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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...

BMA accuses PM of scapegoating GPs for ‘titanic’ NHS crisis

18.01.17: The BMA council chair has written to prime minister Theresa May accusing the government of attempting to “scapegoat” GPs for the crisis currently afflicting the NHS. Dr Mark Porter wrote his letter yesterday following May’...

DH considering ‘controversial’ plans to require patients to show passports

22.11.16: NHS patients could be required to show their passports as part of a drive to crack down on the cost of health tourism, the permanent secretary at the Department of Health told MPs. Chris Wormald appeared at a Public Accounts Committee heari...

Breast cancer charity lobbies Hunt to end treatment postcode lottery

14.11.16: The UK’s leading breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now, has urged health secretary Jeremy Hunt to clarify who should fund cheap drugs proven to prevent the spread of breast cancer. Currently, a lack of guidance on which NHS bodies...

NICE recommends first treatment to be cut from new Cancer Drugs Fund

10.08.16: New NICE draft guidance said the body does not recommend prescribing brentuximab vedotin, a drug used to treat a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is available on the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) list. The guidance, which said there isn&rsqu...

NHS England to set up ‘Brexit unit’ to ensure smooth transition

28.07.16: NHS England is in the process of establishing a special unit to deal with the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union to ensure “a smooth transition and protect the NHS”. Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said at...

Jeremy Hunt to remain as health secretary

14.07.16: Jeremy Hunt will remain as health secretary despite rumours that he might lose the position as part of a Cabinet reshuffle by the new prime minister. Despite being the longest serving health secretary of modern times, Hunt’s time in t...

Health Committee launches inquiry into winter pressures on A&E

08.07.16: Hospital measures for coping with the impact of winter on emergency departments are to be scrutinised in a new Health Select Committee inquiry. The committee said it would examine “the underlying question” of “why the NHS...

NHS Confederation: The reset year

08.07.16: NHE’s David Stevenson, Luana Salles and Rosemary Collins look back at the key points from this year’s NHS Confederation Annual Conference & Exhibition. There was an air of uncertainty and trepidation at this year’s NHS...

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King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

The application process for a support programme to enable charity leaders to help one another through sharing expertise and developing skills has... more >
NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

23/06/2017NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

A new tranche of sites to redesign mental health services, with plans to cut out-of-area placements, has been revealed by NHS England. The 1... more >
Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

23/06/2017Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

Co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and CEO of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer has today welcomed guarantees from the government that EU citizens... more >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

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