Integrated Care & Social Care

ICS Wave 2: Cumbria

25.07.18: Cumbria’s healthcare system has come a long way since being recognised as one of the most challenged health economies in England, writes Stephen Eames, leader of the North Cumbria Health and Care System and chief executive of North Cumbria...

We need to talk about governance

17.07.18: Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, discusses the importance of board governance and accountability as we move towards local systems to deliver integrated patient care. Carillion, Enron, Arthur Anderson, Lehman Brothers…...

Police to meet with NHS Tayside over Carseview Centre drug allegations

11.07.18:  The chairman of one of Scotland’s biggest NHS regions is to meet with the police following harrowing allegations of treatment of patients in a mental health unit. Former patients at Carseview mental health facility in Dundee tol...

NAO: Health and care integration undermined by underfunded NHS and councils

04.07.18: In anticipation of the social care funding green paper, now delayed until autumn, a new report published today by the National Audit Office (NAO) has called for further and faster progression towards an individual-orientated, integrated service...

CQC review shows ‘urgent need for real change’ to outdated health and care system

04.07.18: Following comprehensive reviews of 20 local authority areas, the CQC has called for a new approach to the way the country runs health and care services. The ‘Breaking Barriers’ report followed people’s journeys through the...

Vanguards: Stevens pledges 10-year plan, original aims failed due to trust deficits

29.06.18: An NHS scheme aimed at integrating health and social care has failed due to much of the funding being diverted to combat short-term financial pressures rather than poured into transformation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. NHS En...

Two new areas chosen to become local health and care record exemplars

28.06.18: Two new areas – Yorkshire and the Humber, covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside; and Thames Valley and Surrey, covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey – have been chosen to becom...

Lord Darzi calls for establishment of regional NHS headquarters

18.06.18: A single NHS headquarters should be created through a “radical simplification” of the system, according to Lord Darzi’s review of health and care with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In his final report, Lord...

Social care should be free to support the NHS, say ex-government ministers

15.06.18: Elderly people should have access to free social care in an effort to take mounting stress off the NHS, former Labour and Conservative ministers have said. Similar to the British public’s access to the NHS, the government should...

Child mental health and community care to be addressed in coming year, says Stevens

14.06.18: Community care and the “mass of unmet need” of children’s mental health services will be amongst the key areas of focus for NHS England in the next year, its chief executive has said. Speaking at the NHS Confederation conv...

Wigan take ‘major step’ forward in integration of health and social care

14.06.18: Wigan has established a single commissioning function in a major step forward in the integration of health and social care. Through appointing Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, as the new accountable officer for the Wigan Clinical C...

Confed chair: Health and care funding talk just ‘hot air’ unless sectors work with each other

13.06.18: The chair of a leading NHS body has called for greater collaboration between community-based and NHS healthcare, and reinforced arguments for a 4% increase in funding to improve healthcare over the next 15 years. Speaking at the NHS Confede...

NHS funding: Waiting on white smoke

13.06.18: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, makes the case for an integrated health and social care funding settlement. For too long the NHS has been funded by what amounts to annual bailouts. It has had to rely on short-term...

MPs call for ringfenced cash and ‘national transformation strategy’ for health and social care

11.06.18: Long-term dedicated funding for integrated health and social care services is necessary to secure a “holistic, joined-up and coordinated experience” for patients, according to a committee report. MPs in the Health and Socia...

Rage as hospitals had to endure 1.5 million ‘avoidable’ emergency admissions in last year

08.06.18: A shocking one in four patients could have avoided emergency admissions in 2016-17 if the health community had worked more effectively, MPs have said. Emergency admissions — deemed as “unpredictable and at short notice because o...

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Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after Virgin Care legal battle

17/08/2018Lancashire County Council to pay £200k in legal costs after Virgin Care legal battle

Lancashire County Council has agreed to pay £200,000 in legal costs to two NHS Trusts after their decision to hand a £104million cont... more >
Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

17/08/2018Former inadequate West Midlands maternity unit upgraded by CQC

Walsall Manor Hospital’s maternity services have been given an improved rating from the health inspectorate following assessments made in J... more >
Major hospital stalled by Carillion collapse will go ahead under government funding deal

16/08/2018Major hospital stalled by Carillion collapse will go ahead under government funding deal

The construction of a major Midlands hospital that had its future cast into doubt following the collapse of infrastructure giant Carillion has be... more >
Plymouth trust slapped with two warning notices after damning CQC review

16/08/2018Plymouth trust slapped with two warning notices after damning CQC review

The CQC has called for immediate improvements at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust as the healthcare inspectorate issued two warning notice... 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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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... more >
The NHS is not an easy target

15/08/2018The NHS is not an easy target

Helen Vernon, chief executive at NHS Resolution, talks about a recent court case which firmly demonstrates that there is no space for contempt, d... 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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