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CQC review shows ‘urgent need for real change’ to outdated health and care system

04.07.18: Following comprehensive reviews of 20 local authority areas, the CQC has called for a new approach to the way the country runs health and care services. The ‘Breaking Barriers’ report followed people’s journeys through the...

‘Exemplar sites’ to help phase out 17 ineffective NHS interventions in major savings bid

04.07.18: A small number of ‘exemplar geographies’ will be handpicked by NHS England in the next few weeks to test a new approach to more effective practice by helping phase out 17 interventions where there is clinical consensus and evidence t...

Thinking place: integrated commissioning

04.07.18: Julie Das-Thompson, head of policy and delivery at NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), talks us through the key ingredients for place-based integrated commissioning and its implications for working at scale. Following the prime minister&rsq...

Failure to make use of executive commissioning nurses is a missed opportunity

28.06.18: Lorna Collingwood-Burke, chair of the Nurses’ Forum, NHS Clinical Commissioners and chief nursing officer for Northern, Eastern and Western Devon and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups, discusses making use of executive c...

Councillors fear identity crisis following CCG merger

22.06.18: Members of one of Kent’s leading councils have voiced their concerns against the potential of an upcoming merger between CCGs in the area. Cllr Wendy Purdy (Con) and Cllr Teresa Murray (Lab) argued on Tuesday evening that Medway Count...

RCGP guidance advises patients and GPs on online consultation services

09.04.18: The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has published a list of questions which patients, doctors and commissioners should consider before using or utilising online GP services. The questions for patients include: will they see me whatever my healt...

The challenges of creating the largest CCG in England

28.03.18: Paul Sherriff, director of organisational development and partnerships at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, discusses some of the challenges with creating the largest clinical commissioning group in England. Between May and September 2017, t...

Birmingham and Solihull officially appoints CEO to oversee triple CCG merger

13.02.18: The NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG has officially appointed the chief executive who will oversee a merger to make the organisation the biggest commissioning group in England. Paul Jennings has been in the role on an interim basis since Jul...

NHS enforces contingency plans to combat Carillion collapse

16.01.18: NHS Improvement has put contingency plans in place following the announcement that one of the UK’s biggest construction and service providers has gone into liquidation. Carillion announced that it would be declaring insolvency yesterd...

NHSCC hits back at drug company conflict of interest claim

05.01.18: NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) have disputed any claims of wrongdoing on behalf of CCGs which accept payments from pharmaceutical companies without fully disclosing the information to the public. An investigation run by the British Medi...

CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14.12.17: CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a new briefing from NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC). ‘Making strategic commissioning work...

Commissioners call on DH to ‘blacklist’ ineffective treatments

06.12.17: NHS England has launched guidance detailing 18 items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. However, following the announcement NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has also called for seven treatments to be ‘blacklis...

A balancing act: commissioning in the new world of accountable care

29.11.17: Ruth Robertson, policy fellow at the King’s Fund, considers how CCG responsibilities and relationships will change and evolve as the NHS moves towards integrated structures of care. Adapting to change is part of business as usual for...

Support group secures £32m Norfolk and Waveney contract

23.10.17: NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands (GEM) CSU has been awarded the contract to provide support services for five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney. The £32m contract went out to tender and was decided by the NHS England Lead Provider F...

Concern raised as CCG cuts transport for non-emergency patients

02.10.17: Experts have today criticised a CCG for a change to its patient transport arrangements which will force some people needing regular treatment to make their own way into hospital. NHS Kernow CCG has decided that from the end of October, non...

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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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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have for patients. Imagine a future where people can easily choose from a range of secure, usable, online tools to access their care records. They can add information to these tools and share it wit... more >
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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have... more >
NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

18/07/2018NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

Common-sense changes – such as Vital Signs, an improvement practice for the NHS – have the potential to drive improvements across the... more >
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Matthew Macnair-Smith, membership and policy manager at NHS Confederation, takes a look back at the last 70 years of the NHS and argues that it&r... more >
Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

18/07/2018Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, was the independent chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce that produced the Five Year Forward View for M... more >

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

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Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

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NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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