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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Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates

14/08/2018Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, new figures have revealed. Dat... more >
Gloucestershire trust boss who treated NHS as a ‘cash machine’ jailed

13/08/2018Gloucestershire trust boss who treated NHS as a ‘cash machine’ jailed

A senior NHS manager who coaxed his trust for £650,000 to fund a luxury lifestyle has been jailed. Royston Dyke, 58, of Ivy Mews, Stro... more >
Dr Bawa-Garba wins court appeal against dismissal decision

13/08/2018Dr Bawa-Garba wins court appeal against dismissal decision

The formerly struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has won her Court of Appeal challenge and is free to practise medicine again. Dr Bawa-Garba sai... 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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It’s time to invest in our support staff

08/08/2018It’s time to invest in our support staff

Dean Royles, director and strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resources Management,... more >
We need to take personal health budgets seriously

08/08/2018We need to take personal health budgets seriously

Don Redding, director of policy at National Voices, and its communications & engagement officer Laura Bell, look at the voluntary sector&rsqu... more >
Integrated commissioning: Making a difference

08/08/2018Integrated commissioning: Making a difference

Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and clinical lead for the Buckinghamshire integrated care system, makes the cas... more >
Driving improvement in South West London mental health

08/08/2018Driving improvement in South West London mental health

David Bradley, chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG), discusses the improvements and collab... 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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