Integrated Care & Social Care

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...

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...

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NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

21/08/2017NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

England’s chief nurse Professor Jane Cummings will take charge of the London region until a permanent regional director is found, NHS Engla... more >
Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

21/08/2017Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

Regular risk assessments were not carried out by the psychiatrist responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk when the teenager died in 2013, a tribunal h... more >
Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

21/08/2017Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

Concern has been raised by the families of older patients this week who say that it is too difficult to complain about the hospital care or treat... more >
Three CCGs slapped with NHS England legal directions

18/08/2017Three CCGs slapped with NHS England legal directions

Three CCGs have been slapped with NHS England legal directions requiring them to produce urgent improvement and financial plans, as well as hire ... 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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Your personality, your leadership

Deirdre Wallace, clinical skills manager at UCL Medical School, discusses the importance of learning about leadership and self while at medical school. Approximately five years ago, I was ch... more > more last word articles >
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We need your Health Heroes!

21/08/2017We need your Health Heroes!

We are once again delighted to be the official media partner for the Our Health Heroes Awards, working alongside Skills for Health to celebrate those in our healthcare workforce who go above and beyond the call of duty. It’s important that the fantastic contributions healthcare workers are making across the UK every day don’t ... more >
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Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

08/08/2017Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get ... more >
A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

04/08/2017A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

04/08/2017Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of ... more >
A community service

04/08/2017A community service

Louise Watson, NHS England director of the New Care Models programme, discusses the emerging success stories from the vanguard areas across the c... more >
Diabetes Professional Care launches 2017 Conference programme

03/08/2017Diabetes Professional Care launches 2017 Conference programme

An outstanding line-up of practitioners and thought leaders will share their expertise and knowledge with healthcare professionals from across th... 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 >
Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25/07/2017Enabling greater integration through ACSs

At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

25/07/2017How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... 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 >

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