Integrated Care & Social Care

Commissioners call for better integration of MH and primary care services

12.10.17: NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today launched a report to share best practice in embedding mental health into primary health care. The report, ‘Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care’, hi...

How we can truly make a difference for inpatients with dementia?

17.07.17: Melanie Handley from the University of Hertfordshire outlines the findings of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of dementia care in hospitals, and what can be done to ensure better patient outcomes. At any one time, 25% of h...

Shared vision for quality social care is essential for all, says NHS Providers

12.07.17: NHS Providers have welcomed news revealed today that the CQC will join with over 100 people, organisations and national bodies involved with social care to mark a renewed effort to improve the sector. In a report called ‘Quality Matte...

NHS and council bosses at odds over divisive Better Care Fund targets

06.07.17: Two influential leaders from the NHS and local government are firmly at odds with the government’s decision to outline ‘expectations’ – in other words, targets – of how much areas will have to reduce the amount of d...

Councils voice ‘serious doubts’ over likelihood of STP success

06.07.17: Fewer than one in four local politicians feel confident that sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) will be successful in reshaping local health and care services, it has been revealed. In a poll conducted by the Local Government As...

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...

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Scrapping staff assault data collection to create ‘dangerous blind spot’

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MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

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The government’s Health Select Committee has endorsed Baroness Harding as the next chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI). The committee look... more >
MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

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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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >
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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >
A digital framework that works for the NHS

09/10/2017A digital framework that works for the NHS

In response to the ever-increasing opportunities to use innovative digital technology to carry out essential admin tasks, NHS Shared Business Ser... 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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >
A new approach to talent management

25/07/2017A new approach to talent management

Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >

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