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Bed crisis has created ‘mismatch’ between NHS supply and demand

24.02.17: A new report from the BMA has found that a drop in overnight hospital bed spaces has created a ‘mismatch’ for NHS trusts as supply is unable to cope with the enormous stresses being placed on hospitals in the UK, particularly with re...

Maximising the value of public engagement

20.02.17: Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely to help NHS and social care leaders make the right decisions the first time. At Healthwatch we b...

Time to act in the fight against AMR

20.02.17: Katherine Murphy, chief executive at the Patients Association, calls on the government and the healthcare community to work together to combat the growing economic and human costs of inadequate infection control and the crisis of antimicrobial r...

Unleashing the benefits of patient feedback

16.02.17: NHE’s Luana Salles looks back at what the Friends and Family Test (FFT) has achieved since its genesis in 2013, and what NHS England will be focusing on this coming year. NHS England’s FFT, the largest-ever initiative to harness...

Threat of hospital closures ‘counterproductive’ to imposing weekend working

15.02.17: The threat of closure to emergency and maternity services from the London Quality Standard (LQS) is “counterproductive” and has not achieved its aim of reducing weekend deaths in NHS hospitals, a report released by the Nuffield Trust...

Surgeons left ‘kicking their heels’ as bed shortage crisis causing delays

13.02.17: Health groups have warned that delays to operations because of a lack of hospital beds has led to a crisis of surgeons “kicking their heels”, as they wait for beds to become available for surgery. In a letter to the Sunday Times...

Patient safety at risk as over 65 trusts operating at near-full capacity

06.02.17: Although high bed occupancy rates have become routine in the NHS, that does not mean they are acceptable – and continue to pose a serious threat to patient safety and infection rates, NHS Providers has said in response to stark new finding...

CQC chief inspector of hospitals announces retirement

27.01.17: The CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has announced his forthcoming retirement this summer. Sir Mike became the CQC’s first chief inspector of hospitals in July 2013 and led the implementation of t...

NHS Supply Chain creates new infection control frameworks

20.01.17: NHS Supply Chain has combined seven of its product frameworks to create two new frameworks for skin infection in the hope that it will make it easier for NHS trusts to fight infection. The two new agreements, ‘skin cleansing, disinfec...

Shelford Group trust taken out of special measures

18.01.17: The CQC has recommended that Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS FT be taken out of special measures and has upgraded its rating to Good overall after noting “very significant” improvements in its latest inspection last Sep...

Chronic midwife shortage and red flag events reveal ‘crisis in maternity care’

17.01.17: A chronic shortage of midwives has meant that new mothers are receiving insufficient care on labour wards, a new report has found. The report, published by parents’ charity NCT and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (...

CQC to fast-track inspections of adult social care to ease winter burden

16.01.17: The chief executive of the CQC, David Behan, has said that his organisation is working on rapidly re-inspecting care homes which have restrictions on admission in order to reopen bed capacity and help ease intense NHS winter pressures. ...

Over 20 overcrowded hospitals forced to issue ‘black alerts’ as winter bites

12.01.17: Overcrowding in NHS hospitals has become so severe that over 20 trusts have issued ‘black alerts’, meaning that they are unable to guarantee patient safety. The highest level alert has led to 23 hospitals cancelling scheduled op...

Hunt rejects Red Cross claims of ‘humanitarian crisis’ in NHS

09.01.17: The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has rejected claims from the British Red Cross that NHS hospitals are facing a “humanitarian crisis” as the charity bolstered support from across the country to relieve pressure on hospitals over the...

Kettering declares ‘black alert’ as pressure mounts on A&E

05.01.17: Another hospital has warned that A&E demands are at critical levels and urged patients to only use its services in a genuine emergency. Kettering General Hospital NHS FT declared a ‘black alert’ status this week, and Peterbo...

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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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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 >
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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

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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

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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

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

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