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A collaborative approach to tackling agency

20.02.17: Jim Forsyth and Jane Goodall from Hertfordshire NHS Procurement explain how a cross-regional approach has allowed six trusts to tackle agency spend. Lord Carter's review into productivity within hospitals across England unsurprisingly urged...

Unleashing the benefits of patient feedback

16.02.17: NHE’s Luana Salles looks back at what the Friends and Family Test (FFT) has achieved since its genesis in 2013, and what NHS England will be focusing on this coming year. NHS England’s FFT, the largest-ever initiative to harness...

Driving quality improvement in healthy workplaces

13.02.17: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the work the organisation is doing around quality s...

Joining up care in Sunderland

16.12.16: Paul Gibson, interim programme manager at Sunderland CCG, explains how a new care home tablet is helping transform the way that healthcare professionals are spotting early signs of illness. As NHE went to press, the successful roll-out of a...

Boosting education to deliver better cancer outcomes

16.12.16: New data suggests that cancer services in more than 85% of CCGs are failing to provide adequate care for patients. But NHS Gloucestershire CCG talks to NHE's David Stevenson about how it has improved services through a county-wide improvement pr...

Changing times for information governance in the NHS

13.12.16: Stephen Elgar from the Information Governance Alliance (IGA) reflects on the changes and challenges facing information governance professionals in the NHS. Cyber security threats, the need for innovations and increasing pressure on back-off...

Cancer patients at the helm of service redesign

09.12.16: As part of its health devolution programme, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) explains how patients were given a major voice in overhauling the region’s cancer services. NHE’s Luana Salles reports. As part of its acut...

The challenges of evolving technology and the paperless deadline

07.12.16: Jonathan McKee, governance manager at Tavistock and Portman NHS FT, and a co-chair of the London IG Forum, talks to NHE about the biggest challenges facing NHS IT. The biggest problems in the NHS with regards to IT is “dealing with ra...

Fast-tracking drugs through streamlined collaboration

05.12.16: An ongoing consultation by NICE and NHS England is proposing a series of important changes to the way the bodies appraise new drugs and technologies in the country. NHE’s Luana Salles reports. NHS England and NICE have kick-started a...

Getting well together

05.12.16: Eight months on from the Place-Based Health Commission’s final report, Lord Victor Adebowale talks to NHE about the impact of STPs on bespoke health and the leftover challenges in achieving integrated care. Back in March, the Place-Ba...

Tackling old and new threats to data security

02.12.16: Andrew Rose, senior policy officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), discusses what actions NHS organisations can do to improve their data security compliance. Cyber-attacks are a growing concern in the NHS, but the majo...

Caesarean rates don’t indicate quality of care and targets are dangerous

19.10.16: Pauline Hull from electivecesarean.com looks at whether the aim of reducing caesarean rates is improving outcomes.  Caesareans save lives, but for several decades, NHS maternity policy has focused on reducing caesarean rates and increa...

No ‘easy fix’ to problems facing NHS finance, despite new planning guidance

12.10.16: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), discusses the new two-year operational planning guidance. Last month, NHS England announced its first two-year operational planning guidance, and s...

We must act now so technology can help transform health and social care

06.10.16: Dr Michael Dixon OBE, GP, former chair of NHS Alliance and former president of NHS Clinical Commissioners, discusses the role of technology in health and social care.  We talk plenty about re-organising health and social care and co-fu...

Improving outcomes through integrated diabetes care

05.10.16: Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG (IESCCG) won the ‘Innovation in Diabetes Care’ accolade at this year’s Healthcare Transformation Awards. Dr John Flather, diabetes lead for the organisation, explains what has been achieved through...

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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01/03/2017Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS... more >
Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

01/03/2017Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

A report released today by the Nuffield Trust has revealed that STPs are working towards “undeliverable expectations”, warning that S... more >
Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01/03/2017Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine y... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >
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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-ordination across a whole NHS care pathway in order to avoid similar tragedies. Averil wanted t... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >
Time to act in the fight against AMR

20/02/2017Time to act in the fight against AMR

Katherine Murphy, chief executive at the Patients Association, calls on the government and the healthcare community to work together to combat th... more >

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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >
Benchmarking what good looks like

01/07/2016Benchmarking what good looks like

Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. Dav... more >