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Higher education pay – employers make final offer
Following the conclusion of higher education pay negotiations, the employers have made a full and final offer on pay for 2017-2018. The final pay offer gives extra increases to the lower paid, between 2.4% and 1.7% up to pay point 16. The lowest pay point (Spinal Column Point two) will receive the highest increase. This will equate to an hourly rate of £8.45 per hour for those working a 35 hour working week, which is the real living wage. Joint work between the employers and the trade unions on the gender pay gap and zero-hour contracts will continue. The employer’s offer will be discussed at the next meeting of ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News education higher education pay Source Type: news

Using NHS data to track immigrants is 'serious risk to public health', says PHE
Public Health England and the National Data Guardian have raised serious concerns about the government using identified NHS patient data to track down illegal immigrants, it has been revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

British Cancer Drugs Fund: No Value to Patients British Cancer Drugs Fund: No Value to Patients
The Cancer Drug Fund was established to provide access to drugs not available through the UK ' s National Health Service, but a new study finds that its value is questionable.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Blog: As we remember the dead and injured, we reaffirm our demand for safe and healthy work for all
Each year on or near 28 April 28, UNISON joins people around the world to celebrate International Workers’ Memorial Day. In doing so, we remember the dead and the injured – those killed, made ill, or hurt by their own or someone else’s work. Yet we also fight for the living – by reaffirming our demand for safe and healthy work for all. According to the TUC, at least 20,000 workers die each year from work-related injuries and illnesses. But the National Hazards Campaign believes that these statistics are wildly inaccurate and that the true figure is closer to 50,000 work-related deaths per year. Despite thes...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Revealed: The STPs in line for biggest funding growth
Benchmarking data used by NHS regulators has shown which health regions are set to receive the largest budget increases over the next four years. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Health Workforce Connector, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-NEW
Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the newly developed Health Workforce Connector. The proposed data collection function within the Health Workforce Connector will allow users to create an account, complete a profile, and search for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps job opportunities. Data collection efforts are designed to expand the functionality of the Health Workforce Connector. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by May 30, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 28, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Effective communication for reception teams
Receptionists are the front line of general practice. Good communicators can make life easier for patients, the practice and themselves, by explaining more clearly, listening more carefully and avoiding misunderstandings. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improved emergency care data to support commissioning
From October 2017 a new improved level of data will be submitted by trusts on urgent and emergency care to enable better commissioning. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statistics on NHS stop smoking services 2016
NHS Digital has published data on NHS stop smoking services in England for the period April 2016 to December 2016. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice extended access collection – March 2017
NHS England has published the latest results from the extended access to general practice collection for March 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Excellence In diabetes care commissioning
NHS Clinical Commissioners has published examples of good practice in commissioning of diabetes care including a number of case studies. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dementia linked to visual impairment
Research led by the College of Optometrists found that prevalence of visual impairment in those with dementia is generally higher than for the overall population, highlighting the importance of sight tests in this group of people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MPs say NHS must be at the heart of Brexit talks
Commons Health Committee calls for guarantees to ensure continuity for staff and patients Related items fromOnMedica Brexit white paper unveiled: what next for the NHS? Grant EU doctors permanent residence now, BMA urges government Brexit business has become real – the NHS must keep watch Brexit: what ’s next for UK science and patients? NHS should be ‘at the forefront’ of general election debate, RCGP says (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘wasteful and harmful’
Damning analysis found only one in five treatments was beneficial Related items fromOnMedica Expensive cancer drugs have little impact on survival UK patients losing out in access to cancer drugs Cancer drug access in England is a ‘debacle’ MPs slam government for its poor management of Cancer Drugs Fund 75% of reappraised CDF drugs approved for NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Too many terminally ill patients still dying in hospital
Charity urges people to be more open in talking about death and dying Related items fromOnMedica Palliative care Plea for greater GP role in end-of-life care Palliative/end-of-life care provision a ‘postcode lottery’ in England Care of the dying compromised by NHS pressures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs fear sexual health will become ‘Cinderella service of NHS’
Bureaucratic, financial and training barriers are in danger of reversing major improvements Related items fromOnMedica 4% fewer patients accessed sexual health services last year Access to UK sexual health clinics has worsened over past few years Sexual health ‘savings’ are a false economy Fragmented sexual health system is failing users (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hopes for early warning glaucoma detector
New test could reveal signs of change a decade before damage is done Related items fromOnMedica Eye problems Eye problems: the eyelids Eye test may reveal signs of dementia Infective conjunctivitis cases ‘clogging up’ GP appointments system STPs can help CCGs deliver eye care at scale (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government guarantees might help reassure NHS and care workforces, says UNISON
Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by the Health Select Committee into the impact of Brexit upon health and social care in the UK, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Brexit vote has plunged the NHS and social care into deeply uncertain times. The government’s reluctance to grant EU nationals working in our public services the right to remain has cast a huge shadow over their lives, and made them feel taken for granted and unloved. “Anti-EU rhetoric from politicians set on a hard Brexit is also understandably deterring many nurses and care workers who might otherwise have come to the UK fr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis NHS social care Source Type: news

