• Taking our health for granted: plugging the public health grant funding gap

    30 October 2018

    The Health Foundation says it will take an extra £3.2 billion a year to reverse the impact of government cuts to the public health grant and ensure that it is re-allocated according to need. The grant enables local authorities to deliver vital public health services, such as obesity programmes, drug and alcohol services and sexual health services, but the think tank finds that it has seen a £700 million real terms reduction in funding between 2014/15 and 2019/20 – a fall of almost a quarter per person.

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  • Can the Lansley reforms be undone?

    30 October 2018

    The prime minister has once again opened the door to changes to the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the legislation introduced by former health secretary Andrew Lansley . The act is widely seen as dysfunctional, getting in the way of the more integrated care that it seeks to achieve.

    But as a briefing from the King’s Fund explains, the act is not easy to unpick, and the parliamentary arithmetic is such that the chances of fresh legislation look slim. This short piece identifies some of the main complaints about how the current law operates, outlines some of the implications of trying to amend it, and asks what progress could be made within the existing legislation.

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  • Background to community pharmacy funding and the 2018/19 settlement

    29 October 2018

    The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has published a briefing on the community pharmacy funding settlement for 2018/19. It explains what the announcement means and how community pharmacy funding works.

    PCC has developed a workshop which looks at the main fees and allowances that are paid to pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors and how they are calculated. It also looks at how costs related to the provision of pharmaceutical services (both remuneration for the provision of services and the reimbursement of the items dispensed against an NHS prescription) are recharged to NHS England, CCGs and local authorities. For further information please email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with a subject header of ‘Pharmacy finance’.

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  • Guidance on business cases

    29 October 2018

    NHS England has published guidance to help commissioners, sustainability and transformation partnerships and regional teams to develop business cases for capital investment, property, equipment and digital technology proposals.

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  • Care staffing in the NHS: the good, the bad and the promising

    29 October 2018

    The NHS is the biggest employer in England and the fifth biggest in the world, but it is struggling to recruit enough nurses and care staff. In 2018, BPP approached 220 NHS trusts in England - of which 89% responded as part of this report. While it is clear that NHS trusts are having to deal with budgetary pressures and a skills shortage which may be exacerbated by Brexit, they are also facing significant changes to their traditional training models. This includes factors such as cuts to bursaries and the declining numbers of those applying for nursing degrees.

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