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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...

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...

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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

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DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

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Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

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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 e... read more >

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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >
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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >


Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >

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