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NHS receives £8m pharmaceutical anti-competitive practices payout

14.08.19: The NHS has received an £8m payout from a pharmaceutical firm, after it had been found to be engaged in anti-competitive practices that pushed up the cost of a life-saving drug. It is the first time that an investigation by the C...

Cross-sector partnership to boost Leeds health tech sector

12.08.19: Senior leaders from the health technology industry, the regional enterprise partnership, the NHS, local authorities, and five universities today announced a dynamic, new partnership to accelerate health technology innovation within the Leeds Cit...

Government pledges £250m for NHS national artificial intelligence lab

08.08.19: The government has announced it is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory, accompanied by £250m in funding to help enhance patient care and research using AI. The third announcement for the NHS from Boris Johnson&rsq...

National Pharmacy Association: Community pharmacy in the digital age

31.07.19: From July/August issue of NHE   Harpreet Chana, the National Pharmacy Association’s digital programme director, discusses the journey ahead for the pharmaceutical sector in the new age of digital. Advances in digital technology...

NICE approves gynaecological cancer treatment on Cancer Drugs Fund

26.07.19: NICE has approved the use of a medicine, previously used at a later stage in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer, much earlier in the treatment pathway. Adult patients with advanced high-grade epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or prim...

NIHR appoint Professor Miles Witham as new national lead for ageing

26.07.19: Professor Miles Witham, who currently serves as professor of trials for older people at Newcastle University, has been appointed as the national speciality lead (NSL) for ageing for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical...

NIHR-funded study shows CBT could benefit mental health of children

24.07.19: The mental health of children and young people with some long-term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent NIHR-funded study led by the University of Exeter Medical School. The syste...

Innovative heart procedure unveiled to prevent strokes in young people

23.07.19: An innovative new heart procedure to prevent strokes in younger people has been unveiled as part of the NHS Long Term Plan which tackles ‘hole in the heart’. The condition – known as Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) –...

ABPI President: Collaboration key to getting new medicines to patients

22.07.19: Haseeb Ahmad, ABPI president and managing director UK, Ireland & Nordics, pharmaceuticals and country president UK of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, discusses the need for collaboration between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry. W...

Use of partial knee replacements could save NHS £30m a year

19.07.19: Partial knee replacements (PKR) are as good as total knee replacements (TKR), whilst being more cost effective, according to new research funded by NIHR. Results from the TOPKAT study (Total or Partial Knee Arthroplasty Trial), led by resea...

HSIB report focuses on technology to reduce radiology risks

19.07.19: A report published today by HSIB has showcased where technology could play a pivotal role in reducing harm caused by failures in communication or follow-up of unexpected significant radiological findings. The lack of follow-up or...

NICE approves breast cancer drug combination on Cancer Drugs Fund

17.07.19: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved a new potentially life-extending drug combination for some people with advanced breast cancer, meaning it will now be an option available to them on the Cancer Drugs Fund...

Finger-prick blood test could reduce antibiotic use in COPD patients

12.07.19: A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to NIHR-funded research. Researchers from Cardiff Universi...

Government announces £135m health research investment

11.07.19: The Government has announced a £135m investment in health research to help tackle some of the biggest challenges on the healthcare system in the next five years, including dementia, obesity and mental health. Health minister Nicola Bl...

RCGP chair sees potential in voice-assisted technology

10.07.19: Chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, has praised the potential of voice-assisted technology after the recently announced NHS partnership. Health secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the national healthcare se...

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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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Jonah Rusere, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for South East London Accountable Cancer Network, outlines an opportunity for urology nurses to make a difference to prostate cancer pathways. What is TRexit and why is it great news for prostate cancer patients all over the country? Let me explain. TRexit is the name given to a national... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

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Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

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Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >


How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

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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

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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

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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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