Inspection and Regulation

CQC praise of former special-measures Sherwood FT marks start of ‘next stage of journey’

15.08.18: A Nottinghamshire trust that had previously been in special measures has gone through significant improvements, according to the health inspectorate. CQC inspectors found care provided by staff members at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT wa...

London GP surgery suspended by CQC after ‘significant safety concerns’

13.08.18: A London borough GP surgery has been suspended by the health inspectorate. CQC inspectors suspended the Staunton Group Practice in Wood Green, north London, following an inspection in May 2018 which highlighted “significant concerns&r...

Nurse who committed suicide after dismissal was ‘treated unfairly’ by trust managers

09.08.18: An independent review into a London NHS trust’s dismissal of a nurse who went on to take his own life found that he was treated unfairly during his time at work. Amin Abdullah set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace in February...

CQC: Portsmouth trust which runs Gosport still ‘requires improvement’

09.08.18: The NHS trust which runs Gosport War Memorial has been found to ‘require improvement’ following its latest CQC inspection. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs St Mary’s, Queen Alexandra, Petersfield, and Gosp...

Four cash-strapped Kent CCGs placed into special measures

07.08.18: Four east Kent CCGs have been placed into special measures following NHS England’s annual assessment of the area’s finances. In a statement released today, the CCGs – which operate under the East Kent CCG umbrella includin...

London trust on upwards journey, but urgent improvement still needed

02.08.18: After receiving its third ‘requires improvement’ CQC rating in three years, a major London NHS trust has finally demonstrated that it is on the path towards improvement – but there is still much work to be done. During an...

Liverpool care provider fined by CQC following resident stair fall

01.08.18: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has fined a Merseyside care provider after a resident at a care home fell down a flight of stairs. Dorothy Carney sustained serious injuries at the Bentley Care Home in Liverpool in October 2015 when she ga...

Keogh Review trust laments slow progress after poor CQC rating, but pledges action

26.07.18: Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection from the CQC. The Keogh Review hospital was stuck in special measures for almost four years, finally being taken out in March 2017...

Transforming hospital pharmacy: one year on

25.07.18: Andrew Davies, professional lead for hospital pharmacy at NHS Improvement (NHSI), runs through the significant developments that have taken place across the health service since trusts produced local pharma plans as part of Carter Review recomme...

Private giant has third mental health hospital placed in special measures

23.07.18: A third mental health hospital under the control of a private provider has been judged ‘inadequate’ and placed in special measures by the CQC. Hospital Roehampton, run by private company Huntercombe, was placed into special meas...

MP leads calls for whistleblowing legislation to be changed: ‘We need a specific NHS law’

19.07.18: A leading MP and doctor has told MPs that the current law used for whistleblowing is outdated and could potentially prevent whistleblowers from coming forward in the future. Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Dr Philippa Whitford, an SNP po...

NMC admits it ‘sat back’ during Morecambe Bay scandal, recognises big culture shift ahead

18.07.18: The nursing regulator has apologised to families affected by the Morecambe Bay scandal and has said its listening to concerned parties was “simply inadequate” – but argued that it was not responsible for the deaths of children...

CQC: NHS trust still ‘requires improvement’ three years after last inspection

17.07.18: An NHS trust that runs hospitals in North and East Hertfordshire has been told by the CQC that its services, overall, require improvement. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been told that, despite its services rated as ‘good&...

Southall practice taken out of special measures by CQC

17.07.18: A Southall medical practice has been taken out of special measures following being granted a ‘good’ rating after a CQC inspection. Dr Naz Asghar’s surgery in the London borough of Ealing was rated good for being safe, effe...

Anti-NHS charity with financial links to new health secretary to be investigated

13.07.18: The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which donated thousands of pounds to the new health and social care secretary Matt Hancock and openly supports NHS privatisation, is to be investigated after concerns were raised over its status as an edu...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15/08/2018Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which e... more >
Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

15/08/2018Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

Plans to create a single accountable officer (AO) for three major Leicestershire CCGs have been cast into doubt, as concerns were raised about a ... more >
NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

15/08/2018NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

Plans to expand the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone app outside of London have been blocked by NHS chiefs citing patient safety concerns. ... 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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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

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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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... more >

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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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