Inspection and Regulation

Private mental health group faces multimillion fine after death of NHS-funded girl in its care

11.01.19: A private mental health group is facing a multimillion-pound fine for breaching health and safety laws after a 14-year old with a history of suicide attempts died in its care. Amy El-Keria was treated at the Priory Group’s Ticehurst H...

Tribunal finds manager was unfairly and constructively dismissed during trust merger

11.01.19: An employment tribunal has ruled that a hospital trust unfairly dismissed a senior manager during the restructuring of staff across three trusts. Employment tribunal Judge Brown ruled that Mid Essex Hospitals Service NHS Trust constructivel...

CQC appoints new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care

11.01.19: The CQC has appointed Dr Rosie Benneyworth as its new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care. Benneyworth is a Somerset GP and is currently the director of strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG...

Body parts and toxic waste still piled up at abandoned medical base

10.01.19: The state of the abandoned medical base of the disposal firm at the centre of the NHS waste stockpiling scandal has been revealed, with body parts and clinical waste remaining piled up and untreated on the site since it stopped trading in Decemb...

‘Don’t cry when things go wrong’: NAO finds ‘unacceptable’ levels of financial weakness across NHS

10.01.19: Four in 10 NHS organisations don’t have a grip on their spending according to a damning report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which found that the number of bodies with significant financial weaknesses is unacceptably high. The...

Planned trust merger ‘hampered day-to-day services’ as provider’s rating drops to ‘requires improvement’

09.01.19: A West Midlands mental health trust that recently aborted merger plans has been urged to improve after inspectors found that the trust lacked sufficient governance systems, staff failed to manage medicines consistently, and some properties were...

NHS trust jumps from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ CQC rating after ‘huge improvements’ under new leadership

08.01.19: An NHS trust has jumped from an ‘inadequate’ rating to ‘good’ and has been taken out of special measures after the health inspectorate found “huge improvements” under new leadership. Brighton and Sussex U...

Dr Bawa-Garba has medical register suspension extended by six months

04.01.19: Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s suspension from the medical register has been extended another six months after a review by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) determined that the measure was needed to “protect the public”...

NHS trust fined £300,000 after two employees repeatedly stabbed by patient

04.01.19: An NHS trust has been fined £300,000 after two healthcare workers suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a patient at a medium secure forensic unit in Kent. The Old Bailey heard how, on 17 July 2016, heal...

Hospitals are coping better with festive pressures and are ‘better equipped’ for winter crisis

03.01.19: The NHS seems to be coping better with winter pressures this year with fewer A&E closures and ambulance delays than this point last year as health chiefs say the health service has been “better equipped” for winter by an extra &p...

Croydon care agency placed in special measures after inspectors find ‘totally unacceptable’ levels of care and care worker response times

03.01.19: A Croydon home care agency has been placed into special measures after the CQC found unsafe levels of care, and, in some cases, inspectors found medicine records showing a potential overdose. The level of care at Medacs Healthcare, Croydon...

Waste firm at centre of NHS scandal confirms it has ceased operations after staff made redundant

03.01.19: A waste disposal company at the centre of a clinical waste stockpiling scandal has confirmed that it has ceased operations. Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) has said all of its 400 staff have now been made redundant, after becoming e...

Tribunal rules in favour of CQC’s enforcement action at 18 Sussex care homes

20.12.18: A first-tier tribunal has ruled that enforcement powers imposed on 18 care homes in Sussex to protect its residents was the right decision from the CQC. After finding wide-spread issues on successive inspections in 2017, the CQC proposed im...

Keogh to lead new independent hospital oversight framework in wake of Ian Paterson case

20.12.18: The former national medical director for NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, is to lead the development of a new framework on the oversight of consultants in independent hospitals. The framework – part of the NHS’s response to the Bis...

CQC made ‘fundamental’ oversight errors by letting convicted NHS fraudster landed trust top job

19.12.18: The failings of the CQC in applying the fit and proper persons (FPPR) test to a disgraced trust chief executive who “victimised whistleblowers” were so extensive that the Parliamentary health watchdog has warned of “systematic...

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Risk of further deaths at mental health service warns coroner in wake of 22-year-old death

15/01/2019Risk of further deaths at mental health service warns coroner in wake of 22-year-old death

A coroner’s report into the death of a 22-year-old has slammed a mental health service for children and young adults and warned that there ... more >
University College London Hospitals trust appoints Baroness Neuberger as new chair

15/01/2019University College London Hospitals trust appoints Baroness Neuberger as new chair

Baroness Julia Neuberger has been announced as the new chair of University College London Hospitals FT (UCLH). Neuberger will take become ch... more >
Construction to begin on £98m Heatherwood Hospital to replace 100-year-old existing facility

15/01/2019Construction to begin on £98m Heatherwood Hospital to replace 100-year-old existing facility

Building work on a new £98m Heatherwood Hospital is to get underway after Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust gave the construction the gre... 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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Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

14/01/2019Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ returns to write for NHE for his blog series on effective leadership. “It is not in your top three, Dean…” The difficulty in asking for feedback is that sometimes, occasionally,... more >
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Sneak a peek into the world of risk

19/12/2018Sneak a peek into the world of risk

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) asked its members what working in risk is really like and what hints and tips they’d share with peop... more >
The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

19/12/2018The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

The development of the NHS long-term plan offers a reset moment: a chance to develop a credible, sector-owned blueprint designed to improve care ... more >
NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

19/12/2018NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

Jin Sahota spent two years at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) establishing the future operating model for the new NHS Supply Chai... more >
Leading the way: The Translational Research Collaboration for Mental Health

19/12/2018Leading the way: The Translational Research Collaboration for Mental Health

Professor John Geddes, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, introduces the new... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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 >

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