Inspection and Regulation

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...

New chair appointed as Wirral trust review unearths ‘poor governance and culture’

05.03.18: The full review into events at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS FT has found a record of “poor governance and culture” which created a breakdown in relations between senior leaders. NHS Improvement (NHSI) released the re...

Struggling Tyneside trust shows improvements following new partnership

02.03.18: The CQC has highlighted improvements at the troubled South Tyneside NHS FT today, following its partnership with a neighbouring trust. While services remain rated as ‘requires improvement’, the regulator said it had found that t...

Under-fire trust chair resigns amid ‘serious leadership, governance and cultural problems’

28.02.18: The chair of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT announced that he would be stepping down this week following heavy criticism from NHS Improvement (NHSI). Michael Carr’s position has been under threat for some time now, with NH...

‘Outstanding’ trust scolded by CQC for inadequate community mental health services

28.02.18: Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS FT has received an unexpectedly poor rating for its specialist community mental health services, despite being rated as ‘outstanding’ overall. The trust received that news today...

Large London trust must improve after CQC finds ‘poor state of repair’ in rusty theatres

21.02.18: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been told by the CQC that it must urgently address the “poor state of repair” of some of its theatres. Following its latest inspection in November and December 2017, the trust continues to b...

Stop intervening to speed up birth unless real risks involved, says WHO

16.02.18: Medical staff and midwives should not intervene to speed up a woman’s labour unless there are real risks of complications, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). New guidance from the WHO overturns decades of previou...

CQC finds improvements at troubled Somerset hospital

16.02.18: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found improvements at a troubled hospital in Weston-super-Mare following an inspection last year that rated it as Inadequate. A focused inspection by the CQC showed Weston General Hospital’s A&...

CQC begins search for ‘someone exceptional’ to replace Behan

14.02.18: The CQC has started its hunt for a new CEO this week to replace outgoing boss Sir David Behan, who is leaving his position after six years. The regulator says the successful choice will be someone who has a track record of driving change as...

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Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

16/03/2018Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

The number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England increased last year, according to NHS Digital’s latest figures. In ... more >
Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

16/03/2018Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

A campaign group has won the right to a judicial review against the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Hands Off HRI mounted its ... more >
‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

16/03/2018‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

The number of junior doctors entering specialist training immediately after completing their foundation years is continuing to decline, according t... 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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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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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

08/03/2018International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... 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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