QIPP, Efficiency & Savings

NHS estates: Running the show

08.08.18: Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), discusses what his organisation has been doing to improve the efficiency of estates in the NHS, and explains why it is more than just a commercial landlord. Given the...

Flat-pack buildings could save our NHS

01.08.18: The NHS needs to regenerate its rapidly deteriorating estate – and fast. With time of the essence and budgets stretched, conventional capital building projects are out of reach for many trusts. Phil Davies, director of procurement at NHS S...

NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

18.07.18: Common-sense changes – such as Vital Signs, an improvement practice for the NHS – have the potential to drive improvements across the health service, writes Alan Martyn, national director of lean transformation at NHS Improvement (NH...

‘Exemplar sites’ to help phase out 17 ineffective NHS interventions in major savings bid

04.07.18: A small number of ‘exemplar geographies’ will be handpicked by NHS England in the next few weeks to test a new approach to more effective practice by helping phase out 17 interventions where there is clinical consensus and evidence t...

Criticising wholly-owned subsidiaries ‘undermines their legitimacy’ instead of mitigating risks

03.07.18: A membership organisation accounting for those who deliver services in acute hospitals, community, mental health, and ambulance services has reiterated its support behind the use of wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS). WOS are not-for-prof...

Lord Carter finds ‘critical variations’ in community and mental health review

24.05.18: Provision and efficiency of community health services need to be “significantly strengthened,” alongside a greater and stronger workforce to meet the needs growing demand for mental health, are amongst the findings in the latest revi...

A modular approach to procurement

11.04.18: To support the ongoing national focus on driving up procurement standards in healthcare, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) is set to launch a new flexible services approach that can be tailored to the individual needs of trusts, explains it...

Seven hospitals team up to save £2m in pioneering Sheffield ‘price match’ scheme

05.04.18: A clinician-led ‘price match’ scheme in Sheffield that saw staff and patients work across seven hospitals to agree on the best products for bulk buying has helped divert millions of pounds into the frontline. According to NHS En...

Beyond scented candles and quick fixes

07.02.18: Joni Jabbal, researcher at The King’s Fund, asks why quality improvements and innovations are failing to be adopted by the NHS. There is now good evidence that embedding a quality improvement approach – where you systematically...

NHS procurement: a towering future?

02.02.18: Mario Varela, managing director of NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), describes the work his organisation has been undertaking in recent months to help manage NHS procurement, all whilst continuing to carry out business as usual. It...

A major shift in shared services

26.01.18: With many clinicians describing this as the most pressured winter they have ever known due to heavy demand on frontline services, the savings potential for hospitals from outsourced and managed services in the NHS back office cannot be dismissed...

World-best innovations supported to scale

20.12.17: Programme director Dr Amanda Begley introduces the high-impact innovations selected to join the 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), addressing key challenges in primary care, urgent & emergency care and mental health. In June of this...

New Basingstoke hospital plans scrapped after CCG meeting

04.12.17: Plans to build a new critical treatment hospital in Basingstoke have been scrapped after a meeting of Hampshire CCGs found it was unaffordable. The new facility was part of plans to improve the health and social care system in Hampshire and...

Operation Barcode: selecting technology to succeed

22.11.17: The benefits of Scan4Safety have been widely reported as extremely encouraging, with over £700,000 of savings already identified by the six demonstrator sites – mostly as a result of asset-tracking applications that improve inventory...

Hammond dismissive of health organisations’ £4bn claim

20.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond has rejected calls from health organisations for an additional £4bn in NHS funding. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Hammond said the heads of public services always predicted an ‘Armageddon&rsq...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15/08/2018Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which e... more >
Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

15/08/2018Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

Plans to create a single accountable officer (AO) for three major Leicestershire CCGs have been cast into doubt, as concerns were raised about a ... more >
NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

15/08/2018NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

Plans to expand the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone app outside of London have been blocked by NHS chiefs citing patient safety concerns. ... more >

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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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... more >

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... 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 >

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