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HSJ Catchup: New chief inspector, the Queen's speech, and workforce ambitions
Your essential update on health for the week (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New NHS-private partnership wins £48m contract
Commissioners have awarded a £48m contract for out of hours GP and 111 services to a consortium of public and private providers including an acute trust.  (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National delegate conference hails inspiring speech from Jeremy Corbyn
“The Labour Party and the labour movement: united for the many – not for the few. Be of good cheer – the election will come soon!” That was the message from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn when he spoke to UNISON’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning. He had arrived in the hall with general secretary Dave Prentis to a standing ovation, cheering, singing and applause. When he left after his first major speech since the general election, it was – if possible – to an even greater ovation. He began by praising the work that had plunged Prime Minister Theresa May int...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News general election jeremy corbyn Labour Party national delegate conference 2017 ndc 17 Source Type: news

Conference backs range of measures to build on general election result
After an inspiring speech from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, UNISON’s national delegate conference this morning backed a wide-ranging emergency motion on building on the work that brought about the general election result. Sporting a Celtic shirt for her last conference contribution, Jane Carolan for the national executive council said that Mr Corbyn had nearly proved himself an invincible, just like her football team. The media had predicted that his Labour Party would ship “loads of goals,” but teamwork had almost sunk “the Maybot.” And Ms Carolan went on to say that the Labour gains were dow...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News campaigning conference general election national delegate conference ndc 2017 public service champions Source Type: news

Exclusive: Three trusts set to merge by October
Three trusts in the West Midlands are set to merge to create one of the biggest mental health and community trusts in the country, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Conference pledges mental health support for members
“Lots of people don’t use mental health services until they are very ill because they are frightened of what will happen,” Mitsy Harman Russell told delegates as UNISON conference in Brighton this morning discussed what mental health support the union can offer to members. She was just one speaker in a long list of delegates taking part in a thorough debate, praising the ‘mental health champions’ of the union in Cymru/Wales and calling for the programme to be expanded across the union, including having such champions and mental health first aiders available at union conferences and similar eve...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2017 National Delegate Conference mental health mental health champions Mental health matters national delegate conference 2017 NDC ndc 2017 Source Type: news

‘ Our Brexit brings the country together ’ , UNISON members told
Threats to the peace in Northern Ireland, to devolution, to employment rights and human rights – these were just some of the dire concerns discussed as Brexit dominated yesterday afternoon’s session of national delegate conference in Brighton. But one positive theme of the debates was reflected by the NEC’s James Anthony (above). “UNISON will be there in the interests of all of its members,” he said. “Our Brexit brings the country together, it gives public services a fair deal, it promotes equality and human rights, it supports all of our nations and regions in their specific needs.&rdqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2017 NDC delegate conference BREXIT Cymru Wales Devolution employment rights eu migrant eu referendum health and safety national delegate conference 2017 Northern Ireland Scotland Source Type: news

Trusts could lose acute beds in stroke services shake-up
Strokes services in Coventry and Warwickshire could be centralised under a plan that will see two hospitals lose all their acute stroke beds. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: 11 providers given £300m commissioning budget
A second wave of providers has been chosen to take on new commissioning powers for tertiary mental health services, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Theresa May's staffing promise insufficient, says NHS England director
The prime minister ’s pledge of 10,000 extra mental health staff is not enough to meet the needs of the sector, NHS England’s mental health director Claire Murdoch has told HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health 'must be protected' from capped expenditure savings drive
NHS regions subject to the capped expenditure process drive should not attempt to reduce their financial deficits by targeting mental health, the sector ’s national director Claire Murdoch has claimed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health workforce needs “greater than” PM’s promise
The mental health sector will need to recruit more than 10,000 extra staff to deliver on commitments made in the Five Year Forward View NHS England ’s mental health director Claire Murdoch has told HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Take your place with confidence in the changing provider landscape
PCC has added new dates in its learning and development programme for new and aspiring leaders of provider organisations, such as GP hubs and federations. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pathway for children and young people with vision impairment
VISION 2020 has published a pathway for children and young people with vision impairment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Latest framework to help CCGs deliver more personalised health care
NHS England has published a guide for CCGs and local authorities on the use of integrated personalised commissioning and personal health budgets. These are designed to enable a more personalised approach to people ’s health and social care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

