NHS reforms

Divisive ACO legislation delayed by further consultation

08.02.18: Introduction of the controversial accountable care organisations (ACOs) has been delayed until a new consultation can be completed, the health minister has confirmed this week. Caroline Dineage said the laws which would pave the way for ACOs co...

‘New relationship’ between patients and staff must be accepted

31.01.18: The NHS must put more focus on providing the means for people to effectively care for themselves, according to a new report from NHS Providers. In its latest review, ‘Learning from the Vanguards,’ the organisation says healthcar...

Hawking campaign group to take Hunt to court over ACO backdoor privatisation claim

31.01.18: A campaign group backed by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been given permission to take Jeremy Hunt to court over claims changes to accountable care organisations (ACOs) could lead to privatisation. The organisation, JR4NHS, w...

Cross-party MPs call on government for long-term settlement for NHS

20.11.17: Calls for an NHS and Care Convention have the support of 90 MPs, including Tories. The MPs have collectively sent a letter to Theresa May and Philip Hammond pushing for a cross-party convention, to deliver a sustainable long-term settlement for...

‘Extraordinarily difficult’ NHS management threatens local initiatives

16.11.17: The NHS management culture risks undermining local initiatives, the Nuffield Trust has warned. In a new report, ‘A two-way street: What can CCGs teach us about accountability in STPs?’, the think tank argued that the NHS accountabil...

Denying surgery based on lifestyle judgements ‘compromises patient trust’

15.11.17: Denying access to NHS treatments based on lifestyle choices will hamper doctor-patient relationships, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has cautioned. The warning has come in response to the latest CCG to opt to restrict access to NHS treatment....

First ever A&E for the elderly to open in UK

07.11.17: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has announced plans to introduce an emergency department dedicated solely to the care of elderly patients. The first of its kind in the UK, the facility will only treat people over the age of 80. ...

No deal Brexit would harm NHS, Nuffield Trust warns

07.11.17: A no deal Brexit would be seriously damaging to the NHS, the Nuffield Trust has warned today. In a new briefing, ‘How will our future relationship with the EU shape the NHS?’ the think tank outlines the potential consequences of a &...

Think tank suggests scrapping NHS England with £100bn of funding given to 38 ‘super councils’

03.11.17: Spending and control of more than £100bn of key public services – including the NHS – should be devolved to 38 “super councils”, according to radical new research released today. A report from think tank Reform...

Staff to quiz patients on nationality in new ‘health tourism’ crackdown

23.10.17: Foreign patients using the NHS will be expected to pay upfront for treatment in order to recoup losses for ‘health tourism’ after new legislation comes into force today. The rules only apply to planned, non-urgent care, while ur...

MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

20.10.17: The government’s Health Select Committee has endorsed Baroness Harding as the next chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI). The committee looked at the candidate’s plans related to new forms of care delivery and integration of NHSI&rsqu...

GP collaborations on the rise but ‘difficult to progress’

11.10.17: A study of 565 GP staff has found an increase in collaboration between GP-based responders. The figures, provided by the Nuffield Trust and Royal College of GPs, show an increase to 81% of GP respondents confirming formal or informal collab...

Wollaston ‘concerned’ about NHS England cutting travel vaccines from prescriptions

10.10.17: Chair of the Health Committee Dr Sarah Wollaston has urged chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens for clarity over what vaccines will still be prescribed by the health service for Brits going abroad. Back in March, NHS England announc...

Community pharmacies offered guidance on using Quality Payments Scheme

04.10.17: Community pharmacies wishing to claim payments under the Quality Payments Scheme have this week been given new guidance by NHS England. The programme aims to reward community pharmacies for improving the quality of care for patients by hitt...

New trust launches in Manchester as part of major merger

02.10.17: A new city trust has launched in Manchester today following the merger of two major hospital trusts in the area. Following the approval of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester...

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Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

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The number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England increased last year, according to NHS Digital’s latest figures. In ... more >
Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

16/03/2018Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

A campaign group has won the right to a judicial review against the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Hands Off HRI mounted its ... more >
‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

16/03/2018‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

The number of junior doctors entering specialist training immediately after completing their foundation years is continuing to decline, according t... 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 e... 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 beyond doubt or dispute, other than in government, th... more > more last word articles >

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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

08/03/2018International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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Data saves lives

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Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
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 >
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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