Patient safety

Patients in the south waiting significantly longer for vital treatment

16.08.17: Analysis of CCG data has found a huge disparity in care in different areas of England, as patients in the south were found to be waiting far longer to access vital medical treatments such as pacemakers, cataract surgery and hip and knee replacem...

Privacy of care environment in rapid decline, patients warn

16.08.17: Patients have this week voiced increasing dissatisfaction with the privacy of care environments in hospitals across England. In NHS Digital’s fifth annual Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) report, it was revealed...

Improved care saved lives of 500 heart failure sufferers last year

10.08.17: An independent report released today has found that hundreds more people are surviving heart failure due to improvements to patient care. NHS England stated that the report found that the mortality rate for people admitted to hospital with...

Nearly half of maternity wards forced to close at least once last year

08.08.17: Nearly half the maternity units in England were forced to close at some point in 2016, research published today by Labour has revealed. The data was obtained by the party through Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which asked trusts whet...

Brexit Alliance: Urgent agreement needed on key NHS priority areas

03.08.17: NHS patients stand to lose out if the government does not give issues like healthcare research and access to new medicines the attention they deserve when trying to untangle from the European Union, the Brexit Health Alliance has warned. Th...

RCSEd: Improve working environments to protect patient safety

02.08.17: A major surgical college has today called on the government to tackle shortfalls in NHS staff after a survey of its members revealed broad inefficiencies across the NHS workforce. In a report released by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinbu...

Struggling Lincolnshire trust to continue overnight closure at A&E unit

02.08.17: A struggling trust in Lincolnshire has announced that it has been forced to continue the overnight closure of the A&E unit at one of its hospitals. Back in August 2016, hospital leaders made the decision to temporarily change the openin...

Hospital unit could be closed for a year to replace cladding on building

01.08.17: A hospital unit in Oxford will close for up to a year after a report into fire safety standards of cladding on its building revealed that it did not meet required standards. Following an independent report into the cladded buildings on four...

A welcome signal on the future of medicines

28.07.17: Just before NHE went to press, Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark issued a letter entitled ‘the UK wants to continue to work with the EU on medicines’. David Stevenson reports on this and recent discussions around Brexit. An “impo...

‘Tainted blood’ campaigners boycott inquiry meeting with DH

20.07.17: More than 10 organisations launching a campaign against the government for the ‘tainted blood’ scandal have today refused to be involved with an official inquiry headed up by the Department of Health (DH). The organisations have...

Up to 3,000 beds must be freed up to deliver safe care this winter, warns NHSI

17.07.17: The NHS will need to free up 2,000 to 3,000 acute beds to be able to ensure safe, effective care is delivered this winter, NHS Improvement (NHSI) has stated. In its review of the torrid winter the health service experienced over 2016-17, NH...

First cosmetic surgery certification issued by RCS

14.07.17: A Manchester surgeon has become the first in the country to be officially endorsed to perform cosmetic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). The new certification was launched in January in a bid to better regulate cosmetic surger...

Six-month waits for treatment soar as NHS performance slips further

14.07.17: A&E performance is continuing to slide, as data released this week by NHS England revealed that targets were still not being met. In figures for May, it was reported that 89.7% of patients in emergency wards were seen within four hours...

Inquiry launched into ‘appalling injustice’ of tainted blood case

11.07.17: An inquiry will be launched into the ‘tainted blood’ scandal that saw thousands of people infected with hepatitis C and HIV after receiving contaminated blood transfusions in the 1970s and 80s. A spokesman for Theresa May today...

Doctors raise concern at patients reporting increased GP waiting times

07.07.17: Concerns about the waiting times at GP clinics increasing have been raised by doctors, after it was revealed that only 57.7% of patients felt that they didn’t normally wait too long to see a GP. On top of that, only two-thirds (68%) o...

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London trust told to improve for third time in three years

17/08/2017London trust told to improve for third time in three years

A major London NHS trust has been told by inspectors that it needs to urgently improve after it received its third ‘Requires Improvement&rs... more >
Third of trainee GPs not planning to work in NHS general practice

17/08/2017Third of trainee GPs not planning to work in NHS general practice

Only two-thirds of trainee GPs are planning to go on to work in general practice in the NHS, a new study has today warned. The research carr... more >
Longest serving NHS chief executive sacked for ‘gross misconduct’

17/08/2017Longest serving NHS chief executive sacked for ‘gross misconduct’

The NHS’s longest serving CEO Sir Leonard Fenwick has been sacked by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (NUT) for “gross misconduct... 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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Your personality, your leadership

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Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

27/07/2017Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

Merron Simpson, chief executive New NHS Alliance, argues we’re missing the point of what ‘partnership working’ truly means if we refuse to recruit help from those outside the health service. Jeremy Hunt and Simon Steven’s recent announcement to ‘turbo-boost’ sustainability and transformation p... more >
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Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

08/08/2017Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get ... more >
A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

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Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
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Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of ... more >
A community service

04/08/2017A community service

Louise Watson, NHS England director of the New Care Models programme, discusses the emerging success stories from the vanguard areas across the c... 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 >
A new approach to talent management

25/07/2017A new approach to talent management

Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >
Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25/07/2017Enabling greater integration through ACSs

At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

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On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... more >

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