NHS reforms

Clarity needed on how ambulance services will be integrated into STPs

27.04.17: Further clarity is needed to establish how ambulance services will be incorporated into STPs across England, an influential group of MPs has today warned. In its ‘NHS ambulance services’ report into variation in performance betw...

RCGP: NHS must not be eclipsed by Brexit during election

26.04.17: Patient care cannot take a ‘back seat to Brexit’ as the UK’s politicians get on the campaign trail leading up to the snap general election on 8 June a key health organisation has stated. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has...

‘Improvement lab’ launched to tackle complex health challenges

25.04.17: A new ‘Improvement Lab’ has been launched this week by the Health Foundation alongside NHS Improvement in order to address complex challenges facing the health care sector. Called the ‘Q Improvement Lab’, the organis...

Four GP practices merge together as part of Southern FT

20.04.17: Four GP surgeries in Gosport have merged to form one organisation called the Willow Group that will provide care for the 40,000 patients in the area. At the start of April, Brune Medical Centre, Forton Medical Centre, Stoke Road Medical Cen...

Leaders urge politicians to put NHS at forefront of general election debate

19.04.17: Health leaders have recently called on politicians to not shy away from their responsibility to fix the NHS as all of the UK’s major parties prepare to get on the campaign trail in preparation for the snap general election scheduled to tak...

Bidding opens for mammoth £6bn Manchester integrated LCO contract

07.04.17: Health leaders in Manchester have started the search for bidders for community-based services across the city under a huge £6bn contract. In a document published by NHS Shared Business Services, ambitions to create a local care organi...

Lords report is ‘wake-up call’ the NHS desperately needs, health leaders say

05.04.17: Health organisations have today welcomed the publication of the House of Lords Select Committee report into the long-term sustainability of the NHS in England, and urged the government to wake up to the severity of the problems the sector is cur...

Lords call for independent office to oversee NHS sustainability

05.04.17: The ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments who failed to safeguard a sustainable future for the NHS have been slammed by the House of Lords Select Committee today, who released a report warning that the Department of Health (D...

Naylor Review: £10bn needed now to fully finance STP reforms

03.04.17: A total of £10bn is required to properly fund England STPs and maintain health facilities in the future, an independent report written for the Department of Health has revealed. The report, drawn up by Sir Robert Naylor, former CEO of...

Stevens warns of increased operating waiting time ‘trade-off’ in FYFV update

31.03.17: Simon Stevens has admitted that some patients may face longer waiting times for non-urgent surgery, and no longer receive certain medications, as “trade-offs” so that improvements can be made to care in other areas. Releasing th...

Areas targeted to become ‘evolved STPs’ with much bigger freedoms

31.03.17: Accountable care systems (ACSs) will now be considered an ‘evolved’ version of an STP that is working as a locally integrated health system, NHS England’s Five Year Forward View progress report, or delivery plan, has confirmed...

New STP partnerships given raft of flexibilities in exchange for robust governance

31.03.17: All NHS organisations will form part of a sustainability and transformation partnership – the apparent new name for STPs – from April this year in order to ensure a basic governance and implementation “support chassis”, w...

NHS Litigation Authority rebranded NHS Resolution ahead of upcoming reform

23.03.17: The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) will change its name to NHS Resolution at the start of April, at the same time as it releases its five-year plan outlining future change, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Newly formed NHS Reso...

Extended NHS obligations in 2017-18 mandate ‘well beyond reach’

22.03.17: The continued drive towards a seven-day NHS was confirmed by the Department for Health (DH) in its mandate to the NHS yesterday, as it was revealed that NHS England will be expected to provide weekend and evening access for almost half (40%) of...

NHS England to change ‘inefficient’ ambulance response targets

21.03.17: Current ambulance targets that require call handlers to assess and dispatch an ambulance crew to the scene within 60 seconds are causing major inefficiencies to a stretched system, NHS England’s director for acute care Professor Keith Will...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Department of Health’s (DH’s) PR team mus... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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