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Health secretary to meet Glasgow hospital bosses over deaths in pigeon infection outbreak

22.01.19: Scotland’s health secretary is to meet top NHS officials to discuss the outbreak of an infection caused by pigeon droppings which has led to two patient deaths at an £842m Glasgow hospital. An investigation is underway into the...

Investigator in Gosport War Memorial scandal says evidence is strong enough to bring charges

21.01.19: The detective who led the investigation into the deaths of hundreds of deaths at Gosport Hospital has said he believes there is strong enough evidence to bring criminal charges. A public inquiry in June last year into over 800 deaths at Gos...

Bradford hospitals trust fined by CQC after breaching its duty of candour

18.01.19: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT (BTH) has been fined by the CQC after failing to apologise to a family in time after a safety incident, breaking its duty of candour. The health inspectorate issued a fixed penalty notice to the trust beca...

Trust to pay out £5m in damages to boy starved of oxygen and left disabled at birth

17.01.19: A six-year-old boy who suffered life-changing injuries during birth is set to be awarded nearly £5m in damages from an NHS trust. The child from County Londonderry, who cannot be identified, developed severe cerebral palsy after he wa...

NHS failing in mental health provision for young people and children, says PAC

16.01.19: The NHS is currently failing young people with mental health problems, with only three in 10 receiving the NHS-funded treatment they needed last year, according to MPs. A report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has slammed “un...

Girl left with severe spinal injuries at birth awarded £5.85m in NHS compensation

16.01.19: A girl left disabled after she suffered severe spinal cord damage during her birth has been awarded £5.85m in compensation from the NHS. The child, now eight, cannot be named for legal reasons and will need “significant” l...

Risk of further deaths at mental health service warns coroner in wake of 22-year-old death

15.01.19: A coroner’s report into the death of a 22-year-old has slammed a mental health service for children and young adults and warned that there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken. Assistant coroner for Birmingha...

Private mental health group faces multimillion fine after death of NHS-funded girl in its care

11.01.19: A private mental health group is facing a multimillion-pound fine for breaching health and safety laws after a 14-year old with a history of suicide attempts died in its care. Amy El-Keria was treated at the Priory Group’s Ticehurst H...

NHS 10-year plan: up to 500,000 lives targeted to be saved with prevention and early detection schemes

07.01.19: A commitment to save as many as 500,000 more lives over the next decade through detection and early prevention was one of the headlines of the long-awaited NHS 10-year plan announced by prime minister Theresa May today. Described as the &ld...

Dr Bawa-Garba has medical register suspension extended by six months

04.01.19: Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s suspension from the medical register has been extended another six months after a review by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) determined that the measure was needed to “protect the public”...

NHS trust fined £300,000 after two employees repeatedly stabbed by patient

04.01.19: An NHS trust has been fined £300,000 after two healthcare workers suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a patient at a medium secure forensic unit in Kent. The Old Bailey heard how, on 17 July 2016, heal...

Croydon care agency placed in special measures after inspectors find ‘totally unacceptable’ levels of care and care worker response times

03.01.19: A Croydon home care agency has been placed into special measures after the CQC found unsafe levels of care, and, in some cases, inspectors found medicine records showing a potential overdose. The level of care at Medacs Healthcare, Croydon...

Tribunal rules in favour of CQC’s enforcement action at 18 Sussex care homes

20.12.18: A first-tier tribunal has ruled that enforcement powers imposed on 18 care homes in Sussex to protect its residents was the right decision from the CQC. After finding wide-spread issues on successive inspections in 2017, the CQC proposed im...

Blanket winter bans could happen again as DHSC accounts mask ‘underlying’ NHS deficit locally

19.12.18: Hospitals could face another winter of blanket operation cancellations and MPs have warned that “urgent action” is needed in the long-term plan as the finances of NHS providers are even worse than the reported statistics. A repo...

Hundreds of patients a year harmed due to lack of safety directives as staff face ‘unmanageable’ pressures

19.12.18: ‘Never events’ and avoidable harm to patients continue to happen across the NHS because doctors and nurses are too busy to enforce safety directives, a scathing report by the health inspectorate has found. The CQC’s nation...

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Glasgow hospital design to be reviewed after post-mortem links child’s death to pigeon infection

23/01/2019Glasgow hospital design to be reviewed after post-mortem links child’s death to pigeon infection

The Scottish health minister has ordered a review of the design of Glasgow’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) after an i... more >
Outgoing NHS digital chief wrote ‘puff piece’ for future employer in ‘jaw-droppingly inappropriate’ behaviour

23/01/2019Outgoing NHS digital chief wrote ‘puff piece’ for future employer in ‘jaw-droppingly inappropriate’ behaviour

NHS England’s outgoing chief digital officer has been criticised for “jaw-droppingly inappropriate” behaviour after she announc... more >
Spending on agency staff has ‘increased markedly’ by 171% to cover vacancies across Welsh NHS

23/01/2019Spending on agency staff has ‘increased markedly’ by 171% to cover vacancies across Welsh NHS

NHS spending on agency staff in Wales has risen 171% in the last seven years, the majority of which is spent by the health service to provide cov... 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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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

14/01/2019Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ returns to write for NHE for his blog series on effective leadership. “It is not in your top three, Dean…” The difficulty in asking for feedback is that sometimes, occasionally,... more >
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Sneak a peek into the world of risk

19/12/2018Sneak a peek into the world of risk

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) asked its members what working in risk is really like and what hints and tips they’d share with peop... more >
The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

19/12/2018The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

The development of the NHS long-term plan offers a reset moment: a chance to develop a credible, sector-owned blueprint designed to improve care ... more >
NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

19/12/2018NHS Supply Chain: Driving the way forward

Jin Sahota spent two years at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) establishing the future operating model for the new NHS Supply Chai... more >
Leading the way: The Translational Research Collaboration for Mental Health

19/12/2018Leading the way: The Translational Research Collaboration for Mental Health

Professor John Geddes, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, introduces the new... 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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