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What commissioners need to transform healthcare

04.09.19: Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair at NHS Clinical Commissioners, outlines how CCGs can best deliver the goals outlined in the Long Term Plan and perform at their highest quality. Speaking at the NHS Confederation’s conference last month, Si...

From post office to national health service

03.09.19: Rob Houghton, the chief operations officer for the Post Office, explains what attracted him to the role of non-executive director for technology and innovation at the NHS Supply Chain. Houghton joined the NHS Supply Chain as an IT-focused n...

Building Bolton’s NHS workforce

02.09.19: Mark O’Reilly, project director at Bolton College of Medical Sciences (BCMS), discusses how the institution wants to transform the NHS workforce to tackle the chronic shortage in medical staff. A recent report, published by The Nuffie...

Binning paper for the new clinical wrap strategy

29.08.19: Mark Hutchinson, chief digital and information officer at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), explains the benefits of its new ‘clinical wrap’ approach to electronic patient records. GHFT is one of the most di...

Cultural shift pays off at Britain’s leading orthopaedic hospital

28.08.19: With the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) moving from a CQC rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’, John Bateson, senior improvement advisor, Jonathan Berry, deputy head of operations and Cynthia R...

How the NHS harnesses apprenticeship levy opportunities

27.08.19: Michelle Wayt, assistant director of development and employment at NHS Employers, discusses how organisations can best use the apprenticeship levy. Paying £200m per year, the NHS is the largest contributor to the apprenticeship levy....

NHS volunteering providing valuable contributions

22.08.19: Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), explains the benefits that a well-designed and implemented volunteer programme can have for hospitals and staff. We’re now over halfway through the year...

Rebuilding trust after Bawa-Garba

21.08.19: In the wake of a review into gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide laws, Charlie Massey, chief executive of the General Medical Council (GMC), reflects on how the profession can begin to regain trust with doctors. We commissio...

Reducing parental conflict: a digital discovery

19.08.19: Parental conflict can be potentially damaging to children and impacts on their health, wellbeing and academic performance. Ibraheem Choudhry, project support officer at the Department of Work and Pensions, argues the importance of using digital...

Improving commercial contract research in the NHS

15.08.19: Clare Morgan, research delivery director at the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), looks at why the rollout of a single contract review for commercial contract research is good news for all. ...

Digitising the acute sector: the barriers to ambition

14.08.19: Rachel Hutchings, a researcher in policy at the Nuffield Trust and co-author of the recent report, ‘Achieving a digital NHS: Lessons for national policy from the acute sector’, writes for NHE about the biggest barriers to digitising...

Prevention: investing for the future

13.08.19: Against a backdrop of condensed budgets and rising demand for health and social care, Rob Whiteman, chief executive of CIPFA, explains why preventative approaches are worth the cost. Rising demand and reducing resource – this has been...

The Power of Language in Childbirth and Parenting

06.08.19: While maternal and infant health in the UK is better than many parts of the world, one sector of our community is being left behind. Helena Nikiel talks to Sarah Todhunter about her work with Polish Antenatal Classes.   There are clearl...

New non-executive Board members at Health Education England

05.08.19: Health Education England has welcomed the Government announcement of new non-executive directors (NEDs) to its board to provide independent advice, support and scrutiny, and work with senior officials on key policy decisions. The appointees...

£12m made available to SMEs for Healthy Ageing Challenge fund

05.08.19: UK Research and Innovation is looking for UK registered equity investors to form partnerships with them for a ‘Healthy Ageing Investment Accelerator’ scheme. The accelerator aims to deliver innovation to the ‘healthy agein...

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NHS gambling clinic opens In Leeds

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GPhC to begin publishing pharmacy inspections reports publicly

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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 NHS needs more senior women in leadership

The NHS needs more senior women in leadership

The gender pay gap in the NHS remains a hotly debated topic, especially as the final report from the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review approaches. Andrea Hester, deputy director of employment rel... more > more last word articles >

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An ageing population means hand care and injury prevention is more important than ever

23/08/2019An ageing population means hand care and injury prevention is more important than ever

Grey Giddins, member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, discusses how hand care and injury prevention have become increasingly important given the UK’s ageing population   It’s no secret that the UK’s ageing population presents challenges for the NHS. The fact that we are living longer means greater demand for medical care across a number of healthcare specialisms, one of which is hand surgery. ... 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 >
Pay and reward in the NHS needs to be taken seriously

10/06/2019Pay and reward in the NHS needs to be taken seriously

Ben Gershlick, senior economics analyst at the Health Foundation, examines the new pay deal for NHS staff.  More than £50bn is sp... more >

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NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
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 >