Vax sites offered more staff to record jabs as IT system struggles with ‘exceptional demand’
Ongoing problems with a major IT system which tracks covid-19 vaccinations have forced NHS chiefs to fund more staff to ensure inoculations are accurately recorded, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

23 Jan update: south west surge rapidly runs out of steam
The sharp increase in covid positive hospital patients in the south west appears to be coming to a rapid end. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid Daily Insight: A view of the peak
HSJ’s daily update of what our sources are telling us about the progress of the pandemic (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Minsters must wake up to the Covid threat in nurseries
Responding to an Early Years Alliance report released today (Friday), which found that around half of early years staff don’t feel safe in their current working environment, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said:  “The report paints a stark picture of the fear and anxiety that nursery staff feel. “The​y’re in workplaces ​that are fully open during the lockdown with no social distancing, where masks can’t be worn and where testing isn’t taking place. It’s no surprise they feel ​so vulnerable. “New Department for&nbs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Jon Richards nurseries Source Type: news

Trusts to subcontract care homes in bid to fix covid discharge problems
NHS trusts will subcontract care homes to provide residential support for covid patients who are ready to leave hospital, in a policy workaround for care providers’ inability to get insurance. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Racialised patterns’ of occupational risk found for emergency clinicians during pandemic
NHS England has been urged to take further action after a new report highlighted the “racialised patterns” of occupational risk for emergency clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON calls on Environment Agency to strengthen its health and safety measures
During the pandemic, UNISON has engaged positively with the Environment Agency on a range of health and safety issues. However, the increased transmission rates of the new COVID-19 variant has led to calls from UNISON and other unions, including Prospect, GMB and Unite, for the agency to review its risk assessments. While many Environment Agency employees are working from home at the present time, some essential workers are still attending depots and other workplaces. The unions have issued a health and safety union improvement notice calling for the Environment Agency to review measures, in particular for the introduction...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 environment agency health and safety Source Type: news

Antidepressants, primary care, and adult mental health services in England during COVID-19, Lancet Psychiatry
The National Health Service (NHS) of England publishes monthly data on national appointment1 and prescribing activity2 in general practice. The total number of appointments in this setting from April 1, 2020, to Sept 30, 2020, was 122 250 549, a 16 · 51% decrease from the corresponding period in 2019 (146 432 604). This period in 2020 comprises all the data available to date following the first UK COVID-19 lockdown, which began on March 23, 2020. The number of antidepressant prescriptions made in general practice between April 1, 2020, and Sept 30, 2020, was 38 609 032, 3 · 94% higher than the corresponding p...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South-east hospital trust records highest weekly covid death toll
A trust in the South East has recorded the second highest weekly total of covid deaths since the start of the pandemic’s third wave in early December. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS has half the ‘empty’ beds available to non-covid patients than previously reported
Nearly half the general hospital beds previously reported as “unoccupied” by the NHS are not in fact available for non-covid patients, due to infection control measures, an HSJ analysis of new NHS data reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid Catch-up: Cancer missives, ‘menial’ tasks and vaccination leagues
A digest of this week’s daily updates of what our sources have been telling us about the progress of the pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Critically ill covid patients moved between hospitals in record numbers
The number of critically ill covid-19 patients being transferred between hospitals under pressure from the third wave of the pandemic is on course to hit a record high in January, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

22 Jan update: Number of covid hospital patients falls by over 1,000 in three days
The number of covid positive patients in English hospitals has fallen by 1,101 over the last three days, strongly suggesting that the third wave which has been overwhelming parts of the NHS has peaked. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid Daily Insight: The eye of the storm
HSJ’s daily update of what our sources are telling us about the progress of the pandemic (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Expertise to support change and transformation
PCC has a number of experts to support you. Whether it ’s leading a transformation programme, creating new processes and improving quality; managing stakeholders and supporting cross organisational working, or identifying the root causes of problems and working through to sustainable solutions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Supporting general practice in 2021/22
NHS England and NHS Improvement and the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee (GPC) England have published a letter setting out further measures to support general practice in 2021/22. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Race, equality and inclusivity action plan
In summer 2020, the Queen ’s Nursing Institute (QNI) undertook the first formal race, equality and inclusivity review, led by QNI Fellow and Trustee Professor Ami David MBE. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Test and Trace meets new year surge in demand with faster turnaround times
85% of in-person test results were returned the next day after the test was taken, compared with 63% the week before. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Working for babies: lockdown lessons
This report summarises the impacts on babies of Covid-19 and the spring 2020 national lockdown. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cervical cancer prevention week 18-24 January
Cervical screening in primary care should continue to be prioritised alongside cancer referrals, including both high risk and regular call/recall invitations to screening. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: Each STP's progress on covid vaccination
Just a third of people aged 80 and over have received the covid vaccine in the weakest performing part of England, compared to four out of five in the strongest performing part, new NHS England figures have revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: huge local variation in covid vaccination rates
Just a third of people aged 80 and over have received the covid vaccine in one part of England, compared to four out of five in the area with the highest rate, new NHS England figures have revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs sent ‘urgent’ plea to work in trust’s crisis-hit ITU
GPs in Birmingham have been sent an “urgent” plea to assist in their acute trust’s crisis hit critical care services, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs receive 'urgent' call to volunteer for work in crisis-hit ITU
GPs in Birmingham have been sent an “urgent” plea to assist in their acute trust’s crisis hit critical care services, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON voices concern at post-18 education proposals
Conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding today, and called instead for “a comprehensive set of proposals that place the interests of students and staff at their heart”. The proposals follow the review of post-18 education, which was carried out by Philip Augar in a report commissioned by then prime minister Theresa May in 2018. The report focuses on creating greater parity between academic and skills-based education and aligning technical education and training with employers’ needs. The government is introducing a lifetime skills guarantee, underpinned by a lifelong loan entitlement...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article further education higher education Source Type: news

