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Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15.05.19: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the CQC finding evidence of improvements and upgrading the trust’s Inadequate rating. The majo... more >

London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

15.05.19: A London trust and CCG have published new plans to increase the level of joint working between Croydon’s NHS services by appointing a new single joint leader. Croydon Health Services Trust and Croydon CCG have announced their ambition... more >

NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15.05.19: Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212m last year due to wrongly claimed exemptions, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The n... more >

‘Thriving’ UK medicines discovery sector being driven by brand new technologies

13.05.19: New state-of-the-art technologies are keeping the UK competitive in a “thriving” service and supply sector in medicines discovery, a 2019 State of the Discovery Nation report has revealed. The research from the Medicines Discove... more >

‘Pink drink’ cancer treatment that helps surgeons spot brain tumours rolled out across NHS

13.05.19: A new innovative brain cancer treatment aid that allows surgeons to identify areas of the brain affected by cancer has been rolled out across the NHS and could save up to 2,000 patients a year. Known as the ‘pink drink’, 5-ALA u... more >

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c... more >

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust fined over ‘potentially lethal’ asbestos exposure at its hospital

10.05.19: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has been fined £34,000 after refurbishment work undertaken in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital exposed its employees and contractors to asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said... more >

Special measures care centre jumps to ‘Good’ CQC rating

10.05.19: An urgent care centre in east London has jumped two CQC ratings and risen from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ after major action was taken to “turn the service around.” King George’s Emergency Urgent Care C... more >

NHS to offer landmark multiple sclerosis drug after negotiating manufacturer’s price down

09.05.19: NHS England has reached a deal with a drug manufacturer to provide patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with a “landmark” drug after NHS bosses pressured the company to lower its price. Ocrelizumab will be the first available m... more >

System working in an uncertain world

09.05.19: What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care systems (ICSs) are not clearly defined, referring to STPs (sustainabilit... more >

GP numbers in sustained fall for first time in 50 years

08.05.19: The number of GPs relative to the population size has fallen in a sustained way for the first time since the 1960s, research has revealed. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust, carried out for the BBC, has revealed that the number of GPs per 100... more >

Inspectors say significant delays to treatment and patients in corridors ‘cannot continue’ at Blackpool hospital

08.05.19: Significant delays and severe pressures at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s emergency department has forced CQC inspectors to state that the practice “simply cannot continue” at its current level. In an unrated inspection of... more >

NHS set to launch global recruitment strategy to bring in thousands of foreign nurses

07.05.19: The NHS is set to begin a global recruitment drive to recruit tens of thousands of foreign nurses over the next five years in a bid to fill a void of 40,000 skilled workers. According to the staffing strategy, seen by The Times, NHS Improve... more >

Ends of AIDs in sight as HIV-suppressing drugs succeed in making the virus ‘untransmittable’

03.05.19: HIV-suppressing drugs can now make the AIDS virus “untransmittable” even to sexual partners, and could lead to an end to the entire epidemic, a landmark study has found. In a study of nearly 1,000 gay male couples across Europe... more >

NHSE strikes largest ever deal to ‘completely eliminate’ hepatitis C

03.05.19: NHS England has reached a “first-of-its-kind” deal with three major drug companies that could completely eradicate hepatitis C, weathering a lengthy negotiation process and a legal battle on the way. The procurement deal, said t... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

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System working in an uncertain world

09/05/2019System working in an uncertain world

What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care sy... 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 >