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Introducing intelligent care navigation

19.06.17: Established in 2006, iPLATO’s solutions have proven to improve patient access to healthcare and early diagnosis, enabling powerful health promotion and support for citizens living with long-term conditions. iPLATO Healthcare has been...

Third-party maintenance providers: An unfulfilled potential for patients and paymasters

19.06.17: The International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers (IAMERS) outlines the benefits of Independent Service Operators in servicing and maintaining medical imaging equipment. Diagnostic Medical Imaging (DI) is part of...

Getting our priorities right: a step towards a longer-term view

16.06.17: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), comments on the recent Lords Select Committee report on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. The recent Lords Select Committee report on the lo...

A time to complain?

13.06.17: A Freedom of Information (FoI) investigation by NHE has revealed that over the last five years ‘quality of care’ complaints have increased at mental health trusts in England. Josh Mines analyses the findings. Improving mental he...

Creating a world-class health informatics workforce

13.06.17: Dr Harpreet Sood, associate chief clinical information officer (CCIO) at NHS England and lead on NHS Digital Academy, gives an update on the progress of the Academy and its aims. At last year’s NHS Expo, following the release of Dr Ro...

Making place-based commissioning a reality with digital

09.06.17: During e-Health Week a panel of experts discussed the benefits of place-based commissioning. NHE's David Stevenson reports. Back in 2015, The King’s Fund published its ‘Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in E...

60 seconds with… NHSI’s Ben Dyson

07.04.17: We talk to Ben Dyson, executive director of strategy at NHS Improvement (NHSI). What are NHSI’s main policy objectives for the next 12 months? Our core objectives remain the same: to support NHS providers improve their quality of car...

Paperlight is the outcome, and not the objective, of a digital NHS

04.04.17: Sean Brennan, director of communications for the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRIM), reflects on the drive to get rid of paper in the NHS and the place for clinical data standards in that process. The latest in a...

How effective is your surveillance?

04.04.17: The surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, reflects on how complying with his code could help trusts save money and improve the efficiency of their surveillance activity. Early in the year, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis rejecte...

My first MRI

31.03.17: An innovative and free virtual reality app is significantly helping anxious children, their parents and even medical students deal with the unnerving experience of having a scan, Jonathan Ashmore (pictured), an MRI physicist at King’s Coll...

Strength and balance: the key to falls prevention

31.03.17: Maintaining and improving muscle strength and the ability to balance is crucial to reduce the risk of falling, but it is also critical in helping people live independently as they get older, writes Louise Ansari, director of communications and p...

The shape of estates under STPs

31.03.17: NHE looks at the early proposals for estates efficiency already starting to emerge from England’s 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). While money (or a lack thereof) takes up most of the headlines in the national press...

Firefighters and pharmacists: empowering the wider public health workforce

28.03.17: Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), explains how we must look beyond the core public health workforce to meet the challenges of 2017. It would be easy to be gloomy about the prospects for publi...

A holistic approach is needed to tackle estate issues

24.03.17: Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), reflects on the challenges facing NHS estates teams. In the Jan/Feb issue of NHE, Paul Fenton, national chairman of the Health Estates an...

Closing the digital inequality gap

22.03.17: NHE’s Josh Mines investigates the state of digital NHS services and what can be done to increase participation of demographics with limited access and knowledge of modern technology. Technology is transforming the way that services ca...

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Doctors call for ‘black alert’ to be introduced in general practice

26/06/2017Doctors call for ‘black alert’ to be introduced in general practice

Doctors have called on the government to introduce a “black alert” for GPs so that clinicians can alert authorities when surgeries ar... more >
Surgeons back proposals to improve regulation of cosmetic surgery

26/06/2017Surgeons back proposals to improve regulation of cosmetic surgery

Surgeons have this week backed a private members’ bill that has been tabled and seeks to improve the regulation of cosmetic surgery. I... more >
BMA: Government wants world-class NHS with a third-class settlement

26/06/2017BMA: Government wants world-class NHS with a third-class settlement

Public satisfaction rates with the NHS has plummeted, the BMA has today stated as a survey found that more people were dissatisfied with the heal... 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 trans... read more >

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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, as well as health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s first major public appearance since he was reappoi... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >
The meanings of value

20/06/2017The meanings of value

Professor Sir Muir Gray, director of Better Value Healthcare, considers the meaning of value in NHS commissioning for both the system and patient... more >

interviews

Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
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 >