QIPP, Efficiency & Savings

NHS faces £2.3bn bill in no-deal Brexit in medicine and supplies cost surge

13.11.18: A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would deliver a “cost shock” to the NHS which would eat up all the funding available to improve patient care for the next two years through a surge in the cost of medicine and supplies. New analysi...

Your NHE 2018 Budget Round-Up

29.10.18: Philip Hammond has announced a number of mental health initiatives as part of £2bn funding, £650m for social care and money for air ambulances and mentally ill veterans in his Budget for 2018. The chancellor confirmed that the N...

Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

22.10.18: A struggling NHS hospital is considering appealing to a Premier League football club for financial support after ending the year with a £29m deficit. One option includes a 20p surcharge on food, drink and match programmes for fans att...

NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

22.10.18: There are “clear warning signs” that the coming winter will be even worse for NHS trusts than last year, a new report from NHS Providers has warned. Growing staff shortages are putting “additional strain on a workforce alr...

NHS trusts save £288m by comparing everyday essentials

22.10.18: NHS trusts made £288m in savings during the last financial year by buying cheap everyday essential such as syringes, toilet rolls and disposable gloves by comparing prices between trusts across the country, according to the latest figures...

Thousands of patients to be switched to ‘biosimilar drugs’ to save NHS £150m

15.10.18: Thousands of patients prescribed to the most expensive drugs available in hospitals are to be switched to biosimilars in a move that will potentially save the NHS £150m a year. Adalimumab is the single medicine that hospitals spend th...

Current NHS efficiency methods ‘no longer sustainable’ as 75% of trust leaders believe NHS 'wastes too much money'

10.10.18: The current way of driving efficiency in the NHS is “no longer sustainable” and the 10-year plan is an opportunity to provide a solution, according to a new report. A new report from NHS Providers has said that the current way o...

The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10.10.18: Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Supply Chain’s objective is to ensure that patients and Allied Health and Care Professionals (AHCPs...

NHS 10-year plan must create performance and financial ‘reset’

09.10.18: The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, has outlined his vision for the NHS long-term plan during his opening speech at his organisation’s annual conference this morning. Speaking to delegates at Manchester Central, Hopson...

NHSI and NHS England face budget cuts of 20% as part of joint model

28.09.18: NHS Improvement and NHS England face having to cut their costs by 20% as they try to deliver a single operating model together in plans discussed in an NHS England board meeting yesterday. The board papers from the meeting conclude that in...

The Hospital Energy Project

19.09.18: The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace outdated systems at Oxford University NHS FT’s hospitals and reduce the provider’s reliance on the national grid. Claire Hennessy, its head of operational esta...

NHS trusts forecast ‘clearly unaffordable’ £519m deficit

11.09.18: NHS trusts have forecast a combined deficit of £519m for this year in the latest quarterly report, breaking previous commitment from regulators to break even. NHS Improvement’s report said that this projected deficit is “c...

What energy efficiency initiatives can we implement to save the NHS millions?

22.08.18: Amna Khan, events and training marketing officer at the Energy Institute (EI), examines the cheapest, simplest ways to cut costs in healthcare estates. A recent report by Centrica discovered that the NHS would save approximately £130m...

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...

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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male ... more >
Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

14/11/2018Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

A GP practice in Camden has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the CQC. An inspection in August rated Dr Phillip M... more >
Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14/11/2018Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce critic... 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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
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 >

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