An alternative to PFI?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Cash-strapped authorities across the UK have a new opportunity to take major health projects forward after the door was opened for a new form of private finance model to be widely adopted. The Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model is an alternative to the much-maligned Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in which surplus profits are reinvested in the public sector rather than going to the private sector as unpopular “windfall” payments. The future...

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Personalised commissioning in adult social care

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Commissioning adult social care services through personal budgets and direct payments is an important way of giving care users more choice and control over their services. When implemented well they improve users’ quality of life. The Department of Health, however, requires a deeper understanding of the best ways to implement personalised commissioning, according to the National Audit Office. Local authorities spent £6.3 billion on long-term...

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Social care is on its knees according to The Good Care Guide

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Social care is on its knees, according to recent public satisfaction reports [1]. The Good Care Guide’s latest evaluation of reviews states that home care services are in a ‘dire state’. It cites short visits and ‘missed and late appointments’ by many staff looking after vulnerable older people as the cause for plummeting levels of satisfaction. Social care is a big industry. The UK Home Care Association estimates that nearly 900,000 people...

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Working for the NHS: mixed messages

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The 2015 NHS Staff Survey, published on February 23rd 2016 by NHS England and the Picker Institute, is the largest ever collection of feedback about what it is like to work in the NHS in England.  With nearly 300,000 responses, the survey provides very reliable evidence both nationally and for 297 participating organisations and shows that: Overall staff engagement has improved continuously over the last five years. The majority of staff (69%)...

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Healthcare corruption results in deaths of tens of thousands of people every year

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 1 comment

· Public funding allocated to medical research because it is likely to be profitable, not because it will be beneficial for patients · UK’s leading doctors call for immediate inquiry into safety of medicines · Britain faces “epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients”, senior NHS cardiologist warns Leading NHS cardiologist, Dr Aseem Malhotra, has today highlighted a complete healthcare “system failure” that is resulting in the...

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