Inspection and Regulation

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust hospital hit with ‘requires improvement’ rating again by CQC

21.02.19: The health inspectorate has told University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust that it must improve its diagnostic and pharmacy services at Derriford Hospital following its issuing of a ‘requires improvement’ rating for the facility. ...

Suicidal NHS employee unfairly dismissed after being issued with ‘appalling’ legal threat by trust

20.02.19: An NHS staff member was threatened with legal action by an ambulance trust after he reported feeling suicidal and was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal ruled, in the most “appalling response” judges had seen. The tribun...

Under-fire trust chair to step down following calls from MPs to resign

20.02.19: The under-fire chair of the Dudley Group NHS FT has announced she will leave the position after four local MPs called for her to resign. Jenni Ord said she would leave the West Midlands trust at the end of April, stating that she wanted to...

‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19.02.19: Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshire to the health secretary Matt Hancock. Clini...

CQC calls on patients to ‘Declare Your Care’ and air concerns with treatment to help it improve services

19.02.19: The CQC has called on the public to raise more of their concerns about their treatment as part of its new campaign ‘Declare Your Care,’ as research shows that two-thirds of patients who speak out see their care improve. The heal...

Protestors surround hospital to save it from closure following major reshuffle of Dorset NHS services

18.02.19: Around 200 campaigners formed a human chain around a community hospital in a protest against the loss of beds and a potential closure as part of a major reorganisation of NHS services in the area. Portland Hospital in Dorset was surrounded...

‘Damaging’ NHS targets ‘have had their day’ claims Lord Prior

15.02.19: NHS targets “have had their day” according to Lord Prior as the head of the health service launches an attack on 25 years of flawed health policies. On the same day A&E performance slumped to the worst level on record, NHS E...

Controversial shake-up of Kent stroke services given rubber stamp amid calls for judicial review

15.02.19: A major reorganisation of stroke services across Kent and Medway have been approved following a unanimous decision by the Joint Committee of CCGs. The plans to close the six current stroke facilities in the region and create three new speci...

A&E waiting time performance hits all time low as NHS ‘buckles under the strain’

15.02.19: A&E waiting time performances in NHS trusts in England have hit their lowest level since regards began, according to the latest NHS statistics. The NHS’s performance against the flagship four-hour target has hit its lowest level s...

GP at Hand cleared to expand to Birmingham after NHS England lifts objections

14.02.19: Babylon’s controversial GP at Hand is to be expanded to Birmingham after NHS England reversed its decision to block the doctor app. Babylon applied last year to launch its remote video consultation service in Birmingham, but the appli...

Family demand wider inquiry into NHS nurse’s death after cervical cancer missed by Bristol trust

14.02.19: The bereaved family of a nurse has called for a full independent inquiry into her care after it took six attempts for her cancer to be diagnosed. Julie O’Connor died on 4 February at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, but days before her...

Mesothelioma in the UK: a growing fight

14.02.19: The health impacts of asbestos in the UK can cast a much wider net than those in the construction and building sector. Liz Darlison, head of services at Mesothelioma UK, tells more on the growing fight against the disease. The UK has the hi...

North West Ambulance Service: assessing our latest performance review

14.02.19: Michael Forrest, interim chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), discusses how his team has implemented best practice methods to achieve its ‘good’ CQC rating awarded last year.  I am delighted with our...

Thousands of X-rays to be reviewed amid fears of surgical errors

13.02.19: Thousands of NHS patients who had bone fractures repaired with a metal plate now need to have their X-rays reviewed after the NHS has admitted the wrong plates may have been used. NHS Improvement (NHSI) has issued the national patient safet...

Priory Group to close High Wycombe hospital after damning CQC report places it in special measures

13.02.19: A hospital for young people with learning disabilities run by a private mental health group has been put in special measures after a damning CQC report. The group has subsequently decided to apply to de-register the hospital and transfer its pat...

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NHS England, DHSC rejects reports that patients’ 30-year right to choose where they are treated is under threat

22/02/2019NHS England, DHSC rejects reports that patients’ 30-year right to choose where they are treated is under threat

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NHS staff and families to be evicted under plans to close accommodation

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NHS staff to receive ‘fast-track’ mental health support as part of wellbeing plans

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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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Did Brexit drown out the NHS Long Term plan?

20/02/2019Did Brexit drown out the NHS Long Term plan?

In January the NHS released its much-anticipated Long Term plan, pledging to save 500,000 lives through new prevent strategies, and making a concerted effort to improve the general public’s health. But Simon Keen, media relations manager at NHS Providers, poses the question: Did Brexit drown out the NHS Long Term plan? Brexit. Bruss... more >
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Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

14/02/2019ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >
Leading and managing experts

14/02/2019Leading and managing experts

A coaching conversation is likely to yield the best results. Managing experts in the health industry can be a challenging and varying responsibil... more >
Mesothelioma in the UK: a growing fight

14/02/2019Mesothelioma in the UK: a growing fight

The health impacts of asbestos in the UK can cast a much wider net than those in the construction and building sector. Liz Darlison, head of serv... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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 >

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