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...

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...

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King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

The application process for a support programme to enable charity leaders to help one another through sharing expertise and developing skills has... more >
NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

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A new tranche of sites to redesign mental health services, with plans to cut out-of-area placements, has been revealed by NHS England. The 1... more >
Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

23/06/2017Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

Co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and CEO of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer has today welcomed guarantees from the government that EU citizens... more >

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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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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

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