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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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Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates

14/08/2018Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, new figures have revealed. Dat... more >
Gloucestershire trust boss who treated NHS as a ‘cash machine’ jailed

13/08/2018Gloucestershire trust boss who treated NHS as a ‘cash machine’ jailed

A senior NHS manager who coaxed his trust for £650,000 to fund a luxury lifestyle has been jailed. Royston Dyke, 58, of Ivy Mews, Stro... more >
Dr Bawa-Garba wins court appeal against dismissal decision

13/08/2018Dr Bawa-Garba wins court appeal against dismissal decision

The formerly struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has won her Court of Appeal challenge and is free to practise medicine again. Dr Bawa-Garba sai... more >
London GP surgery suspended by CQC after ‘significant safety concerns’

13/08/2018London GP surgery suspended by CQC after ‘significant safety concerns’

A London borough GP surgery has been suspended by the health inspectorate. CQC inspectors suspended the Staunton Group Practice in Wood Gree... more >

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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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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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It’s time to invest in our support staff

08/08/2018It’s time to invest in our support staff

Dean Royles, director and strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resources Management,... more >
We need to take personal health budgets seriously

08/08/2018We need to take personal health budgets seriously

Don Redding, director of policy at National Voices, and its communications & engagement officer Laura Bell, look at the voluntary sector&rsqu... more >
Integrated commissioning: Making a difference

08/08/2018Integrated commissioning: Making a difference

Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and clinical lead for the Buckinghamshire integrated care system, makes the cas... more >
Driving improvement in South West London mental health

08/08/2018Driving improvement in South West London mental health

David Bradley, chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG), discusses the improvements and collab... more >

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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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