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Hard to be optimistic

14.02.18: 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 beyond doubt or dispute, other than in government, th...

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

27.09.17: Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mutually beneficial for overseas doctors and NHS pati...

Your personality, your leadership

11.08.17: 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 charged with leading a team to introduce leadership...

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

06.06.17: Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing. Just over two years ago the 2015 general ele...

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

22.03.17: Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Department of Health’s (DH’s) PR team mus...

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

16.12.16: 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 Joffe, medical director at Hospital District of H...

How can behavioural insights make care more person-centred?

05.10.16: Michael Hallsworth and Hannah Burd of the Behavioural Insights Team explain how two new guides aim to deliver more effective person-centred care. The key to delivering person-centred care is to start simple.  Toby* was struggling...

Brexit: The only thing that hasn’t changed is people need support from the sector

20.07.16: Andrew McCracken from National Voices, the leading coalition of 160 health and care charities, looks at the potential impact and ramifications of the UK’s Brexit decision on the sector. It’s unprecedented, it’s blurry, and...

What would a Brexit mean for the NHS?

20.06.16: Jane Payling, head of health and integration at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), discusses the lack of public awareness on how the EU affects health and social care ahead of this month’s Referendum. A...

Facing the financial challenge head on

08.04.16: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), on why financial and clinical staff need to work together much more collectively in the future to plan services. As we near the end of the 2015-16...

Time for a change

02.02.16: Professor David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, says lifestyle changes are vital as the cost to our society of obesity continues to rise. When someone as eminent as Dame Sally Davies equates obesity to terrorism as a threat to...

The cost of demanding savings mustn’t be patient choice

01.06.15:  Chris Whitehouse, who chairs the Urology Trade Association, discusses the day-to-day impacts on patients of decisions over efficiency, consumables and devices. The NHS is creaking at the seams. Swamped by demands, the NHS has to perfo...

Squaring the circle – is competition in healthcare the wrong answer?

01.04.15: Dr Darren Leech, a director at NHS Elect, a members’ network providing high-quality support to in-house management teams, takes a step back to examine the ‘competition question’. Circle Holdings recently decided to withdra...

The rolling crisis in mental healthcare

01.02.15: Philip Barber FRCP, a consultant respiratory physician at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS FT and The Christie, discusses what he sees as the de-medicalisation of clinical psychiatry. The news that Nick Clegg is to head up a task...

A plan for the NHS that must be transformational

14.11.14: Steve Fairman, managing director at NHS Improving Quality, sets out his view on Simon Stevens’ important Five-Year Forward View document. Five-Year Forward View, the new vision for the NHS in England, is a breath of fresh air compared...

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Infant death sparks national investigation from Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

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A national investigation into NHS staff’s ability to recognise seriously ill and deteriorating infants has been launched following the deat... more >
NHSE to strip Capita of ‘shambolic’ cervical screening contract and bring it in-house

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NHS England (NHSE) has stripped Capita of its cervical screening administration services following “shambolic” errors made in failing... more >
NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

21/03/2019NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

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NHS chiefs accuse NHSE of scrapping flagship targets because it can no longer meet them

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Plans to scrap the flagship four-hour A&E targets have been criticised by NHS chiefs, with some accusing NHS England of trying to abandon key... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

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The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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

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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

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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 >

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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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Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organisational and system curiosity alongside the work of the Shadow Board Pr... more >
Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fiction for children and young people – discusses ‘Fiction as ... more >
Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planning at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), looks at an alternative and perhaps underutilised funding sourc... more >
The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

20/03/2019The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

Richard Corbridge, chief digital & information officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, focuses on the practices his trust has put in p... more >

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Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

20/03/2019Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

Jon Baker, PHBChoices director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) believes that the extension of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) is a great opportunity for clinical commissioning groups (CCG) to expand and improve care provision – provided that the right infrastructure is in place. The personalisation agenda is transforming ou... more >
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