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Council STP lead numbers decline as Norfolk boss stands down

16.08.17: One of the few senior council directors appointed to lead the STP footprint in their area is to be replace by the chief officer of two local CCGs. Antek Lejk has now been appointed as the executive lead for the Norfolk and Waveney STP, and...

No summer respite for NHS as surgery waiting numbers highest in a decade

10.08.17: The number of patients waiting for planned surgery has now risen above four million for the first time since 2007, performance statistics have today shown. In NHS England’s monthly update on performance for June and July 2017, the sam...

Work begins on new £2.6m Emergency Treatment Centre in Dudley

07.08.17: Work to build a brand new £2.6m Emergency Treatment Centre at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley has officially been kicked off this week. The facility is being delivered in partnership with Dudley CCG and, when finished, will house urg...

NHS could save £108m by introducing ‘at the door’ surgical assessments

04.08.17: NHS trusts could see significant reductions to unnecessary hospital admissions by introducing consultant-led surgical assessments at the front door, a report released today has found. Research by the Getting It Right First Time Programme (G...

Major Manchester hospitals merger cleared by CMA

02.08.17: A merger between the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS FT (UHSM) has this week been officially cleared by the Combined Markets Authority (CMA). In a final report released t...

The importance of patients in NHS change

01.08.17: Leila Williams (pictured), chief executive officer of the NHS Transformation Unit, on the importance of patient involvement. The National Health Service has just turned 69. It still does today what it was created for on 5 July 1948, providi...

Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

27.07.17: Merron Simpson, chief executive New NHS Alliance, argues we’re missing the point of what ‘partnership working’ truly means if we refuse to recruit help from those outside the health service. Jeremy Hunt and Simon Steven&rs...

Half of STPs at an advanced stage, but rankings are ‘mixed blessing’

21.07.17: The 44 sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprints in England have been rated and ranked by overall performance for the first time since being set up in 2015, with over half in an advanced stage. Each area was judged on a...

Major change to ambulance response targets revealed

13.07.17: New performance targets for ambulance services have today been announced as for the first-time national response targets will apply to every single 999 patient. NHS England say that the new system could save the lives of 250 people per year...

Birmingham trust announces plans for new £65m specialist facility

10.07.17: Plans for a large new specialist facility costing £65m have been revealed by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT. The new facility will house 138 specialist beds offering both NHS and private care on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Bi...

NHSI ‘should be able to tell, not ask’ providers to comply

30.06.17: Going forward, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI) will face a difficult conundrum: deciding whether they should be able to tell, rather simply ask, organisations to push forward with necessary changes, especially in situations where service...

Minister vows for ‘more emphasis’ on sluggish STPs, but demands better buy-in

30.06.17: Health minister Philip Dunne has suggested that the government will be putting “more emphasis” on ensuring the sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that are not as well developed as others can move along at a clearer pace &...

Swindells: Time to collaborate as legislative change for STPs not on horizon

29.06.17: An influential NHS England director has this week told trusts to not hold out on legislative change for STPs, and instead push forward into more collaborative ways of working. Speaking to health leaders at Health+Care Show, Matthew Swindell...

Trusts need £350m by July to dodge even more severe winter pressures

27.06.17: An urgent injection of £350m must be committed by the end of July to prepare the sector for the coming winter as nearly half of trusts believe the extra £1bn social care cash committed in the spring will have no impact on their abili...

Government ‘sticking its head in the sand’ as NHS snubbed in Queen’s Speech

22.06.17: Health organisations have this week reacted in dismay as the Queen’s Speech at the opening of Parliament failed to acknowledge the growing crisis facing the NHS.   Though mental health did get a mention in the speech, nothing was...

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NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

21/08/2017NHS England’s chief nurse to take up role as London regional director

England’s chief nurse Professor Jane Cummings will take charge of the London region until a permanent regional director is found, NHS Engla... more >
Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

21/08/2017Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

Regular risk assessments were not carried out by the psychiatrist responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk when the teenager died in 2013, a tribunal h... more >
Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

21/08/2017Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

Concern has been raised by the families of older patients this week who say that it is too difficult to complain about the hospital care or treat... more >

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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Your personality, your leadership

Your personality, your leadership

Deirdre Wallace, clinical skills manager at UCL Medical School, discusses the importance of learning about leadership and self while at medical school. Approximately five years ago, I was charged with leading a team to introduce leadership ... more > more last word articles >
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We need your Health Heroes!

21/08/2017We need your Health Heroes!

We are once again delighted to be the official media partner for the Our Health Heroes Awards, working alongside Skills for Health to celebrate those in our healthcare workforce who go above and beyond the call of duty. It’s important that the fantastic contributions healthcare workers are making across the UK every day don’t ... more >
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Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

08/08/2017Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get ... more >
A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

04/08/2017A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

04/08/2017Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of ... more >
A community service

04/08/2017A community service

Louise Watson, NHS England director of the New Care Models programme, discusses the emerging success stories from the vanguard areas across the c... more >


Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >
A new approach to talent management

25/07/2017A new approach to talent management

Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >
Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25/07/2017Enabling greater integration through ACSs

At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

25/07/2017How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... more >

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