All GP surgeries to have wifi by Christmas
The roll-out of NHS wifi to primary care has now moved into its second phase which will see free wifi available to both patients and staff in all GP surgeries by 31 December 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Adult weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers
This collection of guidance, interventions and datasets aims to support commissioners and providers of tier two adult weight management services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Three quarters of baby deaths may have been avoidable, says report
Three quarters (76%) of cases of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury during childbirth might have had different outcomes with different care, according to a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Daily Insight: Coming up short
HSJ ’s essential round-up of the day’s must read stories (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Blog: The real and  necessary debate about our country’s future
This week Theresa May unveiled her Queen’s Speech, while in Brighton our union’s national delegate conference continues. The contrast between the two could not be more stark. At our conference we have discussed some of the real big issues faced by our country and our communities. From the despicable cap on public sector pay, to the reality of life in our workplaces. From the horrors of child marriage to the desperate need for a change in housing policy – now brought tragically and painfully to wider public attention by the Grenfell Tower fire. Our conference is once again having the real and nec...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News 2017 NDC delegate conference Source Type: news

CCG abandons controversial rationing plan after trust's warning
Commissioners have abandoned plans to restrict access to hearing aids after a foundation trust warned they could be breaching their legal duties. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seven CCGs consider single leader across STP
Seven clinical commissioning groups across London are considering appointing a single accountable officer, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Third of community hospitals miss staffing targets for two years
Nearly a third of NHS trusts running community hospitals have not met their targets for nurse staffing levels on wards for the past two years, HSJ analysis reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

SICK: Children under six are being prescribed antidepressants by doctors
(Natural News) What sort of world are we living in when children below the age of six are being given antidepressants? A rather sordid one if the National Health Service (NHS) figures are anything to go by. Of the 198,906 prescriptions of antidepressants handed out to those under 18 in the UK, a shocking 12,756... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: Cash-strapped CCGs fail to hit spending standard
EXCLUSIVE: Commissioners facing deficits or struggling to balance their books are the most likely to be failing to meet the national mental health spending mandate. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tribunal rejects clinical manager's race discrimination claim
A senior medical manager has lost his case for race discrimination against a trust with a troubled history of race relations. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The leader as coach
Using coaching techniques in the workplace can support effective team management by increasing the motivation and confidence of individuals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Long-stay rehabilitation services
A briefing from the Centre for Mental Health reviews evidence from Care Quality Commission inspection reports of inpatient rehabilitation services in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review of two decades of social care policy
A parliamentary briefing considers the policy proposals of successive governments since 1997 for how individuals should pay for their social care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Community pharmacy patient safety group launches new website
The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group, which provides a forum for community pharmacy organisations to openly share and learn from each other when things go wrong, has launched a new website. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NUMSAS guidance published by NHS England
NHS England has published a toolkit for pharmacy staff on the NHS urgent medicine supply advanced service (NUMSAS). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE approves new type of treatment for Crohn ’s disease
Following NICE recommendations, patients with Crohn ’s disease will have routine NHS access to drug ustekinumab, which offers a new way of treating the condition. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government sticking ‘its head in the sand’ over NHS, BMA says
Queen ’s speech includes nothing to show the government plans to act on the crisis facing the NHS Related items fromOnMedica New alliance formed to safeguard healthcare interests as Brexit talks loom BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ BMA warns general practice is on 'brink of collapse' Staff leaders call for NHS to be priority for new government Hunt ’s positive speech mismatch with NHS reality, says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Specific diabetes medications recommended to protect bone health
Research highlights treatment options for co-managing type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis Related items fromOnMedica Osteoporosis - treatment options Osteoporosis - primary prevention Metformin lowers cardiac deaths better than other drugs Drug could cut heart events by 26% in diabetics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Underused cancer test could improve treatment of colon cancer
Blood test for carcinoembryonic antigen could help determine whether to use chemotherapy Related items fromOnMedica Aspirin linked to better colon cancer survival Developing and using a tool to improve outcomes in colorectal cancer Fifth of emergency bowel cancer cases had red flag symptoms Long delay after FIT linked to higher risk of cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Postnatal depression not being picked up by GPs
Many new mothers are afraid to talk to their GP about their mental health Related items fromOnMedica Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals Postnatal depression New mothers to get more help with mental health All women must have access to perinatal mental health service (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cochrane reviews show impact of lifestyle changes on obesity
Changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour may reduce obesity in children and adolescents Related items fromOnMedica MPs slam government strategy to cut child obesity UK soft drinks industry levy will have significant health benefits for children, study suggests Childhood obesity rates in England may be levelling off Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness Children order fast food from schools, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Daily Insight: Health reform in the long grass
The must read stories in the NHS (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Queen ’s Speech has ignored the nation ’ s concerns, says UNISON
Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ministers are living in a parallel universe. Years of harsh spending cuts have caused huge damage to public services across the country. “People have had enough of austerity, and want proper investment in schools, hospitals, police forces and local services. Yet there was none of this in the Queen’s Speech.“Nor was there anything about pay. Nurses, teaching assistants, council workers, care staff and other public sector employees should be rewarded for their hard work wit...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Apprentices to get fairer deal under new charter, says UNISON
Apprentices working in public services are set to get a fairer deal under a charter to be launched later today (Wednesday) by UNISON. Being paid the rate for the job, high quality training and a guaranteed employment contract are among the aims outlined in the document unveiled at the union’s annual national conference in Brighton. The charter also sets out the responsibilities of employers such as ensuring an apprenticeship leads to a real job and not using them as cheap labour, according to UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Young people have been hit hard by the government’s aust...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release apprentices NHS Source Type: news

