NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

19.12.18: Jin Sahota spent two years at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) establishing the future operating model for the new NHS Supply Chain. Now, as the organisation’s CEO, he talks about what’s changed. Over the next fiv...

Under the surface of the funding settlement

19.12.18: James Rimmer, chief finance officer and deputy CEO of NHS Southampton City CCG and co-chair of the NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Finance Forum, analyses the reality of the health funding settlement. In the Budget, the chancellor confir...

The future of commissioning

05.12.18: Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, reacts to Matt Hancock’s recent comments regarding commissioning. “Commissioning is very, very important, and the split between commissioners and providers is important...

NHS England lifts legal directions on three CCGs after leadership shake-up

13.11.18: Three CCGs within the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (CSESCA) have had their legal directions related to their leadership lifted by NHS England after a major management shake-up. Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex, and E...

NHS England in legal battle with American firm over medicine procurement

07.11.18: An American pharmaceutical company has launched a legal challenge against NHS England over a procurement process seeking suppliers for ground-breaking hepatitis C treatment. The legal proceedings were launched by the American firm Abbvie in...

NHS trust struggling to find replacement to build post-Carillion Birmingham hospital

01.11.18: The NHS trust responsible for building the new Birmingham hospital has admitted it is struggling to find a replacement after Carillion’s collapse cast doubt over the £350m construction. The Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals...

Trust named as the preferred bidder for controversial £450m community services contract

30.10.18: West London NHS Trust has been announced as the preferred bidder to deliver its community services as part of a £450m contract for 10 years from 2019. Ealing CCG revealed the trust as the lead provider, pending approval by NHS England...

Public Health England launches efficiency tool to target cost-effective CVD prevention

25.10.18: Public Health England (PHE) have unveiled a new return on investment (RoI) tool to help local commissioners decide the best cost-effective approach to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the leading causes of death and disability in the...

Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health...

Hancock sceptical of overreliance on choice and competition: ‘The NHS isn’t a private market’

11.10.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has backed a systemwide rupture from the NHS’s decades-long history of purchaser/provider splits and has thrown his support behind an integrated commissioning framework which prioritises collab...

NHS trusts told to stop setting up controversial subsidiaries

25.09.18: NHS hospital trusts have been told to stop setting up private companies and transferring staff to them by NHS Improvement. The regulator has ordered trusts to “pause any current plans to create new subsidiaries or change existing subs...

New NHS Clinical Commissioners co-chair appointed

25.09.18: Barbara Rushton, the chair of South Eastern Hampshire CCG, has been appointed as NHS Clinical Commissioners’ (NHSCC’s) new co-chair. She will join Graham Jackson, who is the clinical lead at Buckinghamshire ICS, in the job on 1...

CCGs taken to High Court for ‘potentially disastrous’ and ‘flawed’ service transfer plans

22.08.18: Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to pursue a legal challenge against plans to transfer services between CCGs in the South Tyneside area. Lawyers representing campaigners opposed to the plans had previously written to NHS South Tynes...

Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after trust legal battle

17.08.18: Lancashire County Council has agreed to pay £200,000 in legal costs to two NHS Trusts after their decision to hand a £104million contract in healthcare provision to Virgin Care was blocked by the High Court. The payment comes in...

Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15.08.18: CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which ended on Tuesday, Derbyshire’s four CCGs will meet on Friday to discuss whether they should mer...

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As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation ... more >
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With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it... more >
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Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
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Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >


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