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GPs rely on ‘opportunistic’ assessment for some conditions

22.05.18: The lack of an evidence-based screening programme for atrial fibrillation means that patients rely on GPs to “opportunistically check” a patient’s pulse, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampa...

AI a ‘weapon’ against avoidable cancer deaths

21.05.18: Theresa May has called artificial intelligence (AI) a weapon in the fight against cancer. Speaking in Macclesfield yesterday, the prime minister challenged the NHS, AI sector and health charities to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of...

Community services still ‘overstretched and underfunded’, despite promises

21.05.18: Promises to bring more patient care closer to home have fallen flat, according to a report by NHS Providers. Multiple national strategies have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes and communities, avoi...

UK risks being ‘second-tier state’ for drugs without post-Brexit EMA deal, MPs say

17.05.18: The government must “protect the UK’s status as a world leader for pharmaceuticals” in a future made uncertain by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, MPs have said today. A report released by the Business, Energy and Industri...

NHS Providers and Confederation join forces in new Community Network

14.05.18: NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation have joined forces to establish the Community Network. It is hoped that the network will be an influential voice for the community services sector, promoting for community services to play a leading role...

The impact of NICE guidance on child birth

11.05.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care for NICE, talks us through the impact of their work and guidance on pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of a child’s life. Having a baby can be one...

Trusts relying on agency and private sector to tackle ‘bulging’ post-winter backlog

10.05.18: A report released today has identified a record-high surge in demand of NHS services over winter period. The findings, by NHS Providers, highlighted an unprecedented demand for health services from December to March, where the number of peo...

Continuity of care levels tumble by 30% as GPs cite ‘intense pressures’

09.05.18: Continuity of care is one of the most essential components of general practice, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has said. The comments come in response to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice, which revealed that relatio...

RCP supports fresh public health approach to ‘war on drugs’

30.04.18: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has voiced its support for the Royal Society of Public Health’s (RSPH’s) report ‘Taking a New Line on Drugs,’ which calls for illicit drug use to be decriminalised and made a public h...

Care beyond general practice too ‘fragmented’ for ageing population

19.04.18: The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has called for more research and joined-up care for patents living with multiple long-term conditions. An analysis by the college has indicated that the number of people living with more than one serious long-ter...

GP access to cancer diagnostic tools lowest in Europe

10.04.18: GPs need better access to diagnostic tools in the community in order to appropriately refer patients for cancer diagnosis, according to the a recent study. The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, which found that patien...

Tax on sugary drinks ‘will help ease obesity epidemic’, says RCGP

06.04.18: Today, the UK’s tax on sugary drinks came into effect as part of the government’s flagship anti-obesity policy. This new tax comes into effect as obesity-related illnesses continue to put a strain on the NHS and public health at...

Third of NHS trusts facing ban of sugary drinks due to failure to comply

04.04.18: Simon Stevens has once again threatened an outright ban on sugary beverages as new figures revealed a third of NHS trusts have failed to sign up to the government’s new scheme, which is aimed at cracking down on unhealthy food and drink in...

Britain ‘a long way short’ of developed countries on infant mortality and childhood obesity

15.03.18: The UK is lagging behind peers in child health, according to new research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The research is the first ever international analysis to look at UK child health measures over time and has revealed that hea...

Norovirus closed equivalent of two hospitals in one day this winter

08.03.18: Norovirus, diarrhoea and vomiting have closed over 75,000 hospital beds in England this winter, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). With an average of 5,722 bed closures each week, this winter has seen a 32% increase in bed closure...

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Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

24/05/2018Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

A taxation increase of at least 4% a year is necessary to prevent “unnecessary costs, inefficiencies and uncertainty” and improve qua... more >
Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

24/05/2018Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

The chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced that she wants to open a volunteering scheme for the organisation’s staff to experience t... more >
Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23/05/2018Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care or... 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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Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18/05/2018Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “I just assumed your computers talked to each other” is a phrase not infrequently heard in my g... more >
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The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

11/05/2018The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE readers an exclusive preview of what to expect at this year’s editio... more >
A different kind of medicine

02/05/2018A different kind of medicine

Could literature improve the quality of life of those with mental health conditions? According to Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader,... more >
Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

02/05/2018Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

NHE’s Seamus McDonnell on the plans put in place to protect trusts and other NHS organisations from potential future cyber-attacks. In... more >
Janet Davies: Our future workforce

02/05/2018Janet Davies: Our future workforce

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), says ministers must accelerate progress to make nursin... 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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