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GP collaborations on the rise but ‘difficult to progress’

11.10.17: A study of 565 GP staff has found an increase in collaboration between GP-based responders. The figures, provided by the Nuffield Trust and Royal College of GPs, show an increase to 81% of GP respondents confirming formal or informal collab...

Wollaston ‘concerned’ about NHS England cutting travel vaccines from prescriptions

10.10.17: Chair of the Health Committee Dr Sarah Wollaston has urged chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens for clarity over what vaccines will still be prescribed by the health service for Brits going abroad. Back in March, NHS England announc...

Community pharmacies offered guidance on using Quality Payments Scheme

04.10.17: Community pharmacies wishing to claim payments under the Quality Payments Scheme have this week been given new guidance by NHS England. The programme aims to reward community pharmacies for improving the quality of care for patients by hitt...

New trust launches in Manchester as part of major merger

02.10.17: A new city trust has launched in Manchester today following the merger of two major hospital trusts in the area. Following the approval of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester...

STPs planning further bed cuts at ‘unrealistic’ scales

29.09.17: The King’s Fund has issued a major report warning of the effects of cutting hospital bed numbers as suggested by some sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) across the country.   The report has revealed that the nu...

Norfolk’s STP implementation plan revealed

28.09.17: Norfolk County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board meeting has revealed, for the first time, key elements of its proposed implementation planning priorities for the Norfolk and Waveney sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) p...

Winter pressure is now ‘year-round crisis’

27.09.17: The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has called the winter crisis an “all year round crisis” in response to Labour’s call for a £500m cash injection to stop the health service from buckling under the looming winte...

Vanguards offer key lessons for harnessing tech in new care models

26.09.17: NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association have issued a report exploring the ways in which five vanguards are using innovative technology to transform how care is delivered. The report...

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. ...

Almost all STP bodies reporting poor joint working

21.09.17: Significant concern has been raised about the progress of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) today as new research found that almost none of the footprints are achieving joint working between local government and health organi...

Tax rises to support NHS backed by two-thirds of public

18.09.17: Around two-thirds of adults in the UK are willing to pay more taxes to support the struggling NHS, it has been revealed. Research conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the King’s Fund set out to get a picture of the changing relationsh...

New ambulance response targets start across four trusts

13.09.17: The roll-out of new ambulance response target times has now begun across four of England’s ambulance trust services, it was revealed this week. The new response times were announced earlier this year, and speaking at the Health and Ca...

Planned STP bed cuts in London ‘not credible’ even with extra cash

12.09.17: Proposals to cut the number of beds and reduce the use of hospitals outlined by London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are not credible even if extra investment is made in community services, the boss of a leading t...

Ensuring quality in the new NHS

11.09.17: Dr Marion Andrews-Evans, member of the NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Nurses Forum steering group and executive nurse & quality lead at NHS Gloucestershire CCG, sings the praises of CCG quality leads who are working in often unseen roles...

STP progress ‘threatened by poor track record’ of private partner

04.09.17: Patient representatives and the BMA have voiced concerns over what they believe are “short-term commissioning decisions” after the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) decided...

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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

19/10/2017MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

A Private Members’ Bill which would increase sentences for people found guilty of assaults on emergency workers will be discussed on Friday... more >
DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

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The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Pl... more >
Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

19/10/2017Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

The government must urgently put more funds into hospitals in the Autumn Budget, a new study has suggested. The Autumn 2017 Performance Trac... 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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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 mutually beneficial for overseas doctors and NHS pati... 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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