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Department of Health announces day surgery shake-up in Northern Ireland

22.03.19: The Department of Health (DoH) has announced “radical plans” to shake up day surgery across Northern Ireland. Thousands of routine operations will be transferred to dedicated sites known as day case surgery hubs, with the hubs o...

NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

21.03.19: The NHS could have a shortfall of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within the next five years and the crisis is so now so severe it “cannot be filled,” according a new report from health think tanks. The report found that the NHS has...

Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18.03.19: Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

Capital investment in NHS being slashed to cover rising day-to-day costs, new report reveals

08.03.19: A short-term approach to NHS funding has led to “years of declining and inadequate” capital spending for the health service, according to a new report from the Health Foundation. The charity has warned that an ageing infrastruct...

‘Unacceptable’ private ambulance services ‘putting patients at risk’ says CQC

07.03.19: Private ambulance services are putting patients at risk, the CQC has said, as the NHS’s rising use of independent providers raises concerns about staff training, unregistered ambulances, and safety. In a damning report on independent...

NHS England, DHSC rejects reports that patients’ 30-year right to choose where they are treated is under threat

22.02.19: NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have rejected reports that the rights of patients to be able to choose where they are treated could be under threat as part of major new plans to reshuffle the NHS care system. ...

NHS staff to receive ‘fast-track’ mental health support as part of wellbeing plans

21.02.19: The government has pledged to provide better mental health and wellbeing support for NHS staff as part of its ‘workforce implementation plan,’ based on the recommendations of Health Education England’s (HEE) Staff and Learners&...

Healthwatch: Long-term plan is just the start

06.02.19: National director of Healthwatch England, Imelda Redmond CBE, looks ahead to the future of the health service as the long-term plan takes effect, and outlines what her organisation has done, and is doing, to engage local health workers and patie...

Procurement can be a catalyst for system working

06.02.19: Sara Bainbridge, head of policy and delivery at NHS Clinical Commissioners, discusses some of her organisation’s work on integration and the long-term plan, and shares some practical examples. The NHS Long-Term Plan has confirmed that...

Maximising opportunity with NHS Open Space

30.01.19: NHS Open Space is an innovative new bookable NHS scheme centred on flexibility and getting the most value out of the NHS’s estates. With the project due to open in Spring 2019, Christopher King, NHS Property Services' (NHSPS) senior strate...

New NHS Alliance: Wellness and the power of community assets

30.01.19: Dr Brian Fisher MBE, chair of the New NHS Alliance, looks back at the New NHS Partnership Summit and reflects on how its learnings can help plug gaps within the NHS Long-Term Plan. In November 2018, the New NHS Alliance held its third annua...

Long-term plan: moving on up

30.01.19: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, reflects on the NHS Long-Term Plan, and outlines the vital role the voluntary and independent sectors will play in the future of the health service. The government’s long-term p...

Hancock unveils antibiotic resistance action plan to fight ‘urgent global’ threat

25.01.19: The NHS has unveiled a five-year national action plan pledging to reduce its use of antibiotics by 15% by 2024 after the health secretary declared drug-resistant superbugs are now as big a threat as climate change or war. Matt Hancock, laun...

Patient groups in appraisals of NHS drugs receiving undeclared funds from manufacturers, review finds

17.01.19: Two-thirds of patient groups involved in the appraisal of drugs and treatments for use in the NHS received money from the manufacturer or a competitor that they had not declared, according to new research. The team behind the review is call...

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CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

25/03/2019CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

Significant improvements have been found by inspectors at the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RNOH) in a “major step forward” f... more >
Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

25/03/2019Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who have undergone heart surgery in the last six months warning them of a potentially fatal infect... more >
Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

25/03/2019Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust (COCH) has announced that its medical director has been appointed as its new chief executive. Susan G... 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

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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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE - provides her view of the newly published NICE impact report on mental health. Mental health conditions are the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with one in 4 adults experienci... more >
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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - ... more >
Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organisational and system curiosity alongside the work of the Shadow Board Pr... more >
Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fiction for children and young people – discusses ‘Fiction as ... more >
Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planning at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), looks at an alternative and perhaps underutilised funding sourc... 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

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 >

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