Patient safety

NHS pays out £22m in damages to disabled girl starved of oxygen at birth

13.12.18: A severely disabled 11-year-old girl who was starved of oxygen at birth has been handed a massive £22m payout from the NHS. The girl – who suffers from uncontrollable tantrums and severe cerebral palsy and can only be comforted...

‘We have lost all confidence’: Number of women affected by Capita cancer screening scandal rises above 50,000

13.12.18: Even more women have been affected by Capita’s cervical screening programme scandal than previously thought. NHS England has admitted that a further 3,591 women were caught up in the administrative blunder, bringing the total number t...

NHSE and NHSI appoint leaders for its seven integrated region teams

11.12.18: Seven integrated regional teams that will “play a major leadership role” in the new joint structure between NHS Improvement (NHSI) and NHS England (NHSE) have been named. The joint directors of the new regional teams have been c...

CEO who left Barking in midst of financial chaos joins troubled special-measures trust

11.12.18: A West Midlands trust placed in quality special measures has appointed Matthew Hopkins as its new chief executive months after he left another struggling trust in London amid financial difficulties. When he takes over Worcestershire Ac...

Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10.12.18: An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FOI requests, 198 admitted that they ran hospitals which contained the hazardous material. The BB...

Inspectors find feuding surgeons’ ‘tribalism’ and culture of hostility at cardiac unit contributed to higher death rate

06.12.18: Inspectors have reported weak leadership, a culture of bullying, and “tribalism” between feuding heart surgeons after a review of a troubled cardiac unit in London. Hostilities between surgeons at St George’s Hospital beca...

May promises reform as review reveals ‘outdated’ Mental Health Act infringing on patient rights

06.12.18: Patients with severe mental health problems “should be given more rights over treatments” to ensure better care is provided if they are detained for compulsory treatment, according to a review. The independent review of the Ment...

Volunteers help ‘reduce pressure’ on NHS frontline, but clarity needed over role boundaries

04.12.18: Frontline NHS staff have praised the “invaluable contribution” volunteers play in the hospitals and reducing mounting pressures, but a lack of clarity around role boundaries is the biggest danger facing voluntary work. An estima...

NHS staff frozen out of more than a million accounts as email network goes down

03.12.18: The NHS has suffered a national outage to its email system, causing staff to be locked out of more than a million accounts over the weekend. NHS Digital issued a ‘severity 1’ notice, warning of a “complete shutdown”...

MPs call for government intervention as CQC keeps worst-performing NHS trust in special measures

28.11.18: Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) will remain in special measures after failing to implement improvements following its third damning ‘inadequate’ rating from the CQC. The health inspectorate said bosses at the foundation trust...

Healthcare provider in special measures after ‘unfit for purpose’ GP practice forced to close

26.11.18: Aston Healthcare has been placed in special measures after inspectors found the provider to be unable to provide safe services, had no systems in place to ensure premises were well managed, and in one case was forced to close a medical centre. ...

North Cumbria patients ‘suffered harm’ due to delays, says CQC

23.11.18: Limited bed supply and delays in transferring patients in two north Cumbria hospitals have resulted in “several serious incidents” and some “suffering harm,” the CQC has reported. The health inspectorate raised conce...

NHS trusts made to publish staff and patient concerns in the wake of Gosport scandal

22.11.18: NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients about their care in the wake of the Gosport patient deaths scandal, the health secretary has announced. In a statement to Parliament, Matt Hancock said he would &ldq...

Twenty-nine trusts and NHS boards have missed every single target this year

20.11.18: A new analysis from the BBC has revealed that 29 hospital trusts and boards have missed every single one of their targets so far this year, while one in five local hospital services “consistently” fail to meet waiting time targets. ...

Allied Healthcare to transfer or sell all home care contracts

19.11.18: Allied Healthcare is seeking to transfer or sell all of its home care contracts to other providers in the wake of CQC’s damning notice on its finances. The care regulator issued a warning to the major home care provider earlier this m...

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NHS pays out £22m in damages to disabled girl starved of oxygen at birth

13/12/2018NHS pays out £22m in damages to disabled girl starved of oxygen at birth

A severely disabled 11-year-old girl who was starved of oxygen at birth has been handed a massive £22m payout from the NHS. The girl &... more >
Former King’s Fund CEO Sir Chris Ham to chair Coventry and Warwickshire STP

13/12/2018Former King’s Fund CEO Sir Chris Ham to chair Coventry and Warwickshire STP

Professor Sir Chris Ham, the outgoing chief executive of The King’s Fund, is to take up the role of independent chair of ‘Better Heal... more >
‘We have lost all confidence’: Number of women affected by Capita cancer screening scandal rises above 50,000

13/12/2018‘We have lost all confidence’: Number of women affected by Capita cancer screening scandal rises above 50,000

Even more women have been affected by Capita’s cervical screening programme scandal than previously thought. NHS England has admitted ... 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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The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12/12/2018The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds of hours to staff so they can spend more time helping patients. The trust, which includes Colche... more >
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Creating a volunteer 'passport'

12/12/2018Creating a volunteer 'passport'

By utilising the health service’s volunteers, we can deliver better care for everyone, argues Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical project lead at Hel... more >
Right people, right place, right now

12/12/2018Right people, right place, right now

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, raises concerns around the mental health workforce and shares some best practice from ... more >
Breaking down barriers to integration

12/12/2018Breaking down barriers to integration

Anne Marie Morris, member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and MP for Newton Abbott, outlines the committee’s recent report on the ba... more >
An attack on them is an attack on us all

12/12/2018An attack on them is an attack on us all

Chris Bryant MP discusses the new law he championed that came into effect in September, which doubles jail time for anyone who assaults emergency... 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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