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LDRs: a critical part of STPs and sharing cross-border learning

04.04.17: Dr Masood Nazir, national clinical lead – digital transformation of general practice at NHS England and information lead & senior information risk owner at NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG, discusses the opportunities for sustainability an...

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

04.04.17: Sean Brennan, director of communications for the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRIM), reflects on the drive to get rid of paper in the NHS and the place for clinical data standards in that process. The latest in a...

People power in technology

31.03.17: Anne Cooper, deputy clinical director and chief nurse at NHS Digital, discusses the importance of clinical involvement in health digitisation. When Professor Robert Wachter published his review in 2016, there was a lot of focus on areas suc...

Understanding patient data

28.03.17: Nicola Perrin, head of policy at the Wellcome Trust who is leading the Understanding Patient Data initiative, explains why clinicians have to strike the balance between protecting privacy while sharing information to improve the health of patien...

Connectivity and behaviour key to unlocking wireless adoption

24.03.17: Julia Manning, founding director of 2020health, analyses the opportunities and challenges facing mobile & wireless tech development and adoption in the NHS. How many articles have you read over the past year, decade or even more that pa...

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

01.03.17: Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS Improvement (NHSI) figures show – but spending for locums remains excessively high, with the...

NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

27.02.17: The NHS is at the heart of an “emerging scandal” concerning the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical information including test results and treatment plans, the Patients Association has said. The numbe...

Biggest challenge for STPs is recognising the importance of digital

17.02.17: In order for Local Digital Roadmaps (LDRs) and STPs to succeed in their aims the footprints must recognise the importance of digital early on in the process, NHE has been told. Discussing the 73 LDR footprints, which are now focusing on ali...

Independent review group for sensitive NHS Digital data launched

16.02.17: An independent review group has been put in place to scrutinise applications for sensitive NHS Digital data through the Data Access Request Service (DARS).   The group, called IGARD, considers applications for information through DARS...

Taking the lead on data security

08.02.17: NHS Digital’s head of security, Dan Taylor, discusses the importance of data security being on the leadership agenda. There’s no doubt that cyber security has gained prominence over the last couple of years. In health its promin...

Exclusive: Rate of NHS cyber-attacks quadruples in just four years

23.01.17: While provider spending on cyber security measures has remained broadly stable since 2013-14, the rate of cyber-attacks suffered by trusts – even excluding unsuccessful attempts – has more than quadrupled in the past four years, an N...

NHS winter pressures ‘unsustainable’ but look to improve

20.01.17: The NHS’s winter pressures reached another peak last week as record numbers of hospitals were forced to declare a major alert, according to new data. NHS England figures for the week ending 15 January 2017 showed that 68 NHS acute tru...

Hunt accused of ‘playing fast and loose with lives’ as figures lay bare A&E pressures

19.01.17: New figures from NHS Digital have laid bare the extent of pressure on A&E departments, as 85,000 patients spent an average of seven hours in A&E departments last autumn. NHS Digital’s A&E quality indicators for October 201...

NHS ‘morale and resilience’ chipped away before winter really sets in

12.01.17: NHS England has released its combined performance summary for November of last year, noting the continuing long-term trend of rising activity and confirming fears that the winter period would have a hefty blow on the health service. The mon...

A&E doctors slam ‘misguided’ suggestion to downgrade four-hour target

11.01.17: A record two million people had to wait more than four hours to be treated at A&E units in 2015-16, according to new data, but plans to downgrade the target by the health secretary have been labelled as “patient blaming” by the R...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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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), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the &... read 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 from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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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

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

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


Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
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 >

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