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Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after Virgin Care legal battle

17.08.18: Lancashire County Council has agreed to pay £200,000 in legal costs to two NHS Trusts after their decision to hand a £104million contract in healthcare provision to Virgin Care was blocked by the High Court. The payment comes in... more >

Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

17.08.18: Walsall Manor Hospital’s maternity services have been given an improved rating from the health inspectorate following assessments made in June. The trust had previously been rated as inadequate due to concerns over staffing levels and... more >

Major hospital stalled by Carillion collapse will go ahead under government funding deal

16.08.18: The construction of a major Midlands hospital that had its future cast into doubt following the collapse of infrastructure giant Carillion has been given the go-ahead following further funding from the government and the local trust. The co... more >

Plymouth trust slapped with two warning notices after damning CQC review

16.08.18: The CQC has called for immediate improvements at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust as the healthcare inspectorate issued two warning notices to the provider, which runs Derriford Hospital. The trust, which remains rated at ‘requ... more >

Northumbria FT hospital forced to remain closed overnight due to severe staffing issues

16.08.18: A Northumbria Healthcare FT hospital suffering a workforce crisis has had to remain shut overnight for an “indeterminate period” after being initially suspended for four weeks in July. The urgent care centre at Hexham General Ho... more >

Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15.08.18: CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which ended on Tuesday, Derbyshire’s four CCGs will meet on Friday to discuss whether they should mer... more >

Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

15.08.18: Plans to create a single accountable officer (AO) for three major Leicestershire CCGs have been cast into doubt, as concerns were raised about a “loss of autonomy” and lack of governance for the bodies. East Leicestershire and R... more >

NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

15.08.18: Plans to expand the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone app outside of London have been blocked by NHS chiefs citing patient safety concerns. The app allows patients to speak directly to their GP and make appointments with a practice via th... more >

CQC praise of former special-measures Sherwood FT marks start of ‘next stage of journey’

15.08.18: A Nottinghamshire trust that had previously been in special measures has gone through significant improvements, according to the health inspectorate. CQC inspectors found care provided by staff members at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT wa... more >

Listening to the frontline

15.08.18: Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insight into the work of her organisation and explores the ways in which we must prepare the NHS for its... more >

Medication without harm

15.08.18: The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, but it must not detract from the ongoing work of healthcare professionals, writes consultant pharmaci... more >

Population health for the 21st century

15.08.18: NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on population health management and integrated care.  Population health management and integrated ca... more >

Stepping up the fight against AMR

15.08.18: Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the challenges that lie ahead. The global risk of AMR is clear. It... more >

The NHS is not an easy target

15.08.18: Helen Vernon, chief executive at NHS Resolution, talks about a recent court case which firmly demonstrates that there is no space for contempt, dishonesty and fraud in the NHS. As with all NHS organisations, the risk of fraud is a significa... more >

Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates

14.08.18: Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, new figures have revealed. Data produced by the CQC in partnership with mental health charity Agenda found that women’s self... more >

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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and nat... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Sa... 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 >