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Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

25.03.19: NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who have undergone heart surgery in the last six months warning them of a potentially fatal infection risk. The decision was taken by an Incident Management Team after it found that six patient...

Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

25.03.19: The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust (COCH) has announced that its medical director has been appointed as its new chief executive. Susan Gilby, the medical director and current acting chief executive, has been named as the new chief execu...

Lack of progress around growing waiting list could fuel surge in negligence claims against the NHS

22.03.19: A rise in negligence claims against the NHS has been predicted by the government’s spending watchdog as it warns that “insufficient progress” has been made cutting down waiting times. The National Audit Office (NAO) has cr...

Infant death sparks national investigation from Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

21.03.19: A national investigation into NHS staff’s ability to recognise seriously ill and deteriorating infants has been launched following the death of a three-month-old infant died hours after being discharged from hospital. The Healthcare S...

NHSE to strip Capita of ‘shambolic’ cervical screening contract and bring it in-house

21.03.19: NHS England (NHSE) has stripped Capita of its cervical screening administration services following “shambolic” errors made in failing to deliver over 50,000 letters to patients. The chief executive of NHSE, Simon Stevens, told t...

Inquiry hears of ‘systemic problems’ with communications at scandal-hit Glasgow Hospital

20.03.19: There are ‘systemic problems’ in communications between infection control nurses and other staff, MSPs have heard in an inquiry into Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), where several patients died after infection outbreaks. ...

Chief executive at England’s worst performing mental health trust to step down

19.03.19: The chief executive of a special measures mental health trust is stepping down after less than a year in the job. Antek Lejk is to leave his post at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) in order to join the East London NHS FT (ELFT). ...

Trusts still ‘failing to embrace open learning culture’ and must improve pace of change, says CQC

19.03.19: Trusts are not doing enough to review and learn from the deaths of their patients and “failure to fully embrace an open, learning culture” is holding organisations back, according to the CQC. Published today, the health inspecto...

Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18.03.19: An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during their care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). Medical air contains 21% oxygen and is similar to...

£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

15.03.19: A new £3m ward designed to help ease winter pressures at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is not currently in use because it does not meet fire safety and building regulations. The ward, announced last September, was planned to relieve press...

Grandmother dies at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in latest fungal infection death case

15.03.19: Prosecutors are investigating a third death at Glasgow’s flagship hospital after a grandmother contracted a fungal infection, the latest infection-control incident to hit the city’s hospitals. Mito Kaur, aged 63, was one of two...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

Risk to patient safety at Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s maternity ward as inspectors find fatigued and overstretched staff

13.03.19: Concerns about the safety of pregnant patients and their babies due to “significant staffing issues” have been raised at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the wake of an investigation into the death of 26 babies. An inspection fro...

Hospitals face fines for missing sepsis targets under new NHS England rules

12.03.19: Hospitals could be fined if they fail to meet new targets for detecting and treating sepsis under new NHS England rules coming into effect in April. The guidance requires staff to alert doctors of all patients suspected of having the deadly...

Two-year-old girl ‘would have survived’ if hospital’s guidelines had been followed in sepsis death

12.03.19: Systemic failures on the children’s ward of Bath’s major hospital led to the death of a young girl from sepsis, an inquest heard. Dr Nelly Ninis said that if staff at the Royal United Hospital had followed their own guidelines t...

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CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

25/03/2019CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

Significant improvements have been found by inspectors at the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RNOH) in a “major step forward” f... more >
Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

25/03/2019Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who have undergone heart surgery in the last six months warning them of a potentially fatal infect... more >
Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

25/03/2019Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust (COCH) has announced that its medical director has been appointed as its new chief executive. Susan G... 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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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE - provides her view of the newly published NICE impact report on mental health. Mental health conditions are the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with one in 4 adults experienci... more >
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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - ... more >
Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

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Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organisational and system curiosity alongside the work of the Shadow Board Pr... more >
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Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fiction for children and young people – discusses ‘Fiction as ... more >
Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planning at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), looks at an alternative and perhaps underutilised funding sourc... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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

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 >

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