‘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...

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 &...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

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The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... 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 >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

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 >

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