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Scottish health board blasted for chronic pain waiting times ‘verging on scandalous’

14.03.18: A health board in Scotland has been heavily criticised after managing to see just 6% of patients who visited facilities with chronic pain within the 18-week targeted waiting time. NHS Ayrshire and Arran was blasted by Scottish Conservative...

A&E four-hour breaches ‘highest on record’ as care continues to worsen

09.03.18: The number of A&E patients waiting for more than four hours after a decision to admit them to hospital has reached record high, figures from the King’s Fund have revealed. The think tank’s March quarterly monitoring report shows...

Clear plan needed to clear ‘growing backlog’ of operations after winter cancellations

09.03.18: Over 62,000 fewer NHS treatments, including operations, were performed this winter compared to the previous winter, according to analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons. Between November 2017 and January 2018, 860,816 operations were performe...

Scottish hospital warns of ‘exceptional pressure’ after Beast from the East

07.03.18: NHS Borders officials have warned patients of ‘exceptional pressure’ on services in Borders General Hospital after extreme weather conditions last week caused travel problems and an influx of patients. Dr Cliff Sharp, medical di...

This winter has been most difficult to date, according to two-thirds of Confed members

05.03.18: Bed occupancy in England’s hospitals hit 96% last month as the ‘beast from the east’ battered the country, the latest winter situation report from NHS England has revealed. This winter has seen bed occupancy consistently above...

BMA warns that hard border risks damaging care for patients

05.03.18: A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would risk damaging patient care, the BMA has warned. The comments come following Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, in which she repeated her pledge to maintain a soft borde...

Kent trust forced to cancel non-urgent ops as ‘beast from the east’ bites

28.02.18: Medway NHS FT has been forced to cancel a number of non-urgent procedures this week as the freezing temperatures and icy conditions have caused a staffing shortage. The trust, which primarily runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, says it has b...

Hunt pledges to tackle medication errors linked to 22,000 yearly deaths

26.02.18: Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to improve patient safety by reviewing medication errors. The announcement comes after research by the universities of York, Manchester and Sheffield revealed that there are an es...

Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23.02.18: Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process from local investigations post-incident to diversity matters, the GMC has announced. Marx, who is c...

Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23.02.18: Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in response to NHS England’s latest winter situation report for last week, which reveals that almost...

‘Landmark report’ to seek more compassionate response to patient concerns

22.02.18: The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities respond to concerns about medical treatments. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the government will release a “la...

Winter pressures see delays in handover of almost 150,000 patients to A&E

19.02.18: Almost 150,000 ambulance patients have had to wait over half an hour before being admitted to A&E this winter, according to the latest figures from NHS England. This winter’s situation report shows that between 20 November 2017 and 11...

Wollaston: Brexit medicines contingency plan should be subject to public scrutiny

19.02.18: The chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has written to Jeremy Hunt to stress the need for clarity on details of the government’s contingency planning to protect patients following Brexit. In her letter to the health and soc...

Lawyers face cap on costs in NHS clinical negligence cases

15.02.18: The government is to cap the costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The fixed recoverable costs scheme will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and a working group will be put together to establish how the cap...

Kirkup: Critical widespread trust failures offer urgent lessons across the NHS

09.02.18: An independent review into the “widespread failings” of a community health trust has made a series of recommendations for NHS Improvement (NHSI), the CQC, NHS England, the Department of Health & Social Care and trusts. The revie...

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The number of junior doctors entering specialist training immediately after completing their foundation years is continuing to decline, according t... more >

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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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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

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Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
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Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

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Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

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In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
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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

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NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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