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NHSE and NHSI appoint leaders for its seven integrated region teams

11.12.18: Seven integrated regional teams that will “play a major leadership role” in the new joint structure between NHS Improvement (NHSI) and NHS England (NHSE) have been named. The joint directors of the new regional teams have been c...

New joint leadership team unveiled by NHS England and NHS Improvement

11.12.18: NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement (NHSI) have revealed the first appointments to the NHS Executive Group, a new joint senior leadership team announced as part of “closer working arrangements” between the two bodies. The new...

High Court rejects ‘hostile environment’ policy challenge from Windrush man who was refused cancer treatment

10.12.18: A member of the Windrush generation who was refused cancer treatment has lost a legal challenge against NHS regulations that make people who cannot prove British residency pay for treatment. A High Court judge has refused the attempt to bri...

Doctors could quit NHS in ‘unprecedented numbers’ as staff pressures puts patient safety at risk

05.12.18: Doctors driven to the “brink of breaking point” and forced into adopting “risky and unsustainable compromises” to maintain care are putting patient safety at risk, the GMC has warned. The medical regulator found that...

New voluntary drug pricing deal could cut NHS medicine bill by almost £1bn

28.11.18: A new voluntary scheme to control the pricing of branded medicines could provide patients with earlier access to new medicines and save the NHS almost a £1bn on its annual medicine bill. It will introduce an annual 2% cap on the growt...

Wales and England NHS bodies get new cross-border healthcare regulations

13.11.18:  Lord O’Shaughnessy has announced a new set of arrangements on the delivery of healthcare across the border between Wales and England. The government said that whilst healthcare across the border is “collaborative and high...

People must take more responsibility for their own health to take strain off NHS, says Hancock

05.11.18: The health secretary has urged people to take more responsibility for managing their own health and improve their lifestyle choices in a speech launching plans to prevent ill health. Matt Hancock, speaking to the International Association o...

Landmark mental health law will protect patients against excessive force after tragic death

01.11.18: A new law restricting and monitoring the use of force against patients in mental health units has today been given royal ascent after an eight-year battle by the family of a young man who died after being excessively restrained. The Mental...

Public Health England launches efficiency tool to target cost-effective CVD prevention

25.10.18: Public Health England (PHE) have unveiled a new return on investment (RoI) tool to help local commissioners decide the best cost-effective approach to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the leading causes of death and disability in the...

Mandatory interoperability standards on the way as DHSC slams ‘inexcusable’ trust systems

11.10.18: There is no excuse for a provider to have systems that don’t talk to each other and, in the future, there will be no excuse for systems that do not talk outside of a trust, the health and social care secretary has declared. Speaking t...

Current NHS efficiency methods ‘no longer sustainable’ as 75% of trust leaders believe NHS 'wastes too much money'

10.10.18: The current way of driving efficiency in the NHS is “no longer sustainable” and the 10-year plan is an opportunity to provide a solution, according to a new report. A new report from NHS Providers has said that the current way o...

Local NHS needs more powers and ‘reimagined’ relationship with national leaders

09.10.18: Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, has urged the government to avoid a Brexit that would damage the NHS and called for greater powers to be devolved to local system leaders. Speaking to delegates in Manchester during the openin...

NHS England sued for failing to provide fertility services to transgender patients

26.09.18: NHS England is being taken to court by the UK’s national equality body over its failure to offer fertility services to transgender patients. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is taking the public body to court in respons...

Government agrees to bail out £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital after Carillion crisis

25.09.18: The government is set to bail out the £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital (RLH) after the collapse of Carillion earlier this year, following in the same footsteps as the stalled Birmingham hospital. Sky News has reported that the governmen...

NHS wins landmark drug ruling which could save millions of pounds

21.09.18: The NHS has won a landmark legal battle which could save the health service “hundreds of millions a year” after defeating two international pharmaceutical companies. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescr...

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Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

12/12/2018Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

Two NHS trusts spent more than a third of the year under extreme pressure and on the highest level of alert. An investigation by the BBC fou... more >
Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

12/12/2018Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

The financially troubled West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Christen Allen as its newest chief executive – marking its fi... more >
Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

12/12/2018Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

One in four NHS trusts in England and Wales are spending no money on specialist cyber security or training and trusts are consistently failing to... 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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The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12/12/2018The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds of hours to staff so they can spend more time helping patients. The trust, which includes Colche... more >
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Creating a volunteer 'passport'

12/12/2018Creating a volunteer 'passport'

By utilising the health service’s volunteers, we can deliver better care for everyone, argues Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical project lead at Hel... more >
Right people, right place, right now

12/12/2018Right people, right place, right now

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, raises concerns around the mental health workforce and shares some best practice from ... more >
Breaking down barriers to integration

12/12/2018Breaking down barriers to integration

Anne Marie Morris, member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and MP for Newton Abbott, outlines the committee’s recent report on the ba... more >
An attack on them is an attack on us all

12/12/2018An attack on them is an attack on us all

Chris Bryant MP discusses the new law he championed that came into effect in September, which doubles jail time for anyone who assaults emergency... 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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