Commissioning

The future of commissioning

05.12.18: Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, reacts to Matt Hancock’s recent comments regarding commissioning. “Commissioning is very, very important, and the split between commissioners and providers is important...

NHS England lifts legal directions on three CCGs after leadership shake-up

13.11.18: Three CCGs within the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (CSESCA) have had their legal directions related to their leadership lifted by NHS England after a major management shake-up. Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex, and E...

NHS England in legal battle with American firm over medicine procurement

07.11.18: An American pharmaceutical company has launched a legal challenge against NHS England over a procurement process seeking suppliers for ground-breaking hepatitis C treatment. The legal proceedings were launched by the American firm Abbvie in...

NHS trust struggling to find replacement to build post-Carillion Birmingham hospital

01.11.18: The NHS trust responsible for building the new Birmingham hospital has admitted it is struggling to find a replacement after Carillion’s collapse cast doubt over the £350m construction. The Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals...

Trust named as the preferred bidder for controversial £450m community services contract

30.10.18: West London NHS Trust has been announced as the preferred bidder to deliver its community services as part of a £450m contract for 10 years from 2019. Ealing CCG revealed the trust as the lead provider, pending approval by NHS England...

Public Health England launches efficiency tool to target cost-effective CVD prevention

25.10.18: Public Health England (PHE) have unveiled a new return on investment (RoI) tool to help local commissioners decide the best cost-effective approach to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the leading causes of death and disability in the...

Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health...

Hancock sceptical of overreliance on choice and competition: ‘The NHS isn’t a private market’

11.10.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has backed a systemwide rupture from the NHS’s decades-long history of purchaser/provider splits and has thrown his support behind an integrated commissioning framework which prioritises collab...

NHS trusts told to stop setting up controversial subsidiaries

25.09.18: NHS hospital trusts have been told to stop setting up private companies and transferring staff to them by NHS Improvement. The regulator has ordered trusts to “pause any current plans to create new subsidiaries or change existing subs...

New NHS Clinical Commissioners co-chair appointed

25.09.18: Barbara Rushton, the chair of South Eastern Hampshire CCG, has been appointed as NHS Clinical Commissioners’ (NHSCC’s) new co-chair. She will join Graham Jackson, who is the clinical lead at Buckinghamshire ICS, in the job on 1...

CCGs taken to High Court for ‘potentially disastrous’ and ‘flawed’ service transfer plans

22.08.18: Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to pursue a legal challenge against plans to transfer services between CCGs in the South Tyneside area. Lawyers representing campaigners opposed to the plans had previously written to NHS South Tynes...

Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after trust legal battle

17.08.18: Lancashire County Council has agreed to pay £200,000 in legal costs to two NHS Trusts after their decision to hand a £104million contract in healthcare provision to Virgin Care was blocked by the High Court. The payment comes in...

Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15.08.18: CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which ended on Tuesday, Derbyshire’s four CCGs will meet on Friday to discuss whether they should mer...

Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

15.08.18: Plans to create a single accountable officer (AO) for three major Leicestershire CCGs have been cast into doubt, as concerns were raised about a “loss of autonomy” and lack of governance for the bodies. East Leicestershire and R...

Homeopathy no longer available in NHS in England as last CCG ends funding

08.08.18: Publicly-funded homeopathy will end in England as the last CCG in the country has announced it will be terminating NHS funding of the service. Health bosses at Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) CCG approved changes...

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Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

12/12/2018Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

Two NHS trusts spent more than a third of the year under extreme pressure and on the highest level of alert. An investigation by the BBC fou... more >
Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

12/12/2018Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

The financially troubled West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Christen Allen as its newest chief executive – marking its fi... more >
Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

12/12/2018Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

One in four NHS trusts in England and Wales are spending no money on specialist cyber security or training and trusts are consistently failing to... more >

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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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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12/12/2018The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds of hours to staff so they can spend more time helping patients. The trust, which includes Colche... more >
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Creating a volunteer 'passport'

12/12/2018Creating a volunteer 'passport'

By utilising the health service’s volunteers, we can deliver better care for everyone, argues Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical project lead at Hel... more >
Right people, right place, right now

12/12/2018Right people, right place, right now

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, raises concerns around the mental health workforce and shares some best practice from ... more >
Breaking down barriers to integration

12/12/2018Breaking down barriers to integration

Anne Marie Morris, member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and MP for Newton Abbott, outlines the committee’s recent report on the ba... more >
An attack on them is an attack on us all

12/12/2018An attack on them is an attack on us all

Chris Bryant MP discusses the new law he championed that came into effect in September, which doubles jail time for anyone who assaults emergency... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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 >

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