Acute Care Collaboration Vanguards announced

A new group, comprising 13 hospital Vanguards, was announced on 25th September.  These Vanguards are designed to facilitate the spread of excellent hospital services and management across the country by the  formation of chains at district level. The focus is on key trusts developing their reach, forming collaborations and sharing clinical and management knowledge with others. More details can be found here.

There is also a press release from the NHS Confederation supporting the move and a more information in BMJ News (note an NHS Athens Account is required to access BMJ)

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Potential challenges facing distributed leadership in health care: evidence from the UK National Health Service

This article was published in Sociology of Health and Illness. First published online on 20 DEC 2014 and written by Graeme MartinNic BeechRobert MacIntosh and Stacey Bushfield.    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12171

The discourse of leaderism in health care has been a subject of much academic and practical debate. Recently, distributed leadership (DL) has been adopted as a key strand of policy in the UK National Health Service (NHS).  However, there is some confusion over the meaning of DL and uncertainty over its application to clinical and non-clinical staff. This article examines the potential for DL in the NHS by drawing on qualitative data from three co-located health-care organisations that embraced DL as part of their organisational strategy.

 

How NHS CEOs stay up-to-date

calendarThis recently published report looks at “Keeping knowledgeable: how NHS chief executive officers mobilise knowledge and information in their daily work”

This article is free to download at http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hsdr/volume-2/issue-26

Authors: Nicolini D, Powell J, Korica M.
Journal: Health Services and Delivery Research Volume: 2 Issue: 26
Publication date: August 2014
DOI: 10.3310/hsdr02260

NHS to have own comparison site

Extract from BBC News

moneyA price comparison website is being created to help the NHS in England save millions of pounds in the way it purchases good and services.

It will include details of what NHS trusts are paying for everything from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips and building work.

The post of procurement champion has also been created to help improve purchasing systems.

The NHS has been heavily criticised for the way it buys supplies.

Two years ago the National Audit Office estimated that more than 10% could be saved through better procurement.

NHS staff and a new era of education and training

Extract from DoH

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has today announced a wide ranging series of measures to improve the training, values and education of all NHS staff over the next two years and beyond.

The measures have been published in the government’s mandate to Health Education England, a new arms-length body set up to give NHS training and education unprecedented focus and importance. It will be backed by £5 billion and will be accountable to ministers for delivering the goals set out in today’s document.

Read the full article at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-era-of-education-and-training-for-nhs-staff

 

NHS pension scheme: government response to consultation

22 March, 2013 published http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/03/pension-regs/

The government response to the consultation on  draft NHS pension scheme regulations is published. The draft regulations were confirmed with some proposals modified or withdrawn based on the comments received.  

This document provides a summary of the consultation findings and a response to the comments received.