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NHS wins landmark drug ruling which could save millions of pounds

21.09.18: The NHS has won a landmark legal battle which could save the health service “hundreds of millions a year” after defeating two international pharmaceutical companies. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescr... more >

Partnership forged between pharma body and academic health network in new five-year deal

21.09.18: A new five-year partnership aimed at accelerating the introduction and uptake of transformative biomedical innovations in the NHS has been agreed today between two key bodies in the pharma sector. The Association of the British Pharmaceutic... more >

Trust chief executive resigns amidst infanticide investigation

21.09.18: The chief executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital FT (COCH) has resigned amid an ongoing police investigation into eight baby deaths in its neonatal unit. Tony Chambers has decided to step down from his role at the acute hospital afte... more >

New £1.4m cash pot for digital projects at 18 councils looking to modernise social care

21.09.18: New adult social care funding for 18 councils across the UK has been awarded by NHS Digital, with the local authorities splitting the £1.4m cash pot to develop digital projects in support of social care. NHS Digital has revealed three... more >

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d... more >

Sir Robert Francis chosen as new Healthwatch chair

20.09.18: Healthwatch England has appointed Sir Robert Francis QC as its new a chair, taking over from current chair Jane Mordue after her three-year tenure. Sir Robert is most well-known for leading a major inquiry into concerns of poor care and hig... more >

Integrated care systems ‘need dedicated funding and law changes to succeed’

20.09.18: National health leaders need to invest time into developing appropriate legislation, reforming regulation, redesigning financial architectures and earmarking funding in order to truly support the advancement of integrated care systems (ICSs), th... more >

Integrated care systems held back by ‘conflicting messages’ from national bodies

20.09.18: While there have been encouraging signs of progress, integrated care systems (ICSs) are nevertheless being held back by their regulatory relationship with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI), as well as by sluggish regional teams who have bee... more >

Solicitor who overcharged NHS millions with ‘obscene’ clinical negligence bills fined £30k

19.09.18: A solicitor who overcharged the NHS millions of pounds for clinical negligence has been fined £30,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Andrew Good, who had been the joint owner (50% stake) of Hull law firm Rapid Response, was... more >

GMHSC laments ‘limited’ integrated organisation forms and floats new care trust vehicle

19.09.18: Beyond short-term funding arrangements and traditional organisational boundaries, there are other systemic barriers that hold back the pace of health and social care integration – including a limited option of integrated organisational for... more >

Private health giant Spire reveals 20% profit hit after NHS funding cutbacks

19.09.18: NHS funding squeezes have hit private firm Spire Healthcare as it forecasted a large decline in annual profits. Spire Healthcare has unveiled a 20.6% decline in pre-tax earnings in the six months to the end of June, and now forecasts full-y... more >

CQC urgently shuts care home over ‘risk of harm to patients’

19.09.18: Residents of Horncastle House were forced to leave after the CQC shut down the Sussex care home due to “ineffective” care and a “risk of harm” to patients. The health inspectorate said they had no choice but to take... more >

The Hospital Energy Project

19.09.18: The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace outdated systems at Oxford University NHS FT’s hospitals and reduce the provider’s reliance on the national grid. Claire Hennessy, its head of operational esta... more >

Social media's role in health

19.09.18: Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevention and control in particular, write Brett Mitchell, professor of nursing, and Hannah Rosebrock, research officer, both of Australia’s Avondale College. How ma... more >

Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

19.09.18: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, takes a look at Matt Hancock's priorities and agenda around workforce, technology and prevention. A tech transformation is coming, according to the new health secretary. Matt Hancock... more >

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The Hospital Energy Project

19/09/2018The Hospital Energy Project

The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace o... more >
Social media's role in health

19/09/2018Social media's role in health

Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevent... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. H... 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 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 >