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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...

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...

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Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

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Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

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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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Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

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As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “I just assumed your computers talked to each other” is a phrase not infrequently heard in my g... more >
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The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

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Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE readers an exclusive preview of what to expect at this year’s editio... more >
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Could literature improve the quality of life of those with mental health conditions? According to Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader,... more >
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NHE’s Seamus McDonnell on the plans put in place to protect trusts and other NHS organisations from potential future cyber-attacks. In... more >
Janet Davies: Our future workforce

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Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), says ministers must accelerate progress to make nursin... 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

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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

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 >

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