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London trust told to improve for third time in three years

17.08.17: A major London NHS trust has been told by inspectors that it needs to urgently improve after it received its third ‘Requires Improvement’ rating in three years. The CQC reviewed care at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in Ma... more >

Third of trainee GPs not planning to work in NHS general practice

17.08.17: Only two-thirds of trainee GPs are planning to go on to work in general practice in the NHS, a new study has today warned. The research carried out by the University of Warwick surveyed 178 GP trainees in the West Midlands who were within t... more >

Longest serving NHS chief executive sacked for ‘gross misconduct’

17.08.17: The NHS’s longest serving CEO Sir Leonard Fenwick has been sacked by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (NUT) for “gross misconduct”. Sir Leonard was placed on a period of extended leave from his role at the trust back i... more >

Council STP lead numbers decline as Norfolk boss stands down

16.08.17: One of the few senior council directors appointed to lead the STP footprint in their area is to be replace by the chief officer of two local CCGs. Antek Lejk has now been appointed as the executive lead for the Norfolk and Waveney STP, and... more >

Patients in the south waiting significantly longer for vital treatment

16.08.17: Analysis of CCG data has found a huge disparity in care in different areas of England, as patients in the south were found to be waiting far longer to access vital medical treatments such as pacemakers, cataract surgery and hip and knee replacem... more >

Privacy of care environment in rapid decline, patients warn

16.08.17: Patients have this week voiced increasing dissatisfaction with the privacy of care environments in hospitals across England. In NHS Digital’s fifth annual Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) report, it was revealed... more >

BMA warns of ‘complete disconnect’ between management and staff in Scotland

15.08.17: Doctors have slammed the government in Scotland for too often taking a “top-down” approach to risk management, leading to important decisions being “foisted” onto staff without proper consultation. Giving evidence to... more >

RCN: Not enough nurses in 90% of largest NHS hospitals

15.08.17: More than 90% of England’s 50 biggest hospital trusts are not properly staffed and do not have enough nurses to the planned levels, a leading health group has today warned. Analysis based on the NHS Choices website undertaken by the R... more >

One in four GPs unaware of national public activity assessment tools

15.08.17: The majority of GPs in England are unfamiliar with national Physical Activity (PA) guidelines and are not comfortable advising patients on how much exercise they should be doing. A study in the British Medical Journal surveyed more than 1,0... more >

New NHS Digital CEO takes up job

14.08.17: NHS Digital has welcomed its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson into the role today. Wilkinson will take over from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive of the organisation for the past six months and who will now become deput... more >

NHSE holding back ‘significantly helpful’ cash from CCG books

14.08.17: NHS England has decided to hold back money that would have otherwise trickled down to CCG finances because it is “simply not an option” for commissioners to dodge contributing to a system risk reserve – especially in a year whe... more >

Calls for ringfenced MH budget as ambulance call-outs soar by 25%

14.08.17: The number of emergency ambulance call-outs for those experiencing mental health issues in England has risen by 23% in just a couple of years, with 30,000 more patients in crisis in 2016-17 compared to two years earlier. The data, obtained... more >

Generalised training needed as patients ‘passed round system like parcels’

11.08.17: Medical training in the future must reflect the need of both patients and service providers, a new report released today has argued. The document, called the Shape of Training report (SoTR) from the UK Shape of Training Steering Group, look... more >

Next steps on shift to accountable care organisations revealed

11.08.17: A handbook has been released to give practical guidance to support local areas looking to implement an accountable care organisation (ACO) model and a whole population budget (WPB) approach to paying for health and care services. Developed... more >

Individual legal duties create ‘governance challenges’ to system working

11.08.17: A financial expert has today stated that one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS in England is in moving to system-wide working – and strong governance is vital for trusts to move that forward effectively. In a blog written by th... more >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and transformation partnerships/plans (STPs) being implemented and delivered with clinical input at their core.  And the Health Foundation’s... read more >