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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...

Is it time to rethink testing for inherited cardiac conditions?

08.02.17: Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), discusses the need to support cascade testing for inherited cardiovascular conditions. Inherited cardiovascular conditions (ICCs) are a group of genetic diso...

CCG cuts to smoking services will only exacerbate soaring care costs, says APPG

30.01.17: Smoking is costing local authorities and individuals an enormous £1.4bn in social care costs to cover the growing needs of people with smoking-related illnesses, a parliamentary report has found. The research, conducted by Action on S...

Government rejects key public health recommendations

19.12.16: Warnings that further public health cuts would be a false economy have been rejected by the Department of Health (DH) in its response to a Health Select Committee report. The ‘public health post–2013’ report warned that pu...

Hunt launches new child sepsis awareness campaign

16.12.16: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a new nationwide campaign aimed towards helping parents protect their children from sepsis. The campaign is predominantly aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0 to 4, with the UK Sepsi...

Parents failing to recognise their children are overweight, survey reveals

15.12.16: The fact that the vast majority of parents do not recognise that their children are overweight is just one of the revelations made in this year’s annual NHS health survey. Nine in 10 mothers and eight in 10 fathers of an overweight ch...

STPs urged to protect contraception as report reveals extent of cuts

12.12.16: Health providers have been urged to use their sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) to protect women’s access to contraception as it emerged that services are increasingly at risk due to budget cuts. New research from the Adv...

All STPs urged to help patients quit smoking

07.12.16: The heads of all NHS trusts have been urged to use their sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) to help patients quit smoking. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE), wrote to the trust chief executives asking...

NHS England agrees to commission PrEP – but implementation questions remain

05.12.16: PrEP, the HIV prevention drug, will become available through an NHS England trial, it has been decided – ending a long-running dispute about responsibility for the drug. NHS England announced in June this year that it would stop fundi...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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