Inspection and Regulation

Three CCGs slapped with NHS England legal directions

18.08.17: Three CCGs have been slapped with NHS England legal directions requiring them to produce urgent improvement and financial plans, as well as hire turnaround directors and review their executive team and senior appointments. The commissioning...

London trust told to improve for third time in three years

17.08.17: A major London NHS trust has been told by inspectors that it needs to urgently improve after it received its third ‘Requires Improvement’ rating in three years. The CQC reviewed care at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in Ma...

NHSI and CQC to inspect trusts on how resources are used from autumn

09.08.17: Non-specialist acute trusts will be inspected and rated on how well they use their resources from this autumn, it has been revealed. The regulator collected public views into delivering the changes earlier in the year and also tested the ch...

Struggling special measures trust still failing to improve care

08.08.17: A trust currently in special measures has been placed under even more pressure after CQC inspectors found that improvements to care had not been made since their last visit. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAH) was placed in speci...

Securing the health service with openness and transparency

08.08.17: Mike Lees, head of business security at Barnsley Hospital NHS FT, talks to NHE about the organisation’s innovative approach to securing the trust’s estate. From left to right: Lisa Corbridge, Trust LSMS; Mike Lees, head of busin...

Birmingham mental health trust rating slips after latest CQC inspection

01.08.17: A Midlands mental health trust has been told to improve by the CQC after inspectors reported that standards had slipped from ‘Good’ to ‘Requires Improvement’. In a review of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health...

CQC: Southern Health still failing to learn from serious incidents

28.07.17: Inspectors have warned the troubled Southern Health trust that although some progress is being made to improve care, urgent work is still needed to bring it up to standards. The CQC today published a report into care at the trust that found...

CQC registration cancelled in a third of GPs post-special measures

25.07.17: Nearly a third of GP practices to exit special measures last year were subsequently detached from the CQC, either by being deregistered by the inspectorate or cancelling by their own registration. In total, 155 GP practices entered CQC spec...

CQC chief: There’s a lot trusts can do to improve care without extra cash

25.07.17: Although more money would be welcome, the NHS can improve its care and standards by running more efficiently, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC has today said. Speaking too BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor S...

CQC: Timescales for publishing inspection reports remains challenging

18.07.17: The CQC missed a number of key targets for publishing reports following inspection of NHS services last year, the organisation’s annual reports and accounts for 2016-17 has revealed. In the document, it was revealed that for hospitals...

CQC told to inspect health and social care systems in 12 struggling areas

04.07.17: The CQC has been instructed to undertake a programme of local system reviews of health and social care in 12 failing local authority areas by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health. Inspectors will...

NHSI ‘should be able to tell, not ask’ providers to comply

30.06.17: Going forward, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI) will face a difficult conundrum: deciding whether they should be able to tell, rather simply ask, organisations to push forward with necessary changes, especially in situations where service...

Trust pleads guilty after patient seriously injured in ‘life-changing’ fall

30.06.17: A trust has admitted that it failed to provide safe care and treatment to people in its care after a patient was injured falling from the roof of one of its buildings. The CQC announced that it would take action against the trust in March t...

NHSI to focus support efforts on sites singled out over unsafe cladding fears

28.06.17: Up to 38 hospitals have cladding in place with characteristics similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, with nine identified as being at the “greatest risk”. The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), which has been working with fi...

Surgeons back proposals to improve regulation of cosmetic surgery

26.06.17: Surgeons have this week backed a private members’ bill that has been tabled and seeks to improve the regulation of cosmetic surgery. In a statement released today, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the British Association of Pla...

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NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

21/08/2017NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

England’s chief nurse Professor Jane Cummings will take charge of the London region until a permanent regional director is found, NHS Engla... more >
Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

21/08/2017Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

Regular risk assessments were not carried out by the psychiatrist responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk when the teenager died in 2013, a tribunal h... more >
Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

21/08/2017Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

Concern has been raised by the families of older patients this week who say that it is too difficult to complain about the hospital care or treat... more >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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Your personality, your leadership

Deirdre Wallace, clinical skills manager at UCL Medical School, discusses the importance of learning about leadership and self while at medical school. Approximately five years ago, I was ch... more > more last word articles >
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We need your Health Heroes!

21/08/2017We need your Health Heroes!

We are once again delighted to be the official media partner for the Our Health Heroes Awards, working alongside Skills for Health to celebrate those in our healthcare workforce who go above and beyond the call of duty. It’s important that the fantastic contributions healthcare workers are making across the UK every day don’t ... more >
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A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

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Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
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Improving care at the touch of a screen

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When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >
A new approach to talent management

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Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >
Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25/07/2017Enabling greater integration through ACSs

At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

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On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... more >

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