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RCN launches member survey on decriminalisation of abortions

16.02.18: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a UK-wide survey, quizzing its members for their views on decriminalising abortions. The online survey, which runs until Sunday 18 March 2018, will help the RCN to form a position on the issue...

Hunt orders review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare

06.02.18: Jeremy Hunt has ordered an urgent review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare, amidst concerns over the Dr Bawa-Garba case. In 2015 Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and suspended...

NHS to stop advertising legal firms offering health litigation services

30.01.18: NHS hospitals will no longer provide office or advertising space for companies who encourage patients or their families to take the NHS to court, according to new rules. The changes come following a consultation, and have been introduced throug...

Child health not ‘given the political attention it deserves’

24.01.18: The government in England is not hitting key targets on child health, says the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Following its latest report into paediatric health, the RCPCH says some progress has been made in areas se...

Organ donation opt-out ‘to save lives’ in England

06.10.17: Theresa May has pledged to move to an opt-out system for organ donation in England. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the prime minister explained that a move to presumed consent for organ donation will work towar...

Realising the potential of pharmacy will need change at scale

28.07.17: Better for patients. Better for the NHS. Better for other healthcare providers. Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), which represents all community pharmacy owners providing NHS services in Eng...

Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25.07.17: At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director responsible for NHS England’s strategy and policy, about the developments and direction of tra...

Sarah Wollaston re-elected as chair of the Health Select Committee

13.07.17: Dr Sarah Wollaston has been re-elected chair of the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons. The Conservative MP for Totnes, Dr Wollaston ran unopposed for the position and so was automatically elected. As committee chair, Dr W...

Using demand and capacity modelling to deliver quality care

21.06.17: Ricky McCullough, deputy head of performance at Royal Free London NHS FT, tells NHE about using demand and capacity modelling to deliver quality care to patients and meet national waiting list targets.  At a time when hospital budgets...

Surrey to deliver next major health devolution deal

16.06.17: A pledge has been signed by NHS and council leaders in Surrey to move forward with a health devolution deal for the area – the second after Greater Manchester. The agreement lays out a “roadmap” towards devolution, and exp...

‘No prospect’ for avoiding major NHS crisis without change of direction

09.06.17: Without a change in direction by the government following yesterday’s general election that led to a hung Parliament, there is “no prospect” of avoiding a major crisis in the NHS, according to the Patients Association. The...

Investing in success: NHS priorities for politicians over the next five years

26.05.17: Ahead of the general election on 8 June, Ferelith Gaze, head of public affairs at NHS Providers, argues that we must invest in the NHS as an investment in the UK.  Today, there are around 1.3 million people aged over 85 in England. Tha...

60 seconds with… Chris Ham

15.05.17: We talk to Chris Ham, the chief executive of the King's Fund, about the future of the NHS. What does the new government need to do to support the NHS?  The new government should recognise the financial and service pressures facing the...

BMA: GPs will not be forced into seven-day opening

24.01.17: GP surgeries in England will not be forced to extend their opening hours, despite the prime minister recently blaming practices for the current crisis in hospitals. Theresa May had suggested earlier this month that limitations on GPs’...

Wales relaxes GP incentive scheme in bid to ease winter pressures

23.01.17: The Welsh government has relaxed the majority of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), the programme which financially incentivises GPs to meet quality of care indicators, in order to ease the pressures they face in their practices this wint...

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BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

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The BMA have come to a deal with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the next contract terms for GPs, which will a... more >
NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

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The NHS is to commission an independent review of the innovative GP at Hand app. The app, run by health provider, Babylon, allows patients to ha... more >
Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

20/03/2018Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

New medical schools will not tackle the immediate shortage of NHS doctors, the BMA has warned. The comments come in response to the Department o... more >

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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 e... read more >

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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

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Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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Data saves lives

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Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

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Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

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Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

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In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

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Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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