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26.05.17: Doctors have today called on the government to introduce a ‘Tobacco Control Plan’ to replace the outdated strategy on smoking in order to drive towards a tobacco-free society by 2035.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

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...

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King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

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NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

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Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

23/06/2017Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

Co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and CEO of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer has today welcomed guarantees from the government that EU citizens... more >

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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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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
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 >

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