QIPP, Efficiency & Savings

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...

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...

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Social prescribing ‘must not be seen as alternative to GP investment’

22/02/2018Social prescribing ‘must not be seen as alternative to GP investment’

Social prescribing schemes must not be seen as an alternative to investing in GP services, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has argued. Chair of ... more >
‘Landmark report’ to seek more compassionate response to patient concerns

22/02/2018‘Landmark report’ to seek more compassionate response to patient concerns

The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities respond to concerns about medical treatments. Speaking in the House of Commons yeste... more >
Existing schemes prove strong ties between NHS and councils ‘would change everything’

22/02/2018Existing schemes prove strong ties between NHS and councils ‘would change everything’

The chance to build a strong partnership between the NHS and local government to the benefit of communities is “the greatest opportunity in... 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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Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

09/02/2018Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

Cassandra Cameron, policy advisor at NHS Providers, says trusts must be given constructive support – without fear of failure – in order for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to succeed. The NHS GIRFT programme aims for better value in acute hospital and mental health care by using trusts’ clinical, operat... more >
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Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... 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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