Inspection and Regulation

Solicitor who overcharged NHS millions with ‘obscene’ clinical negligence bills fined £30k

19.09.18: A solicitor who overcharged the NHS millions of pounds for clinical negligence has been fined £30,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Andrew Good, who had been the joint owner (50% stake) of Hull law firm Rapid Response, was...

Devon NHS Trust remains in ‘requires improvement’ after latest CQC inspection

18.09.18: A Devon-based NHS trust will remain in the ‘requires improvement’ rating after the health inspectorate deemed that, despite improvements, some services require further work in its latest report. The CQC’s inspection at Nor...

Foundation trust thrown back into special measures after major service deterioration

14.09.18: A Norfolk-based foundation trust has been placed back into special measures, just three years after being taken out by the health inspectorate. The CQC rated the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS FT ‘inadequate,’ wi...

Keogh Review trust to stay in special measures after sluggish pace of improvement

12.09.18: The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT has been told by the health inspectorate that it must stay in special measures amid concerns over staffing levels and patient care following the latest CQC review – but its rating has been changed...

Westminster-based general practice placed into special measures by CQC

07.09.18: A Westminster-based practice has been placed into special measures by the health inspectorate after being rated ‘inadequate’ during its latest inspection. The CQC gave Soho Square General Practice – which looks after aroun...

Ex-special measures trust still needs to improve as poor CQC rating left unchanged

07.09.18: East Kent Hospitals FT has been told by the health inspectorate that is must make improvements following the latest CQC review. The Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother, William Harvey and Kent & Canterbury Hospital were all rated as ‘req...

CQC takes enforcement action to work with NHSI at troubled Dudley foundation trust

07.09.18: The health inspectorate has issued an enforcement notice at a Dudley Group FT hospital in a bid to protect people after safety concerns surrounding the service In an announcement yesterday, the CQC issued the action against the trust follow...

CQC takes enforcement action amid safety fears at Shrewsbury trust

06.09.18: The CQC has decided to take “urgent enforcement action” against a trust that was last week embroiled in controversy after more cases of poor care were allegedly identified at its maternity unit. The organisation has inspected Sh...

Independent panel called in to oversee struggling cardiac surgery service

04.09.18: An NHS Improvement oversight body has been called in by a struggling London teaching trust in a bid to improve standards at its cardiac surgery unit. St George’s University Hospital Trust announced today that the external panel will b...

Foundation trust jumps from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’ CQC rating in just two years

30.08.18: A London foundation trust which was rated ‘requires improvement’ just two years ago has jumped up to ‘outstanding’ following a positive visit from the health inspectorate. Kingston Hospital NHS FT was given the ratin...

CQC wins tribunal preventing provider from increasing private care capacity

24.08.18: The CQC has won a first-tier tribunal decision preventing a care group from increasing the number of people with learning disabilities at one of its services. Care Management Group Limited (CMG) — a care provider running a large numbe...

London urgent care centre placed into special measures by CQC

23.08.18: An urgent care centre in the London Borough of Redbridge has been placed into special measures by the health inspectorate. Following a CQC inspection on 5 April, King George’s Emergency Urgent Care Centre (EUCC), an independently run...

Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

17.08.18: Walsall Manor Hospital’s maternity services have been given an improved rating from the health inspectorate following assessments made in June. The trust had previously been rated as inadequate due to concerns over staffing levels and...

Plymouth trust slapped with two warning notices after damning CQC review

16.08.18: The CQC has called for immediate improvements at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust as the healthcare inspectorate issued two warning notices to the provider, which runs Derriford Hospital. The trust, which remains rated at ‘requ...

CQC praise of former special-measures Sherwood FT marks start of ‘next stage of journey’

15.08.18: A Nottinghamshire trust that had previously been in special measures has gone through significant improvements, according to the health inspectorate. CQC inspectors found care provided by staff members at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT wa...

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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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Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19/09/2018Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. Here, he highlights the importance of innovation in the NHS, and the exciting prospects it might bring if we’re brave enough to seize the opportunities ahead. S... more >
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The Hospital Energy Project

19/09/2018The Hospital Energy Project

The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace outdated systems at Oxford University NHS FT’s hospitals and redu... more >
Social media's role in health

19/09/2018Social media's role in health

Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevention and control in particular, write Brett Mitchell, professor of nurs... more >
Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

19/09/2018Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, takes a look at Matt Hancock's priorities and agenda around workforce, technology and pr... more >
GDEs: Never stop learning

19/09/2018GDEs: Never stop learning

Paul Charnley, director of IT and information at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT, discusses what his organisation has learnt from bein... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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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

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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

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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

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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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