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Councillors fear identity crisis following CCG merger

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

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...

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Councillors fear identity crisis following CCG merger

22/06/2018Councillors fear identity crisis following CCG merger

Members of one of Kent’s leading councils have voiced their concerns against an upcoming merger between CCGs in the area. Cllr Wendy P... more >
Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

22/06/2018Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

NHS England’s chief financial officer will leave the post after 11 years. Paul Baumann CBE, who joined NHS London in 2007, and took up... more >
Most urgent primary care services ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

22/06/2018Most urgent primary care services ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

Over eight in 10 primary care services are providing good care, despite mounting work force and commissioning pressures, the CQC has said. A... 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 impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

06/06/2018The impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director Health and Social Care at NICE, looks into what can be done to decrease cardiovascular disease nationally and how to prevent missed opportunities in the future. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for just over a quarter of deaths and affects around 7 million people in the UK. ... more >
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Getting more out of our medicines

20/06/2018Getting more out of our medicines

Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve p... more >
Under attack

20/06/2018Under attack

One attack against an NHS worker is one too many. But unfortunately, the trend in recent years has been alarmingly upwards, with no part of the N... more >
Lessons from WannaCry

20/06/2018Lessons from WannaCry

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, warns that the UK Government must take seriously the threat of a more soph... more >
A hostile environment

20/06/2018A hostile environment

Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its... 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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