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NHS Planning Guidance: Sounding the death knell for local commissioning?

NHS Planning Guidance: Sounding the death knell for local commissioning?
Description
The 2016/17-2020/21 planning guidance for the NHS came out just before Christmas. It has been fascinating to hear again the term 'planning guidance', something of a throwback to the pre-Lansley days when the NHS was a more integrated and managed whole.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Here's a good idea; you should do it too - why spreading innovation is difficult

Here's a good idea; you should do it too - why spreading innovation is difficult
Description
When finances get tight, a major irony usually occurs. To make the most of scarce resources, we start to ask ourselves more searching questions about how to make sure that best practice is embedded in everyday practice (if one area can do something really well, then can't the next area?).
Date:
Monday 23rd November 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Outcome based commissioning: 10 lessons from practice and theory

Outcome based commissioning: 10 lessons from practice and theory
Description
As part of the move towards greater integration there has been much interest in the potential of 'outcome-based commissioning'. Outcomes, and the need to focus on these rather than inputs and activities is of course nothing new although often still elusive to achieve in practice.
Date:
Tuesday 17th November 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

What exactly is the Q....?

What exactly is the Q....?
Description
Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK.
Date:
Monday 16th November 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

What is the crisis in mental health?

What is the crisis in mental health?
Description
Mental health has increasingly been in the news in recent months. This week we hear that Head Teachers are calling 999 to get access to help for pupils experiencing mental distress because of the lack of adequate provision of child and adolescent mental health services.
Date:
Wednesday 11th November 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Junior Doctor Contracts: The medical profession's fight or flight response

Description
Written by Rakesh Mistry, Final year medical student at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 30th October 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences

Making research matter: the challenge of impact

Making research matter: the challenge of impact
Description
Written by Professor Judith Smith Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 23rd October 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences

Budget pressures and the role of priority setting in the contemporary NHS

Budget pressures and the role of priority setting in the contemporary NHS
Description
Financial pressures loomed large in the discussions this week as Simon Stevens addressed an audience at the University of Birmingham Distinguished Lecture series.
Date:
Wednesday 21st October 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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