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High eligibility thresholds for Care Act ‘short sighted’

24/10/2014High eligibility thresholds for Care Act ‘short sighted’

The government is to introduce a national minimum threshold that adults will have to meet in order to receive social care support from April 2015 as part of the Care Act, replacing the current co... more >
Health bosses call for ‘decisive action’ and £8bn in Five Year plan

23/10/2014Health bosses call for ‘decisive action’ and £8bn in Five Year plan

Decisive action must be taken to transform the provision of NHS care for patients, otherwise in five years’ time there will be a growing gap in healthcare delivery and funding, health bosse... more >
GPs to be paid £55 a patient to diagnose dementia

22/10/2014GPs to be paid £55 a patient to diagnose dementia

GPs are to be paid £55 per patient for each additional dementia diagnosis they make in the next six months in plans announced by NHS England to meet diagnosis targets. Launched as part... more >
High eligibility thresholds for Care Act ‘short sighted’

24/10/2014High eligibility thresholds for Care Act ‘short sighted’

The government is to introduce a national min... more >
Date set for Mid-Staffs hospitals and services transfer to other trusts

24/10/2014Date set for Mid-Staffs hospitals and services transfer to other trusts

Patients at the soon-to-be-defunct Mid Staffo... more >
Deficit at Great Western Hospitals sparks investigation by Monitor

24/10/2014Deficit at Great Western Hospitals sparks investigation by Monitor

A £2.9m deficit at the Great Western Ho... more >
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The King's Fund Annual Conference 2014

14 Nov 2014

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Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) research conference

18 Nov 2014

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Changing provider landscape: taking the Dalton review forward

25 Nov 2014

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Urgent and emergency care

16 Dec 2014

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RCN Joint Representatives Conference

02/10/2014 12:00 - 03/10/2014 16:00

Applications are invited from RCN accredited representatives to attend the second 2014 UK Joint Representatives’ conference at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on 2&3 October.

RCGP Annual Conference

02/10/2014 - 04/10/2014

The 2014 Annual Conference will take place at the ACC, Liverpool, 2-4 October 2014. The theme is 'Futureproof: resilience in practice', how can we or how are we working towards strong, resilient general practice for the future, providing the best possible practice and outcomes for patients?

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RCN Joint Representatives Conference

02/10/2014 12:00 - 03/10/2014 16:00

Applications are invited from RCN accredited representatives to attend the second 2014 UK Joint Representatives’ conference at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on 2&3 October.

RCGP Annual Conference

02/10/2014 - 04/10/2014

The 2014 Annual Conference will take place at the ACC, Liverpool, 2-4 October 2014. The theme is 'Futureproof: resilience in practice', how can we or how are we working towards strong, resilient general practice for the future, providing the best possible practice and outcomes for patients?

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RCGP Annual Conference

02/10/2014 - 04/10/2014

The 2014 Annual Conference will take place at the ACC, Liverpool, 2-4 October 2014. The theme is 'Futureproof: resilience in practice', how can we or how are we working towards strong, resilient general practice for the future, providing the best possible practice and outcomes for patients?

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Healthcare Estates 2014

07/10/2014 - 08/10/2014

Healthcare Estates is a unique event that consists of the prestigious IHEEM Annual Conference, Awards Dinner and the UK’s largest trade exhibition for the sector. This year, Healthcare Estates takes place on 7 – 8 October at the Manchester Central venue in the heart of Manchester.

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Healthcare Estates 2014

07/10/2014 - 08/10/2014

Healthcare Estates is a unique event that consists of the prestigious IHEEM Annual Conference, Awards Dinner and the UK’s largest trade exhibition for the sector. This year, Healthcare Estates takes place on 7 – 8 October at the Manchester Central venue in the heart of Manchester.

Social investment funding for a sustainable NHS

08/10/2014 12:00 - 16:30

Like health and social care systems across the world, the NHS is facing one of the greatest challenges in its history – to meet rising demand for care with apparently less resource. The mantra 'more for less' has grown in volume as policy makers and key opinion leaders design ways to address the challenge.

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Performance management in health and public services

10/10/2014

This interactive workshop at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium will enable you to learn more about the controversial area of performance management including strategy mapping, the Balanced Scorecard and the Public Sector Scorecard. The latter is an outcome-focussed performance management framework based on a culture of improvement, innovation and learning rather than a top-down blame culture. It has been used in healthcare in Canada, Chile, China, Saudi Arabia and South Africa as well as in Europe. The workshop will include several in-depth case studies and participants will be encouraged to apply the concepts to their own organisations or departments. The worksop will be led by Max Moullin, author of the book Delivering Excellence in Health and Social Care and an experienced workshop facilitator and plenary speaker.

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Reducing hospital length of stay

14/10/2014 10:00 - 16:00

There is still a significant opportunity to improve hospital lengths of stay (LoS) through improvements in internal processes and the development of alternative services. There is often significant variation in LoS, even for patients with similar conditions, and wide variations in the proportion of patients with extended stays, suggesting that improvements could be made to reduce LoS.

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RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner forum conference

17/10/2014 09:00 - 16:30

The ANP forum conference will give delegates an opportunity to engage and contribute to the dialogue on the professional issues of revalidation, leadership and identity for ANP’s.

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Mudslinging season underway

22/10/2014Mudslinging season underway

It seems the election campaign season is now officially underway, with mud being flung from all sides – and the NHS is a key battleground. Between now and May we can expected to be inundated with stories that aren’t really stories, just one political party’s attempt to stand o... more >
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interviews

Big data helping speech recognition become mainstream

28/09/2014Big data helping speech recognition become mainstream

Steve Young, Professor of Information Enginee... more >
The Friends & Family Test: challenges and opportunities

28/09/2014The Friends & Family Test: challenges and opportunities

Andrew MacPherson, managing director of The S... more >
‘Don’t rubbish doctors for not always acting like managers’

28/09/2014‘Don’t rubbish doctors for not always acting like managers’

Peter Lees, medical director and former found... more >
FFT must not create bureaucratic burdens for GPs

28/09/2014FFT must not create bureaucratic burdens for GPs

Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of... more >

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Prescribing of ADHD medications has doubled in six years

07/10/2014Prescribing of ADHD medications has doubled in six years

Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO of The ADHD Foundation, ar... more >
Should CCGs let providers determine the local estate strategy?

28/09/2014Should CCGs let providers determine the local estate strategy?

Who is best placed to drive estate strategy i... more >
Making hospital and health system consolidations work

28/09/2014Making hospital and health system consolidations work

Healthcare experts Jonathan Pearson, Colin Lewr... more >

editor's comment

28/09/2014You can’t please everyone

Healthier Together – the service reconfiguration plan for Greater Manchester – is not unique. We’ve heard many of the same concerns before when it comes to change in the NHS. Suspicion and distrust from some quarters; cries of ‘why not just invest more everywhere?’ from others; picking apart the process of the consultation from yet others, trying to find a loophole or technicality that invalidates the whole programme. Some don’t like the way the... read more >

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Time government got a grip on regulation

Time government got a grip on regulation

Paula Slater chairs the Alliance for Patient Safety, which represents the voluntary registers for clinical physiologists, cardiothoracic surgical assistants, ophthalmology and vision technologists, clinical technologists, clinical perfusionists ... more > more last word articles >