Covid-19 update: 26 June
Covid-19 update: 26 June
by Steve Brown
26 June 2020

The major relaxation of lockdown restrictions, which dominated this week’s headlines, has put an increased focus on the country’s test and trace system.

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Supporting Covid care (#DoingOurBit)
Supporting Covid care (#DoingOurBit)
by Seamus Ward
26 June 2020

Working alongside clinical colleagues is becoming second nature for many NHS accountants, but during the Covid-19 pandemic many are experiencing frontline work first-hand. Richard Gault spent more than six weeks on a Covid ward, helping where he could with administrative and other support tasks. And, though it was a profound experience, he speaks of his contribution humbly, almost matter-of-factly.

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New planning guidance will lock in positive changes during pandemic
New planning guidance will lock in positive changes during pandemic
by Seamus Ward
26 June 2020

Planning guidance will be published soon that will clarify expectations for the NHS in England for the rest of the financial year, and seek to lock in beneficial changes implemented as part of the Covid-19 response.

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Learn Covid lessons for new financial regime, says HFMA
Learn Covid lessons for new financial regime, says HFMA
by Steve Brown
24 June 2020

The HFMA is calling for changes to contracting arrangements, governance and the capital regime as well as a quicker move to system working as the NHS moves on from the initial response to Covid-19.

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Call to fund extra capacity to protect the NHS
Call to fund extra capacity to protect the NHS
by Seamus Ward
22 June 2020

The NHS could be overwhelmed during a second surge of Covid-19 this winter if funding for additional capacity is withdrawn or scaled back, NHS Providers said.

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Aligning up
Aligning up
19 June 2020

Aligned incentives contracts are popular, but there are many definitions of what they should be. One of their architects, Simon Worthington, outlines his view of what they are to Seamus Ward

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Covid-19 update: 19 June
Covid-19 update: 19 June
by Steve Brown
19 June 2020

The week was dominated by U-turns – or at least accusations of U-turns – on school dinners, student nurse contracts and the tracing app. But there was also a worrying assessment about the impact of the coronavirus on social services.

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‘Covid-light’ hospitals key to restarting routine surgery
‘Covid-light’ hospitals key to restarting routine surgery
by Seamus Ward
19 June 2020

The NHS needs to develop ‘Covid-light sites’ to restart elective surgery, Royal College of Surgeons president Derek Alderson has told MPs.

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The intensive care accountant (#DoingOurBit)
The intensive care accountant (#DoingOurBit)
by Steve Brown
18 June 2020

Jenny Foster swapped spreadsheets for personal protective equipment (PPE) as she entered the intensive care unit to support Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to support its frontline response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19 update: 12 June
Covid-19 update: 12 June
by Steve Brown
12 June 2020

With reducing numbers in many of the key metrics being used to track Covid-19, this week provided some dramatic figures on how the coronavirus has impacted on the provision of broader services and concerns about how long it will take to recover.

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