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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...

Webster: Be prepared to defend transformational change in court

21.06.17: NHS leaders looking to deliver change and transformation in their local health economy should be prepared to defend their plans in court, rather than pretending that the likelihood of legal action will never happen, Rob Webster, CEO at South Wes...

STPs need necessary legislative power and support to be implemented, experts warn

20.06.17: Experts have warned that none of the 44 STP areas are ready for implementation due to a number of factors including funding difficulties, poor planning and a lack of clarity regarding STP leadership. In a report, called: ‘Sustainabili...

Mackey denies legal constraints as accountable care systems confirmed

19.06.17: NHS England boss Simon Stevens has confirmed the nine areas that will officially form part of the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs) in the country, covering a total of seven million people and backed by a funding boost of £450m...

Manchester merger will be cleared if patient benefit is found

16.06.17: A merger between two Manchester hospital trusts took a step forward this week as it was announced that the move will be cleared if patient benefit is found to outweigh any loss to competition and choice of services. In a provisional report...

Election result means STP legislation now due only after Brexit

16.06.17: Given the result of the latest general election and with the negotiations around Brexit due to start later this month, it is now unlikely that the government will be able to introduce legislation for sustainability and transformation plans (STPs...

Confed boss calls for fixes to NHS sinking ship, as Brexit Alliance is launched

15.06.17: Following last week’s general election, which resulted in a hung Parliament, the boss of NHS Confederation has called for politicians to “stop launching life rafts and start fixing the NHS ship”. Speaking at the NHS Confed...

New government must not let NHS be ‘consumed’ by Brexit

12.06.17: Health organisations have this week called on the new Tory-DUP government to make healthcare a much greater priority than its predecessors did. Following Thursday’s general election result, which saw Theresa May lose her overall major...

STPs present novel case for change, but pace and scale are challenging

09.06.17: Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), argues that if sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are to be successful then clinical input must be at their core. The need for wide-scale system change in...

STPs must ‘get real’ about time available for service transformation

08.06.17: Trying to impose a consistent and uniform statutory layer of STPs too quickly without thinking through their transition process will be a “recipe for chaos” and a “recipe for inadequate management of clinical risk” &ndash...

Central pressure forcing ‘far too many’ STPs to create unsellable plans

07.06.17: From the STP plans submitted last October, there are “far too many that are simply not realistic or deliverable” and were only created as a result of an intense financial pressure “placed on local systems from above to meet a f...

A fork in the road for the NHS

06.06.17: Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-point manifesto for the NHS, and the opportunities and challenges facing the healthcare system. ...

NHS needs ‘30-year forward view’ or risks sleepwalking into uncertain future

05.06.17: The NHS needs to move towards a 30-year forward view to have any chance of being fiscally sustainable in the future, a group of influential health finance managers has stated. Mark Orchard, president of the Healthcare Financial Management A...

Concern for NHS hits highest level since 2002 a week before election

02.06.17: The number of people who identify the NHS as the biggest problem facing the UK at the moment has shot up from last month, the final Ipsos MORI index released before the general election has revealed. The data found that 61% of people stated...

Coventry and Warwickshire STP aiming for ACS status this autumn

25.05.17: Coventry and Warwickshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) could become the first in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area to enter the new Accountable Care System (ACS) structure. In a WMCA wellbeing board rep...

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King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

The application process for a support programme to enable charity leaders to help one another through sharing expertise and developing skills has... more >
NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

23/06/2017NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

A new tranche of sites to redesign mental health services, with plans to cut out-of-area placements, has been revealed by NHS England. The 1... more >
Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

23/06/2017Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

Co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and CEO of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer has today welcomed guarantees from the government that EU citizens... 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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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing. Just over two years ago the 2015 general ele... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >

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Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
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 >

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