NHS reforms

‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

19.10.18: The government is still “a long way” from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care and has been urged to create a 10-year plan for integrated care alongside the NHS’s 10-year plan. In a report...

NHSI wants business cases for wholly-owned subsidiaries in new consultation

18.10.18: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has opened up consultation on proposals over how wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS) are approved and regulated, requiring NHS providers to submit a business case when setting up subsidiary companies. Under the proposed c...

Hancock: Ineffective NHS ‘fetish’ with project pilots must be replaced with ‘agile iteration’

10.10.18: We have to fight against the NHS’s “fetish about piloting everything” and instead implement a system of “agile iteration” where projects are tested, learned from, and expanded organically over time, the health and s...

Deal or no deal?

10.10.18: Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare professionals alike. Since the EU Referendum, the BMA has extensively explored the impact of Brex...

NHS ‘brand’ to be globally exported in bid to raise £7bn post-Brexit funding

12.09.18: The government is looking to export NHS expertise across the globe as part of an effort to boost funding and investment post-Brexit. Up to £7bn of opportunities will be targeted over the next 10 years, with the NHS’s expertise s...

NHS IT systems ‘costing lives’: Hancock unveils £200m digital fund and five app trials

06.09.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has described the NHS’s IT systems as “stuttering,” arguing that they are putting lives at risk and are in need of a serious upgrade. “It’s time to bring the health...

Boss promises no hospitals at risk when major foundation trust merger goes ahead

23.08.18: The boards of both South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS foundation trusts are supportive of a formal merger between the two providers and have promised that neither hospital will cease to exist under the plans. Proposals to brin...

Don’t just consult on an NHS 10-year plan – co-create it

03.08.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management’ published by Oxford University Press, makes the case for radical collaboration to plan for the future of th...

Care and compassion when it matters the most

03.08.18: Kirstie Stott, managing director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, writes for NHE to ask: how do we shift to seeing our senior leaders as also needing care and compassion when it matters the most? The recent report from The Kings Fund, &lsq...

Flat-pack buildings could save our NHS

01.08.18: The NHS needs to regenerate its rapidly deteriorating estate – and fast. With time of the essence and budgets stretched, conventional capital building projects are out of reach for many trusts. Phil Davies, director of procurement at NHS S...

Transforming hospital pharmacy: one year on

25.07.18: Andrew Davies, professional lead for hospital pharmacy at NHS Improvement (NHSI), runs through the significant developments that have taken place across the health service since trusts produced local pharma plans as part of Carter Review recomme...

As the NHS turns 70, it’s time to get serious about transformation

18.07.18: Matthew Macnair-Smith, membership and policy manager at NHS Confederation, takes a look back at the last 70 years of the NHS and argues that it’s now time we get serious about transformation. Famously, Lord Lawson described the NHS as...

NHS fast approaching winter dead-end as June performance welcomes Hancock with ‘baptism of fire’

13.07.18: Growing demand and a lack of performance improvement compared to June last year suggests that the NHS is heading towards another harsh winter, in what is proving to be “a baptism of fire” for the new health secretary. Responding...

NHS still largest buyer of outdated tech ‘popular last time England was in World Cup semi-final’

13.07.18: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that NHS hospital trusts still own a staggering 9,000 fax machines, making the health system the world’s largest buyer of a technology “that was in popular use about the last time Engl...

NHS should offer GP partners salaried employment, says Lord Darzi

19.06.18: GPs should be offered the option of moving to salaried employment, according to Lord Darzi. The former Labour health minister’s recommendations are set out in his 10 point plan for the NHS, published by the Institute for Public Policy Res...

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Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

22/10/2018Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

A struggling NHS hospital is considering appealing to a Premier League football club for financial support after ending the year with a £29... more >
NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

22/10/2018NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

There are “clear warning signs” that the coming winter will be even worse for NHS trusts than last year, a new report from NHS Provid... more >
A goal without a plan is just a wish

22/10/2018A goal without a plan is just a wish

CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the ... 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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A goal without a plan is just a wish

22/10/2018A goal without a plan is just a wish

CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) latest findings. The UK Government has committed to the goal of better integration of health and social care, but the financial squeeze and lack of clarity... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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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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