discussions by
engaging with the clinical evidence about patient outcomes, convenience
and care quality.
This report examines the financial sustainability of the NHS, and
states that ensuring a viable financial future for healthcare providers
is vital if the public are to have confidence in the delivery of their
local services. It argues that there is a lack of clarity around
critical details of how the system introduced by the NHS reforms will
work so that services remain available to patients in their locality.
This framework has been reviewed and updated in order to address
areas of uncertainty and provide greater clarity about never events, and
the recommended response to them following feedback from stakeholders.
It offers a reference for boards, clinicians, staff and patients. It
also contains data on the number and types of never events reported in
2011-12 and 2010-11.
This letter announces that the Department of Health is taking action
to correct an irregularity in the application of the Mental Health Act
1983. A technical issue has been identified in the way some strategic
health authorities have been administering the process for approving
doctors to work under the Act. The advice is that this irregularity
should be resolved through emergency retrospective legislation, which we
will be in force this week. This will retrospectively validate the
approval decisions that were made and will apply in principle to the
approval of all doctors under the Mental Health Act from its
introduction in 1983 up until Friday 26th October. Patients assessed
from now on will continue to be assessed under the current provisions.