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RCN backs potential law change to protect health staff from violent assault

27.02.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has backed a potential change to the law that is being debated in Parliament today to protect hospital workers from assault, arguing that it would act as a “powerful deterrent” to staff being target... more >

NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

27.02.17: The NHS is at the heart of an “emerging scandal” concerning the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical information including test results and treatment plans, the Patients Association has said. The numbe... more >

PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

27.02.17: A new report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set out a number of urgent recommendations for the NHS, including the need for the government to set out a “transparent and clear” transformation plan that will make the... more >

CQC reform ‘promising, but not enough’ to save failing social care

24.02.17: The Patients Association has stated that reports to change the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) role to regulate council management of social care are “promising, but not enough” to save a system in crisis. Accordin... more >

Bed crisis has created ‘mismatch’ between NHS supply and demand

24.02.17: A new report from the BMA has found that a drop in overnight hospital bed spaces has created a ‘mismatch’ for NHS trusts as supply is unable to cope with the enormous stresses being placed on hospitals in the UK, particularly with re... more >

RCOG: Maternal mental healthcare severely in need of improvement

23.02.17: Women suffering from mental health issues during and after pregnancy are being let down by the quality of care they receive from the NHS at present, a survey conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has revealed.... more >

Closure risk for special measures GP practice after fifth ‘inadequate’ CQC rating

23.02.17: A GP practice in east London has been warned to improve the quality of its care within three months or it could face closure, a CQC report released today has said. Following an inspection by CQC in November last year, the regulator once aga... more >

Almost half of EU workforce considering leaving UK, BMA reveals

23.02.17: Almost half of the NHS’s EU workforce is considering leaving the UK, whilst over 50% don’t think the government does enough for international doctors, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. A total of 42% of doctors surveyed s... more >

Leading the way in procurement partnerships

23.02.17: Mario Varela, managing director of NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), discusses the changing landscape of NHS procurement and the importance of clinical engagement. Since 2006, the LPP has saved its members more than £850m by w... more >

Transforming community care

23.02.17: Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office services including IM&T to local government and health organisations across Northamptonshire, Ca... more >

Despite special winter fund and rigorous planning, GM A&E still failing to cope

22.02.17: Despite investing an extra £5m in schemes to help local health and care systems to cope with winter pressures as part of its devolution arrangements, Greater Manchester (GM) fell substantially behind its A&E target over the colder mont... more >

Steep variance in CQC staff engagement means there is ‘still much to learn’

22.02.17: Every employee directorate in the CQC has reported a wide discrepancy between the top and lower performing teams, with the organisation’s hospital staff recording the most stark variance at a 40% difference, papers for a board meeting toda... more >

‘Risk-averse’ 111 service sending more callers to struggling A&E and ambulances

22.02.17: NHS 111 is sending growing numbers of callers to A&E or ambulances because the service can be too risk-averse to deal with illnesses, which health leaders believe can be contributing to the mounting strain on emergency services nationwide. ... more >

Patience required for STPs to bring about change, says NHS Confed boss

21.02.17: Patience with STPs is needed if they are going to be successful, the NHS Confederation chief has said in response to a major King’s Fund report on STPs that was released today. The report had analysed England’s 44 STPs and found... more >

King’s Fund: Politicians must back radical health changes for STPs to work

21.02.17: The King’s Fund has become the latest organisation to argue that although STPs offer the best hope of delivering NHS reform, the government must also be prepared to back radical changes to health services to ensure they can be success... more >

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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shar... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, ex... more >


Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers aro... more >
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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do’ attitude going indefinitely against a constant... read more >