HSJ News: Revealed: ‘Strongest’ STPs share £325m of new investment

National leaders have announced which health economies will receive a share of the £325m of extra capital funding that was pledged to the NHS in the spring budget.


The money will be paid to the 15 “strongest” sustainability and transformation partnerships over the next three years.


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Demand for hospital services outstripping NHS funding – King’s Fund Report

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of its staff. However, our analysis provides more evidence that the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet rising demand and maintain standards of care within constrained resources.

‘With the gap between funding and hospital activity set to grow over the next few years, the NHS needs to do everything it can to moderate demand for hospital care. We know that some of this demand can be avoided if alternative services are available – the challenge is to provide the right care in the right place at the right time and to ensure hospitals are only used when necessary and appropriate.

‘This means increasing investment in community services to provide more care closer to people’s homes and focusing on prevention to reduce the need for treatment in the first place. Successive governments have promised this over the years but fallen well short of their ambitions. This time failure is not an option, which is why it is essential to grasp the opportunity provided by sustainability and transformation plans to implement fundamental changes to the delivery of health services.’

Read the press release and full report


East Dorset LKS achieves 98% in LQAF

The East Dorset Library and Knowledge Service, which covers Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas of Dorset has managed to achieve a score of 98% in the Library Quality Assurance Framework.

There are 5 areas which we must complete on a yearly basis to ensure we are providing the correct level of service for our users.


A big thank you to the library staff within our teams at Poole and Bournemouth hospitals in helping to obtain a remarkably high standard.


GP and Hospital Choice

Choice in the presence of experts: the role of general practitioners in patients’ hospital choice



This paper considers the micro-econometric analysis of patients’ hospital choice for elective medical procedures when their choice set is pre-selected by a general practitioner (GP). It proposes a two-stage choice model that encompasses both, patient and GP level optimization, and it discusses identification. The empirical analysis demonstrates biases and inconsistencies that arise when strategic pre-selection is not properly taken into account. We find that patients defer to GPs when assessing hospital quality and focus on tangible attributes, like hospital amenities; and that GPs, in turn, as patients’ agents present choice options based on quality, but as agents of health authorities also consider their financial implications….

Previous attempts to survey GPs have been frustrated by very low response rates. For example, in the Competition Commission’s (CC) Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust merger inquiry (2013), the important role of GPs in the referral process was recognized, but no strong conclusions could be drawn (para 6.98, Final Report), because out of 1099 GPs in the hospitals’ catchment areas only 36 GPs (associated with 23 GP practices).


Read the full report https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/publications/wps/WP201621.pdf



Libraries Week to replace National Libraries Day

The first Libraries Week to take place in October 2017

Discover something new at your library, 9 – 14 October 2017

CILIP has today announced plans for the first Libraries Week, a week-long celebration of Britain’s much-loved libraries. Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them on the week of October 9 to 14 2017.

Libraries Week, 9 – 14 October 2017, will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February. The countdown to the inaugural Libraries Week will launch on Saturday 4 February 2017 and libraries with activity already planned for February are encouraged to continue with their plans as the transition to a new date gets underway.



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