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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...

Developing a robust argument for estates change

20.03.17: Simon Corben, NHS Improvement’s (NHSI’s) director and head of profession for estates and facilities, talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the plans to drive estates change over the next 12 months. Last year, Lord Carter&rs...

We need a new approach to winter pressures

07.03.17: Winter is traditionally the busiest time for the NHS. This winter has – in many respects – been the worst for many years.  Demand has climbed to record levels in the midst of the longest and deepest financial squeeze in the hist...

Capital investment critical to help weather the storm

02.03.17: Writing on behalf of NHS Providers, Peter Ward, director of healthcare projects at John Laing, explains why trusts need a new approach to get the best value from their assets. Our NHS providers are sailing into a perfect storm. Increasing v...

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...

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they are being appreciated. Speaking at the Unison Health Conference in Liverpool, Ashworth will say: ... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >
LDRs: a critical part of STPs and sharing cross-border learning

04/04/2017LDRs: a critical part of STPs and sharing cross-border learning

Dr Masood Nazir, national clinical lead – digital transformation of general practice at NHS England and information lead & senior infor... more >

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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 >
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 >