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Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

19.10.17: The government must urgently put more funds into hospitals in the Autumn Budget, a new study has suggested. The Autumn 2017 Performance Tracker, created by the Institute for Government (IfG) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and...

NHS could pay up to £500m a year in ‘worst-case scenario Brexit’

16.10.17: Patients could be the victims of a £500m-a-year cost incurred in the health system if Brexit negotiations end arrangements between the UK and the EU and Britons abroad can no longer get reciprocal healthcare rights. The figures, which...

Government must support GPs with indemnity costs, says MDU

10.10.17: The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is asking GPs to get behind its Save General Practice campaign by writing to their MP about the impact the indemnity crisis is having on the profession and patients. Today, the organisation has written to all of...

Opening a doorway to richer costing data

04.10.17: Colin Dingwall, costing improvements director at NHS Improvement (NHSI), discusses the functionalities and benefits of the new National PLICS Portal due to go live this month. What are the key metrics needed to measure the quality of patien...

Financial progress at risk if sustainability funding is not protected

03.10.17: Funding for sustainability and transformation must be protected beyond 2018-19 to ensure that progress being made by providers to reduce financial deficits is continued in the future. Currently, providers are allocated a share of the &...

Public support for NHS pay increase ‘overwhelming’

28.09.17: A survey commissioned by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has revealed “overwhelming public support” for lifting the public sector pay cap imposed by the government. The survey of over 2,000 people suggests that 84% supported...

Labour calls for £500m NHS bailout to avoid another winter crisis

26.09.17: Labour will call for a £500m bailout for the NHS to avoid another winter crisis during its party conference today, claiming that 10,000 people each day will wait at least four hours for treatment in A&E without the additional funding. ...

Over £203m made through sale of NHS property since 2013

19.09.17: More than £203m has been raised for the health service by selling off 295 surplus NHS properties, figures released by the government have today revealed. Since 2013-14, when NHS Property Services (NHSPS) was formed, to the end of the...

NHS SBS transforms back office functions of 48 organisations

14.09.17: A £10m investment by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has driven 48 organisations to sign contracts for a range of finance, procurement and employment services targeting transforming back office functions across the health service. ...

Mackey urges ‘hard focus’ on winter plans as trusts face financial struggle

04.09.17: Provider performance figures from the period between April and June this year have painted a picture of tough financial targets, growing regulatory action and extremely high levels of bed occupancy, paired with continued difficulty in dischargin...

NHS deficit almost £3bn higher than official figures suggest

31.08.17: When taking aside temporary funding boosts and one-off savings, NHS trusts actually ended the year of 2016-17 with an underlying deficit almost £3bn bigger than what was reported in official accounts, analysis has revealed. In a new b...

Private firms on track to profit another £1bn from NHS hospitals

30.08.17: Private companies which run Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts to build and run NHS hospitals have made a staggering £831m in pre-tax profits over the past six years, and are poised to collect an eye-watering £1bn more i...

NHSE holding back ‘significantly helpful’ cash from CCG books

14.08.17: NHS England has decided to hold back money that would have otherwise trickled down to CCG finances because it is “simply not an option” for commissioners to dodge contributing to a system risk reserve – especially in a year whe...

Individual legal duties create ‘governance challenges’ to system working

11.08.17: A financial expert has today stated that one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS in England is in moving to system-wide working – and strong governance is vital for trusts to move that forward effectively. In a blog written by th...

Get ready to do it all over again

25.07.17: NHE hears from Jim Mackey and Lord Carter of Coles about the ongoing efficiency challenge. At Confed17, Jim Mackey and Simon Stevens both commended the health sector for its efforts in the past 12 months to break even financially in 2016-17...

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Nearly a quarter of reception children in England overweight

20/10/2017Nearly a quarter of reception children in England overweight

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Scrapping staff assault data collection to create ‘dangerous blind spot’

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The government has revealed that it will no longer keep regularly tracking NHS staff assaults. Since NHS Protect was scrapped this year, the... more >
MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

20/10/2017MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

The government’s Health Select Committee has endorsed Baroness Harding as the next chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI). The committee look... 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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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 mut... more > more last word articles >

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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >

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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 >
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 >

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