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Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

20.03.19: Jon Baker, PHBChoices director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) believes that the extension of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) is a great opportunity for clinical commissioning groups (CCG) to expand and improve care provision – pr...

NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

19.12.18: Jin Sahota spent two years at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) establishing the future operating model for the new NHS Supply Chain. Now, as the organisation’s CEO, he talks about what’s changed. Over the next fiv...

Under the surface of the funding settlement

19.12.18: James Rimmer, chief finance officer and deputy CEO of NHS Southampton City CCG and co-chair of the NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Finance Forum, analyses the reality of the health funding settlement. In the Budget, the chancellor confir...

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...

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Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

17/04/2019Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

Private mental health group The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 for breaching health and safety laws following the death of... more >
Routine breech scans could lower mother and baby mortality rates and save NHS money, researchers say

17/04/2019Routine breech scans could lower mother and baby mortality rates and save NHS money, researchers say

Scanning mothers-to-be late in their pregnancy could prevent 15,000 unexpected breech births, 4,000 emergency C-sections, and the deaths of up to... more >
City council rejoins ICS after reforms agreed in privatisation and accountability row

17/04/2019City council rejoins ICS after reforms agreed in privatisation and accountability row

Nottingham City Council is to rejoin its local NHS integrated care system (ICS) after significant reforms were made to the way the system runs in... 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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Our Health Heroes

16/04/2019Our Health Heroes

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discusses the upcoming Our Health Heroes Awards. There are many metaphors to describe staff working in healthcare. Junior doctors have been described as the ‘backbone’ of the NHS, nurses ar... more >
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Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on environmental issues, argues that the NHS needs a national strategy for a... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), demonstrates how cultural change has im... more >
How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

10/04/2019How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us to the new nursing associate role, and how it’s set to complement the NHS L... more >
A smarter approach to tackling AMR

10/04/2019A smarter approach to tackling AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year globally. This could rise to 10 million by 2050 if we do nothing. B... 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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