Are we prepared to ‘re-slice the revenue cake’ to pay for it

PM, David Cameron, used his first major speech since the election to set out his vision for a modern NHS that will work for patients 7 days a week.  The government will prioritise patient access to all services – from GP access to hospital care – backing NHS England’s plan for modernising the NHS.

Investment into the NHS will increase by £8bn a year by the end of the Parliament to support the transformation of services across the country, including an increase in the number of GPs, faster access to new drugs & treatments and a greater focus on mental health and healthy living.

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10DS:  7-day a week NHS – (10DS:  PM on plans for a 7-day NHS)

NHS England:  London GP mental health scheme helps hundreds, skills up primary care staff & saves thousands

NHS England:  Simon Stevens call for bold action to make NHS fit for the future

Over 55m patients in England can now book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions & access summary information in their medical record online

CAB :  Almost £400m a year spent on GPs doing non-health work

CQC:  Survey finds most patients are positive about their hospital care, but many still experience delays when they leave

ScotGov:  A&E improvement plan launches

NHS England: 7-day services

Reducing visits to A&E

The Guardian:  UK voters are being sold a lie. There is no need to cut public services

Who/what is to blame for A&E staffing problems; ‘cruel cuts by Westminster’ or SNP financial mismanagement

Hospitals are too expensive for anything but specialist ‘non-mobile’ treatment

Kings Fund:  Workforce shortages endanger delivery of the NHS five year forward view

NHS enters 2015/16 facing biggest challenges in recent history, warns The King’s Fund

‘Hidden army’ could help tackle cold home deaths & illnesses, says NICE

ScotGov:  Sustainable 24/7 NHS Update

Helping people avoid early death – NICE publishes new support for local government on tackling the causes of poor health

Kings Fund - Public satisfaction with the NHS at second highest level ever, shows research for latest British Social Attitudes survey

Review of out-of-hours primary care

Scotland’s NHS – beyond 2020

When it’s your own care it gets very personal

Kings Fund: Independent commission proposes radical reshaping of health & social care around need


Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit
10-11 June 2015 | London, UK

The Must-Attend Event For CRM Professionals

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  • Exploiting Customer Data
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Click here to find out more and to register.

Much more than one step ahead of the class now
The first teachers in the country to have completed the new BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching will receive their certificates at a special presentation in Birmingham next month.  The certificate enables teachers to demonstrate their teaching competence in the computer science elements of the new computing curriculum.  Devised & implemented by Computing At School (CAS) and accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the certificate was launched last autumn.  There are 2 versions of the certificate, one specifically for primary teachers and one for secondary teachers.
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BCS:  First teachers receive new Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

DfE Get Into Computer Teaching

Guardian:  The Slough school leading the way in computer skills

BBC - Learning - IT: Free resources and online courses

'London Vision' for Computer Science in schools - Next Gen

Quiz to see if YOU are less computer literate than a 5-year  - mail Online

Microsoft, Google and IBM to help train computing teachers

ICT in schools survey – many children not getting what they need; teachers need more training & support

Kiss Goodbye to ICT (or KISS hello to Computer Science?)

Minister for the Cabinet Office announces new initiatives for young people in cyber security

£3.6m for technology experts to train computing teachers

Cyber skills for a vibrant and secure UK

D5 London: Doctor Who helps teach children coding

Year of Code and £500,000 fund to inspire future tech experts launched

New 3D printers to boost STEM and design teaching

Computer science to be included in the EBacc

More focus is needed on ICT and computer science skills development, says Government

Unlike ‘Death & Taxes’ we CAN do something  about it
Everyone can take action to reduce their risk of developing dementia – that’s the message from BBC Weatherman Derek Brockway and Health & Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford, as they launched the Dementia – Reduce your Risk guide at the start of National Dementia Week.
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WAG:  Reduce your dementia risk

BIG:  Scots, young & old, come together for Dementia Awareness Week

CQC:  #DoSomethingNew for Dementia Awareness Week

Improving dementia care: CQUINS & Enhanced Services – Professor Alistair Burns

In it for the ‘Long Haul’

Wales: a dementia friendly nation

NHS Wales:  Dementia

Wales Dementia Helpline

BBC:  80% of Welsh dementia patients 'lack government support

Wales Dementia Care Training Initiative

Wales:  YoungDementia UK


Wales has lowest diagnosis rates for dementia

Become a Dementia Friend‎

Common Signs of Dementia

Balancing ‘needs’ & ‘wishes’

‘Reassurance’ is key to their state of mind

Hospitals must understand that they have a duty of care for Body AND Mind

Commissioning health & social care for people with dementia

Shouldn’t they be looking ahead further than just one year?

A new one-year plan to address priorities for action for children, young people & adults with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) has been published by the Welsh Government.  The new interim delivery plan is backed by £600,000 of funding, which is in addition to the £880,000 ASD infrastructure grant which was transferred into the local authority revenue settlement grant this year.

The Welsh Government is also investing £2m to develop specific services to better diagnose & support young people with ADHD & ASD. This will reduce waiting times in specialist child & adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) so those with highest levels of clinical need are seen in a more ‘timely’ manner.

