Dave West is the Nursing Times and HSJ senior correspondent. For Nursing Times Dave covers children's nursing, midwifery, practice nursing and nurse prescribing. Over at HSJ, Dave focuses on quality and GP commissioning and consortia.
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Public health experts have called for investigation after statistics showed the biggest increase in the national death rate for several decades in 2015.
Pauline Philip, a former nurse and chief executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is joining NHS England on secondment as national urgent and emergency care director.
Emergency admissions reduced by around a third in a group of patients which was given volunteer support to combat dependency on health and care services, an evaluation has said.
A Labour government would not instigate a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of the NHS as there would be no ‘mandated… one size fits all model’ for achieving its plan for integrating health and social care, Ed Miliband has told Nursing Times’ sister title, HSJ.
A “new arm of the NHS” in the form of 5,000 “homecare workers” would be created by Labour were the party to win the general election.
Smaller GP practices have fared worse under the Care Quality Commission’s inspections so far because of the “splendid isolation” in which some are operating, the chief inspector of general practice has said.
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Individuals’ responsibility for their own health and use of the NHS has been underemphasised and should be made more visible by NHS England, the organisation’s patient experience director has said.
The Keogh mortality review has asked Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust to focus on the quality and safety of patient care rather than “meeting Monitor [performance] breaches in finance and governance”.
Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has been placed in “special measures”, and agreed to a series of improvement actions.
Eleven of the 14 hospital providers investigated because of high mortality ratios have been placed in “special measures”, the health secretary has announced.