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Struggling Cornwall trust appoints permanent chief executive to lead it out of special measures

18.01.19: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has announced that Kate Shields, the current interim chief executive, has been appointed to lead the trust out of special measures. Shields joined the struggling Cornwall trust to support the execut... more >

Bradford hospitals trust fined by CQC after breaching its duty of candour

18.01.19: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT (BTH) has been fined by the CQC after failing to apologise to a family in time after a safety incident, breaking its duty of candour. The health inspectorate issued a fixed penalty notice to the trust beca... more >

Substantial deficits across NHS ‘do not paint a picture of sustainability’ and threaten long-term plan, warns spending watchdog

18.01.19: The NHS is not financially sustainable and substantial deficits at NHS bodies, year-on-year increases in waiting lists and waiting times, and staffing shortages are threatening the government’s £20bn long-term plan, the National Audi... more >

Trust to pay out £5m in damages to boy starved of oxygen and left disabled at birth

17.01.19: A six-year-old boy who suffered life-changing injuries during birth is set to be awarded nearly £5m in damages from an NHS trust. The child from County Londonderry, who cannot be identified, developed severe cerebral palsy after he wa... more >

Patient groups in appraisals of NHS drugs receiving undeclared funds from manufacturers, review finds

17.01.19: Two-thirds of patient groups involved in the appraisal of drugs and treatments for use in the NHS received money from the manufacturer or a competitor that they had not declared, according to new research. The team behind the review is call... more >

NHS must tackle ‘systemic racism’ as report shows staff discrimination on the rise

17.01.19: The NHS has been urged to tackle its “systemic racism” as new figures reveal that black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds remain “grossly underrepresented” and discrimination is on the rise. The number of BME sta... more >

NHS failing in mental health provision for young people and children, says PAC

16.01.19: The NHS is currently failing young people with mental health problems, with only three in 10 receiving the NHS-funded treatment they needed last year, according to MPs. A report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has slammed “un... more >

Private giant Spire cuts expected earnings again amid NHS funding squeeze

16.01.19: Private hospital group Spire has cut its expected core earnings forecast for the second time in a year, driven by increasing waiting times and funding pressures across the NHS and prompting many investors to sell their shares in the FTSE-listed... more >

Girl left with severe spinal injuries at birth awarded £5.85m in NHS compensation

16.01.19: A girl left disabled after she suffered severe spinal cord damage during her birth has been awarded £5.85m in compensation from the NHS. The child, now eight, cannot be named for legal reasons and will need “significant” l... more >

Risk of further deaths at mental health service warns coroner in wake of 22-year-old death

15.01.19: A coroner’s report into the death of a 22-year-old has slammed a mental health service for children and young adults and warned that there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken. Assistant coroner for Birmingha... more >

University College London Hospitals trust appoints Baroness Neuberger as new chair

15.01.19: Baroness Julia Neuberger has been announced as the new chair of University College London Hospitals FT (UCLH). Neuberger will become chair of UCLH at a time when it faces budgetary constraints and is currently implementing an electronic hea... more >

Construction to begin on £98m Heatherwood Hospital to replace 100-year-old existing facility

15.01.19: Building work on a new £98m Heatherwood Hospital is to get underway after Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust gave the construction the green light. The new hospital in Ascot will replace the current ageing Heatherwood Hospital, which... more >

Former MP appointed to Lords role as health innovation minister

14.01.19: Former MP Nicola Blackwood has been appointed as a Lords Minister for Innovation in the DHSC, health secretary Matt Hancock announced last week. Blackwood, who previously served as a Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon from 2010-20... more >

NHS England reveals funding allocations for CCGs with focus on deprived areas

14.01.19: NHS England has submitted its funding allocations for CCGs in 2019-20 and aims to help improve some of the most deprived areas, with some CCGs seeing a cash increase of up to 15% next year. The draft funding allocations, subject to approval... more >

NHS England’s chief digital officer to leave service for video GP company

14.01.19: NHS England’s chief digital officer, Juliet Bauer, is set to leave the service to take up a role at a digital video GP provider in April. Just days after the NHS Long-Term Plan, which promised to provide digital GP consultations for e... more >

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The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) asked its members what working in ri... more >
The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

19/12/2018The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

The development of the NHS long-term plan offers a reset moment: a chance t... more >


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 s... more >
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Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

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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 >