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26.05.17: Doctors have today called on the government to introduce a ‘Tobacco Control Plan’ to replace the outdated strategy on smoking in order to drive towards a tobacco-free society by 2035.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

Strength and balance: the key to falls prevention

31.03.17: Maintaining and improving muscle strength and the ability to balance is crucial to reduce the risk of falling, but it is also critical in helping people live independently as they get older, writes Louise Ansari, director of communications and p...

Government warned to take ‘robust action’ against child obesity

27.03.17: “Robust action” is needed to tackle the growing problem that councils are facing with addressing childhood obesity, a report released today by the Health Select Committee has warned. In the report, ‘Childhood obesity: foll...

NHS tops Brexit as biggest issue facing the country, survey finds

15.02.17: Almost half of the British public views the NHS as the biggest issue facing the country right now, the latest Ipsos MORI index has today revealed. Around 49% of the public now holds this view, rising nine percentage points since December an...

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

27/07/2017Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

Merron Simpson, chief executive New NHS Alliance, argues we’re missing the point of what ‘partnership working’ truly means if we refuse to recruit help from those outside the health service. Jeremy Hunt and Simon Steven’s recent announcement to ‘turbo-boost’ sustainability and transformation p... more >
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Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

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Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get ... more >
A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

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Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharma... more >
Unlocking the benefits of age-friendly cities

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Stefanie Buckner, Calum Mattocks and Louise Lafortune from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, alongside Melanie Rimmer from the School of ... more >
A community service

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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 >
A new approach to talent management

25/07/2017A new approach to talent management

Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >
Enabling greater integration through ACSs

25/07/2017Enabling greater integration through ACSs

At this year’s NHS Confed, Simon Stevens revealed the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs). NHE speaks to Ian Dodge, the director ... more >
How NHS organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime

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On 12 May, a global cyber-attack occurred on an unprecedented scale. It affected organisations across the globe and, though it did not specifical... more >

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