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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...

Wollaston joins calls for mandatory PSHE in schools

02.12.16: The chair of the Health Select Committee has backed calls for personal, social and health education (PSHE) to be made compulsory in schools. Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, along with the chairs of four other committees, wrote to education secretary...

PHE calls for minimum unit pricing to reduce alcohol harm

02.12.16: Introducing a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol could improve the health of the heaviest drinkers in the country, Public Health England (PHE) suggested as it published a review showing the damage increased levels of drinking are causing. ...

Community pharmacies ‘underutilised’ in public health

29.11.16: A new report published by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Public Health England (PHE) has found that pharmacies believe that they are being underutilised when they have far more to offer to support public health. The report...

Antibiotic prescriptions drop, but ‘global threat’ of resistant infections continue to grow

21.11.16: Antibiotic reduction initiatives have been hailed as a success as the latest annual report from Public Health England (PHE) shows that a decline in antibiotic prescription has occurred in all settings for the first time. In 2014-15, total a...

GP quality framework shows obesity and depression growth

31.10.16: The quality and outcomes framework (QOF) for GPs this year shows an increase in the demand to treat obesity and depression. The QOF is a voluntary incentive scheme which gives GP surgeries funding for the quality of care they provide their...

Scottish healthy eating standard sets pace for change

10.10.16: Andrew Roberts, retail development manager at the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), explains how a new healthy eating standard for Scotland will benefit hospital staff, visitors and patients across the UK. RVS, the older people’s charity...

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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

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Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS... more >
Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

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Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

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The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine y... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

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While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >
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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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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 >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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