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Anti-NHS charity with financial links to new health secretary to be investigated

13.07.18: The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which donated thousands of pounds to the new health and social care secretary Matt Hancock and openly supports NHS privatisation, is to be investigated after concerns were raised over its status as an edu...

Matt Hancock to become health secretary following cabinet reshuffle

10.07.18: Number 10 has announced that former digital minister Matt Hancock will become secretary of state for health and social care following Jeremy Hunt’s appointment to foreign secretary. Jeremy Hunt, who became the longest serving health s...

Transforming the NHS procurement landscape

04.07.18: Gerard McGeary, director of strategy & corporate communications at Supply Chain Coordination Ltd, a body set up by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), talks about the incoming changes in the new NHS Supply Chain operating model....

Getting more out of our medicines

20.06.18: Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve patient care quickly and cost-effectively. Developing new medicines and then ensuring they are u...

A hostile environment

20.06.18: Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its effect on the recruitment of foreign healthcare professionals. Aspects of the government&rsquo...

The Memorandum of Understanding: Privacy at risk

20.06.18: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Home Office and NHS Digital meant that patient data and confidentiality was being put at risk and undermined the principles of the NHS, writes Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Health and Social C...

Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23.05.18: Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care organisations (ACOs), which they claim is an attempt to increase private services operating in the NHS...

All women to have access to perinatal mental health services by next year

10.05.18: New and expectant mums will be able to access specialist mental health community services across the country by next April, NHS England has announced. The NHS will spend £23m on rolling out the second wave of community perinatal services...

RCP supports fresh public health approach to ‘war on drugs’

30.04.18: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has voiced its support for the Royal Society of Public Health’s (RSPH’s) report ‘Taking a New Line on Drugs,’ which calls for illicit drug use to be decriminalised and made a public h...

Tax on sugary drinks ‘will help ease obesity epidemic’, says RCGP

06.04.18: Today, the UK’s tax on sugary drinks came into effect as part of the government’s flagship anti-obesity policy. This new tax comes into effect as obesity-related illnesses continue to put a strain on the NHS and public health at...

NHS England and NHSI look to integrate working practices into seven regional teams

28.03.18: NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced major changes designed to bring the organisations closer together. Plans will be presented to NHS England’s board this Thursday to establish new working arrangements from September 2018. ...

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...

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Alexa at forefront of Hancock’s plans for ‘digital transformation’ at NHS

20/07/2018Alexa at forefront of Hancock’s plans for ‘digital transformation’ at NHS

Patients will be able to diagnose symptoms through the use of their Alexa device in a landmark new partnership between the NHS and Amazon. &... more >
Hancock pledges to fix ‘heart-breaking’ low staff morale: ‘I will fight for you’

20/07/2018Hancock pledges to fix ‘heart-breaking’ low staff morale: ‘I will fight for you’

In his first-ever speech since taking up the top job, new health and social care secretary Matt Hancock – who replaces Jeremy Hunt after hi... more >
NHS gets £500m tech boost to overcome ‘binary approach’ to care

20/07/2018NHS gets £500m tech boost to overcome ‘binary approach’ to care

The new health and social care secretary has outlined his plans for the future of the NHS, pledging almost half a billion pounds to the technolog... 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 e... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have for patients. Imagine a future where people can easily choose from a range of secure, usable, online tools to access their care records. They can add information to these tools and share it wit... more >
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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have... more >
NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

18/07/2018NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

Common-sense changes – such as Vital Signs, an improvement practice for the NHS – have the potential to drive improvements across the... more >
As the NHS turns 70, it’s time to get serious about transformation

18/07/2018As the NHS turns 70, it’s time to get serious about transformation

Matthew Macnair-Smith, membership and policy manager at NHS Confederation, takes a look back at the last 70 years of the NHS and argues that it&r... more >
Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

18/07/2018Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, was the independent chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce that produced the Five Year Forward View for M... more >

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

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

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 >

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