Inspection and Regulation

Review urges CQC board to ‘revisit purpose’ to run more efficiently

26.04.17: The CQC has been told to reassess the role of its board by an independent review that found large discrepancies in opinions between members about the purpose of directors sitting on the executive board. The board was also recommended to &ld...

Lancashire FT told to urgently improve by the CQC

21.04.17: A Lancashire foundation trust has been told to urgently improve its services after the CQC concluded the quality of care at its hospitals was not up to scratch. The regulator has sent the message to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT...

Half a million patients receiving ‘inadequate’ care from GPs, CQC warns

20.04.17: The CQC has warned doctors across the country to improve after revealing that around half a million patients were receiving care from GPs who had been rated as ‘inadequate’ in inspections. The regulator’s message comes as...

NHS regulation ‘the tide has turned, but the sea is still stormy’

13.04.17: Despite recent improvements in how trusts experience regulation, there is much more to do to support trusts in navigating the complex regulatory landscape, writes Cristina Sarb, policy advisor on regulation for NHS Providers.  The heal...

Four trusts enter special measures in less than a week

12.04.17: The Isle of Wight NHS FT has become the latest provider to be placed into special measures after standards were found to be ‘inadequate’ by the CQC. It comes on the same day that a separate trust, Kettering General Hospitals FT...

Another Keogh Review trust returns to special measures

11.04.17: A second trust originally named in the Keogh Review has been put back into special measures, NHS Improvement (NHSI) has today announced. It comes just days after a neighbouring provider, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust, was...

York care home provider fined £160,000 for failures

11.04.17: The owner of a York care home whose poor care was to blame for the death of a 98-year-old man has been successfully prosecuted by the CQC and ordered to pay over £160,000 in fines and costs. The CQC brought the case against the Joseph...

60 seconds with… NHSI’s Ben Dyson

07.04.17: We talk to Ben Dyson, executive director of strategy at NHS Improvement (NHSI). What are NHSI’s main policy objectives for the next 12 months? Our core objectives remain the same: to support NHS providers improve their quality of car...

Lincolnshire trust put back into special measures

06.04.17: An NHS Foundation Trust will be placed back into special measures after NHS Improvement (NHSI) found that there was a need to radically change patient services. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts (NLAG) was take...

CQC slams online services for reckless prescribing practices

06.04.17: The CQC has announced that it is continuing to crackdown on online prescription services after it used its powers to suspend the registration of one service and put pressure on three others. Two of these remaining three have had specific co...

Last Keogh review trust taken out of special measures

29.03.17: A Cumbria hospital trust was today taken out of special measures after demonstrating major improvement in its delivery of care to patients to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This marks the last hospital trust which was originally put int...

Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

28.03.17: Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisation faces in setting up regulation for nursing associates, including the very tight timetable. ...

RCEM: A&E special measures regime won’t address ‘chronic spiral downwards’

24.03.17: Plans for regulators to introduce a new “special measures” regime for underperforming A&E departments will not be enough to tackle the major issues which EDs are currently struggling to deal with, the Royal College of Emergency M...

Midwives will always have a voice at the NMC

22.03.17: Donna Ockenden, senior midwifery advisor to the chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), discusses the changing representation of midwives at the regulator.  As midwifery advisor to the NMC and also a registered midw...

CQC voices concern as 65% of independent ambulances given requirement notices

22.03.17: The CQC has voiced “significant concerns” about independent ambulances after inspections of these services identified widespread and common problems. Since April 2015, 70 CQC inspections were carried out of England’s indep...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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