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WAG:  New measures to improve autism services in Wales

Interim autism delivery plan

Everyone should get the same high standard of care, especially children

Tailor management of autism in children & young people to individual needs

Health projects among groups benefitting from latest round of National Lottery funding

Prisons seeking National Autistic Society help to improve support for prisoners

Thousands of people across Wales to receive mental health first aid training

After decades of practice the NHS should be getting it right by now!
End of life care could be improved for up to 355,000 people a year in England, according to a report published by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.  The report highlights tragic cases where people's suffering could have been avoided or lessened with the right care & treatment, as they approached the end of their lives.  The Ombudsman service identified a range of issues with end of life care from its casework.
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NO:  Too many people dying without dignity, Ombudsman service report finds

CQC:  Ombudsman’s report says a lack of recognition & communication are key to poor end of life care

End of Life and Palliative Care in England: Getting it right – Laura Tooley

Expanding choice and improving the quality of end of life care

New approach to care for the dying published

Social care should be free at the end of life

BHF: Report claims heart failure patients are missing out on quality end-of-life care

Palliative care services in Wales are making an enormous difference to people’s quality of life

£800,000 for social action projects that support people at end of life

£1m fund to support people at end of life

The Patients Association - Significant variation in standards of care for people dying in Hospitals

Advocacy champions older people affected by cancer

Compassion & empowerment for older people in England

£6.5m for Specialist Palliative Care Services across Wales

Demos calls for action to prevent ‘hit and miss’ end of life care

WAG:  New helpline to offer advice on end of life care

Hospices receive £60m funding boost

Improving end of life care in Wales

It is not so much dying that worries us, as HOW we will die

Less & less ‘Water, Water Everywhere’

Businesses must secure their future by addressing the mounting global water crisis, experts said at the launch of WWF-UK’s report ‘From Risk to Resilience: Does your business know its water risk?’  UK industry is being urged to assess supply chains both within the UK & internationally to discover where they might be at risk of water scarcity, poor water quality or reputational damage associated with their use of water.

Industries affected are numerous & varied, from textiles to beverages, food to pharmaceuticals. About 40% of UK imports (by value) come from countries that have hot spots of high water risk, with some industries such as textiles more exposed than others. In fact, 80% of all UK imports (by value) face at least a moderate level of water risk.

Closer to home, latest Environment Agency figures show that just 17% of England’s rivers are in good ecological health – with a third of the pressures causing failure attributed to agricultural impacts, closely associated with the production of food & drink.

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WWF:  New study finds 40% of UK imports come from countries with areas of high water risk

From risk to resilience: Does your business know its water risk?

Securing the basics of life for all

Will ‘safety’ always trump possible ‘solutions’?

Research that ‘makes a difference’
The Economic and Social Research Council has announced the 9 research projects shortlisted for its prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize 2015.  The researchers, funded by the ESRC and based at universities across the UK, have all used their research to make a significant difference to society. By working in partnership with organisations including businesses, charities and public bodies, they have impacted the lives & work of people both in the UK and internationally.
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ESRC:  Shortlist announced for Celebrating Impact Prize recognising 50 years of research making a difference

Small ideas can have big impacts
The government is seeking your views on what you would like to see in the Budget that will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2015.  The government encourages open & transparent policy-making, and welcomes original & innovative ideas.  To allow for full consideration in advance of the Budget, any submission should be sent to HM Treasury by Friday 5 June 2015.
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HM Treasury:  Budget July 2015: Have your say

Funding future scientific advances
STFC has announced a call for applications to the Projects Research & Development scheme (PRD). Applications should be submitted by the deadline of 29 July 2015.  STFC intends to allocate a total of around £1m and it is expected that most grants will start no earlier than 1 April 2016.  The scheme provides funding for R&D projects which enable STFC to deliver the science programme objectives in the areas of particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics & astronomy.
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STFC:  PRD call for applications 2015


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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ScotGov:  FM - UK energy policy needs Scottish voice


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Last week we delved back into the privatisation debate with an anonymous blogger writing about their experiences visiting their father in prison – and realising how the public sector can mistreat people too. Meanwhile, civil service head John Manzoni set out his plans for the civil and conceded that staff are being asked to do too much. Jane Dudman was there to report.

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Visiting my dad in prison, I realised the public sector can mistreat people too

Visiting my dad in prison, I realised the public sector can mistreat people too
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Civil service head sets out a change of direction for Whitehall

Civil service head sets out a change of direction for Whitehall
John Manzoni hands an olive branch to overworked staff – but won’t budge on pay

Will Whitehall's finest back a new John-Manzoni-model civil service?

Will Whitehall's finest back a new John-Manzoni-model civil service?
The civil service chief executive, a former BP boss, likes to fly by the seat of his pants

News in brief
• No more council spending cuts, begged the LGA
• George Osborne offered further devolution to cities with mayors
• Here's a list of all the local election results
• Tessa Jowell launched her bid to become mayor of London
• Cash-strapped councils spent £750,000 on celebrity appearances last year
• Just 18 out of 33 London councils met their housebuilding targets
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Civil servants deserve better from this government

Civil servants deserve better from this government
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