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Cyber security plans impossible as NHS still in dark about WannaCry

18.04.18: The WannaCry cyber-attack on 12 May 2017 was a wake-up call for the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) must now act on priorities by June this year, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has argued. The attack caused wide...

Over 1,400 empty beds in ‘ghost wards’ branded a scandal by Labour

13.04.18: The equivalent of two hospitals are closed across the UK, recent statistics have revealed. A Freedom of Information request by Labour shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, has revealed that there are over 1,400 empty hospital beds across...

NHS ‘must use spare capacity in private sector’ to counter pressures

12.04.18: Spare capacity in the independent sector must be utilised in order to ensure that patients access the fastest possible care, the NHS Partners Network, part of NHS Confed, has said in response to the revelation that the health system hasn’t m...

Over five hospitals’ worth of beds opened daily last winter, study finds

06.04.18: The new data briefing on NHS winter pressures makes it clear what a difficult winter this has been, the Nuffield Trust has said. Over a fifth of patients (23%) spent more than four hours in A&E, compared with 21% last winter and just 6% in...

New GP nursing home support scheme cuts emergency admissions by a third

06.04.18: A new GP service offering seven-day-a-week support to four nursing homes has reduced emergency hospital admission by more than a third, according to the Nuffield Trust. The think tank’s comprehensive study of the service, piloted in Barki...

NHS plans for this year ‘impossible to deliver’ on all fronts despite long-term funding

04.04.18: Patient experience of care is likely to continue to deteriorate next year even despite the prime minister’s promise to deliver a long-term funding settlement for the NHS, an NHS Providers report has argued. The report, based on analysis o...

Southern Health fined £2m following ‘entirely preventable’ patient deaths

26.03.18: Southern Health NHS FT has been fined £2m by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of two of its patients. Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, died in the trust’s care in 2013, while a separate patient, Teresa Colvin died at a...

Winter from the NHS frontline

21.03.18: Phillippa Hentsch, head of analysis at NHS Providers, and Simon Keen, the organisation’s media officer, speak to a series of trust leaders in order to paint a comprehensive picture of how the NHS dealt with the winter crisis – and wh...

Scottish health board blasted for chronic pain waiting times ‘verging on scandalous’

14.03.18: A health board in Scotland has been heavily criticised after managing to see just 6% of patients who visited facilities with chronic pain within the 18-week targeted waiting time. NHS Ayrshire and Arran was blasted by Scottish Conservative...

A&E four-hour breaches ‘highest on record’ as care continues to worsen

09.03.18: The number of A&E patients waiting for more than four hours after a decision to admit them to hospital has reached record high, figures from the King’s Fund have revealed. The think tank’s March quarterly monitoring report shows...

Clear plan needed to clear ‘growing backlog’ of operations after winter cancellations

09.03.18: Over 62,000 fewer NHS treatments, including operations, were performed this winter compared to the previous winter, according to analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons. Between November 2017 and January 2018, 860,816 operations were performe...

Scottish hospital warns of ‘exceptional pressure’ after Beast from the East

07.03.18: NHS Borders officials have warned patients of ‘exceptional pressure’ on services in Borders General Hospital after extreme weather conditions last week caused travel problems and an influx of patients. Dr Cliff Sharp, medical di...

This winter has been most difficult to date, according to two-thirds of Confed members

05.03.18: Bed occupancy in England’s hospitals hit 96% last month as the ‘beast from the east’ battered the country, the latest winter situation report from NHS England has revealed. This winter has seen bed occupancy consistently above...

BMA warns that hard border risks damaging care for patients

05.03.18: A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would risk damaging patient care, the BMA has warned. The comments come following Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, in which she repeated her pledge to maintain a soft borde...

Kent trust forced to cancel non-urgent ops as ‘beast from the east’ bites

28.02.18: Medway NHS FT has been forced to cancel a number of non-urgent procedures this week as the freezing temperatures and icy conditions have caused a staffing shortage. The trust, which primarily runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, says it has b...

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RCN seeks views on mental health parity

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NHS ‘on the cusp’ of great tech opportunity

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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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NHS long-term funding: what’s in store?

10/04/2018NHS long-term funding: what’s in store?

Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, discusses Theresa May’s recent announcements on long-term NHS funding and considers the options available. The prime minister’s appearance in front of the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons last month has caused quite a stir in the health w... more >
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Building a solid evidence base

18/04/2018Building a solid evidence base

Danielle Doyle of THIS Institute, co-created by the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation, says the new organisation will dare to try... more >
Forensics v fraud

18/04/2018Forensics v fraud

Gareth Ballance, technical lead of the Forensic Computing Unit (FCU), gives a snapshot of a day in the life working for the NHS Counter Fraud Aut... more >
A personal view of NAPP’s future strategy

18/04/2018A personal view of NAPP’s future strategy

Dr Patricia Wilkie, president of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), outlines her personal ambitions for the coming ye... more >
It’s all about quality data

18/04/2018It’s all about quality data

Steve Graham, eProcurement/Scan4Safety lead at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Gillian Fox, head of the eProcurement Program... 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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