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Despite special winter fund and rigorous planning, GM A&E still failing to cope

22.02.17: Despite investing an extra £5m in schemes to help local health and care systems to cope with winter pressures as part of its devolution arrangements, Greater Manchester (GM) fell substantially behind its A&E target over the colder mont...

Patience required for STPs to bring about change, says NHS Confed boss

21.02.17: Patience with STPs is needed if they are going to be successful, the NHS Confederation chief has said in response to a major King’s Fund report on STPs that was released today. The report had analysed England’s 44 STPs and found...

King’s Fund: Politicians must back radical health changes for STPs to work

21.02.17: The King’s Fund has become the latest organisation to argue that although STPs offer the best hope of delivering NHS reform, the government must also be prepared to back radical changes to health services to ensure they can be success...

Royal Commission should assess long-term future of NHS, says Lord Saatchi

20.02.17: The NHS needs a Royal Commission in order to address the problem of the enormous amount of strain being put on its staff over winter and ensure that its governance and care are fit for the challenges posed by the 21 century, a pamphlet written b...

Programme to improve care quality and efficiency seeks new clinical leads

17.02.17: The programme designed to improve clinical quality and efficiency within the NHS, Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), has announced it is recruiting new clinical leads as it grows to cover more than 30 specialties including mental health and em...

Strengthening STPs Through better engagement

16.02.17: Sarah Hutchinson, policy advisor at National Voices, on the need for sustainability and transformation plan (STP) leads to ramp up engagement as they develop their plans. It has been just over a year since STPs were announced, and they have...

Final crackdown on conflicts of interest with tightened rules on gifts and hospitality

13.02.17: From 1 June this year, senior NHS staff will have to declare any gift over £50, refuse any hospitality more expensive than £75, seek prior permission to engage in outside employment, and make clear any shares they might hold in compa...

RCEM: STP threat to A&E departments overstated, but still alarming

07.02.17: The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has criticised STPs’ consideration of reconfiguring A&E departments as options for long-term change, calling the approach “alarming”. A&E doctors said details on how d...

BMA calls for national suspension of QOF to reduce ‘bureaucratic burden’ on GPs

03.02.17: The BMA has formally asked NHS England for a nationwide suspension of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) to allow GPs to focus on patient care. The chair of the BMA’s GP committee (GPC), Dr Chaand Nagpaul, has written to the nat...

Essex CCG launches new pilot to improve early cancer diagnosis

02.02.17: A CCG in Essex has launched a new pilot scheme aimed at improving early diagnosis of cancer in the run-up to World Cancer Day this weekend. The ‘vague symptoms’ pilot – which will offer patients with vague but concerning s...

General hospital staff ill-equipped to deal with mental health patients

26.01.17: Hospitals’ failure to integrate physical and mental healthcare is leading patients with incidental mental health conditions to receive poor care, a report has found. An in-depth review of 552 patient cases by the National Confidential...

NHS England offers AHPs greater involvement in STP delivery

18.01.17: A new shared commitment between England’s 145,000 allied health professionals (AHPs) will encourage them to provide innovation in the health and care system, NHS England has announced. The new report ‘Allied Health Professions i...

GPs reject May’s call for ‘misguided’ seven-day care

16.01.17: GPs have rejected the prime minister Theresa May’s demand for GPs to open seven days a week, arguing that they are already struggling to cope with existing patient demand. Last week May intimated that the limitation currently existing...

NAO: Extending GP access unlikely to deliver ‘value for money’ for NHS

11.01.17: There is no evidence that plans by the DH and NHS England to increase hours of access to GP surgeries will prove cost effective, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. Since 2014, NHS England has spent £175m on 57 GP Access Fund c...

Hunt suggests scrapping four-hour A&E target for ‘non-urgent’ patients

10.01.17: The health secretary has sparked controversy by saying that the four-hour target for patient treatment shouldn’t apply to people who present to A&E with minor illnesses in a bid to ease pressure on ailing emergency departments. Je...

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RCN backs potential law change to protect health staff from violent assault

27/02/2017RCN backs potential law change to protect health staff from violent assault

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has backed a potential change to the law that is being debated in Parliament today to protect hospital workers... more >
NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

27/02/2017NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

The NHS is at the heart of an “emerging scandal” concerning the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical infor... more >
PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

27/02/2017PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

A new report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set out a number of urgent recommendations for the NHS, including the need for th... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori Joffe, medical director at Hospital District of H... more > more last word articles >
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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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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 >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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