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A third of people with dementia diagnosis don’t get NHS follow-up support

13.02.18: Thousands of patients are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to following a dementia diagnosis, a charity has said. According to Age UK, over one in three people with the condition don’t have a care plan, despite the NHS...

Beyond scented candles and quick fixes

07.02.18: Joni Jabbal, researcher at The King’s Fund, asks why quality improvements and innovations are failing to be adopted by the NHS. There is now good evidence that embedding a quality improvement approach – where you systematically...

Opening up care for everybody

07.02.18: Healthwatch chair Jane Mordue talks about how services in Dudley have been made more accessible for patients with sensory impairments.  Going to hospital or to your GP for an appointment can be stressful at the best of times, so it&rsq...

STPs to assume ‘increasingly prominent role’ in 2018-19 service improvements

05.02.18: NHS England has reiterated its priorities for the next financial year, including continued investment in mental health and moving further towards better integrated models of care. In the Refreshing NHS Plans 2018-19 document, plans for the...

Winter pressures deepen as bed occupancy hits staggering 95%

21.12.17: The latest winter operation update published by NHS England has revealed that average bed occupancy rose to 95% last week. Bed occupancy was already exceeding safe levels, running close to 95% the previous week. Director of policy and strate...

CQC: Beyond traditional boundaries

29.11.17: Professor Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, discusses the mixed findings of this year’s major State of Care report. This year’s State of Care report presents an analysis of the quality of health and social care...

‘Unique’ new programme to help trusts move towards STP structures

25.09.17: A major programme of work has been launched this week by NHS Providers to put support and a strong advocate in place for trusts moving to accountable care structures. The programme of support has been created to help leaders of trusts, sust...

DH tables regulation changes to ease development of ACOs

13.09.17: New changes to regulations on the running of NHS standard contracts for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) have been tabled by the government this week. The changes will ensure that current rules continue to apply to the new contract, an...

NHS will ‘unleash full innovation potential’ with new drugs and test beds

12.09.17: Simon Stevens has urged the NHS to “unleash the full potential of innovation in treatment and commissioning” as part of a series of announcements that will see new biosimilar treatments introduced into the health service and drug pri...

STPs could either help or hinder the ‘promising’ primary care home service model

29.08.17: The nascent primary care home (PCH) model – designed to connect staff from general practice, community-based services, hospitals, mental health services, social care and voluntary organisations to deliver joined-up care for groups of betwe...

Bed occupancy rate drops in Q1, but DToC rate ‘does not bode well’ for winter

25.08.17: Pressure has eased on bed occupancy in Q1, but Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC) for patients who are fit to move to community care has remained “stubbornly high”. Figures released by NHS England for the quarter ending 30 June fo...

Three CCGs slapped with NHS England legal directions

18.08.17: Three CCGs have been slapped with NHS England legal directions requiring them to produce urgent improvement and financial plans, as well as hire turnaround directors and review their executive team and senior appointments. The commissioning...

Next steps on shift to accountable care organisations revealed

11.08.17: A handbook has been released to give practical guidance to support local areas looking to implement an accountable care organisation (ACO) model and a whole population budget (WPB) approach to paying for health and care services. Developed...

Labour issues fresh warning over declining access to GP services

07.08.17: Analysis of data on GP services by the Labour Party has revealed a growing crisis of accessibility, as millions of patients across the country have worse access to their doctor than they did five years ago. A major doctors’ group ha...

Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

04.08.17: Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, and Daniel Pope and Nigel Bruce from the...

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Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23/02/2018Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process fr... more >
DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

23/02/2018DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership wit... more >
Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23/02/2018Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in resp... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

09/02/2018Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

Cassandra Cameron, policy advisor at NHS Providers, says trusts must be given constructive support – without fear of failure – in order for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to succeed. The NHS GIRFT programme aims for better value in acute hospital and mental health care by using trusts’ clinical, operat... more >
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Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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