Service Reconfiguration

Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14.11.18: Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce criticism” of previous leadership and reported “anger,” “confusion” and a &l...

NHS Wales given damning ‘wake-up call’ over its outdated IT systems

14.11.18: The Welsh Assembly has published a damming “wake-up call” on efforts to modernise NHS IT systems in Wales, raising “serious question marks” over a “culture of self-censorship and denial.” An assembly inqu...

Waste firm seeks £15m in damages over terminated NHS contracts

08.11.18: The disposal company at the centre of the NHS clinical waste scandal has announced that it is suing 17 NHS trusts in Yorkshire after they terminated its contracts. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) are pursuing upwards of £15m in...

NHS England in legal battle with American firm over medicine procurement

07.11.18: An American pharmaceutical company has launched a legal challenge against NHS England over a procurement process seeking suppliers for ground-breaking hepatitis C treatment. The legal proceedings were launched by the American firm Abbvie in...

Home care provider Allied Healthcare’s future at risk amid funding crisis

06.11.18: The CQC has reported that Allied Healthcare has only been able to confirm it has funding to survive until 30 November, and that there has been no assurance that the company has or will have the investment to ensure it can operate beyond this dat...

Current NHS efficiency methods ‘no longer sustainable’ as 75% of trust leaders believe NHS 'wastes too much money'

10.10.18: The current way of driving efficiency in the NHS is “no longer sustainable” and the 10-year plan is an opportunity to provide a solution, according to a new report. A new report from NHS Providers has said that the current way o...

Supporting GPs through community pharmacies

10.10.18: James Roach, director of the Integrated Care Partnership in West Essex, reveals that fully deployed community pharmacy models could release 18 million GP appointments per year. Working with the National Pharmacy Association, an innovative G...

Local NHS needs more powers and ‘reimagined’ relationship with national leaders

09.10.18: Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, has urged the government to avoid a Brexit that would damage the NHS and called for greater powers to be devolved to local system leaders. Speaking to delegates in Manchester during the openin...

NHS 10-year plan must create performance and financial ‘reset’

09.10.18: The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, has outlined his vision for the NHS long-term plan during his opening speech at his organisation’s annual conference this morning. Speaking to delegates at Manchester Central, Hopson...

Prof Ted Baker: A whole-system approach

26.09.18: CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, discusses the importance of a whole-system approach to managing the capacity problem as demand for health and social care continues to rise. Every year, we are seeing more and m...

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d...

Campaigners lose High Court fight against Dorset service reorganisation

06.09.18: Campaigners have lost their High Court bid to put a stop to a proposed reorganisation to Dorset’s healthcare services. In a statement, Dorset CCG said it was pleased with the judge’s decision to rule in favour of its plans to mo...

Boss promises no hospitals at risk when major foundation trust merger goes ahead

23.08.18: The boards of both South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS foundation trusts are supportive of a formal merger between the two providers and have promised that neither hospital will cease to exist under the plans. Proposals to brin...

Health bosses ditch plans to close down Yorskhire A&E, but campaigners fight back

10.08.18: Proposals to close A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) have been scrapped by NHS bosses. Original plans looked to replace HRI with a smaller 64-bed unit and realign A&E services to Halifax. But following former health...

NHS estates: Running the show

08.08.18: Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), discusses what his organisation has been doing to improve the efficiency of estates in the NHS, and explains why it is more than just a commercial landlord. Given the...

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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male ... more >
Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

14/11/2018Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

A GP practice in Camden has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the CQC. An inspection in August rated Dr Phillip M... more >
Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14/11/2018Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce critic... 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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... 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 >
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 >
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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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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