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PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

27.02.17: A new report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set out a number of urgent recommendations for the NHS, including the need for the government to set out a “transparent and clear” transformation plan that will make the...

NHSI admits system is unsustainable as Q3 deficit soars over £800m

20.02.17: NHS trusts have been hit hard by record winter demand as quarter three figures released by NHS Improvement (NHSI) today found that the total deficit for providers sits at £873m – which is £300m worse than the target of £5...

Analysis links healthcare cuts to 30,000 excess deaths

17.02.17: Cuts to health and social care budgets have been linked to a substantial increase in patient mortality, with 30,000 excess deaths recorded in 2015, new analysis released has suggested. The report, written by researchers from the London Scho...

STPs right way forward but not in current form, warns Reform

16.02.17: STPs have been knocked back once again today as a report released by the think-tank Reform reported that they cannot work in their current form, citing that they “have neither the support nor the executive power that they need to reshape h...

Another blow to STPs as current plans require £10bn of fresh funding

14.02.17: The majority of the 44 STP footprints are expecting to require new capital funding in order to finance the projects under their health and care plans, many of which include vital buildings and community facilities – with current estimation...

Outsourcing will not be the panacea for the NHS funding crisis

13.02.17: Vivek Kotecha from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) considers the argument for and against greater outsourcing in the NHS. In England, a recent addition to the list of Christmas traditions (mulled wine, Christmas pudding...

How much can STPs improve NHS finances in 2017?

08.02.17: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), discusses sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and NHS finance in 2017. A New Year brings new hopes and expectations, yet as we enter 201...

Consultant radiologist pleads guilty to £24,000 NHS fraud

07.02.17: A consultant radiologist is due to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to defrauding the NHS of nearly £24,000. John Coffey was a staff member at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT’s Royal Preston Hospita...

New Confed initiative set to ‘radically transform’ NHS financing

06.02.17: NHS Confederation has launched a new Local Growth Academy to help “radically transform” how NHS organisations tap into opportunities in their local economies. The cross-sectoral initiative, established alongside the Higher Educa...

Upfront charges for overseas patients a ‘distraction’ to underfunding

06.02.17: The BMA has warned that proposals to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent medical treatment could lead to “chaos and confusion”, while the head of the influential Health Select Committee has branded the plans “just a...

Cash-strapped West Kent CCG halts non-urgent surgery until April

03.02.17: A CCG in Kent has controversially suspended its non-urgent surgery until April in the latest bid by an NHS body to target access to treatment as an area for financial savings. The policy, which includes suspending hip and knee surgery, has...

DH needs action plan by June as patchy overseas cost recovery starving out NHS

01.02.17: NHS England and CCGs, along with the government, are not doing enough to recover the costs of treating patients visiting from overseas, meaning there is less money available to treat UK residents and even more pressure piled on the health servic...

First-ever PLICS standards developed for mental health and ambulance providers

31.01.17: The first-ever costing standards for mental health and ambulance providers have been published in draft format by NHS Improvement (NHSI), with mandated patient-level cost collection (PLICS) due in 2019-20 for these organisations.  The...

NICE cost recovery plans postponed until DH finishes life sciences strategy

19.01.17: NICE’s plans to recover its appraisal costs on drugs and technology have been put on hold. The proposals, which would introduce a charge to companies that create the resources and request NICE’s specialist guidance, have been po...

OBR: NHS needs £88bn extra by 2067 to cope with rising costs

18.01.17: The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) has said that the NHS budget will need to increase by at least £88bn by 2067, ruling out chancellor Phillip Hammond’s chances of balancing the Treasury’s budget in the next Parliament.&...

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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01/03/2017Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS... more >
Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

01/03/2017Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

A report released today by the Nuffield Trust has revealed that STPs are working towards “undeliverable expectations”, warning that S... more >
Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01/03/2017Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine y... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do&rsqu... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

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... more > more last word articles >

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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