Region’s critical care occupancy up by a fifth in one week
The number of patients in critical care in the Midlands has grown by a fifth in a week, and is now 70 per cent more than in winter last year, HSJ analysis reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Updated: The 67 trusts where covid is still growing
More hospital trusts saw their number of covid patients grow in the past seven days than fall – but growth is slower and is focused on the less pressured areas of England. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Ward Round: Gimmick land
Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital offered covid jabs ‘on demand’ for several weeks
A leading hospital trust has been giving covid-19 vaccinations ‘on demand’ to people outside the top priority groups but who phoned for appointments without an invite, for several weeks, it has emerged. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Leading region’s vaccine supply to be halved so others can catch up
The North East and Yorkshire region has been told its covid-19 vaccine supply via primary care will be halved next week, largely because it is ahead of other areas in vaccinating its eligible population, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

21 Jan update: covid hospital deaths top 5000 in one week as occupancy peaks
The number of covid positive patients who died in hospital topped 5000 in one week for the first time during the third wave on 14 January. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid Daily Insight: From rapid acceleration to just zooming at full speed
HSJ’s daily update of what our sources are telling us about the progress of the pandemic (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Primary care expert wanted
PCC is looking for a new expert adviser to join our team. You will support primary care to succeed including working with GP practices, primary care networks, other primary care providers, such as dentists and pharmacists, integrated care systems and commissioners. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health investment standard
This briefing for CCGs outlines how the validation process managed for their 2019/20 year-end position on meeting the mental health investment standard. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Proxy access to GP online services by care home staff
Guidance from NHSX and the Local Government Association will help GP practices using TPP and EMIS systems to give authorised care staff proxy access to residents ’ GP online accounts. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out
Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 314 lower-tier local authorities. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 study report
The interim findings from the eighth report of REACT, one of the country ’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England, have been published by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stop smoking services in England – response to the Covid-19 pandemic
This report, written in partnership with Cancer Research UK, examines the performance of stop smoking services in England during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS commandeers private hospitals in attempt to recover cancer surgery
“Surge” clauses allowing the NHS to again take over private hospitals — as it did in the spring — have been triggered in some areas, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors at covid crisis trust accused of dodging ICU work
A medical leader at England’s largest acute trust has warned fellow doctors that its “priority is now [intensive care] at [the] expense of dropping all activities”, and suggested that some are avoiding critical care work. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Students call for end of reassignment to ‘menial’ ICU shifts
Students at a London medical school have demanded an immediate end to their “compulsory” reassignment covering nurse and healthcare assistant shifts in the intensive care units at their connected trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: Nightingale hospitals to cost half a billion pounds in total
England’s Nightingale hospitals have been forecast to cost more than half a billion, according to the latest government projections. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff
Statistics from the Department of Education (DfE) have revealed that the rate of COVID-19 infection among school staff in England is noticeably higher than the rate of infection in the general population – and even higher than it is for teachers. One report has suggested that rates for school staff could be three times higher in primary schools and almost seven times higher in special schools than in the general population. There are estimates that, in the current lockdown, although the government has said that everyone should work from home where possible, 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

Challenged trust’s chief executive quits after ill health
The chief executive of an ambulance trust which was criticised for its leadership and its handling of sexual assault and harassment allegations has stepped down. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

City’s NHS tells councillors it will vaccinate whole population by July
A city which has seen high levels of covid-19 infection and mortality through much of the pandemic has declared it plans to vaccinate its entire adult population by July — a target months ahead of national ambitions. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Theft of vaccine packaging is ‘significant security risk’, NHS warns
Covid vaccination teams have been warned theft of the packaging used to store the doses poses a “significant security risk” so it must be destroyed appropriately after use. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

20 Jan update: covid trends cleave nation in two
The changing dynamics of the corornavirus pandemic have created two distinct scenarios in different parts of the country. The first in London, south east and east where the third wave began and the second elsewhere. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid Daily Insight: Will the new guidance work for cancer patients?
HSJ’s daily update of what our sources are telling us about the progress of the pandemic (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Understanding the legal implications of being a practice partner
Partners in general medical practices need to understand the legal implications of partnership. From HR issues to the legal issues around collaboration, partnership agreements and premises ownership. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Excellence for integrated respiratory care
Patients with respiratory disease deserve equal access to early and accurate diagnosis, high standards of care, delivered by practitioners with suitable training and experience. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news