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Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23.02.18: Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process from local investigations post-incident to diversity matters, the GMC has announced. Marx, who is c... more >

DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

23.02.18: A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership with workforce development charity Skills for Care. The consultation will seek views on how to addre... more >

Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23.02.18: Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in response to NHS England’s latest winter situation report for last week, which reveals that almost... more >

Social prescribing ‘must not be seen as alternative to GP investment’

22.02.18: Social prescribing schemes must not be seen as an alternative to investing in GP services, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has argued. Chair of the college, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, welcomed schemes across the country where organisations... more >

‘Landmark report’ to seek more compassionate response to patient concerns

22.02.18: The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities respond to concerns about medical treatments. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the government will release a “la... more >

Existing schemes prove strong ties between NHS and councils ‘would change everything’

22.02.18: The chance to build a strong partnership between the NHS and local government to the benefit of communities is “the greatest opportunity in 70 years” and would “change everything,” top NHS England leaders have claimed. ... more >

‘Alarming’ Q3 financial decline raises serious questions about targets

22.02.18: A raft of winter pressures in December, including an A&E performance standard that slipped below 90% and high levels of bed occupancy, have significantly impacted the finances of providers in the last quarter, latest figures have revealed. ... more >

Large London trust must improve after CQC finds ‘poor state of repair’ in rusty theatres

21.02.18: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been told by the CQC that it must urgently address the “poor state of repair” of some of its theatres. Following its latest inspection in November and December 2017, the trust continues to b... more >

Legal battle over junior doctor breaks could have ‘dramatic’ consequences for NHS

21.02.18: A junior doctor is taking the trust it is employed by to court for allegedly not giving young medics enough rest, and potentially putting patient safety at risk. The doctor, Dr Sarah Hallett, argues that the Royal Derby Hospitals NHS Founda... more >

Sir Andrew Cash to retire in July after four decades in NHS

21.02.18: One of the longest serving NHS trust chief executives Sir Andrew Cash has this week announced that he will retire this summer. After four decades working in the health service and 16 years as head of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT... more >

DDRB must ‘reassert its independence’ as doctors’ morale and living standards continue to slip

20.02.18: The BMA is concerned about the ability of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration’s (DDRB) to serve its original purpose. In its evidence to the DDRB for 2018-19, the BMA urged it to “reassert its independ... more >

UK ‘cannot afford’ to lose EU health and social care workers

20.02.18: The UK cannot afford to lose the EU staff currently working in health and social care, the Cavendish Coalition has warned. Its comments come in response to the homes affairs committee’s immigration report, which has criticised the “... more >

Ulster competence test centre opens for international nurses

19.02.18: A new competence test centre has opened in Northern Ireland to meet the demand for overseas nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) test centre is located at Ulster University and has the potential... more >

Winter pressures see delays in handover of almost 150,000 patients to A&E

19.02.18: Almost 150,000 ambulance patients have had to wait over half an hour before being admitted to A&E this winter, according to the latest figures from NHS England. This winter’s situation report shows that between 20 November 2017 and 11... more >

Wollaston: Brexit medicines contingency plan should be subject to public scrutiny

19.02.18: The chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has written to Jeremy Hunt to stress the need for clarity on details of the government’s contingency planning to protect patients following Brexit. In her letter to the health and soc... more >

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Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

09/02/2018Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

Cassandra Cameron, policy advisor at NHS Providers, says trusts must be given constructive support – without fear of failure – in order for the Getting It Right Fi... 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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >