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Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

28.03.17: Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisation faces in setting up regulation for nursing associates, including the very tight timetable. ...

Improving the flow

13.02.17: Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emergency department after taking part in the Flow Cost Quality programme. Back in December, the Heal...

Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07.12.16: Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which includes taking charge of the work of the NHS Leadership Academy. He talks to NHE’s David Stevenso...

The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03.10.16: David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfaction and improved patient experience. “The link between satisfied and engaged staff and sati...

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

07.07.16: NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the foreword to the National Data Guardian’s (NDG’s) Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt...

Benchmarking what good looks like

01.07.16: Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. David Stevenson reports. “Good people, given good data, usually do good things”, accor...

The importance of early leadership development

13.06.16: NHE talks to Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), about what needs to be done to develop the next generation of clinical commissioning leaders. David Stevenson reports. There must be a concerted effort to...

Unprecedented demand for clinical pharmacy

08.06.16: Dr Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for NHS England, who also provides support to the Department of Health and Health Education England (HEE), discusses the unprecedented demand for clinical pharmacy. David Stevenson reports. Follo...

Moving forward with pharmacy after Carter

04.05.16: Lord Carter’s efficiency review, which shed light on significant variations across NHS pharmacy services, was pivotal in paving the way for new standards. Andrew Davies, director of pharmacy at North Bristol NHS Trust, who helped shape the...

The future starts now

07.04.16: As NHE went to press, Forward Thinking Birmingham went live. Its managing director, Denise McLellan, explains the main changes and what benefits the new integrated mental health system will deliver. Forward Thinking Birmingham, the city&rsq...

Good mental health within our reach

06.04.16: Shortly after the publication of the Mental Health Taskforce report, its chair and chief executive of Mind, Paul Farmer, delves deeper into the major reforms expected locally. When Mind’s chief executive, Paul Farmer, unveiled the fir...

Capping, bank conversion and collaboration key to tackling agency spend

26.01.16: Stephen Dangerfield, chief executive of NHS Professionals, discusses how trusts are responding to the recently introduced agency price caps. Price caps for agency staff in the NHS came into effect in November last year and trusts are alread...

The impact of last year’s procurement regulation changes

11.01.16: Helen Lisle, chair of the Health Care Supply Association (HCSA) and a director of procurement in the NHS, looks back over the last year and gives her thoughts on the impact changes introduced by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR15) have...

Urgent referral for suspected cancer linked to saving lives

29.11.15: Professor Henrik Møller, epidemiologist at King’s College London, discusses how use of the two-week urgent referral for suspected cancer by GPs is variable in England, and what this means for patients. A “clinically relev...

‘Leadership isn’t based on a single trajectory’

29.11.15: Professor Wendy Reid, Health Education England’s director of education and quality, talks to NHE about the challenges and opportunities in developing future NHS leaders. David Stevenson reports. To transform and develop its leadership...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

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Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

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Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts ... more > more last word articles >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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60 seconds with… NHSI’s Ben Dyson

07/04/201760 seconds with… NHSI’s Ben Dyson

We talk to Ben Dyson, executive director of s... more >
Paperlight is the outcome, and not the objective, of a digital NHS

04/04/2017Paperlight is the outcome, and not the objective, of a digital NHS

Sean Brennan, director of communications for ... more >