Wednesday, 17 December 2014

5000 safety fellows initiative

"Together with NHS England, we are working to develop an ambitious initiative that will connect and support people with safety and wider quality improvement expertise across the UK.
The initiative will help share effective improvement ideas throughout the health care system
We are working with organisations connected to those at the forefront of safety and quality improvement to launch the initiative in early 2015."

5000 safety fellows initiative
The Health Foundation
December 2014

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Capitation: a potential new payment model to enable integrated care

"Capitated payment can offer significant benefits to patients but there are some risks. For the approach to deliver its full potential benefits to patients and to the health system as a whole, commissioners and providers need to agree on mechanisms for mitigating the risks."

Capitation: a potential new payment model to enable integrated care: A supporting document of ‘2015/16 National Tariff Payment System: A consultation notice’

Monitor, NHS England
November 2014

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Innovation teams and labs: a practice guide

"The guide is primarily aimed at governments, but the methods, lessons and tips are also applicable to a wider audience of businesses, NGOs, and others interested in developing a structured, disciplined and impactful innovation capability. In this guide we outline the considerations and choices to be made, with a collation of resources to inspire, adopt, and adapt."

Innovation teams and labs: a practice guide
R Puttick
Nesta
December 2014

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Leadership vacancies in the NHS

"Board-level vacancies have a negative impact on an organisation. They affect staff morale and engagement, cause strategic instability and waste human and financial resources."

Leadership vacancies in the NHS: What can be done about them?
A Janjua
The King's Fund
December 2014

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Mergers in the NHS

"We are not convinced that the evidence base is strong enough on the role of competition relative to other drivers of quality. We think that it is right that there is some external scrutiny of merger decisions and accept that competition should be part of that process. However, a broader test which explicitly considers a range of factors (including competition) and makes specific reference to the views of commissioners as well as the sector regulator might be an improvement on the current process."

Mergers in the NHS: Lessons from the decision to block the proposed merger of hospitals in Bournemouth and Poole
E Spencelayh, J Dixon
The Health Foundation
December 2014

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Comparing the implementation of team approaches for improving diabetes care in community health centers

"Patient panel management and community-based care management may be viable strategies for community health centers to improve the quality of diabetes care for vulnerable patient populations. The objective of our study was to clarify implementation processes and experiences of integrating office-based medical assistant (MA) panel management and community health worker (CHW) community-based management into routine care for diabetic patients."

Comparing the implementation of team approaches for improving diabetes care in community health centers
PJ Van der Wees, MW Friedberg, EA Guzman, JZ Ayanian, HP Rodriguez
BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:608  doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0608-z

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Impact of introducing an electronic physiological surveillance system on hospital mortality

"The use of technology specifically designed to improve the accuracy, reliability and availability of patients’ vital signs and early warning scores, and thereby the recognition of and response to patient deterioration, is associated with reduced mortality in this study."

Impact of introducing an electronic physiological surveillance system on hospital mortality
PE Schmidt et al.
BMJ Quality & Safety 2015;24:10-20 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003073

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