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Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10.12.18: An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FOI requests, 198 admitted that they ran hospitals which contained the hazardous material. The BB... more >

‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

10.12.18: The NHS has been banned from buying fax machines by the health secretary who has ordered a complete phase-out of the outdated machines by April 2020. Taking effect from January 2019, NHS trusts will instead be required to invest in new tech... more >

Major IT supplier agrees to pay NHS millions of pounds over service failures

07.12.18: A multimillion-pound settlement deal has been reached between NHS Digital and EMIS Group after the private IT supplier admitted to providing misleading information about the quality of its service. In a market announcement, EMIS Group confi... more >

Hancock announces £1bn of extra funding for upgrades to NHS facilities

07.12.18: An extra £963m of funding for 75 projects to improve health facilities across the NHS has been announced by Matt Hancock, with mental health and integrated care services amongst those receiving upgrades. As part of the funding, the he... more >

New wave of technologies puts surgery ‘on verge of transformative change’

07.12.18: A new wave of technologies will transform surgery across the NHS with advances in digital technology and human biology improving the treatment of millions of patients, according to an independent commission. The Commission on the Future of... more >

‘Transformational’ genome sequencing project reaches 100,000 patients target

06.12.18: Matt Hancock has announced that the world’s largest gene sequencing project in healthcare has reached its original target of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. People with rare diseases, cancer patients, and family me... more >

Inspectors find feuding surgeons’ ‘tribalism’ and culture of hostility at cardiac unit contributed to higher death rate

06.12.18: Inspectors have reported weak leadership, a culture of bullying, and “tribalism” between feuding heart surgeons after a review of a troubled cardiac unit in London. Hostilities between surgeons at St George’s Hospital beca... more >

May promises reform as review reveals ‘outdated’ Mental Health Act infringing on patient rights

06.12.18: Patients with severe mental health problems “should be given more rights over treatments” to ensure better care is provided if they are detained for compulsory treatment, according to a review. The independent review of the Ment... more >

AI diagnosis and national study included in new early disease detection £1.3bn deal

05.12.18: A £1.3bn investment from the government and the industry has been announced in a bid to drive early disease technology as part of the new Life Sciences Sector Deal. The second ever Life Sciences Sector Deal, announced by Matt Hancock... more >

Doctors could quit NHS in ‘unprecedented numbers’ as staff pressures puts patient safety at risk

05.12.18: Doctors driven to the “brink of breaking point” and forced into adopting “risky and unsustainable compromises” to maintain care are putting patient safety at risk, the GMC has warned. The medical regulator found that... more >

Staffordshire CCGs to halve hospital beds and sell sites as part of integrated care plans

05.12.18: Four of North Staffordshire’s five community hospitals will lose their beds under controversial proposals for an overhaul of local health services as CCGs look to move to a new model of integrated care. Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffo... more >

The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

05.12.18: Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, assesses the impact of social media on the nation’s wellbeing. Few days go by without a story in the press about the negative effect of social media on mental health. It seems obvious:... more >

Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

05.12.18: Dr Selwyn Hodge, co-chair of the Self Care Forum, makes the case for the further reach of self-care, and for it to be embedded into our everyday lives. Having worked for many years to get self-care accepted as a legitimate and valuable part... more >

Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

05.12.18: Care minister Caroline Dinenage MP urges health and care organisations to achieve closer collaboration to improve the quality of care and support. Our population is growing, ageing and diversifying which, naturally, is something to be celeb... more >

Technology first

05.12.18: With the latest policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) heralding a new ‘technology-first’ ethos for the NHS, Lee Edwards, IT director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), discusses why this must in... more >

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Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

05/12/2018Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

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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 >