Inspection and Regulation

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...

NAO: CQC faces challenges if it is to reduce poor care

13.10.17: The CQC must improve its timeliness if it is to continue to improve, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. The NAO found that the CQC does not meet its timeliness targets for some of its regulation activities, including registration and p...

CQC: Health and social care system at full stretch

10.10.17: Health and social care is being stretched to the limit and struggling to meet the increasingly complex needs of the population, this year’s State of Care report, published by the CQC has today warned. The report, based on inspections of...

CQC keeps ambulance trust in special measures given ‘deep-rooted problems’

09.10.17: England’s chief inspector of hospitals has told troubled South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT (SECAmb) that it must continue to make significant improvements to its services, following its latest inspection by the CQC. Professor...

Proposed CQC regulation reform plans ‘very disappointing’ for GPs

01.09.17: The CQC proposals to reform how primary care services are inspected are “very disappointing” and fail to address the growing regulatory and administrative burden on GP practices at a time of limited resources, the Royal College of GP...

Stevens hands Liverpool CCG legal direction to review staff pay

29.08.17: NHS Liverpool CCG has been ordered by NHS England to review its remuneration arrangements in order to consider whether any governing body members or officers need to have their salaries reduced, as well as to comply with conflicts of interest pr...

Portsmouth trust issued warning notice as CQC deems care ‘unsafe’

24.08.17: The CQC has today told Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust that it must urgently improve after inspectors found that care at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was unsafe. It has now issued trust leads a Warning Notice, meaning the trust...

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...

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

20/10/2017Scrapping staff assault data collection to create ‘dangerous blind spot’

The government has revealed that it will no longer keep regularly tracking NHS staff assaults. Since NHS Protect was scrapped this year, the... more >
MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

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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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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

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Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
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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

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Developing a new type of think tank

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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

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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

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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

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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

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