Patient safety

Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14.12.17: NHS England’s latest figures show that although the health service is responding well to growing pressure, it is close to “full stretch”, according to NHS Providers. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers said that al...

Access to treatments could reduce post-Brexit

13.12.17: UK patients are at risk of missing out on new treatments after Brexit if a deal is not struck, experts have warned. Speaking at a Health Committee inquiry yesterday, Dr Jane Spink, chief executive of Genetic Alliance UK, cautioned that if t...

Scotland will see ‘record high’ £22.4m NHS winter funding

12.12.17: NHS boards across Scotland are to receive an injection of £8.4m for resilience ahead of the busy festive period, the Scottish government has announced today. The funding supports the implementation of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s report on p...

Health Alliance welcomes Brexit reciprocal care deal

11.12.17: The NHS Confederation’s Brexit Health Alliance has applauded news of the first major agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU. Prime minister Theresa May announced a last-minute deal between the UK and the EU on Friday, including...

Government launches inquiry into Ian Paterson case

08.12.17: A national inquiry has been launched into the malpractice of Ian Paterson. Earlier this year the breast surgeon was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 counts of wounding patients with intent, having performed unneces...

Avoidable death of 19-year-old girl lifts lid on ‘serious national issues’ in NHS care

08.12.17: The death of young woman from anorexia nervosa could have been prevented, a scathing report published today has said. Averil Hart died in 2012 due to a “series of failures that involved every NHS organisation that should have cared for he...

Ambulance services creaking under strain as delays steadily rise

07.12.17: Figures from NHS England’s winter situation report have revealed that services are already feeling the strain of winter. Over the past week the ambulance service across England has seen over 1,800 delays of over 60 minutes, and calls...

Lack of beds to put strain on NHS despite trusts’ preparation efforts for winter

07.12.17: Trusts have done all they can to prepare for winter, but a lack of beds and shortages in key staff areas means organisations will still be at “close to full stretch”, NHS Providers has warned. In its new report, ‘Ready and res...

South Tyneside Hospital suspends maternity services in urgent safety measures

04.12.17: Bosses at South Tyneside District Hospital have halted baby delivery services following concerns being raised about safety. The hospital, run by South Tyneside NHS FT, have already suspended its special care baby unit (SCBU) last Thursday d...

New rule changes will allow more people to give blood

28.11.17: New changes in the rules will allow more people to give blood who have engaged in certain sexual activities. Previously, due to a lack of clinical evidence, people had been barred from giving blood if they had been involved in specific sexu...

Errors in mortuary can be avoided with better procedures, study says

24.11.17: Mortuary staff should learn from procedures used to protect living patients in order to prevent serious errors, a study has recommended. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, analysed 132 incidents in the NHS bet...

Government ‘must take urgent action’ following 11,000 extra winter deaths reveal

23.11.17: New figures released today show there were 31,800 excess winter deaths among the over-65s in England in 2016-17, an increase of 11,000 from the previous year. Charity Age UK says the news should remind people that there is much more work to...

Ambulance chief blasts A&E after 57 crews delayed by over an hour

22.11.17: A West Midland’s Ambulance Service (WMAS) official, Mark Docherty, has urged health chiefs in charge of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital to improve after delays marred ambulance operations. In a letter to Sandwell and West Birmingham...

Troubled Southern Health FT admits guilt over another patient death

22.11.17: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has admitted guilt in court following the death of a patient in April 2012. Teresa Colvin died in Woodhaven Adult Mental Health Hospital at Calmore, Hampshire, after being found unconscious by staff. ...

‘Staffing on the cheap’ and cash cuts linked to 120,000 excess deaths

16.11.17: Spending cuts across the health service are linked to higher than expected deaths, researchers have claimed, with the NHS seeing around 120,000 excess deaths in the past seven years. The research, published in the BMJ, estimates that in order t...

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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14/12/2017Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

NHS England’s latest figures show that although the health service is responding well to growing pressure, it is close to “full stretch... more >
Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14/12/2017Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position ... more >
CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14/12/2017CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a n... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >

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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Strategic investment planning

13/12/2017Strategic investment planning

Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... more >


Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

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

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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