Daily Insight: The sick man of the NHS
Today’s optimist: John Adler of University Hospitals Leicester Today’s talking point: (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shifting the balance of power
We’re all aware that there’s a general election on 8 June. A great deal depends on it, not least the future of public services, the NHS, the wage packets and livelihood of UNISON members, and life in the UK after Brexit. But there are many other elections before June, all of which will have some impact on people’s lives. On 4 May voters will have their say in local government elections in England and Wales and council elections in Scotland. As well as those, the people of six English “city-regions” will have the chance to vote for a new figure on the political landscape – the metro mayors. So af...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine general election 2017 health and social care homecare homecare workers housing housing crisis living wage Living Wage Foundation local government NHS North West Northern West Midlands Source Type: news

UNISON calling on Lords to protect NHS bursaries for student nurses
Today’s debate in the House of Lords is the last chance to ensure the NHS can continue to support and recruit student nurses. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Thousands of current senior NHS nurses have benefitted from the NHS bursary and the risk of losing it would simply end up costing lives. Many have already said they could not afford to train without the bursary. “Today, the Lords have the power to send a clear message to the Government that bursaries should be reinstated so the NHS can continue to train and recruit enough nurses.” Media contacts: Fatima Ayad T:0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E:...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Special measures trust appoints successor to Phil Morley
Troubled Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust has appointed a successor to its controversial outgoing chief executive Phil Morley. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Blog: We should remember all that they fought for, and be spurred on by their example in the years ahead
In recent days we have lost two people who meant so much to our union, and who were a huge part of making UNISON strong. Brenda Hudson and Danny Gillespie were both people I was proud to know, and whose lives were dedicated to supporting public services and everyone who works in them. Brenda, a proud Yorkshire woman, was one of the three founding Presidents of our union, having played a lead role in the negotiations that established the union in 1993. She was never afraid to speak out and challenge injustice and her campaigning prowess was famous and respected across her branch, her region and nationally. Danny Gillespie, ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Delay to major national hospital reconfiguration
A controversial  decision on the future of congenital heart surgery across England has been further delayed because of the snap general election, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government adviser backs 'wrecking ball' ruthlessness on estates
Many community hospitals are “too small” and cost too much to keep open, according to the Labour peer in charge of reviewing the efficiency of community and mental health services. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Serious concern’ over new GP contracts going to private firms
The British Medical Association has expressed “significant concern” about “local GP-led groups” missing out on new contracts around the country to provide additional GP appointments. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trust chief pledges to get back on track after opening £48m A & E
University Hospitals of Leicester Trust ’s chief executive has promised the provider will hit the four hour target in 2018 – as required by national leaders – after opening a new, £48m accident and emergency department. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital trust tops sickness absence table for fourth year in a row
A hospital trust has topped the staff sickness absence rate table for the fourth year in a row, HSJ analysis reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flagship service hits recovery target for first time
The government ’s flagship talking therapy service has achieved a 50 per cent recovery rate for the first time since its launch nearly a decade ago. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Health Workforce Connector
Pre-publication notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the newly developed Health Workforce Connector. The proposed data collection function within the Health Workforce Connector will allow users to create an account, complete a profile, and search for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps job opportunities. Data collection efforts are designed to expand the functionality of the Health Workforce Connector. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by May 28, 2017, and final publication in the Fe...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Plain cigarette packs may be helping to drive down smoking prevalence
Cochrane review finds that emerging evidence seems to back the measure Related items fromOnMedica Smoking cessation Cancer charity calls for a ‘tobacco levy’ to save quit services Hospitals 'must' become tobacco-free Report claims plain packaging has cut smoking rates Global tobacco treaty cuts smoking rates by 2.5% (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services
Workforce data reveal widespread vacancy rates for senior doctors and trainees Related items fromOnMedica Children ’s services at ‘breaking point’ survey reveals Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target New child care standards could cut hospital admissions Neonatal staff shortage warning Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Better Care Fund ‘ruse’ to hide lack of funds for adult social care
And it has failed to achieve any of its stated objectives, says highly critical report Related items fromOnMedica Major reform of social care funding and provision needed Set up independent ‘Office for Health and Care Scrutiny,’ Lords demand Integrated health and social care workforces is the future Better Care Fund ‘built on flawed logic’ NHS to have protected slice of the joint health/social care fund (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government still clueless on GP extended access issues, say MPs
No understanding of current provision or how to maximise existing resources Related items fromOnMedica It ‘beggars belief’ that seven-day NHS plans are uncosted, say MPs Poor GP access ‘not chief reason for A&E winter pressures ’ Pressure increases on CCGs to meet GP access targets To improve GP access, we all need to step out of the trenches The incredible invisible bed crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Unstable chromosomes in lung tumours linked to higher relapse risk
Finding could help predict disease return before standard tests can, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Survival rates rise for lung cancer surgery UK lung cancer survival rates are improving Major boost for lung cancer diagnosis Blood test could help predict response to lung cancer treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Support for general practice resilience
Primary care leaders seeking to strengthen practices at risk from workforce, demand and other pressures can access funding from NHS England ’s resilience programme, part of the General Practice Forward View. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Facilitation skills level two
Facilitation skills have a positive impact on meetings, negotiations and relationships, which are essential for better commissioning and performance management. Confident, capable facilitators are an asset to any organisation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