Queen's speech: Doubt over promised health reforms
The government has no firm plan for any new health and social care legislation in the next two years, potentially leaving its new healthcare safety investigation agency without the powers to underpin its work. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Single leader to be appointed across four CCGs in ACS area
A single leader will be appointed to drive health service commissioning across the mid-Nottinghamshire health economy, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Conference applauds winners of young members ’ organising award
‘We are not defined by our sexuality, our race or our gender.’ That was a key part of the campaigning message that saw the Scottish young members committee being awarded the young members’ organising award on day two of UNISON’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning The committee has already won a TUC award for the same work. The hall applauded loudly as Matt Ellis collected the award from vice president Carol Sewell and, after being joined by the rest of the team (pictured), delegates were then able to watch a short film that had been made by them. Highlighting the nature of bullyin...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News national delegate conference national delegate conference 2017 NDC ndc 2017 young members young workers Source Type: news

Former Labour health secretary turns down top NHS roles to join estates firm
Alan Johnson, the former Labour health secretary, has turned down national NHS roles to chair a local estates company, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

STP director appointed to lead trust's turnaround
A sustainability and transformation partnership has intervened in a specialist trust ’s sharply deteriorating RTT performance, appointing an outside executive to lead the recovery. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Breakthrough for teaching assistants in Durham, says UNISON
UNISON has today (Wednesday) welcomed Durham County Council’s decision to change its plans to dismiss and rehire several thousand teaching assistants in the North East. After months of negotiations and several strikes last year, which brought the council back to the table, a revised offer has now been proposed, says UNISON. UNISON Northern regional secretary Clare Williams said: “Several months of tough talking later, a revised and improved offer has been proposed that will benefit the majority of teaching assistants. “Strikes and relentless campaigning by dedicated teaching assistants, along with th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Durham TA's teaching assistants Source Type: news

Health and social care has suffered the ‘ most austere ’ decade ever
UNISON delegates discussed the crisis across the NHS and social care services in a number of motions at the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton And they called on the union to ask the TUC to call a national demonstration in defence of the NHS. The NEC’s Carol Sewell (above) told the conference that “this has been the most austere decade the sector has ever experienced. “Every aspect of health and social care is at breaking point. And the government consistently refuses to do anything about it.” Jane Boswell of Yorkshire and Humberside said: “This is a huge national scandal, ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2017 NDC delegate conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS NHS England save care now Source Type: news

Health Education England chief targets NHS workforce surplus
Health Education England ’s chief executive has said he wants to ensure the UK is self-sufficient for nurses and is aiming for a small surplus across all healthcare professions. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS in talks with Indian hospital firm to source nurses
Talks between Health Education England and one of India ’s largest healthcare providers could see qualified nurses from the country coming to work in the NHS. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Teaching trust in talks over estates payout with Bahamas registered company
A major teaching hospital trust is in legal negotiations with a company registered in the Bahamas over a land deal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news