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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...

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...

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One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19/10/2018One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. ... more >
Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... more >
Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

18/10/2018Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

New plans for a “world-class” children’s hospital site and a second state-of-the-art adult hospital building have been revealed... 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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On your bike!

17/10/2018On your bike!

Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we are committed to becoming a greener organisation and reducing the environmental impact of delivering p... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... 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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