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NHS reacts to State of Care: ‘We’re almost running on empty and well beyond tipping point’

11.10.18: The CQC has today released its annual State of Care report, which has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care – but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very m...

CQC: ‘Postcode lottery’ makes way for ‘integration lottery’ as NHS walks towards ‘unjust’ future

11.10.18: This year’s CQC State of Care report has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care, but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very much dependent on where you liv...

Hancock: Ineffective NHS ‘fetish’ with project pilots must be replaced with ‘agile iteration’

10.10.18: We have to fight against the NHS’s “fetish about piloting everything” and instead implement a system of “agile iteration” where projects are tested, learned from, and expanded organically over time, the health and s...

GMHSC laments ‘limited’ integrated organisation forms and floats new care trust vehicle

19.09.18: Beyond short-term funding arrangements and traditional organisational boundaries, there are other systemic barriers that hold back the pace of health and social care integration – including a limited option of integrated organisational for...

Hancock confirms NHS will not need to stockpile vital medicines for ‘no-deal Brexit’

23.08.18: NHS organisations will not need to spend extra cash stockpiling on medicines in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no deal in place, the health and social care secretary has said. In a letter released today, Matt Hancock said local sto...

Medication without harm

15.08.18: The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, but it must not detract from the ongoing work of healthcare professionals, writes consultant pharmaci...

Stepping up the fight against AMR

15.08.18: Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the challenges that lie ahead. The global risk of AMR is clear. It...

We need to take personal health budgets seriously

08.08.18: Don Redding, director of policy at National Voices, and its communications & engagement officer Laura Bell, look at the voluntary sector’s role in helping to deliver personal health budgets (PHBs). “As hard as it is to watch...

Proposed drugs legislation changes could threaten Stevens’ £300m savings drive

07.08.18: The government’s proposed changes to medicines legislation could threaten Simon Stevens’ objective of saving £300m over the next three years and keep manufacturers from launching products, pharma bosses have said. In respo...

NHS England reveals its agenda ahead of July board meeting

02.07.18: NHS England has released the topics of discussion for their 4 July public board meeting at Skipton House in London. The board will focus on reducing ineffective and wasteful clinical procedures, primary care reform, GP services, the NH...

Two-thirds of STPs report drop in bed numbers – with some losing 20% of capacity

27.06.18: The number of beds available across the NHS has reduced by an average of 140 per sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprint since 2014-15, representing a fall of over 6,000 nationally. Eye-watering figures published...

NHS will convert space technology into health solutions in £4m scheme

26.06.18: Up to four lucky applicants will have the unique chance to work alongside the UK Space Agency to turn technology originally designed for extraplanetary discovery – from exploration to satellite communications – into medical solutions...

NHSI boss wants ‘radical change of thinking’ about ageing population akin to MH approach

13.06.18: The chief executive of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has argued the industry needs to adopt a “radical change of thinking” in dealing with demand from an ageing population, similar to that of the approach to mental health. Speaking at...

The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29.05.18: Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) reflect on how lessons learnt by members from ac...

Lord Carter finds ‘critical variations’ in community and mental health review

24.05.18: Provision and efficiency of community health services need to be “significantly strengthened,” alongside a greater and stronger workforce to meet the needs growing demand for mental health, are amongst the findings in the latest revi...

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‘Standing at a crossroads’: Health chief warns future of NHS integration risks being monopolised

15/11/2018‘Standing at a crossroads’: Health chief warns future of NHS integration risks being monopolised

Addressing delegates as his organisation’s summit, the chief executive of NHS Partners Network David Hare has warned today that “it&r... more >
Capita must be stripped of ‘shambolic’ national contract after failing to send over 48,000 letters

15/11/2018Capita must be stripped of ‘shambolic’ national contract after failing to send over 48,000 letters

The BMA has written to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens expressing “extreme concern” over Capita after being made aware that... more >
Workforce shortages now a bigger threat to the NHS than funding

15/11/2018Workforce shortages now a bigger threat to the NHS than funding

The health service’s staffing challenges have become so stark that they now present a bigger threat to the future of the NHS than cuts to f... 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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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 >

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