Integrated Care & Social Care

NHS reacts to State of Care: ‘We’re almost running on empty and well beyond tipping point’

11.10.18: The CQC has today released its annual State of Care report, which has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care – but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very m...

CQC: ‘Postcode lottery’ makes way for ‘integration lottery’ as NHS walks towards ‘unjust’ future

11.10.18: This year’s CQC State of Care report has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care, but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very much dependent on where you liv...

Supporting GPs through community pharmacies

10.10.18: James Roach, director of the Integrated Care Partnership in West Essex, reveals that fully deployed community pharmacy models could release 18 million GP appointments per year. Working with the National Pharmacy Association, an innovative G...

Hancock announces £240m social care funding ahead of green paper

02.10.18: The health and social care secretary Matt Hancock is set to announce an emergency £240m fund to be injected into social care to free up beds this winter. In a speech today at the Conservative Party conference, the secretary of state w...

Prof Ted Baker: A whole-system approach

26.09.18: CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, discusses the importance of a whole-system approach to managing the capacity problem as demand for health and social care continues to rise. Every year, we are seeing more and m...

New £1.4m cash pot for digital projects at 18 councils looking to modernise social care

21.09.18: New adult social care funding for 18 councils across the UK has been awarded by NHS Digital, with the local authorities splitting the £1.4m cash pot to develop digital projects in support of social care. NHS Digital has revealed three...

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d...

Integrated care systems ‘need dedicated funding and law changes to succeed’

20.09.18: National health leaders need to invest time into developing appropriate legislation, reforming regulation, redesigning financial architectures and earmarking funding in order to truly support the advancement of integrated care systems (ICSs), th...

Integrated care systems held back by ‘conflicting messages’ from national bodies

20.09.18: While there have been encouraging signs of progress, integrated care systems (ICSs) are nevertheless being held back by their regulatory relationship with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI), as well as by sluggish regional teams who have bee...

GMHSC laments ‘limited’ integrated organisation forms and floats new care trust vehicle

19.09.18: Beyond short-term funding arrangements and traditional organisational boundaries, there are other systemic barriers that hold back the pace of health and social care integration – including a limited option of integrated organisational for...

CQC urgently shuts care home over ‘risk of harm to patients’

19.09.18: Residents of Horncastle House were forced to leave after the CQC shut down the Sussex care home due to “ineffective” care and a “risk of harm” to patients. The health inspectorate said they had no choice but to take...

Corby seeks next urgent care provider after landmark High Court legal battle

14.09.18: Work has begun to start the procurement process for Corby Urgent Care Centre (UCC) after a landmark High Court ruling rejected proposals to turn the facility into appointment-only. NHS Corby CCG announced the notice to start the procurement...

Government will 'consider proposals' for ring-fenced health and social care funding in latest response

05.09.18: The government has published its response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s calls for ring-fenced transformation funding for health and social care, claiming “it will consider proposals” for a multi-year capital plan to...

Isle of Wight NHS Trust and South Central Ambulance Service collaborate to improve patient care

30.08.18: The Isle of Wight NHS Trust (IWNHS) and the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) announced today that they will be working together in a number of areas to improve patient service quality and “greater value for money” in the area. ...

Reduction in bed-blocking rates saves NHS £60m

22.08.18: Improvements made in returning hospital patients to adult social care has saved the NHS £60m, leaders in the sector have said. New data from NHS England highlights that there were 43,600 fewer delayed days from hospital wards to the c...

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One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19/10/2018One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. ... more >
Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... more >
Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

18/10/2018Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

New plans for a “world-class” children’s hospital site and a second state-of-the-art adult hospital building have been revealed... more >
NHSI wants business cases for wholly-owned subsidiaries in new consultation

18/10/2018NHSI wants business cases for wholly-owned subsidiaries in new consultation

NHS Improvement (NHSI) has opened up consultation on proposals over how wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS) are approved and regulated, requiring NHS... more >

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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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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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On your bike!

17/10/2018On your bike!

Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we are committed to becoming a greener organisation and reducing the environmental impact of delivering p... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >
Prevention through hydration

03/10/2018Prevention through hydration

Professor Jennie Wilson, a member of the Infection Prevention Society, discusses the importance of hydration, especially in older patients, in in... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... 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

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 >

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