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Mandatory interoperability standards on the way as DHSC slams ‘inexcusable’ trust systems

11.10.18: There is no excuse for a provider to have systems that don’t talk to each other and, in the future, there will be no excuse for systems that do not talk outside of a trust, the health and social care secretary has declared. Speaking t...

Groundbreaking cancer treatment now available in England as NHS strikes discount deal

05.10.18: A cancer immunotherapy used to treat patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma is now available in England after NHS England struck a discounted deal. The news comes just after Theresa May announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS whi...

Theresa May announces new cancer strategy for NHS

04.10.18: The prime minister has announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS which will see “a step change in how we diagnose cancer” and improve cancer survival rates. Theresa May said she wants to increase early detection rates for canc...

Advertising watchdog bans ‘misleading’ GP at Hand app for false promises and weeks-long waits

03.10.18: The advertising watchdog has banned a set of advertisements for a GP service smartphone application that promised NHS doctor appointments in “just minutes.” The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received several complaints a...

Hancock announces ‘bold aspiration’ to map five million genomes

02.10.18: Matt Hancock has announced an ambition to sequence five million genomes over the next five years. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, the health secretary outlined “a bold aspiration” to expand the NHS Genomic Medicin...

Rules of engagement

01.10.18: Using technology to increase patient engagement in their own care is a priority for health systems across the globe. But what do organisations need to consider when they are looking to embark on such projects? Dr Yossi Cohen, practising clinician...

Carter: ‘Vital’ improvements to tech, fleets needed to save £500m

27.09.18: New technology is “not adopted rapidly” across the ambulance service and there should be an increase in patients treated at the scene to create savings and reduce pressures on A&E wards, a new report into the service has claimed....

Greater Manchester: Forefront of precision medicine

26.09.18: Precision medicine is hailed as the next big thing in healthcare, and Greater Manchester is set to lead the way with a new £60m global genomics centre, explains Rowena Burns, chair of Health Innovation Manchester. Put simply, precisio...

NIHR: Driving innovation

26.09.18: The NHS is not just embracing the power of technology to improve patient care, it is actively driving innovation through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Dr Matthew Hallsworth, head of external relations at the NIHR Office for...

Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

19.09.18: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, takes a look at Matt Hancock's priorities and agenda around workforce, technology and prevention. A tech transformation is coming, according to the new health secretary. Matt Hancock...

Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19.09.18: Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. Here, he highlights the importance of innovation in the NHS, and the ex...

Progress for AI which could help in radiotherapy treatment

13.09.18: An artificial intelligence system which could help radiotherapy treatments for head and neck patients has shown promising early results. Clinicians and researchers from DeepMind Health and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) are work...

Government launches digital platform for NHS staff to share views

11.09.18: The secretary of state for health Matt Hancock has set out plans to give over three million health and care professionals in England the opportunity to share their views with the government. The new platform, ‘TalkHealthandCare,&rsquo...

Hancock sets up multiskilled HealthTech Advisory Board chaired by Ben Goldacre

07.09.18: Health and social care secretary has announced the creation of the HealthTech Advisory Board, to be chaired by Dr Ben Goldacre, which will report directly to Matt Hancock.  Reporting directly to the secretary of state, the aim of the a...

NHS IT systems ‘costing lives’: Hancock unveils £200m digital fund and five app trials

06.09.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has described the NHS’s IT systems as “stuttering,” arguing that they are putting lives at risk and are in need of a serious upgrade. “It’s time to bring the health...

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Highest ever numbers accept GP training posts

19/10/2018Highest ever numbers accept GP training posts

The number of people entering GP training is the highest in NHS history, according to new figures from Health Education England (HEE). A tot... more >
‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

19/10/2018‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

The government is still “a long way” from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care and has been urged to... more >
One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19/10/2018One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. ... 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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On your bike!

17/10/2018On your bike!

Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we are committed to becoming a greener organisation and reducing the environmental impact of delivering p... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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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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