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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...

New provider found for gender identity clinic

19.12.16: A new trust will take over the Charing Cross West London Gender Identity clinic from 1 April 2017, NHS England has revealed. West London Mental Health Trust announced in August that it would end its contract to operate the clinic, one of ju...

Joining up care in Sunderland

16.12.16: Paul Gibson, interim programme manager at Sunderland CCG, explains how a new care home tablet is helping transform the way that healthcare professionals are spotting early signs of illness. As NHE went to press, the successful roll-out of a...

CCGs assist local economies as well as health, report finds

14.12.16: A new NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) report has shown the extent to which CCGs have benefitted the social and economic wellbeing of their local populations as well as their health. The report, ‘Shaping healthy cities and economies...

Dudley CCG: MCP model success requires time, commitment and trust

09.12.16: Paul Maubach, chief executive officer at Dudley CCG, discusses the early success and challenges of the Dudley Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) vanguard, the benefits of GP-led teams to deliver better integrated care and how the use of sh...

NICE urges collaborative working to prevent loneliness in older people

05.12.16: Reducing older people’s loneliness can help prevent physical and mental health problems, health watchdog NICE has said in a new standard. NICE recommended that healthcare professionals, councils, housing organisations and charities sh...

Making difficult decisions to transform local NHS services

02.12.16: Dr Amanda Doyle, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), discusses the importance of stakeholder engagement and transparency if STPs are to deliver their aims and objectives. Prioritisation and proposed changes to local NHS services...

NHS England authorises controversial CCG plans to delay surgery for obese patients

29.11.16: Vale of York CCG’s controversial proposals to ask obese people and smokers to lose weight and cease smoking or face delays to routine surgical procedures have been approved by NHS England. Patients with a BMI of over 30 will be asked...

Minister defends Durham plan for private scrutiny of GP referrals

25.11.16: David Mowat, the community health and care minister, has defended a controversial decision by North Durham CCG to require a private company to assess GPs’ referrals of their patients to specialists, following fierce criticism from local MP...

Virgin Care wins contracts worth £65m in Lancashire

23.11.16: Virgin Care has been awarded another pair of NHS contracts after being announced as the new community and urgent care provider by West Lancashire CCG. The company will take over the five-year contracts for community health services, worth &...

Making difficult decisions to transform local NHS services

23.11.16: Dr Amanda Doyle, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), discusses the importance of stakeholder engagement and transparency if STPs are to deliver their aims and objectives. Prioritisation and proposed changes to local NHS services...

Seven cancer drugs to become available on NHS after NICE stamp

17.11.16: Patients with cancer will be able to access seven treatments directly on the NHS, instead of applying via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), after these gained approval from NICE. NICE has approved seven drugs in CDF group 1, with another four cu...

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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