MPs to debate call to remove 1% nurse pay cap

MPs will today debate a call for the lifting of the 1% pay cap on public sector workers | OnMedica


Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, will lead the debate, which resulted from a petition started by Royal College of Nursing member Danielle Tiplady and signed by over 100,000 people.

At 4.30pm today members will debate the motion: “That this House has considered e-petition 168127 relating to pay restraint for Agenda for Change NHS staff.”

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “Nursing staff are the backbone of the health service, working under immense pressure to take care of people at their most vulnerable.

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Delivering high value health care

The King’s Fund has published the presentations from a conference held on 10 January 2017 on ‘Delivering high value health care’.

The presentations include reducing wasteful spending on healthcare; tackling overuse and underuse of health services; Right Care; improving safety and reducing harm and error; patient safety improvement; and helping patients choose wisely.


  1. Delivering high value health care
  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health

2. International evidence and experience on reducing wasteful spending on health care

Find all the presentations here

Quality improvement: learning from innovations in the vanguards

The King’s Fund Blog | By Don Berwick


I have recently returned from an exciting, whirlwind tour of another set of new care models sites. This was my fourth such tour. My goal for these visits, which I make as an International Visiting Fellow for The King’s Fund, is to attempt to understand what the vanguard organisations are trying to do, how well they are faring, and how they might progress even better and faster. On this trip, the additional question was: ‘How can these lessons and models be spread more widely across the NHS?’

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New confidentiality guidance published by the GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has  published revised, expanded and reorganised guidance on confidentiality for all doctors practising in the UK.


The guidance – Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information – comes into effect from Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Revisions have been made to the guidance, last published in 2009, following an extensive consultation exercise. While the principles of the current GMC guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies:

  • The public protection responsibilities of doctors, including when to make disclosures in the public interest.
  • The importance of sharing information for direct care, recognising the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context doctors work in.
  • The circumstances in which doctors can rely on implied consent to share patient information for direct care.
  • The significant role that those close to a patient can play in providing support and care, and the importance of acknowledging that role.

Full guidance available here

GMC press release here

Learning to improve performance

The Health Foundation has published Fast discovery: the imperative for high velocity learning by everyone, about everything, all of the time

This paper explores the gaps between the ‘theoretical limit’ (ie what could be achieved) and what organisations actually achieve in terms of taking the innate potential of the people they employ and the technology they use.  The paper suggests that much time is used unproductively and examines how this can be addressed.

Related video: ‘Learning health care systems’ looks at the potential impact a learning health care system could have:

Obesity costs the NHS £2.5 billion a year but ageing population is the real ticking time bomb

IEA releases report showing the net cost of obesity to public services is less than £2.5 billion a year

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This is the first study to estimate the annual savings that overweight and obese people bring UK taxpayers by dying prematurely (in 2016 prices). Ignoring these savings leads to substantial overestimation of the true burden of elevated body mass index (BMI) to the taxpayer. Our estimate of the present value of pension, healthcare and other benefit payments avoided through early, BMI-caused deaths (net of foregone tax payments) is £3.6 billion per annum. This paper argues the ‘burden-on-the-taxpayer’ narrative, propagated by public health campaigners, is overblown. While claims of a crippling cost are a good way to get media attention, especially during a time of slow motion crisis in the NHS, they irresponsibly incite resentment of a vulnerable group.

Read the full report here

Podcast: Inclusive Leadership in the NHS

In this podcast, the first episode in a series of two, we explore the theoretical side of inclusive leadership | NHS Employers

Dan, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion talks about the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace for both staff and patients. Joan, Associate Director, NHS Confederation tells us how a values based leadership is key to developing a more diverse workforce, and Michelle, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of South Australia draws on her programme of research on wellbeing at work to explain the importance of inclusive leadership in creating inclusive workplaces.

Read the overview here