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King’s Fund chief executive to step down

02.03.18: The chief executive of the King’s Fund, Professor Chris Ham, has revealed his intention to step down. Ham is expected to leave the position by the end of this year after holding the role since 2010, when he replaced NHS Confederation...

Charity puts £45m investment into cancer clinical trials

15.02.18: Cancer Research UK has announced a £45m investment into clinical trials. It will be one of the charity’s biggest investments to date and will be used to find cures for hard to treat types of cancer. Over the next five...

Buzzing about biosimilars

07.02.18: Biosimilars have the exciting potential to accelerate treatment access and drive huge cost savings across the NHS, explains Divya Chadha Manek, head of business development (commercial) at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). ...

Health Foundation awards largest-ever grant to healthcare improvement institute

30.01.18: A new research institute is hoping to create a world-leading asset for the NHS by improving the science behind healthcare organisation and delivery. The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), led by the University of Cambrid...

Robots, AI and 3D printing: the future of surgery?

24.01.18: Richard Kerr, Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) council member & chair of the Commission on the Future of Surgery, looks into how technological advancements could transform the surgical profession in the years to come. Surgeons have alway...

NHS Digital hits back at rising pressure with electronic prescription pilot launch

22.12.17: NHS Digital has confirmed the launch of a pilot scheme for the new Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) for urgent care. The system has been rolled out for GP services since 2009, but rising pressure across urgent services has prompted NHS...

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...

NHS £45m online GP service ‘not a silver bullet’ despite central pressure

23.11.17: Plans to introduce an online consultation system for GPs may not fix workload and waiting time issues in the way the government is hoping, it has been argued. Research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has sugges...

New framework to offer NHS access to ‘cutting-edge technology’

23.11.17: A new framework to enable health and social care providers to support direct patient care has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (SBS). The Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) framework, which offers access to “cutting-edge...

Lung cancer operations reach record number as survival rates continue to rise

21.11.17: A report today from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has revealed that a record 98.1% of patients survived after 30 days of lung cancer operations since 2015. Almost 6,000 lung cancer operations took place in that period, with an addit...

‘Breakthrough’ medicines could be available up to four years faster

06.11.17: A new scheme from the government could reduce the time it takes for “breakthrough” medicines and technologies to reach patients. The new ‘accelerated access pathway’ is expected to make it faster for finance and eval...

‘Pivotal moment’ in battle against HIV as PrEP trials to start in September

04.08.17: The pioneering HIV prevention drug PrEP will be trialled by NHS England from September, it was this week announced. The drug will be provided by the NHS through an initial three-year trial to around 10,000 people, in what is looking to be t...

A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

04.08.17: Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharmacy that aims to transform patient care by making medicines safer and easier to take. Left to ri...

Brexit Alliance: Urgent agreement needed on key NHS priority areas

03.08.17: NHS patients stand to lose out if the government does not give issues like healthcare research and access to new medicines the attention they deserve when trying to untangle from the European Union, the Brexit Health Alliance has warned. Th...

Using EHRs to build an exciting research infrastructure

01.08.17: Dr Janet Valentine, director of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), and Dr Jennifer Quint, clinical senior lecturer in Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health at Imperial College London’s National Hear...

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BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

20/03/2018BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

The BMA have come to a deal with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the next contract terms for GPs, which will a... more >
NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

20/03/2018NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

The NHS is to commission an independent review of the innovative GP at Hand app. The app, run by health provider, Babylon, allows patients to ha... more >
Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

20/03/2018Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

New medical schools will not tackle the immediate shortage of NHS doctors, the BMA has warned. The comments come in response to the Department o... 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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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

08/03/2018International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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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 >
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 >
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 >


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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