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Plans unveiled to replace fire-ravaged Christie hospital cancer unit

14.03.19: Plans for a new cancer research centre in Manchester has been revealed to replace a fire-damaged building at the Christie hospital. The regeneration of the Paterson building, which was destroyed in a huge fire in 2017, sets out plans for a...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

NHS staff and families to be evicted under plans to close accommodation

22.02.19: Staff at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust could be forced out of their homes as the trust’s plans to close the accommodation at the facility have been brought forward. A letter sent by the trust to tenants, seen by NHE, out...

NHSX: Hancock unveils new digital unit to bring together all of NHS’s tech leaders

19.02.19: Matt Hancock has unveiled the creation of a new digital unit dubbed NHSX tasked with bringing forward technological innovation and will take over many of the digital responsibilities currently handled by NHS England in a bid to speed up the NHS&...

GP at Hand cleared to expand to Birmingham after NHS England lifts objections

14.02.19: Babylon’s controversial GP at Hand is to be expanded to Birmingham after NHS England reversed its decision to block the doctor app. Babylon applied last year to launch its remote video consultation service in Birmingham, but the appli...

Major redevelopment of Newcastle General Hospital unveiled as university buys land from NHS trust

12.02.19: Ambitious plans to redevelop the former General Hospital have been unveiled by Newcastle University after it bought the hospital site from owners Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The vision would see the 29-acre site expa...

NHS workforce lacks digital literacy as Tesco knows more about its customers than the health service, warns Matt Hancock

12.02.19: Tesco knows more about its customers than the NHS does about its patients, and staff need far greater digital literacy, Matt Hancock has said, announcing a review on how to prepare the NHS workforce for a digital future. A major review just...

Riding the wave of transformative change in surgery

06.02.19: Mr Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons' (RCS) Commission on the Future of Surgery, argues that transformative changes in surgery will dramatically improve patient care. Last year, the UK’s most prized public service...

How are we protecting the nation’s sexual health?

05.02.19: Most people become sexually active between the ages of 16 and 24. Without the right advice and measures to ensure good sexual health and wellbeing, this can lead to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, writes Professor Gil...

New NHS Alliance: Wellness and the power of community assets

30.01.19: Dr Brian Fisher MBE, chair of the New NHS Alliance, looks back at the New NHS Partnership Summit and reflects on how its learnings can help plug gaps within the NHS Long-Term Plan. In November 2018, the New NHS Alliance held its third annua...

The NHS is central to life sciences innovation

30.01.19: Deborah Kobewka, managing director of Healthcare UK, lifesciences and bioeconomy in the Department for International Trade, talks us through the innovation brought about by the Life Sciences Sector Deal, and the vital role the NHS is playing in...

First chief digital officer appointed to CQC ahead of ‘ambitious programme of digital transformation’

25.01.19: The CQC has appointed its first chief digital officer, who will have the responsibility of transforming core IT services and driving digital innovation within the health inspectorate. Mark Sutton will join the CQC’s board and executiv...

Hancock unveils antibiotic resistance action plan to fight ‘urgent global’ threat

25.01.19: The NHS has unveiled a five-year national action plan pledging to reduce its use of antibiotics by 15% by 2024 after the health secretary declared drug-resistant superbugs are now as big a threat as climate change or war. Matt Hancock, laun...

NHS estate: Naylor says London needs ‘special focus’ in light of findings in unpublished report on the capital

24.01.19: The author of the landmark Naylor Review into the NHS estate, Sir Robert Naylor, has said that NHS buildings in London need a “special focus” after he revealed the initial findings of an unfinished report into the capital’s NHS...

Outgoing NHS digital chief wrote ‘puff piece’ for future employer in ‘jaw-droppingly inappropriate’ behaviour

23.01.19: NHS England’s outgoing chief digital officer has been criticised for “jaw-droppingly inappropriate” behaviour after she announced her departure for a health technology start-up she had praised in a “puff piece” arti...

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NHS chiefs accuse NHSE of scrapping flagship targets because it can no longer meet them

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Private hospital in Dundee announces closure with 50 jobs to go

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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

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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Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

20/03/2019Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

Jon Baker, PHBChoices director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) believes that the extension of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) is a great opportunity for clinical commissioning groups (CCG) to expand and improve care provision – provided that the right infrastructure is in place. The personalisation agenda is transforming ou... more >
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Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organisational and system curiosity alongside the work of the Shadow Board Pr... more >
Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fiction for children and young people – discusses ‘Fiction as ... more >
Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planning at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), looks at an alternative and perhaps underutilised funding sourc... more >
The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

20/03/2019The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

Richard Corbridge, chief digital & information officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, focuses on the practices his trust has put in p... 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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