Inspection and Regulation

London trust fined after worker is killed by liquid nitrogen

13.12.17: The death of a worker who was asphyxiated by liquid nitrogen in London in 2011 could have been prevented, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS FT and Imperial College London have been hit with fi...

Waiting times at Edinburgh NHS healthcare board under-reported

05.12.17: Emergency waiting times at all the acute hospitals run by NHS Lothian have been under-reported, according to an internal review. Investigators found that the number of discharges wrongly changed from a breach of targets to a non-breach over...

Hunt: Correlation between CQC rating and finances needs to be understood by DH

01.12.17: There is a clear correlation between trust CQC ratings and their finances, Jeremy Hunt has stated this week. Speaking at the King’s Fund Annual Conference yesterday, the health secretary explained the observed relationship between trust f...

Trust boss confirmed as new NHS Improvement CEO

29.11.17: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has today announced Ian Dalton as the replacement for outgoing CEO Jim Mackey. Dalton, currently chief executive at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, will take over the role on 4 December. He previ...

Hunt: NHS must do more to stop 80% of preventable stillbirths

28.11.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must do more to learn from stillbirths in order to ensure no parents have to bear the “tragic death or life-changing injury of a baby.” The statement follows the announcement of a new ma...

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...

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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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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

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Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

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Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
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The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... 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

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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 >

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