Inspection and Regulation

Seven found guilty for defrauding NHS using ‘ghost shift’ payments

23.05.18: Seven people have been prosecuted for money laundering and conspiracy to defraud offences against the NHS, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has revealed. Medical recruitment officer Charles Elad, 46 – who was working for ID Me...

Hospitals stalled by Carillion bust a result of 'recklessness, hubris, and greed', MPs say

16.05.18: Two major NHS hospitals halted halfway through building were a consequence of “rotten corporate culture” at the now-collapsed construction firm Carillion, a government-backed report has claimed. A scathing Commons inquiry into t...

Former NHS boss and chief nurse facing fraud charges

04.05.18: The former boss of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Phil Morley, is to appear in court charged with four counts of fraud. Morley was CEO at the trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill hospitals, from 2010. He resi...

Third of private hospitals failing on patient safety, says CQC

11.04.18: Almost a third of private hospitals in England are providing substandard care, according to a new report by the CQC. While the majority (70%) of the 206 independent acute hospitals in England are providing ‘good’ or ‘outst...

‘Burdensome’ NHS trust regulations not keeping pace with integrated care

09.04.18: NHS trusts have today warned that the way they are being regulated is not keeping pace with the move towards delivering more integrated care for patients. Only one in five trusts who responded to an NHS Providers survey are clear on how the...

Bodies agree ‘common vision’ of general practice quality for the first time

05.04.18: A national strategy which will form the basis of defining quality measures and best practice in general practice has been published. The Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB), made up of 11 national organisations responsible fo...

Community care only sector affected by CQC fee rise this year

05.04.18: Community social care providers will see an increase in their payments to the CQC this year, the CQC has confirmed. The organisation’s regulatory functions are funded by provider fees and grant-in-aid from the Department of Health and Soc...

Struggling trust to be removed from special measures after more than a year

21.03.18: An Essex hospital trust is set to make its way out of special measures more than a year after inspectors hit it with an ‘inadequate’ rating. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAH) saw its overall rating increase today, afte...

CQC praises ‘high-quality, person-centred care’ in latest system-wide review

15.03.18: Health and care services in Coventry have been praised by the CQC after the inspectorate completed the next in a series of system-wide integrated care reviews across the country. Inspectors singled out Coventry City Council and NHS Coventry...

CQC looks to hire 100 more inspectors after £10m underspend

14.03.18: The CQC is planning to hire an additional 100 inspectors to decrease the current workload on its staff, specifically for those investigating the adult social care sector. A recent staff survey pointed to workload pressures as one of the key...

Newcastle trust appoints new CEO to replace disgraced boss

07.03.18: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (NUT) has chosen the successor to CEO Sir Leonard Fenwick today, after he was sacked in August last year for “gross misconduct.” Dame Jackie Daniel is set to take over the role, moving f...

Sellu case shows failures of manslaughter and gross negligence laws, says RCS

07.03.18: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has applauded a tribunal decision to clear surgeon David Sellu of misconduct for the controversial death of a patient in 2010. Sellu was imprisoned for 15 months for the death of James Hughes in 2010, but...

Merseyside trust boss steps down over ‘close personal relationship’ with senior exec

06.03.18: The chief executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS FT has resigned today ahead of an investigation into a “close personal relationship” between himself and another senior executive. Andrew Cannell had been suspended by t...

Bristol trust told to take action to improve service as patients left waiting for beds

06.03.18: Southmead Hospital must make further improvements to its services, the CQC has determined. The decision comes following an unannounced inspection in November 2017, which looked at the quality of five core services: urgent and emergency care, me...

CQC completes investigation after series of never events at Devon trust

05.03.18: The CQC has completed a review into never events at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS FT following a series of seven such incidents over the course of two years. Investigators found a “culture of openness and honesty” at the trust...

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Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

24/05/2018Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

A taxation increase of at least 4% a year is necessary to prevent “unnecessary costs, inefficiencies and uncertainty” and improve qua... more >
Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

24/05/2018Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

The chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced that she wants to open a volunteering scheme for the organisation’s staff to experience t... more >
Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23/05/2018Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care or... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18/05/2018Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “I just assumed your computers talked to each other” is a phrase not infrequently heard in my g... more >
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The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

11/05/2018The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE readers an exclusive preview of what to expect at this year’s editio... more >
A different kind of medicine

02/05/2018A different kind of medicine

Could literature improve the quality of life of those with mental health conditions? According to Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader,... more >
Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

02/05/2018Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

NHE’s Seamus McDonnell on the plans put in place to protect trusts and other NHS organisations from potential future cyber-attacks. In... more >
Janet Davies: Our future workforce

02/05/2018Janet Davies: Our future workforce

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), says ministers must accelerate progress to make nursin... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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