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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...

Patients increasingly ‘diverted’ as A&Es struggle to cope this winter

04.01.17: A growing number of patients are being turned away from A&E departments and ‘diverted’ to other hospitals due to a lack of capacity this winter, prompting further concerns that patient health could suffer. NHS England data h...

Assaults in the NHS continue to rise in ‘tinderbox’ atmosphere

22.12.16: New figures released by NHS Protect show that assaults in the NHS are becoming more frequent, with attacks on staff in England rising in the past year to over 70,000 incidents. NHS Protect’s annual figures for 2015/16 show that there...

King's Fund: Mismatch in demand and funding has caused ‘unprecedented’ NHS pressures

20.12.16: Unprecedented demand for NHS services is outstripping funding, causing services to struggle to maintain standards of care, a new report has outlined. A new report by the King's Fund, ‘How hospital activity and funding in England have...

Changing times for information governance in the NHS

13.12.16: Stephen Elgar from the Information Governance Alliance (IGA) reflects on the changes and challenges facing information governance professionals in the NHS. Cyber security threats, the need for innovations and increasing pressure on back-off...

NHS October performance already as bad as 2015 midwinter

08.12.16: The latest performance statistics released by NHS England have once again revealed a long-term trend of greater volumes of urgent, emergency and elective care this year, warning that the NHS should brace for the winter period. NHS England&r...

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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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