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A&E waiting times hit record low again as February becomes the ‘toughest month to date’ for the NHS

14.03.19: The NHS has reported its worst ever performance figures for the second month in a row in the wake of new proposals scrapping the flagship four-hour A&E target, according to the latest NHS statistics. The “overwhelmed” health...

NHS reveals plans to scrap four-hour A&E target to focus on quality

11.03.19: The NHS has unveiled plans to overhaul its four-hour A&E target and announced it will trial new “rapid care measures” which will prioritise treating the most extreme cases quicker instead of treating all patients within four hour...

Isle of Wight NHS Trust hit with CQC performance warning as NHSI places it in financial special measures

08.03.19: The Isle of Wight NHS Trust (IOW) has been placed in financial special measures as the CQC simultaneously issued it with an urgent warning notice demanding improvements at its St Mary’s hospital. NHS Improvement (NHSI) has placed the...

Public satisfaction with NHS hits 11-year low over long waiting times and staff shortages

07.03.19: Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade with frustrations over waiting times driving the dissatisfaction, new research has shown. The British Social Attitudes poll found that 53% of people were satis...

‘Unacceptable’ private ambulance services ‘putting patients at risk’ says CQC

07.03.19: Private ambulance services are putting patients at risk, the CQC has said, as the NHS’s rising use of independent providers raises concerns about staff training, unregistered ambulances, and safety. In a damning report on independent...

Trust prosecuted by CQC for safe care failings in death of 19-year-old

05.03.19: The CQC is prosecuting an NHS trust over the death of a patient after it failed to fulfil its duties imposed by regulations brought in following the Mid Staffordshire scandal. Sussex Partnership NHS FT has been summoned to attend Brighton M...

CQC calls on patients to ‘Declare Your Care’ and air concerns with treatment to help it improve services

19.02.19: The CQC has called on the public to raise more of their concerns about their treatment as part of its new campaign ‘Declare Your Care,’ as research shows that two-thirds of patients who speak out see their care improve. The heal...

NHSX: Hancock unveils new digital unit to bring together all of NHS’s tech leaders

19.02.19: Matt Hancock has unveiled the creation of a new digital unit dubbed NHSX tasked with bringing forward technological innovation and will take over many of the digital responsibilities currently handled by NHS England in a bid to speed up the NHS&...

‘Damaging’ NHS targets ‘have had their day’ claims Lord Prior

15.02.19: NHS targets “have had their day” according to Lord Prior as the head of the health service launches an attack on 25 years of flawed health policies. On the same day A&E performance slumped to the worst level on record, NHS E...

A&E waiting time performance hits all time low as NHS ‘buckles under the strain’

15.02.19: A&E waiting time performances in NHS trusts in England have hit their lowest level since regards began, according to the latest NHS statistics. The NHS’s performance against the flagship four-hour target has hit its lowest level s...

‘No end in sight’: CQC takes urgent action at East Kent FT as children put at risk by staffing levels

14.02.19: The CQC has taken “urgent action” to protect the children being cared for by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust after they were being put at risk by “unsafe” staffing levels. Inspectors found that th...

GP at Hand cleared to expand to Birmingham after NHS England lifts objections

14.02.19: Babylon’s controversial GP at Hand is to be expanded to Birmingham after NHS England reversed its decision to block the doctor app. Babylon applied last year to launch its remote video consultation service in Birmingham, but the appli...

ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

14.02.19: Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data protection and cyber security for the NHS, almost two years on from the WannaCry cyber-attack. If...

Thousands of X-rays to be reviewed amid fears of surgical errors

13.02.19: Thousands of NHS patients who had bone fractures repaired with a metal plate now need to have their X-rays reviewed after the NHS has admitted the wrong plates may have been used. NHS Improvement (NHSI) has issued the national patient safet...

NHS workforce lacks digital literacy as Tesco knows more about its customers than the health service, warns Matt Hancock

12.02.19: Tesco knows more about its customers than the NHS does about its patients, and staff need far greater digital literacy, Matt Hancock has said, announcing a review on how to prepare the NHS workforce for a digital future. A major review just...

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Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18/03/2019Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during thei... more >
Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

18/03/2019Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

A top nurse has been appointed to lead a new health partnership in Nottinghamshire described as an alliance of NHS providers, commissioners, and ... more >
Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

18/03/2019Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

A troubled acute trust has appointed a new senior leadership team including a new chief executive and a ‘turnaround director’. R... 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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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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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18/03/2019Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan, released earlier this year, highlights how the prevention of avoidable health problems linked to sm... more >
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A Critical Moment for the NHS

07/03/2019A Critical Moment for the NHS

As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation ... more >
Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

06/03/2019Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it... more >
Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

14/02/2019ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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 >

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