QIPP, Efficiency & Savings

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...

Capital investment critical to help weather the storm

02.03.17: Writing on behalf of NHS Providers, Peter Ward, director of healthcare projects at John Laing, explains why trusts need a new approach to get the best value from their assets. Our NHS providers are sailing into a perfect storm. Increasing v...

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...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the &... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... 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 >

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