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Londoner avoids prison for possession of nearly £500,000 in unlicensed medicines

17.10.17: A London man who was in possession of more than 209,000 unlicensed medicines worth upwards of £471,000 has been given a suspended sentence. Kim-Andre Frantzen, of Kenley, South London, received nine months in prison, suspended for 18...

NHS England cracks down on sale of unhealthy foods in hospitals

16.10.17: NHS England has today told hospitals to stop selling super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of high-sugar snacks in its latest measure to promote healthy living in hospitals. Following the announcement that sugary drinks woul...

RCN warns of risk to children as school nurse numbers plummet

25.08.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has today warned that children with asthma, epilepsy and diabetes are being put seriously at risk as schools are increasingly having to lose their resident nurse. Due to the accelerating rate of nurses lea...

One in four GPs unaware of national public activity assessment tools

15.08.17: The majority of GPs in England are unfamiliar with national Physical Activity (PA) guidelines and are not comfortable advising patients on how much exercise they should be doing. A study in the British Medical Journal surveyed more than 1,0...

Improving care at the touch of a screen

08.08.17: When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Josh Mines talks to the University of Stirling’s Lesley Palmer about how a new app aims to improv...

Doctors call for alcohol pricing reform to cut £17bn NHS drinking cost

26.07.17: Doctors have this week called for the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in the UK after it was revealed that drink could kill 63,000 people and cost the NHS almost £17bn over the next five years. In findings released by...

RSPH: Ambitions to slash smoking rates not achievable without extra funding

18.07.17: Health organisations have welcomed a new government plan to reduce the societal harm of smoking, but added that the ambitions must also be backed by extra funding. A full year-and-a-half after the previous strategy expired, the government h...

Plans to cut public health budgets by £85m this year ‘self-defeating’

12.07.17: Public health services such as sexual health clinics and services reducing harm from smoking, alcohol and drugs are to be cut by £85m this year by local authorities, despite having their budgets severely reduced in recent times, new resear...

BMA calls on government to aim for smoke-free society by 2035

26.05.17: Doctors have today called on the government to introduce a ‘Tobacco Control Plan’ to replace the outdated strategy on smoking in order to drive towards a tobacco-free society by 2035. This was the message sent this week by the B...

NHS could save £67m per year by reducing smoker numbers

19.05.17: The NHS could create savings of £67m per year if the number of people who smoked was cut down to 5% by 2035, a new study has claimed. If the health service could reach this target, around 100,000 cases of smoking-related disease, incl...

BMA: MPs must tackle public health ‘ticking time bomb’

11.05.17: Efforts to improve public health in the UK are being undermined by an “inconsistent approach” to using evidence-based measures, and continued cuts to budgets mean we are now facing a “ticking time bomb”, according doctors...

Sugary drinks could be banned in hospital shops next year

21.04.17: Sugary drinks will be banned in hospitals if retailers do not cut down the number that are sold over the next year, NHS England has today warned. The news follows NHS England CEO Simon Stevens announcing last year that measures would be int...

HEE calls on providers to educate staff on responsible antibiotic prescribing

20.04.17: Employers and healthcare providers need to make sure staff are better trained to responsibly administer and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of resistant infections, a new survey conducted by Health Education England (HEE) has found. ...

Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07.04.17: Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smoking. Few will dispute the fact that the NHS and social care services are in crisis mode. Whilst...

Organisations demand Whitehall ‘break the mould’ and launch long-term social care plan

31.03.17: Health organisations have joined together in welcoming the Communities and Local Government Committee’s (CLG’s) report into adult social care released today, which set out the severity of the crisis facing the sector in the UK. ...

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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

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DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

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Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

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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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >
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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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Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

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

11/10/2017The value of health creation

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

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 >
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

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >

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