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Four million bed days lost due to ‘ridiculous’ care situation

18.10.17: Almost four million bed days have been lost since 2011 due to problems putting patients into community care once they have received hospital treatment. A study by Age UK has concluded that the number of days lost is still on the rise with p...

CQC: Quality of A&E care improving but waiting times still a concern

17.10.17: A CQC survey has revealed that most people receiving urgent and emergency care in England are happy with their doctors and nurses. However, the 2016 Emergency Department Survey indicates serious concerns over long waiting times for treatmen...

BMA: Patients need action on overwhelmed GP practices

16.10.17: BMA officials have urged action over lack of funding for GP practices as the number of new patients soar, with an NHS Digital report finding that numbers have risen by more than 2.6 million in the last four years. The report showed that Bri...

Southern Health fined £125,000 by regulator

13.10.17: The troubled Southern Health trust has been handed a £125,000 fine after it admitted that it failed to provide safe care and treatment to a patient who was injured falling from a hospital roof. The CQC brought an investigation followi...

Two-thirds of health leaders ‘extremely concerned’ about winter

11.10.17: An NHS Confederation poll has found that 90% of health and care leaders across England are worried about the ability of their organisation to cope over winter – with 62% of these describing themselves as “extremely concerned.” ...

Model of hospital care stuck in 60s, warns chief inspector

02.10.17: The NHS’s hospital care is stuck in the 20th century and not fit for the modern era, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals has warned. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Professor Ted Baker, who was appointed to the posi...

Nurses ‘sob’ over care standards as many consider leaving altogether

29.09.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for urgent new legislation to tackle the staffing crisis in the NHS by guaranteeing safe and effective workforce practices. The calls come as part of a major report, published today, which surve...

MDU: £10m indemnity scheme boost welcome, but long-term fix needed

29.09.17: The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has welcomed NHS England’s commitment to strengthen out-of-hours (OOH) GP services during the upcoming winter period by making £10m available for indemnity costs for the third year running. Accord...

Victims of contaminated blood scandal allowed to sue the NHS

27.09.17: More than 500 victims of the widely reported NHS contaminated blood scandal have been given permission to sue the government for damages as part of a major ruling. A High Court official has said that it is appropriate for the victims to see...

12-hour waits for emergency treatment soar by 10,500% in five years

25.09.17: The number of patients having to sit through waits of more than 12 hours in emergency departments in England over winter has soared by a staggering 10,546% over the last five years. Analysis carried out by the Royal College of Emergency Med...

Stress of job leads 12% of paramedics to take sick days

20.09.17: Overworked paramedics and ambulance staff took 80,000 sick days last year due to the stress and high pressure of the job, it has been revealed. This means that in 2016-17, more than one in 10 (12%) of all ambulance staff were sick at some p...

Southern Health admits guilt for ‘entirely preventable’ Connor Sparrowhawk death

19.09.17: Southern Health has this week admitted guilt for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk and apologised to his family. The teenager, who died in the trust’s care in 2013 was epileptic and had autism along with other learning difficulties, and...

Hunt targets ‘a more open learning culture’ in NHS with new bill

18.09.17: A safety organisation will have new legal powers to investigate serious patient safety incidents in the NHS in England under plans tabled by Parliament this week. The draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill will look to enshrine in...

DH slammed as trusts fail to hit targets even at peak of summer

15.09.17: Doctors have today slammed the government for “failing to grasp the seriousness” of the situation facing the NHS, as performance data for July and August showed key targets were still not being met. As the health service prepare...

Written complaints against NHS soar by 4.9%

14.09.17: The number of written complaints about the NHS increased by 4.9% during 2016-17 compared to the previous year, new data from NHS Digital has revealed. A total of 208,400 written complaints were received by the NHS during 2016-17, amounting...

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Scrapping staff assault data collection to create ‘dangerous blind spot’

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MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

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The government’s Health Select Committee has endorsed Baroness Harding as the next chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI). The committee look... 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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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

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Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

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Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >


Tackling infection prevention locally

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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 >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

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