Covid-19 reader: 17 December
Covid-19 reader: 17 December
by Steve Brown
17 December 2021

Lateral flow tests prove their worth in Scottish pandemic control, while migration body calls for changes to address social care worker shortages, exacerbated by the pandemic. And with the booster campaign in full swing, the WHO calls for vaccine doses to be prioritised for those at highest risk across the world. ​

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​Letter confirms funding support for capacity drive
​Letter confirms funding support for capacity drive
by Seamus Ward
15 December 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed and expanded on Julian Kelly’s message to the HFMA annual conference last week – that they will fund additional costs incurred by the introduction of extra services to free up beds this winter.

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Governments urged to rethink integration approach
Governments urged to rethink integration approach
by Seamus Ward
14 December 2021

Reforms that aimed to bring health and social care together across the UK have made little difference to patients and service users or to the degree of service integration, according to the Nuffield Trust.

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Health and social care are top of spending plans
Health and social care are top of spending plans
by Seamus Ward
13 December 2021

The devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland have announced budget plans that prioritise health and social care, with Northern Ireland moving to three-year allocations.

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HFMA 2021: Kelly urges winter capacity action
HFMA 2021: Kelly urges winter capacity action
by Seamus Ward
10 December 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement chief financial officer Julian Kelly has given finance directors licence to implement any 'sensible' measures that will free up beds this winter.

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HFMA 2021: Health Foundation underlines pressures on health and care
HFMA 2021: Health Foundation underlines pressures on health and care
by Steve Brown
10 December 2021

There are significant underlying pressures on the NHS despite the spending review settlement, and even greater pressure on the social care system, a leading economist told the HFMA conference.

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HFMA 2021: Nicci Briggs is Finance Director of the Year
HFMA 2021: Nicci Briggs is Finance Director of the Year
by Seamus Ward
10 December 2021

The HFMA Finance Director of the Year for 2021 is Nicci Briggs, director of finance, contracting and governance at Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR).

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HFMA 2021: system working is built on trust, conference told
HFMA 2021: system working is built on trust, conference told
by Steve Brown
09 December 2021

Relationships and not structures are the key to delivering system working and better integrated services across health and social care, health leaders from the devolved nations told the HFMA annual conference.

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HFMA 2021: structure needed in inequalities battle
HFMA 2021: structure needed in inequalities battle
by Seamus Ward
09 December 2021

Local NHS bodies must take a structured approach to tackling health inequalities, Sanjay Agrawal told the conference.

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HFMA 2021: programme lines up pipeline of senior leaders
HFMA 2021: programme lines up pipeline of senior leaders
by Steve Brown
09 December 2021

A senior leader sponsorship programme has helped to develop a pipeline of potential future chief finance officers, the HFMA annual conference was told.

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