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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...

CCGs hungry to move towards collaborative care models in 2017-18

27.09.17: The majority of CCGs in England are embracing change and intend to contract for a new care model this year, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today stated. Research undertaken by the organisation also sets out the long-term vision for...

Patients raise concern at Dorset CCG service reshuffle

21.09.17: A reorganisation of hospitals services in Dorset has this week been agreed that will see beds cut and an A&E closed, leading to considerable patient outrage. Dorset CCG unveiled its recommendations for the area last week, which are targ...

STP progress ‘threatened by poor track record’ of private partner

04.09.17: Patient representatives and the BMA have voiced concerns over what they believe are “short-term commissioning decisions” after the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) decided...

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...

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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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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

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Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

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Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

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James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >

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Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

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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 >

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