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NHS workforce race equality standard unveiled

31/07/2014NHS workforce race equality standard unveiled

A workforce race equality standard is expected to be implemented across the NHS in April 2015, in a bid to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to c... more >
NHS staff are too fat, says Simon Stevens

30/07/2014NHS staff are too fat, says Simon Stevens

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens says the health service has to “get its own act together” on obesity by helping staff lose weight. It could mean less junk food in canteens, wei... more >
GP surgeries ‘turning away millions’ as under-investment bites

29/07/2014GP surgeries ‘turning away millions’ as under-investment bites

Patients will struggle to get appointments to see a GP or nurse almost 50 million times this year, according to new research. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) says that the ... more >
Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

01/08/2014Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

David Morgan is a consultant otolaryngologist a... more >
A lot to complain about

01/08/2014A lot to complain about

There is something deeply wrong with the compla... more >
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Should we really be relying on agency staff?

31/07/2014Should we really be relying on agency staff?

It was disappointing to hear today that NHS hospitals across the country have paid more than £1,000 for individual agency nurses and locum doctors to fill shifts on a public holiday. The story came from a Freedom of Information request from Sky News, which asked: how many locum staff... more >
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Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

01/08/2014Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

David Morgan is a consultant otolaryngologist a... more >
A lot to complain about

01/08/2014A lot to complain about

There is something deeply wrong with the compla... more >
How to achieve a financial turnaround

01/08/2014How to achieve a financial turnaround

Stephen Eames, chief executive at Mid Yorkshire... more >
Medical engagement should be integral in NHS cultures

01/08/2014Medical engagement should be integral in NHS cultures

Vijaya Nath, assistant director of leadership d... more >

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Lifting the mist on ACSCs – identifying real issues draining the NHS

31/07/2014Lifting the mist on ACSCs – identifying real issues draining the NHS

Dr Andrew Goddard (consultant gastroenterologis... more >
Room for improvement

28/05/2014Room for improvement

A new report has shown that more needs to be do... more >
The opportunity of EAMS – earlier guidance is only the start

28/05/2014The opportunity of EAMS – earlier guidance is only the start

Whether in health, education or finance, innova... more >

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01/08/2014Don’t shoot the messenger

There’s no doubt that we need both cultural and organisational changes to achieve the improvements that we all want to see in complaints handling in the NHS, and in its treatment of (and encouragement for) whistleblowers. The current system is fragmented and complex, with potentially valuable lessons from complaints often going un-learnt, and a defensive attitude still prevailing too often. Patients and families will obviously welcome simplifications and improvements to the... read more >

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Think before you speak: How to involve the public effectively when reconfiguring NHS services

Think before you speak: How to involve the public effectively when reconfiguring NHS services

The NHS is facing a tumultuous time as rising demand and a squeeze on public funding require hospitals and other providers to do more with less. At the same time, post-Francis and Keogh, there is a huge focus on the quality of care. As NHS bodies ... more > more last word articles >

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