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Brexit could see rare disease patients pushed ‘to the back of the queue’ for care

28.02.17: Patients suffering from rare diseases could find themselves pushed to the “back of the queue” for treatment if the UK is removed from important European medical networks that combat these illnesses because of Brexit, the NHS European...

‘Risk-averse’ 111 service sending more callers to struggling A&E and ambulances

22.02.17: NHS 111 is sending growing numbers of callers to A&E or ambulances because the service can be too risk-averse to deal with illnesses, which health leaders believe can be contributing to the mounting strain on emergency services nationwide. ...

Very real risks to resilience

16.02.17: Analysis has revealed that some areas of care are being sustained or even improved despite intense pressures, but Robert Reed, research analyst at the Nuffield Trust, explains that the NHS in England is facing serious challenges in maintaining s...

Innovative Primary Care Home model to be expanded to over 100 sites

14.02.17: An innovative primary care model designed to improve care by giving patients a “single integrated and multidisciplinary team” is set to be expanded to over 100 sites next year, NHE has been told. Speaking at the Primary Care Con...

STPs using ‘RightCare approach’ to tackle bed shortages

13.02.17: The NHS ‘RightCare approach’ is being implemented at a local level as the programme moves to work with STPs and CCGs in order to identify system priorities and deliver whole-population change, particularly by cracking down on “...

Improving the flow

13.02.17: Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emergency department after taking part in the Flow Cost Quality programme. Back in December, the Heal...

Building better participation: patients as partners in healthcare

13.02.17: Since April 2016, it is a contractual obligation for all GP practices in England to have a patient participation group (PPG). Dr Patricia Wilkie, president and chairman of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), discusses...

Learning lessons from the UnitingCare partnership collapse

13.02.17: Jenny George, director of health value for money studies at the National Audit Office (NAO), considers the lessons to be learned from the collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership. In July 2016, the NAO published a report on the collapse of a...

Providers demand formal winter pressures review by April

30.01.17: NHS Providers has called for NHS Improvement and NHS England to lead an urgent review into how hospitals account for winter pressures following the health service’s struggles this winter. New data from NHS England highlighted the scal...

Millions of asthma sufferers still ‘missing out on basic care’

04.01.17: Care for millions of asthma sufferers is still failing to meet basic standards, Asthma UK warned today as it published its annual survey. The charity noted that there had been an increase in the number of people receiving the three elements...

UK cancer death rates forecast to fall by 15% by 2035

21.12.16: Death rates from cancer in the UK will fall by 15% by 2013 thanks to research advances, the cancer charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has predicted. Scientific breakthroughs will lead to the prevention of 403,000 deaths that would have happe...

Improving quality, safety and efficiency in IBD care

13.12.16: The national inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) audit is changing, and the IBD Registry is now the vehicle for the biologics audit and quality improvement programme. Dr Fraser Cummings, clinical lead, and Stuart Bloom, chair of the organisation, e...

Lack of carer support is piling the pressure on NHS emergency care

02.12.16: Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, explains why a lack of community services support is leading carers to reluctantly take their loved ones more and more to A&E departments. With an ageing population, the demands on o...

Improving access to cancer drugs

02.12.16: Nina Pinwill, the newly appointed national Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) operational lead at NHS England, reflects on her first couple of months in the role and explains what the new changes mean for the system and patients. The National Institut...

RCGP: New approach needed to tackle ‘fragmented’ multimorbidity care

07.11.16: GP practices are not currently set up to deal with patients living with multiple long-term condition, a new report from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said. The RCGP estimated that by 2025, the number of people living wit...

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Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

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Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

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While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >
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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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