Inspection and Regulation

Hospitals hit Q2 targets, but Mackey admits deficit ‘worse than planned’

16.11.17: English hospitals treated more patients within government target times in the second quarter of 2017-18 despite increased strain on services. Over the period between July and September more patients were treated within four hours at A&E...

CQC: ‘Still much to do’ to get largest trust in country out of special measures

10.11.17: Barts Health NHS Trust has received an overall rating of Requires Improvement following its latest inspection by the CQC. The rating, which came after a recent core service inspection, is an improvement on the east London trust’s previous...

Northampton trust rewarded for improvements with CQC inspection upgrade

09.11.17: Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has been upgraded from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ by the CQC. After inspections in July and August of this year, the regulator said the trust had made improvements in line...

Underperforming Coventry and Warwickshire trust keeps low CQC rating

08.11.17: Following an inspection by the CQC, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has retained its low ‘requires improvement’ rating. The trust received a rating of ‘good’ for its care but fell to the lower mark fo...

Colchester trust set to exit special measures after ‘significant improvements’

02.11.17: The CQC has recommended that the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust be removed from special measures, which it has been in since 2013. During an inspection in August the regulator found significant improvements in the quali...

Counter Fraud Authority launched to combat £1bn costs

01.11.17: The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (CFA) launches today as the Department of Health attempts to combat fraud in the health service which costs the NHS £1bn a year. The new body will operate as a special health authority working directly...

Government to consider halving number of healthcare regulators

31.10.17: New reforms on the regulation of UK healthcare professionals have been opened for consultation by the Department of Health. The plans will take a complete view of current methods of regulation in an attempt to improve conditions for patient...

Major staffing issues identified at Birmingham trust by CQC

31.10.17: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has been rated as Requires Improvement in its latest inspection by the CQC. Services at the trust were initially inspected in February 2017, with an additional inspection in March. Further unanno...

Large trusts face bigger CQC fees under new plans

27.10.17: The CQC could make major changes to the way it charges providers, focusing more heavily on the turnover of organisations to inform payments. Plans for the new system have been opened to consultation by the regulator as they try to raise mon...

Birmingham trust appoints head of 'special measures' Walsall service as CEO

25.10.17: Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) has appointed the leader of an “inadequate” trust in Walsall as its new chief executive. Richard Kirby was in charge of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust when the CQC placed...

GPs face fewer and simpler CQC inspections from April 2018

25.10.17: Most GP practices will face fewer, more simple ‘focused inspections’ from the CQC from next year, as the organisation published the results of a consultation into changes to the regulation of health and social care in England. The...

GPs failing to follow statin prescription guidelines

24.10.17: There are multiple oversights in the way GPs prescribe statins to patients, according to a controversial report in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP). The study found that, despite NICE recommendations, many patients did not hav...

NICE approves first ever gene therapy for ‘bubble baby syndrome’

23.10.17: The first ever gene therapy on the NHS, designed to treat infants with the very rare immune deficiency condition adenosine deaminase deficiency (ADA-SCID), has been approved for use on the NHS. The disease has the nickname ‘bubble bab...

Scrapping staff assault data collection to create ‘dangerous blind spot’

20.10.17: The government has revealed that it will no longer keep regularly tracking NHS staff assaults. Since NHS Protect was scrapped this year, the question of who would collect the information has gone unanswered until ministers addressed it in P...

Hospital waiting time targets not met for last 18 months

13.10.17: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that the NHS is at risk of returning to its old waiting times without more support from the government. Over the last 10 years the NHS has reduced waiting times for planned treatment, with almost 9...

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GP numbers drop by 1,000 over the last year as pressure and funding concerns increase

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NHS overcharged over £34m for essential medicine

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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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Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >

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A new paradigm for public health

10/11/2017A new paradigm for public health

Heather Henry RN MBA, Queens nurse and chair of the New NHS Alliance looks into the issue of health inequality in the NHS. Health inequality is like the many-headed hydra of Greek mythology: no matter how many heads you cut off, the beast of rising illness is still coming to get you. It’s time to reconsider the weapons we use ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... 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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

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 >

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