VISION 2020 UK launches Welsh pathway for children and young people
VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration in eye health and sight loss, has developed a care pathway for children and young people (0 to 25) and their families in Wales with vision impairment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Community pharmacy teams in Leeds engage with patients with learning disabilities
Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has published an interim evaluation of the Making Time service, which is aimed at improving health and lifestyle outcomes for people living with a learning disability through greater support from their community pharmacy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Report finds too few options for emergency hospital care for children
A report from QualityWatch finds that the number of babies and young children admitted to hospital in an emergency has grown by almost a third over the past decade. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consultant job planning: a best practice guide
NHS Improvement has published guidance for trusts on consultant job planning. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health care costs in the English NHS
A paper from York University describes how to calculate average health care costs broken down by age, sex and neighbourhood deprivation quintile group using the distribution of health care spending by the English NHS in the financial year 2011/12. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Daily Insight: Tech fails and election announcements
HSJ ’s round-up of the day’s essential health stories (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: Vanguards must give funding to STPs
NHS England has set out four conditions on vanguard funding including the requirement to dedicate 10 per cent of this year ’s money to STPs, HSJ has learnt. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Union vows to stand against any smokescreen for health cuts
UNISON will stand against NHS reforms that are “a smokescreen for cuts, privatisation or attacks on pay, terms and conditions,” the union’s health conference declared in Liverpool. “The NHS is always subject to change, and our members work in an environment that is constantly changing,” the union’s head of health Christina McAnea told delegates. “Our union has never been anti-change. “But we will wholeheartedly oppose changes that are bad for services, bad for communities and bad for staff.” Delegates outlined the dangers of the government’s so-called ‘service transformation’, which in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News health health care health conference 2017 NHS funding cuts Source Type: news

Better pay, safer staffing and fully funded training pledged at health conference
A Labour government would scrap the 1% health cap, keep the NHS bursary and legislate for save staffing levels, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth told UNISON health workers today. Speaking on the final day of union’s health conference in Liverpool, the Labour front bencher launched his party’s three-point pledge – better pay, safer staffing and fully funded training. Mr Ashworth thanked the full range of health care workers “for your dedication, self-sacrifice, the extraordinary effort every day which is often, literally, the difference between life and death.” But under the Conservative government, ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News general election 2017 health health care health conference 2017 health pay NHS NHS bursary safe staffing Source Type: news

Pay claims submitted on behalf of English and Welsh college workers
Trade unions have submitted pay claims for further education workers in England and Wales, which would tackle the way their pay has fallen behind living costs over the past 10 years of austerity. “We know that our members are working harder than ever to deliver high quality further education,” said UNISON national officer Ruth Levin. “That needs to be recognised and rewarded by employers. “Urgent action is needed to address low morale and a growing staff retention problem.” The unions point out that Britain leaving the EU will mean the country needs to invest in high quality further education alongside the new a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News colleges Cymru Wales fe FE pay further education Source Type: news

Trust raises alarm after Lorenzo glitch fails to send 14,000 patient letters
A teaching trust has alerted NHS Digital after an IT design fault meant more than 14,000 patients were not sent appointment letters. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New chief executive for recent special measures trust
An NHS manager who oversaw the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been appointed interim chief executive of England ’s only integrated acute, community, mental health, and ambulance care provider. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall
Politicians must show how they will address £30bn funding gap in the NHS, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica GP politician makes direct plea to Chancellor on NHS funding Doctors make plea to PM over NHS funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news