Commissioning

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...

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...

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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

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Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

14/11/2018Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

A GP practice in Camden has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the CQC. An inspection in August rated Dr Phillip M... more >
Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14/11/2018Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce critic... 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

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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... 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 >
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 >
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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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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