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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...

Carbon reduction is one part of the puzzle – we can tackle it all

10.10.16: Will Clark, director of environmental services at Capita Health Property & Infrastructure, considers the benefits of sustainable healthcare that go beyond reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The future of the NHS is bright. In the curren...

A boost in efficiency is a boost for care

05.10.16: Jeremy Marlow, executive director of operational productivity at NHS Improvement (NHSI), explains how the regulator is supporting trusts to deliver quick wins and long-term efficiency savings. With growing demands placed on the NHS each day...

The crown estate of health and care

03.10.16: Along with optimising land usage and promoting co-location, a radical new report makes the case for rationalising all local NHS estate into one body. NHE’s Luana Salles reports. As with the rest of the public sector, estate management...

Plans to ban GP referrals will ‘worsen long-term costs and patient backlog’

09.08.16: Suspending all non-urgent referrals to hospitals made by GPs in order to ease pressure during winter months will only damage public trust and create a backlog of patients needing to be seen come springtime, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has sa...

NHS deficit will eat into transformation fund – threatening new models of care

08.08.16: Annual 2% efficiencies by 2020-21 would not be enough to close the funding gap, meaning providers must find savings of 4% next year and 3% in 2018-19 – but because such sustained efficiencies have never been achieved, money will have to be...

Lord Carter: Community and mental health review to start in September

20.07.16: Work to review the operational productivity and performance of community and mental health trusts is due to start in September, NHE has learned. Lord Carter of Coles, who recently published his report into the acute sector, and suggested th...

Why NHS e-learning needs more ambition

12.07.16: Louise Pasterfield, managing director at e-learning company Sponge UK, reflects on the chequered history of e-learning in the NHS and why it needs to rethink its approach. The NHS has a chequered history with e-learning. On the one hand, it...

Time to effectively manage change

08.07.16: NHE’s Rosemary Collins talks to Professor David A. Shore, a former associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the world’s leading authorities on managing change and gaining competitive advantage, who believes th...

Improving medical device management with GS1 standards

06.07.16: Simon Dawkins, head of Medical Equipment Library at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT (CUH), explains how the trust is capitalising on the benefits of RFID technology. By pioneering the use of active and passive RFID technology, and imp...

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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 this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do&rsqu... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

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 >


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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