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Good procurement is the shared responsibility of all staff

31.08.17: As a new report this month points to the ‘huge differences in the amounts different trusts are paying for similar surgical products’, Peter Akid, director of procurement at NHS Shared Business Services, explains how the Getting It Ri...

GS1 standards: a weapon against counterfeit drugs

11.08.17: Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, explores the rising problem of counterfeit drugs and the legislation being introduced to tackle it. Counterfeit drugs are a global problem. World Health Organization data puts the sales of counter...

NHSE to stop prescribing homeopathic treatments in £190m savings drive

24.07.17: A new action plan to reduce the amount of wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions, which could save the health service over £190m a year, has been launched by NHS England. The scheme could see 18 treatments, including homeopathy a...

Leading the way in barcoding the healthcare system

23.06.17: Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, explores how GS1 standards are delivering real value in the NHS in England. At the beginning of this year, we celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of Scan4Safety – the name chosen...

How effective is your surveillance?

04.04.17: The surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, reflects on how complying with his code could help trusts save money and improve the efficiency of their surveillance activity. Early in the year, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis rejecte...

Total Transport schemes could deliver NHS annual savings of £74.5m

24.03.17: Around £74.5m worth of savings is being missed by NHS trusts due to the costs of patients missing appointments because of slow transport to hospitals, a new report has claimed. In the research, conducted by an alliance of local t...

Understanding the changing NHS procurement landscape

24.03.17: Understanding the current and future NHS procurement landscape for supplies and medical equipment is critical. Paul Clarke, head of supplier management at NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), tells us about what was covered at their latest...

Scan4Safety: What’s next for acute trusts?

22.03.17: Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, looks at the progress made in the Scan4Safety project so far and what’s coming next for acute trusts in England.  The beginning of this year saw the one year anniversary of the Scan4Saf...

Capital investment critical to help weather the storm

02.03.17: Writing on behalf of NHS Providers, Peter Ward, director of healthcare projects at John Laing, explains why trusts need a new approach to get the best value from their assets. Our NHS providers are sailing into a perfect storm. Increasing v...

Leading the way in procurement partnerships

23.02.17: Mario Varela, managing director of NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), discusses the changing landscape of NHS procurement and the importance of clinical engagement. Since 2006, the LPP has saved its members more than £850m by w...

Driving savings in procurement

16.02.17: Jennie Brice-Boutard writing on behalf of NHS Supply Chain explains how strong clinical engagement, dedicated resource and a close procurement partnership helped Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT deliver over £600,000 savings. With inc...

Welsh health board given £3.5m for wi-fi improvements

03.01.17: The Welsh government has announced that £3.5m funding will be given to one of the country’s health boards to fund digital improvements. The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) is set to receive £3.5m from...

Collapsed Sherwood and Nottingham merger cost NHSI 'eye-watering' £10m

14.12.16: Work undertaken by two Nottingham hospital trusts to prepare for an ill-fated merger cost the NHS an ‘eye-watering’ £10m, it has been revealed. NHS leaders wasted £6.6m on ‘professional adviser’ fees whil...

Sharing best practice in hospital pharmacy and medicines optimisation

02.12.16: Benchmarking is going to become a key aspect of improving hospital pharmacy and medicines optimisation. Aamer Safdar, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board member, explains what work is being done to make this a reality. ...

Almost 300 more GP schemes earmarked for NHS England investment

04.11.16: Almost 300 more GP schemes have been earmarked for investment by NHS England from 2016-17 as part of its Estates and Technology Transformation Fund. Nearly 900 such schemes around the country have already been completed or are close to comp...

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MPs endorse Baroness Harding as new NHSI chair

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The government’s Health Select Committee has endorsed Baroness Harding as the next chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI). The committee look... 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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >
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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >

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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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
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 >

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