Integrated Care & Social Care

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...

RCM fearful that maternity services ‘not a priority’ for STPs

22.12.16: Half of all new STPs for the NHS across England do not mention or include very little detail about maternity services, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has discovered. New analysis made by the RCM of 35 STPs out of the 44 footprints foun...

Integrated Personal Commissioning programme rolled out to six more areas

21.12.16: An NHS England scheme to transform care for millions of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions is being rolled out to six new areas across England. Birmingham and Solihull, Nottingham City, Hertfordshire, Islington, Shef...

Green light given for new £5m Manchester integrated care unit

19.12.16: A new £5m intermediate care unit at North Manchester General Hospital has received planning permission from Manchester City Council. The unit is a joint partnership between Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates services at...

NHS leaders bemoan insufficient social care aid in council settlement

15.12.16: Health service leaders have welcomed the government’s decision to allow councils to access a new adult social care support grant and bring forward a planned increase in the social care precept but have warned that the measures will “...

Confed chair: NHS and councils must ‘develop different relationship’

15.12.16: The crisis in social care can only be addressed with a different relationship between health services and councils, the chair of NHS Confederation said today. In an appearance before the Communities and Local Government Committee, Stephen D...

Progress on integrated care

13.12.16: Don Redding, director of policy at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, looks at the challenges facing integrated care in the NHS. This year’s conference of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFI...

Social prescription: A trojan horse for a health creating community?

09.12.16: Dr Michael Dixon, social prescribing lead at NHS England, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing social prescribing. Social prescription is an idea whose time has finally come. It was virtually unspoken of a year or two ago, and...

Getting well together

05.12.16: Eight months on from the Place-Based Health Commission’s final report, Lord Victor Adebowale talks to NHE about the impact of STPs on bespoke health and the leftover challenges in achieving integrated care. Back in March, the Place-Ba...

Greater Manchester: 30 years ahead

02.12.16: Jon Rouse, the new chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, speaks to NHE’s Luana Salles about the region’s latest and forthcoming integration developments. Greater Manchester’s (GM’s)...

Hunt leaves door open for ‘new legislation’ to aid STPs

02.12.16: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has not ruled out fresh legislation to support the development of STPs in the next Parliament, responding to a Q&A question after his keynote address at the NHS Providers conference this week. During his key...

Social care cuts ‘will gnaw away’ at GM integration plans

30.11.16: Senior figures in Greater Manchester have joined the growing chorus warning that the city’s landmark health reforms could be held back by the uncertain state of social care funding. Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester...

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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01/03/2017Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS... more >
Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

01/03/2017Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

A report released today by the Nuffield Trust has revealed that STPs are working towards “undeliverable expectations”, warning that S... more >
Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01/03/2017Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine y... more >
Stevens confirms up to 10 STPs will be ACOs in string of major revelations

01/03/2017Stevens confirms up to 10 STPs will be ACOs in string of major revelations

The leads of England’s 44 STPs, who are due to be formally appointed soon, will be given a range of governance rights over the organisation... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >
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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >
Time to act in the fight against AMR

20/02/2017Time to act in the fight against AMR

Katherine Murphy, chief executive at the Patients Association, calls on the government and the healthcare community to work together to combat th... 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 >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >
Benchmarking what good looks like

01/07/2016Benchmarking what good looks like

Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. Dav... more >

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