Integrated Care & Social Care

Councils must give STPs democratic legitimacy to make effective change

15.06.17: Local authorities must be “hard wired” into the governance and practical arrangements of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in order to give them democratic legitimacy to deliver effective local change. Accord...

First signals of Manchester STP impact due next year as LCOs take root

09.06.17: Greater Manchester’s health and social care system will start, from this year and into the next, to really see service changes materialise before the first signals of the impact of devolution emerge at the back end of next year, one of the...

Doctors call for ‘declutter’ of ineffective integration initiatives

31.05.17: The NHS requires a “radical rethink” to simplify and fix the increasingly complicated healthcare landscape in the UK, a group of influential doctors has this week stated. The government has also been told to form a working group...

Think tanks welcome Tory cap on social care, but questions remain

24.05.17: Theresa May’s announcement that a potential cap on social care costs would be consulted on as part of a green paper has been welcomed by two leading think tanks. At the announcement of the Conservative manifesto last week, it was reve...

STPs a ‘workaround’ for organisational flaws in health and social care

10.05.17: STPs represent a ‘workaround’ to serious deficiencies in the organisation of the health and social care system, a trustee from the King’s Fund has stated. Speaking at the think-tank’s leadership and management summit...

Dixon: The jury is out on ‘totally aspirational’ STPs

05.05.17: Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) have been described as “totally aspirational” and, at the moment, the jury is out on them, according to the chair of the College of Medicine. Speaking during a panel session...

STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28.04.17: 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 that STP planning could succeed where the BCF had failed in integrating health and social care serv...

CSU commissioned to draw up bespoke STP integration reports by May

05.04.17: NHS England has instructed a Commissioning Support Unit to draw up bespoke reports for each of the 44 STP footprints in England to set out advise how savings can be made through better integration of mental and physical health services, NHE has...

Better connection needed between STPs and BCF, argues ADASS

20.03.17: While some sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have considered the financial impact on social care in the changing landscape, many have not, Grainne Siggins, national policy lead & trustee at the Association of Directors of Adult...

Integrated ‘streaming’ service to be introduced in all hospitals by Christmas

16.03.17: NHS England has set a goal for all hospitals with an A&E department in England to have a “comprehensive front door streaming” service in place by next Christmas. The streaming service aims to make care more efficient and tak...

STPs cannot succeed without fresh social care Budget cash, says Health Foundation

03.03.17: STPs cannot hope to succeed unless the adult social care funding gap of £2bn is addressed, a report released today by major charity the Health Foundation has revealed. The briefing analysed STP proposals to reform health and social ca...

CQC reform ‘promising, but not enough’ to save failing social care

24.02.17: The Patients Association has stated that reports to change the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) role to regulate council management of social care are “promising, but not enough” to save a system in crisis. Accordin...

NAO: No compelling evidence that health integration really works

08.02.17: The government’s plan to integrate health and social care services across England by 2020 is at “significant risk” due to progress being slower and less successful than had been hoped, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned...

Committee chairs urge PM to reach agreement on health and social care funding

06.01.17: Three House of Commons select committee chairs have urged the prime minister, Theresa May, to reach a cross-party agreement on the future of health and social care funding in a letter sent today. The letter, sent by the chairs of the Health...

May rejects initial cross-party involvement in social care review

23.12.16: A cross-party commission must be established to look at how to deliver a sustainable care system, the chair of the Health Select Committee has told Theresa May following the prime minister’s appearance before the Liaison Committee earlier...

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Doctors call for ‘black alert’ to be introduced in general practice

26/06/2017Doctors call for ‘black alert’ to be introduced in general practice

Doctors have called on the government to introduce a “black alert” for GPs so that clinicians can alert authorities when surgeries ar... more >
Surgeons back proposals to improve regulation of cosmetic surgery

26/06/2017Surgeons back proposals to improve regulation of cosmetic surgery

Surgeons have this week backed a private members’ bill that has been tabled and seeks to improve the regulation of cosmetic surgery. I... more >
BMA: Government wants world-class NHS with a third-class settlement

26/06/2017BMA: Government wants world-class NHS with a third-class settlement

Public satisfaction rates with the NHS has plummeted, the BMA has today stated as a survey found that more people were dissatisfied with the heal... more >
King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

The application process for a support programme to enable charity leaders to help one another through sharing expertise and developing skills has... more >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >
The meanings of value

20/06/2017The meanings of value

Professor Sir Muir Gray, director of Better Value Healthcare, considers the meaning of value in NHS commissioning for both the system and patient... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
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 >

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