Inspection and Regulation

Birmingham FT slumps from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ as CQC slams widespread quality decline

17.10.18: Birmingham Community NHS FT (BCHC) has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ after CQC inspectors found that people working in the children’s services have six times the recommended workload. The healthcare watchdog rated t...

London urged to improve ‘complex and cluttered’ health and care system

16.10.18: London must grasp the opportunity to improve healthcare for Londoners by updating the capital’s “complex and cluttered” system, a new report by The King’s Fund has found. Commissioned by the mayor of London, the &lsq...

GMC to give inspectors human factors training following Bawa-Garba case

15.10.18: Inspectors, clinical experts and decision makers from the General Medical Council (GMC) are to receive human factors training amidst changes to the regulator’s investigative process in response to the handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa...

NHS reacts to State of Care: ‘We’re almost running on empty and well beyond tipping point’

11.10.18: The CQC has today released its annual State of Care report, which has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care – but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very m...

CQC: ‘Postcode lottery’ makes way for ‘integration lottery’ as NHS walks towards ‘unjust’ future

11.10.18: This year’s CQC State of Care report has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care, but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very much dependent on where you liv...

Record £37m NHS compensation pay-out for brain-injured boy

08.10.18: A six-year-old boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury after his birth in hospital has received a NHS record £37m in compensation. The child contracted the herpes simplex virus at Watford General hospital which &ldq...

Standardised hospital death reviews: RCP reports on ‘successful’ progress so far

04.10.18: Hospitals are now using a standardised review method to improve patients care and learn from adult acute deaths, a new report from the Royal Collage of Physicians (RCP) has revealed. In March 2017, trusts across England were instructed to c...

CQC finds troubled Southern Health trust still ‘requires improvement’ after patient deaths scandal

03.10.18: The CQC has found that, after inspections in June and July this year at 10 mental health services and five community services, Southern Health NHS FT remains as ‘requires improvement’ overall. Southern Health was fined £2m...

Illegal care provider prosecuted by CQC after two-year legal wrangle

27.09.18: A company director that illegally provided domiciliary care services from three addresses in north London has been successfully prosecuted by the CQC. The company, CapeHealth Care and Cape Home Care, was not registered with the CQC, which i...

‘Significant differences’ in impact of CQC inspections on different NHS sectors

27.09.18: Greater investment in recruitment and training of staff and more flexible rating systems were amongst the key findings in a landmark review of the CQC, published today. Research carried out by think tank The King’s Fund and the Allian...

Inadequate funding and ‘unsafe staffing levels’ contributed to hospital baby girl death

26.09.18: Unsafe levels of nursing and clinical staff and insufficient funding at Birmingham Women’s Hospital were factors in the death of a baby girl last winter, a coroner has found. In a report senior coroner Louise Hunt outlined the circums...

Solicitor who overcharged NHS millions with ‘obscene’ clinical negligence bills fined £30k

19.09.18: A solicitor who overcharged the NHS millions of pounds for clinical negligence has been fined £30,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Andrew Good, who had been the joint owner (50% stake) of Hull law firm Rapid Response, was...

Devon NHS Trust remains in ‘requires improvement’ after latest CQC inspection

18.09.18: A Devon-based NHS trust will remain in the ‘requires improvement’ rating after the health inspectorate deemed that, despite improvements, some services require further work in its latest report. The CQC’s inspection at Nor...

Foundation trust thrown back into special measures after major service deterioration

14.09.18: A Norfolk-based foundation trust has been placed back into special measures, just three years after being taken out by the health inspectorate. The CQC rated the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS FT ‘inadequate,’ wi...

Keogh Review trust to stay in special measures after sluggish pace of improvement

12.09.18: The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT has been told by the health inspectorate that it must stay in special measures amid concerns over staffing levels and patient care following the latest CQC review – but its rating has been changed...

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Highest ever numbers accept GP training posts

19/10/2018Highest ever numbers accept GP training posts

The number of people entering GP training is the highest in NHS history, according to new figures from Health Education England (HEE). A tot... more >
‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

19/10/2018‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

The government is still “a long way” from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care and has been urged to... more >
One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19/10/2018One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. ... 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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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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On your bike!

17/10/2018On your bike!

Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we are committed to becoming a greener organisation and reducing the environmental impact of delivering p... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... 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 >
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 >

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