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Plans for innovating cancer drug scrapped due to high price

11.04.17: Plans to put in place an innovative  new drug to treat head and neck cancer has been scrapped after NICE published guidelines stating that the drug was not cost effective. NICE assessed the drug, nivolumab, for its effectiveness in tre...

NHS invests £2.1m to drive new tech developments in primary care

10.04.17: The NHS has today given its backing to a programme led by SBRI Healthcare that will see £2.1m invested into innovative technologies to improve general practice. A total of 22 companies have been given awards of up to £100,000 to...

My first MRI

31.03.17: An innovative and free virtual reality app is significantly helping anxious children, their parents and even medical students deal with the unnerving experience of having a scan, Jonathan Ashmore (pictured), an MRI physicist at King’s Coll...

Closing the digital inequality gap

22.03.17: NHE’s Josh Mines investigates the state of digital NHS services and what can be done to increase participation of demographics with limited access and knowledge of modern technology. Technology is transforming the way that services ca...

Transforming community care

23.02.17: Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office services including IM&T to local government and health organisations across Northamptonshire, Ca...

Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20.02.17: Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. At NHSBT mobile technology is making a major difference to the way we work – whether that is i...

Continuity of care reduces avoidable hospital admissions

02.02.17: Seeing the same GP more often can reduce avoidable hospital admissions for older patients, new research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found. The research, conducted by the Health Foundation, analysed data from over 230...

NHS targets £700k investment to relieve acute care pressures

25.01.17: The NHS England initiative SBRI Healthcare (the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare) has given eight companies £700,000 to develop innovations to increase efficiency and relieve pressure in NHS acute care settings. The s...

A&E departments to benefit from £4.3m innovation tech funding

17.01.17: NHS England has backed a £4.3m investment on five new technologies that may help ease pressure on A&E departments. The organisation has said that each of the five innovations, which could reduce A&E admissions through the like...

Barts Health trust hit with ransomware attack

13.01.17: Barts Health NHS FT has been hit by an IT attack today (13 January) leading the trust to take a number of its drives offline in a bid to protect sensitive files. The trust is understood to be the victim of a ‘ransomware’ attack...

Scan4Safety pilots report early savings and patient safety success

03.01.17: The Scan4Safety project has been hailed as a success after pilot trusts reported that it has helped them save money and protect patient safety. The £12m project involves installing barcode technology, similar to that used in the aeros...

Building on the great legacy as one of the most innovative health systems in the world

07.12.16: Dr Liz Mear, chair of the AHSN Network, and Dr Charlie Davie, managing director of UCLPartners, consider the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) and what this will mean for patients and the system in the future. The recen...

Fast-tracking drugs through streamlined collaboration

05.12.16: An ongoing consultation by NICE and NHS England is proposing a series of important changes to the way the bodies appraise new drugs and technologies in the country. NHE’s Luana Salles reports. NHS England and NICE have kick-started a...

Royal Free enters five-year partnership with Google’s DeepMind

22.11.16: A landmark partnership has been announced between Royal Free London NHS FT and the artificial intelligence arm of Google – DeepMind – which the trust says could save lives and dramatically improve patient safety. The five-year a...

Patient-led tech will not be a ‘magic bullet’ for the NHS, Nuffield Trust advises

17.11.16: Patient-led digital technology could transform the lives of NHS patients and staff but not necessarily for the better, a new report has found. The report, ‘The digital patient: transforming primary care’, by independent health t...

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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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