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NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

22.10.18: There are “clear warning signs” that the coming winter will be even worse for NHS trusts than last year, a new report from NHS Providers has warned. Growing staff shortages are putting “additional strain on a workforce alr...

The right culture is key to antimicrobial stewardship

11.10.18: Prof. Dilip Nathwani is a speaker at the Infection Prevention Society’s Infection Prevention Conference 2018, consultant in infectious diseases and honorary professor of infection at the University of Dundee, and past president of the...

NHS England pledges £50m health-screening programme for Grenfell survivors amid smoke and asbestos fears

10.10.18: NHS England’s chief executive has announced that the NHS is providing up to £50m for a five-year screening programme for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire to examine the effects of smoke and asbestos exposure. Speaking to del...

Record £37m NHS compensation pay-out for brain-injured boy

08.10.18: A six-year-old boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury after his birth in hospital has received a NHS record £37m in compensation. The child contracted the herpes simplex virus at Watford General hospital which &ldq...

Theresa May announces new cancer strategy for NHS

04.10.18: The prime minister has announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS which will see “a step change in how we diagnose cancer” and improve cancer survival rates. Theresa May said she wants to increase early detection rates for canc...

Prevention through hydration

03.10.18: Professor Jennie Wilson, a member of the Infection Prevention Society, discusses the importance of hydration, especially in older patients, in infection prevention and control. Hydration needs to be a priority for carers and clinicians, esp...

Glove awareness: a new approach

03.10.18: Professional lead for infection prevention and control at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Rose Gallagher, discusses her work in raising awareness on the correct use of gloves by healthcare professionals to prevent the spread of infection. ...

NHS pays out record £20m compensation for brain-injured teenager

01.10.18: An 18-year-old woman has been awarded £20m by the NHS in compensation for brain injuries suffered as a baby. The girl, who cannot be named, was awarded £2.1m as a lump sum and annual payments of £203,000 for the rest of he...

Hancock asks NHSI director to draft 10-year patient safety plan

27.09.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has asked Dr Aidan Fowler, the new NHS director of patient safety, to lead on a new 10-year national patient safety strategy. Speaking at the Patient Safety Learning Conference at The King&rsquo...

Inquiry into NHS ‘tainted blood’ scandal opens into the death of thousands of victims

24.09.18: The inquiry into the ‘tainted blood’ scandal which is estimated to have killed around 2,000 people who received contaminated blood transfusions has opened today in London. The public inquiry is investigating how thousands of NHS...

Trust needs 200 extra beds to meet winter demand and dodge 120% occupancy rate

14.09.18: Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust has said it won’t have enough beds to cope this winter and needs a dramatic capacity increase of 208 more beds. The facility says it needs to increase its current bed numbers by a third to reach...

CQC takes enforcement action amid safety fears at Shrewsbury trust

06.09.18: The CQC has decided to take “urgent enforcement action” against a trust that was last week embroiled in controversy after more cases of poor care were allegedly identified at its maternity unit. The organisation has inspected Sh...

Scandal-hit Shrewsbury and Telford trust labels maternity failings accusations as ‘incorrect and irresponsible’

31.08.18: A scandal-hit maternity ward facing reports that dozens more poor cases of care have been discovered at the unit has hit back at the allegations, branding them “factually inaccurate and untrue.” A report by the Health Service Jo...

More NHS patients waiting longer to hear from test results, new figures show

28.08.18: The number of patients who have to wait longer to hear back from NHS Scotland medical tests is increasing, new figures show. Latest figures from NHS Scotland indicates that only 78.7% of patients were seen within the six-week waiting window...

The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10.08.18: Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and so...

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HEE to be made ‘accountable’ to NHS Improvement

23/10/2018HEE to be made ‘accountable’ to NHS Improvement

Health Education England (HEE) will be made “accountable” to NHS Improvement, the NHS bodies have announced, alongside a number of me... more >
CQC demands Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust submit weekly reports as part of urgent action plan

23/10/2018CQC demands Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust submit weekly reports as part of urgent action plan

The CQC is taking urgent action at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, demanding that the trust send weekly reports detailing actions to i... more >
Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

22/10/2018Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

A struggling NHS hospital is considering appealing to a Premier League football club for financial support after ending the year with a £29... 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

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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A goal without a plan is just a wish

22/10/2018A goal without a plan is just a wish

CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) latest findings. The UK Government has committed to the goal of better integration of health and social care, but the financial squeeze and lack of clarity... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... 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 >
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 >

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