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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14.12.17: NHS England’s latest figures show that although the health service is responding well to growing pressure, it is close to “full stretch”, according to NHS Providers. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers said that al... more >

Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14.12.17: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position as improvement director at NHS Improvement, where he has worked for the last 18 months. Previou... more >

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... more >

NHS race equality improving, but ‘hard work still ahead’

14.12.17: Race equality in the NHS workforce has improved over the past year, but officials agree that there is still a lot more to be done. NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) shows that the number of senior staff within the... more >

Workforce strategy: DH has ‘turned on all the taps’, but can still do more

13.12.17: Health Education England (HEE) has released a draft of its 10-year workforce strategy which is looking to create a long-term staffing plan for the first time in almost 25 years. The strategy describes the current state of the NHS... more >

London trust fined after worker is killed by liquid nitrogen

13.12.17: The death of a worker who was asphyxiated by liquid nitrogen in London in 2011 could have been prevented, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS FT and Imperial College London have been hit with fi... more >

Access to treatments could reduce post-Brexit

13.12.17: UK patients are at risk of missing out on new treatments after Brexit if a deal is not struck, experts have warned. Speaking at a Health Committee inquiry yesterday, Dr Jane Spink, chief executive of Genetic Alliance UK, cautioned that if t... more >

Lincolnshire hospital considers reopening night services despite review recommendation

13.12.17: Grantham and District Hospital bosses will meet to discuss ending restrictions on overnight opening hours despite a review suggesting they remain closed. Board members at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) put forward plans to r... more >

Strategic investment planning

13.12.17: Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate financial pressures. Having access to the right medical equipment at the right time is widely recogn... more >

A fight worth fighting

13.12.17: Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe mental illness and argues we must do more to spread awareness of treatment. We have come a long w... more >

Developing a wellness workforce

13.12.17: The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive of the New NHS Alliance. The health workforce is under extreme pressure, the causes of which are... more >

The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13.12.17: Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioritising safe staffing numbers in the UK is both compelling and urgent. When I speak to RCN members... more >

Stephen Hawking joins legal battle against ACOs

12.12.17: Professor Stephen Hawking has joined a legal battle against government changes to the NHS. The renowned physicist has joined the group, JR4NHS, to take legal action in an attempt to gain “proper public consultation and parliamentary s... more >

Scotland will see ‘record high’ £22.4m NHS winter funding

12.12.17: NHS boards across Scotland are to receive an injection of £8.4m for resilience ahead of the busy festive period, the Scottish government has announced today. The funding supports the implementation of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s report on p... more >

GPs cannot be open every night and every weekend, warns RCGP

12.12.17: London is to become the first area to offer patients improved access to GP services, NHS England has announced this week. The scheme, included in NHS England’s GP Forward View, will enable over nine million Londoners to access out of hour... more >

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Strategic investment planning

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A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

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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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >