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Strategic investment planning

13.12.17: Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate financial pressures. Having access to the right medical equipment at the right time is widely recogn...

King’s College trust in financial special measures after posting £92m deficit

11.12.17: King’s College Hospital NHS FT has been placed in special measures by NHS Improvement following a projected deficit of £92m. The news is another blow to the trust after yesterday’s announcement that its chair, Lord Kerslak...

NHS England warns of soaring waiting times and more service cuts next year

01.12.17: An NHS England board meeting yesterday confirmed fears that constitution waiting time standards “will not be fully funded and met next year”. The news was met with defiance from health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said the governm...

Hunt: Correlation between CQC rating and finances needs to be understood by DH

01.12.17: There is a clear correlation between trust CQC ratings and their finances, Jeremy Hunt has stated this week. Speaking at the King’s Fund Annual Conference yesterday, the health secretary explained the observed relationship between trust f...

Just 3% of senior health leaders think Budget will make a positive difference

30.11.17: Only 3% of bosses in the health sector think that chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget will actually enable them to provide good care in the future. The damning survey conducted by NHS Confederation asked 107 health care leaders:...

Firm offers Canterbury new hospital in exchange for housing permissions

27.11.17: A housing development firm in Canterbury has offered to construct and pay for a new hospital in exchange for permission to build 2,000 homes. Currently, commissioners are in the early stages of considering options to open an A&E hub in...

Wigan health bosses say they can close £98m gap over four years

24.11.17: Officials within Wigan CCG believe they can close their £98m funding gap in the next four years after working with the local council and Greater Manchester CA. Solving the problems hinges on getting fewer people in hospitals and more...

Government to cover end of pay cap, but only with increased productivity

22.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond has committed the government to covering the end of the 1% pay cap across nurses, midwives and paramedics. Extra funding will be awarded on the condition that any deal increases productivity within the NHS and is &...

Providers: ‘Tough choices’ must be made as extra Budget cash falls short

22.11.17: Philip Hammond has announced that the NHS will receive £6.3bn extra funding from the government by 2022-23, although providers have stated that this money is still some way short of the figure needed for the health service to continue effe...

NHS overcharged over £34m for essential medicine

21.11.17: The NHS has been overcharged millions for an essential medication, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has declared. Last year the NHS spent over £34m on liothyronine tablets - a stark increase from the £600,000 it paid for...

‘Unequivocal cries for NHS funding’ in Budget as public back tax rises

17.11.17: Taxpayers across England, Scotland and Wales would be willing to pay more tax in order to fund the NHS, research has revealed. When surveyed, over half of respondents in all areas supported the move to higher taxes to support the NHS. The po...

‘Staffing on the cheap’ and cash cuts linked to 120,000 excess deaths

16.11.17: Spending cuts across the health service are linked to higher than expected deaths, researchers have claimed, with the NHS seeing around 120,000 excess deaths in the past seven years. The research, published in the BMJ, estimates that in order t...

Hunt: Government knows trusts can’t fund pay cap commitment alone

15.11.17: In response to health questions at the Commons over the expected scrapping of the NHS pay cap at the upcoming Budget, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he knew trusts would need more funding to ensure the commitment could be honoured. Asked...

‘Procurement league table’ to be launched for NHS hospitals

09.11.17: Hospitals across the country will be ranked based on the amount they spend on goods and services in a new initiative announced by the DH. The ‘procurement league table’, announced by Jeremy Hunt at this week’s NHS Provider...

Stevens: Brexit funding promises must be honoured

08.11.17: The NHS should receive the funding promised by the leave campaign during the European Union referendum last year, Simon Stevens has stated today. Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, used his speech at the annual NHS Providers conferenc...

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Workforce strategy: DH has ‘turned on all the taps’, but can still do more

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London trust fined after worker is killed by liquid nitrogen

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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

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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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