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Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after Virgin Care 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...

Integrated commissioning: Making a difference

08.08.18: Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and clinical lead for the Buckinghamshire integrated care system, makes the case for integrated commissioning.  There is a lot of talk at the moment about different type...

Landmark High Court ruling opens up future Corby walk-in centre to public

03.08.18: A CCG’s attempts to turn a local walk-in centre into an appointment-only provider has been overturned following a landmark decision by the High Court. Legal action was brought forward last month from campaigners against Corby CCG afte...

CQC review shows ‘urgent need for real change’ to outdated health and care system

04.07.18: Following comprehensive reviews of 20 local authority areas, the CQC has called for a new approach to the way the country runs health and care services. The ‘Breaking Barriers’ report followed people’s journeys through the...

‘Exemplar sites’ to help phase out 17 ineffective NHS interventions in major savings bid

04.07.18: A small number of ‘exemplar geographies’ will be handpicked by NHS England in the next few weeks to test a new approach to more effective practice by helping phase out 17 interventions where there is clinical consensus and evidence t...

Thinking place: integrated commissioning

04.07.18: Julie Das-Thompson, head of policy and delivery at NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), talks us through the key ingredients for place-based integrated commissioning and its implications for working at scale. Following the prime minister&rsq...

Failure to make use of executive commissioning nurses is a missed opportunity

28.06.18: Lorna Collingwood-Burke, chair of the Nurses’ Forum, NHS Clinical Commissioners and chief nursing officer for Northern, Eastern and Western Devon and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups, discusses making use of executive c...

Councillors fear identity crisis following CCG merger

22.06.18: Members of one of Kent’s leading councils have voiced their concerns against the potential of an upcoming merger between CCGs in the area. Cllr Wendy Purdy (Con) and Cllr Teresa Murray (Lab) argued on Tuesday evening that Medway Count...

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...

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

17/08/2018Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after Virgin Care legal battle

Lancashire County Council has agreed to pay £200,000 in legal costs to two NHS Trusts after their decision to hand a £104million cont... more >
Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

17/08/2018Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

Walsall Manor Hospital’s maternity services have been given an improved rating from the health inspectorate following assessments made in J... more >
Major hospital stalled by Carillion collapse will go ahead under government funding deal

16/08/2018Major hospital stalled by Carillion collapse will go ahead under government funding deal

The construction of a major Midlands hospital that had its future cast into doubt following the collapse of infrastructure giant Carillion has be... 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 NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... more >

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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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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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