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RCN to launch first-ever protocol for using animals in healthcare

22.06.17: The first-ever health protocol for how animals can be used in healthcare will be launched by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) later this year. It is hoped that the protocol will enable hospitals to introduce animals into the care environm...

Using demand and capacity modelling to deliver quality care

21.06.17: Ricky McCullough, deputy head of performance at Royal Free London NHS FT, tells NHE about using demand and capacity modelling to deliver quality care to patients and meet national waiting list targets.  At a time when hospital budgets...

Monitoring the patient environment

20.06.17: Dr Liz Jones, previously head of patient environment at the Department of Health, and Professor Keith Derbyshire, who was the chief analyst and chief economic adviser, argue that the costs of a dirty NHS are enormous and we need a monitoring sys...

Rise in patients waiting for treatment shows ‘winter demand concerns still here’

14.06.17: The number of people waiting over 18 weeks for planned treatment shot up by 5% in April 2017 compared to the same time period last year. In figures released by NHS England for April, it was also found that the number of people on the waitin...

The importance of designing out IPC risks

09.06.17: Lee Peddle, national chairman of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals and facilities manager – Soft FM at Central and North West London NHS FT, explains why estates changes must also factor in cleanliness and its associated...

Doctors say ‘enough is enough’ as 12,000 child operations cancelled last year

08.06.17: A lack of beds, staff and equipment in the NHS is leading to thousands of hospital operations for children being cancelled every year, doctors have today warned. Figures released by the NHS in a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the...

RCS calls for review of Ian Paterson case to prevent future malpractice

05.06.17: Surgeons have this week strongly condemned the actions of Ian Paterson and called for a review of his case to prevent more patients suffering under the scalpel of “rogue surgeons” in the future. Breast surgeon Paterson was sente...

RCS: Half-year waits for surgery triple in last four years

02.06.17: The number of patients waiting more than half a year for non-urgent surgery and treatment has soared by 180% in just four years, analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has today stated. In March this year, the number of patients wa...

RCM calls for better care outcomes for pregnant women in manifesto

30.05.17: The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has called for better outcomes for pregnant women as it announced a list of five priorities for politicians ahead of the general election. In its general election manifesto, the RCM also stated that midwi...

Porter: NHS now in ‘year-round crisis’ and unlikely to recover

26.05.17: Doctors have today warned that the NHS in England is “unlikely” to recover from of one of the worst winters on record which has now seen health care enter “a state of year-round crisis”. Analysis of NHS performance b...

Overnight bed occupancy hits highest ever level

25.05.17: Fresh warnings have been made about overnight bed occupancy as it was today revealed that rates in UK hospitals hit the highest level in the first three months of 2017 since records began. Despite the recommended safe limit for bed occupanc...

Transparency calls for private hospitals after ‘abhorrent’ Paterson case

17.05.17: Surgeons have today called for a review of safety standards and better data transparency in the private sector to tackle poor practice and rogue doctors. In an open letter penned by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), the health group stat...

RCN launches guide to help nurses spot signs of modern slavery

17.05.17: A pocket guide to help nurses and healthcare workers identify the signs of modern slavery has today been launched by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). It is hoped that the booklet, which is small enough to fit in uniform pockets, will hel...

Cancer Research warns of diagnoses rising to two million by 2021

10.05.17: Cancer Research has today announced that two million people will be diagnosed with cancer by 2021 – and have called on the next government to renew its commitment to the Cancer Strategy. In figures released today, Cancer Research pred...

Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28.04.17: 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 NHS around £1.3bn to develop, according to a new report.   Established in 2010, the...

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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.... 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 >


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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