A hub for healthy communities

23.06.17: Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how pharmacists can play a wider role in supporting the objectives of the new Health Creation Manifesto. ...

Do something different

23.06.17: Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance of doing things differently. We know that effective, values-driven management, with a strong cul...

The now and the future of infection prediction

23.06.17: Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the University of Leeds, explains why the future of infection prevention is in smart buildings and real-time cont...

Prime for transformation?

20.06.17: The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overcome barriers to the integration of health and social care and improve standards of delivery, writes...

The meanings of value

20.06.17: Professor Sir Muir Gray, director of Better Value Healthcare, considers the meaning of value in NHS commissioning for both the system and patients. Hermeneutics is the name given to the academic study of documents with a view to understandi...

A starting point to long-term sustainability

16.06.17: Lord Patel, chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS (until the dissolution of Parliament), discusses the action that must be taken to develop an NHS fit for the future. Barely a day goes by...

How technology can help cut the growing diabetes bill

16.06.17: Professor Mike Trenell, chief scientific officer at Changing Health and director of the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory, explains how technology can help cut the growing economic burden that diabetes poses on the he...

What really determines how quickly we access healthcare?

13.06.17: Suzanne Bates has almost 20 years’ operational experience in the NHS and now works for NHS Improvement. She considers whether focusing on the profession of administrative care might improve access to healthcare while optimising the use of...

Do we need to invest more in NHS administration?

13.06.17: Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), argues that there needs to be greater investment in NHS administration. All large organisations need a well-resourced administration to deliver a good...

Piecemeal workforce policymaking is failing the NHS

13.06.17: Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, explains why the NHS will not be able to fulfil its efficiency goals without a serious examination of its approach to pay and the way it plans and uses its nursing...

STPs present novel case for change, but pace and scale are challenging

09.06.17: Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), argues that if sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are to be successful then clinical input must be at their core. The need for wide-scale system change in...

Putting parity of esteem at the heart of GM plans

09.06.17: Jon Rouse, chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, explains how the city region aims to tackle parity of esteem between physical and mental. In January, we published our Population Health Plan for Great...

The importance of designing out IPC risks

09.06.17: Lee Peddle, national chairman of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals and facilities manager – Soft FM at Central and North West London NHS FT, explains why estates changes must also factor in cleanliness and its associated...

A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11.04.17: Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost tariff-excluded devices (HCTED) in specialised services. Each year, the NHS makes a considerabl...

Filling the void and standardising security

07.04.17: Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS FT, discusses the need for greater education and standardisation around...

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NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, as well as health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s first major public appearance since he was reappoi... more >
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Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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Introducing intelligent care navigation

19/06/2017Introducing intelligent care navigation

Established in 2006, iPLATO’s solutions... more >
Third-party maintenance providers: An unfulfilled potential for patients and paymasters

19/06/2017Third-party maintenance providers: An unfulfilled potential for patients and paymasters

The International Association of Medical Equi... more >