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Closure risk for special measures GP practice after fifth ‘inadequate’ CQC rating

23.02.17: A GP practice in east London has been warned to improve the quality of its care within three months or it could face closure, a CQC report released today has said. Following an inspection by CQC in November last year, the regulator once aga...

Despite special winter fund and rigorous planning, GM A&E still failing to cope

22.02.17: Despite investing an extra £5m in schemes to help local health and care systems to cope with winter pressures as part of its devolution arrangements, Greater Manchester (GM) fell substantially behind its A&E target over the colder mont...

Carter review of community and mental health trusts due by late 2017

09.02.17: Following on from the review into the operational productivity and performance in the acute sector, Lord Carter of Coles is to lead a review into community and mental health trusts – with the findings expected to be published in late 2017....

Leicestershire mental health trust rated as ‘requires improvement’

08.02.17: The CQC has rated Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) as ‘requires improvement’  after an inspection found that services still weren’t fully safe, effective and responsive. The trust, which provides community a...

Providers and staff slam ‘troubling’ concerns over HSIB role

02.02.17: NHS directors and staff have hailed the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s (PACAC’s) report on the NHS’s continued lack of an open-minded learning culture, calling the committee’s concerns over t...

CQC bumps Yorkshire ambulance trust to ‘good’ after impressive one-year progress

01.02.17: The CQC has upgraded its rating of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) to ‘good’ following substantial improvements in the trust over the past few years. YAS, which covers almost 6,000sqm of terrain across Yorkshire and...

Worcestershire special measures trust told to improve or face administration

01.02.17: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals (WAH) NHS Trust has been given a warning notice from the CQC that it must make significant improvements or face potential administration. The S.29A notice, based on the CQC’s inspection of the trust in N...

Resounding calls to legislate HSIB as NHS still not learning from whistleblowers

31.01.17: Despite repeated promises from NHS England, NHS Improvement and the CQC to transform the investigative culture in the NHS into one that fosters learning-focused investigations – as well as numerous reports on the “critical issue&rdqu...

Advances made at Leicester trust but it still ‘requires improvement’

27.01.17: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS FT has been told by the CQC that it still ‘requires improvement’ after not changing rating in its most recent inspection. The CQC revisited the trust for a focused inspection during June and...

CQC rates first ever ambulance trust as ‘outstanding’

25.01.17: The CQC has rated West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) as ‘outstanding’ following recent inspections, making it the first ambulance trust to receive the accolade. Inspectors examined the trust’s emer...

Rob Behrens approved as Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

23.01.17: The new Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has been named as Rob Behrens. Behrens, who was selected from a shortlist of five candidates, was approved for the role in a pre-appointment hearing held by two parliamentary select...

North West Ambulance Service rated as requires improvement

19.01.17: The CQC has rated North West Ambulance Service NHS FT (NWAS) as requires improvement following two inspections last year. NWAS, which runs 109 ambulance stations across the north west of England along with the region’s NHS 111 service...

Royal Brompton and Harefield specialist trust rated ‘requires improvement’

11.01.17: The CQC has rated the specialist trust Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS FT as ‘requires improvement’ overall following an inspection in June of last year. Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS FT, which delivers care across two sites...

CQC launches new complaints partnership with charities

10.01.17: Under a new partnership, charities will work more closely with the CQC to represent the views of people who use health and social services, including those with mental illness and disabilities. The ‘Tell us about your care’ part...

Chief executive of struggling Lincolnshire trust takes NHSI role

04.01.17: The chief executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT will join NHS Improvement (NHSI) on secondment for six months in an advisory role on improving emergency care. Karen Jackson’s new position will involve advising and suppor...

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

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Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >


Improving the flow

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Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

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Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

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David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

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