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Government announces £25m Brexit medicines ‘express freight service’

15.08.19: In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from France. A £25m contract has been announced by government ministers for an ‘express frei...

NHS SBS: Insourcing in the NHS

02.08.19: Featured in July/August issue of NHE   Phil Davies, procurement director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), explains how insourcing clinical services is one way NHS hospitals are looking to meet growing patient demand and red...

Better Care Fund policy framework for 2019 to 2020 released

29.07.19: The government has released the framework for the Better Care Fund, detailing how the fund will work in 2019 to 2020. Pooled funding for the Better Care Fund reached £6.4bn when it was renewed earlier this month. The fund pr...

NHS England annual assessment shows good progress

26.07.19: The annual assessment of NHS England for 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019, has been published by the health and social care secretary. The assessment shows NHS England has either met, or is making good progress towards, 89% of the delive...

Scottish Government to provide £32m to help cut NHS waiting times

26.07.19: The NHS will receive a further £32m from the Scottish Government to help reduce waiting times, the cabinet health secretary Jeane Freeman has announced. The funds are in addition to the £70m funding announced in April and b...

NHS Providers praises Matt Hancock health secretary re-appointment

25.07.19: Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, has responded to the re-appointment of Matt Hancock as secretary of state for health and social care by newly-appointed prime minister Boris Johnson. Ms Cordery said: “Matt Han...

Controversial new prevention green paper ‘a step in the right direction’

23.07.19: The long-awaited prevention green paper has been published by the government, including a host of policies targeting ill-health such as proposals tackling smoking, drinking and poor diets. The ‘Advancing our health: prevention in...

Five year funding framework for community pharmacy published

22.07.19: A five-year funding framework for community pharmacy has been published by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England.  Commenting on the agreement, Malcolm Har...

Health Education England goals for 2019-2020 defined in new mandate

12.07.19: Health Education England (HEE) has been given its new mandate by the Government, defining the organisation’s goals and role in the coming 2019-2020 year. The mandate outlines HEE’s fundamental role in helping to improve the qual...

RCS responds to Nuffield Trust report on Northern Ireland

11.07.19: Mark Jones, vice chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s (RCS) Northern Ireland board, praised the valiant work of health and social care staff but repeated serious concerns over strain on healthcare services in Northern Irelan...

NHS England recommends uncapped PrEP trial access

08.07.19: NHS England have announced five steps towards better access to the HIV prevention drug PrEP, including recommending removing the capped number of places on the ongoing IMPACT Trial. This follows a meeting yesterday between Simon Stevens, ch...

Guidance aims to help NHS create environment to better support staff in safety investigations

04.07.19: NHS Resolution has stated that challenging and improving the NHS' workfplace culture is key to improving patient safety in their latest guidance. The need for the NHS to involve users of care services and staff in safety investigations...

NHS Providers head of policy calls for 'culture shift within NHS' to implement Patient Safety Strategy

02.07.19: Following the launch of the new NHS Patient Safety Strategy, setting out how the organisation seeks to achieve its vision to continuously improve patient safety, head of policy at NHS Providers, Amber Jabbal, called for a "culture shif...

Health secretary Matt Hancock reveals framework for improving cancer care

02.07.19: Health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, revealed how the NHS will look to deliver on its commitments to improve early detection of cancer, with monitoring one-year survival playing a central role. The NHS Long Term Plan la...

Royal College of GPs chair responds to Primary Care Networks launch

01.07.19: Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, believes the newly-launched Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have "undeniable benefits, but there is no 'one size fits all' approach to solve GP pressures". PCNs are a key featu...

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UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust retains ‘Outstanding’ rating from CQC

16/08/2019UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust retains ‘Outstanding’ rating from CQC

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has once again been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors from the Care Quality Comm... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit medicines ‘express freight service’

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit medicines ‘express freight service’

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... more >
CQC rates Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust ‘Good’

14/08/2019CQC rates Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust ‘Good’

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has achieved a score of ‘Good’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). ... 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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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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Urology nurses are leading the way in adoption of prostate cancer biopsy technique

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Jonah Rusere, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for South East London Accountable Cancer Network, outlines an opportunity for urology nurses to make a difference to prostate cancer pathways. What is TRexit and why is it great news for prostate cancer patients all over the country? Let me explain. TRexit is the name given to a national... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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

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 >

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