• Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers: still waiting for parity

    16 January 2018

    The spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers widened further last year, according to a report from the King’s Fund.

    The report shows that 84% of mental health trusts, which provide the great majority of mental health services, received an increase in funding last year, significantly higher than in previous years. But funding for acute and specialist hospitals has continued to grow more quickly as national leaders have prioritised reducing financial deficits and improving performance in A&E.

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  • Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS

    15 January 2018

    A report from a think-tank illustrates the areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. It also highlights the main barriers to the implementation of this technology and suggests some potential solutions.

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  • NHS standard contract 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) – eContract system

    15 January 2018

    The eContract system has been updated in line with the NHS standard contract 2017-19 (January 2018 edition – both full length and shorter). The eContract system reduces the time taken to draft the contract. NHS England strongly recommends that commissioners and providers use the system.

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  • Government response to childhood obesity follow-up report

    12 January 2018

    The government has published its response to the House of Commons health select committee’s report on childhood obesity.

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  • Addressing the variation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    12 January 2018

    There are considerable opportunities to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of people with, or at risk of developing, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within England.

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