Breaking down silos at the Commissioning Show

21.07.17: NHE’s Luana Salles and Josh Mines report from this year’s Commissioning Show, co-located with Health+Care, which served to highlight that isolated working is now a thing of the past. Clinical commissioning, like the rest of the...

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...

CCG budgets tightening under rapidly increasing pressures, NHSCC warns

13.06.17: Rising inflation along with a growing population is leading to the value of the ‘CCG pound’ decreasing, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today stated. The organisation has launched an infographic that explains how even tho...

Making place-based commissioning a reality with digital

09.06.17: During e-Health Week a panel of experts discussed the benefits of place-based commissioning. NHE's David Stevenson reports. Back in 2015, The King’s Fund published its ‘Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in E...

Excellence in diabetes care commissioning

06.06.17: Julie Wood, chief executive at NHS Clinical Commissioners, considers how national bodies can support CCGs to take further action to improve diabetes care and reduce costs. Since 1996 the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has m...

Half of CCGs forced to delay or cancel spending to keep finances afloat

01.06.17: Half of the CCGs in England are planning to delay or cancel spending in order to reach their financial targets, health experts have today revealed. In a survey conducted by think tank the King’s Fund, CCG and Trust leads were asked ab...

NHS England refines rules to crackdown on CCG conflicts of interest

31.05.17: NHS England has clarified rules on how CCGs manage conflicts of interest and confirmed new rules for accepting hospitality and gifts that will come in to force tomorrow. In February, board papers revealed that from 1 June, there would be a...

Only one in 10 CCGs take social value into account when commissioning

26.05.17: Only 13% of CCGs in England are actively committed to pursuing social value when making procurement and commissioning decisions, new research has found. Under the Social Value Act 2012, commissioners are required to consider broader social...

CCGs and STPs encouraged to collaborate with AHSNs to improve outcomes

25.05.17: A new report has been launched by NHSCC today to demonstrate how collaboration between CCGs and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) can improve outcomes for local patients. The research, called ‘Supporting strategic commissioning...

‘Inadequate’ CCG reports enormous deficit of £60m

05.04.17: A struggling CCG in England has revealed that it is in significant financial trouble, with board papers released yesterday showing its deficit stands at £61m. Kernow CCG in Cornwall was last year rated ‘inadequate’ and has...

NHS England approves boundary changes to create new CCG

06.03.17: New boundaries have been approved by NHS England to change the organisational make-up of NHS Lancashire North CCG and NHS Cumbria CCG that will lead to a new Morecambe Bay CCG and a newly configured NHS North Cumbria CCG. Morecambe Bay will...

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...

Single commissioning framework can ‘level the playing field’ for strained ambulances

27.01.17: NHS ambulance trusts should be not tied together by a single national standard operating framework, but instead by a standard commissioning framework that reflects the range of services they provide, the head of the Association of Ambulance Chie...

NAO: Ambulance sustainability unlikely until CCGs see its importance

26.01.17: Ambulance services are struggling to cope with rising demand for urgent and emergency services, the National Audit Office (NAO) has stated. The NAO found that demand for ambulances is growing rapidly due to increasing numbers of elderly pat...

Struggling CCG to be run by leader of outstanding neighbour

11.01.17: North Tyneside CCG, which is in financial special measures, is to enter joint management arrangements with its neighbour, Newcastle Gateshead. North Tyneside was one of 26 CCGs to have financial special measures imposed in July after being...

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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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Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

27/07/2017Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

Merron Simpson, chief executive New NHS Alliance, argues we’re missing the point of what ‘partnership working’ truly means if we refuse to recruit help from those outside the health service. Jeremy Hunt and Simon Steven’s recent announcement to ‘turbo-boost’ sustainability and transformation p... more >
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Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

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Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get ... more >
A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

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Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
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Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of ... more >
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Louise Watson, NHS England director of the New Care Models programme, discusses the emerging success stories from the vanguard areas across the c... more >


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When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >
A new approach to talent management

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Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >
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At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
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On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... more >

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