QIPP, Efficiency & Savings

Staffordshire CCGs to halve hospital beds and sell sites as part of integrated care plans

05.12.18: Four of North Staffordshire’s five community hospitals will lose their beds under controversial proposals for an overhaul of local health services as CCGs look to move to a new model of integrated care. Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffo...

New voluntary drug pricing deal could cut NHS medicine bill by almost £1bn

28.11.18: A new voluntary scheme to control the pricing of branded medicines could provide patients with earlier access to new medicines and save the NHS almost a £1bn on its annual medicine bill. It will introduce an annual 2% cap on the growt...

NHS to save record £300m on biosimilar drugs deal

26.11.18: The NHS is set to make its biggest saving from a single drug negotiation in its history after negotiating deals on low cost versions of its most expensive drug. As announced by Simon Stevens today, the NHS has negotiated deals with five man...

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...

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Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10/12/2018Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FO... more >
‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

10/12/2018‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

The NHS has been banned from buying fax machines by the health secretary who has ordered a complete phase-out of the outdated machines by April 2... more >
Major IT supplier agrees to pay NHS millions of pounds over service failures

07/12/2018Major IT supplier agrees to pay NHS millions of pounds over service failures

A multimillion-pound settlement deal has been reached between NHS Digital and EMIS Group after the private IT supplier admitted to providing misl... 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 good, the bad, and the potential of social media

05/12/2018The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, assesses the impact of social media on the nation’s wellbeing. Few days go by without a story in the press about the negative effect of social media on mental health. It seems obvious: people, especially children and young people, are often seen staring at their mobile phones rather ... more >
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Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

05/12/2018Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

Dr Selwyn Hodge, co-chair of the Self Care Forum, makes the case for the further reach of self-care, and for it to be embedded into our everyday ... more >
The future of commissioning

05/12/2018The future of commissioning

Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, reacts to Matt Hancock’s recent comments regarding commissioning. “Co... more >
Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

05/12/2018Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

Care minister Caroline Dinenage MP urges health and care organisations to achieve closer collaboration to improve the quality of care and support... more >
Technology first

05/12/2018Technology first

With the latest policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) heralding a new ‘technology-first’ ethos for the... more >


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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