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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...

STPs planning further bed cuts at ‘unrealistic’ scales

29.09.17: The King’s Fund has issued a major report warning of the effects of cutting hospital bed numbers as suggested by some sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) across the country.   The report has revealed that the nu...

Norfolk’s STP implementation plan revealed

28.09.17: Norfolk County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board meeting has revealed, for the first time, key elements of its proposed implementation planning priorities for the Norfolk and Waveney sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) p...

Winter pressure is now ‘year-round crisis’

27.09.17: The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has called the winter crisis an “all year round crisis” in response to Labour’s call for a £500m cash injection to stop the health service from buckling under the looming winte...

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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14/12/2017Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

NHS England’s latest figures show that although the health service is responding well to growing pressure, it is close to “full stretch... more >
Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14/12/2017Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position ... more >
CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14/12/2017CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a n... 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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mutually beneficial for overseas doctors and NHS pati... more > more last word articles >

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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Strategic investment planning

13/12/2017Strategic investment planning

Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... 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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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