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‘Alarming’ Q3 financial decline raises serious questions about targets

22.02.18: A raft of winter pressures in December, including an A&E performance standard that slipped below 90% and high levels of bed occupancy, have significantly impacted the finances of providers in the last quarter, latest figures have revealed. ...

Lawyers face cap on costs in NHS clinical negligence cases

15.02.18: The government is to cap the costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The fixed recoverable costs scheme will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and a working group will be put together to establish how the cap...

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...

Special measures trust set to miss financial targets by £21m

07.02.18: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has admitted to a £21m increase in its forecasted deficit this year. The trust was placed in special measures in October 2016, but has failed to achieve a targeted £36m deficit, instead expected...

Carillion liquidation forces delays at £335m Liverpool hospital

06.02.18: The new Royal Liverpool Hospital will suffer from delays after the collapse of contractor Carillion, trust bosses have confirmed. Officials at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) say the facility may n...

NHS organisations urge government to ‘stem the tide’ of rising litigation costs

02.02.18: Urgent action is needed to reduce the spiraling costs of medical negligence claims, health bodies have warned. Last year medical negligence claims across England cost the NHS £1.7bn. A letter coordinated by the NHS Confederation has ur...

NHS ‘would have to find £200m’ if hospital parking charges are abolished

01.02.18: If hospital car parking charges were wholly abolished, trusts would be forced to source almost £200m of funding from elsewhere – likely meaning they would have to dip into the “already scarce” health service budget, NHS Pro...

Insufficient funding for pay increases will impact service quality

01.02.18: The financial outlook restricts the ability of the NHS to invest in pay, NHS Employers has told the pay review bodies. Publishing its 2018-19 written evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB)...

A major shift in shared services

26.01.18: With many clinicians describing this as the most pressured winter they have ever known due to heavy demand on frontline services, the savings potential for hospitals from outsourced and managed services in the NHS back office cannot be dismissed...

Bridging the gap between procurement and clinicians

26.01.18: In an interview with NHS Supply Chain, Emma Nuttall, the organisation’s clinical nurse advisor (CNA), speaks about the role she has in helping trusts meet Lord Carter’s efficiency challenge and why it needs to be done. It’...

Long-term STP funding swallowed up ‘just keeping the show on the road’

19.01.18: Funding that was put aside to stabilise NHS finances and support sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) has instead been spent on helping the service cope with immediate pressures and day-to-day costs, the government’s finan...

Research launched to investigate health and care spending needs for next 15 years

11.01.18: There will be a comprehensive study into the needs of the UK’s health and care systems for the next 15 years, the NHS Confederation has announced today. The work, which will be undertaken by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the...

Welsh government releases £10m to support NHS ‘under extreme pressure’

08.01.18: Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething has announced a further £10m for the NHS to counter the extreme pressures being felt this winter. The money is not specifically earmarked for any purpose but will be used to support health boards...

Strategic investment planning

13.12.17: Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate financial pressures. Having access to the right medical equipment at the right time is widely recogn...

King’s College trust in financial special measures after posting £92m deficit

11.12.17: King’s College Hospital NHS FT has been placed in special measures by NHS Improvement following a projected deficit of £92m. The news is another blow to the trust after yesterday’s announcement that its chair, Lord Kerslak...

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Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23/02/2018Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process fr... more >
DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

23/02/2018DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership wit... more >
Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23/02/2018Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in resp... 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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

09/02/2018Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

Cassandra Cameron, policy advisor at NHS Providers, says trusts must be given constructive support – without fear of failure – in order for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to succeed. The NHS GIRFT programme aims for better value in acute hospital and mental health care by using trusts’ clinical, operat... more >
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Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... 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 >

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