Service Reconfiguration

Areas targeted to become ‘evolved STPs’ with much bigger freedoms

31.03.17: Accountable care systems (ACSs) will now be considered an ‘evolved’ version of an STP that is working as a locally integrated health system, NHS England’s Five Year Forward View progress report, or delivery plan, has confirmed...

New STP partnerships given raft of flexibilities in exchange for robust governance

31.03.17: All NHS organisations will form part of a sustainability and transformation partnership – the apparent new name for STPs – from April this year in order to ensure a basic governance and implementation “support chassis”, w...

The shape of estates under STPs

31.03.17: NHE looks at the early proposals for estates efficiency already starting to emerge from England’s 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). While money (or a lack thereof) takes up most of the headlines in the national press...

Reflections on the Strategic Projects Team

24.03.17: Andrew MacPherson, former managing director of the now closed Strategic Projects Team (SPT), reflects on his time in the NHS that followed a career in trains, boats and planes. In 2006, I had completed the customer service design for the ro...

A holistic approach is needed to tackle estate issues

24.03.17: Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), reflects on the challenges facing NHS estates teams. In the Jan/Feb issue of NHE, Paul Fenton, national chairman of the Health Estates an...

Spending on management consultancy ‘gravy train’ costs STPs £18m

21.03.17: Spending on management consultants advising England’s 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STP)s has been described as “a gravy train” by Unite, following a revelation that health bosses spent just under £18m with...

Reassurance over STPs needed or NHS risks entering era of permafrost

16.03.17: The recent intervention by Simon Stevens to ensure that mass bed closures will not happen in STP areas unless alternative arrangements are put in place first is a very welcome and much-needed move, according to the president of the Royal College...

Extra STP cash ‘pointless’ if NHS budget is raided to plug running costs

09.03.17: The chancellor’s decision to back the first tranche of good-to-go STPs with £325m over the next three years, with more money to come in this year’s Autumn Statement, is an “important recognition that transformation needs...

Stevens confirms up to 10 STPs will be ACOs in string of major revelations

01.03.17: The leads of England’s 44 STPs, who are due to be formally appointed soon, will be given a range of governance rights over the organisations within their geographical areas, including the ability to “marshal the forces of the CCGs an...

Biggest challenge for STPs is recognising the importance of digital

17.02.17: In order for Local Digital Roadmaps (LDRs) and STPs to succeed in their aims the footprints must recognise the importance of digital early on in the process, NHE has been told. Discussing the 73 LDR footprints, which are now focusing on ali...

Overly-political NHS debate that turns plans into cuts ‘paralyses progress’

15.02.17: We cannot have an overly-politicised conversation about the NHS that “seeks to damn every proposal as a ‘cut’ and paralyses process”, especially since none of that is going to help the staff who are actively committed to...

Another blow to STPs as current plans require £10bn of fresh funding

14.02.17: The majority of the 44 STP footprints are expecting to require new capital funding in order to finance the projects under their health and care plans, many of which include vital buildings and community facilities – with current estimation...

Delayed transfers ‘significantly greater’ than NHS figures suggest

09.02.17: The number of patients stuck in hospital beds despite being well enough to leave is far higher than suggested by official data, according to research undertaken by the Nuffield Trust. In a blog, the health think tank said that far more hosp...

The NHS estates challenge

08.02.17: Paul Fenton, national chairman of the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association (HefmA), explains why collaboration will be the single most important factor in achieving the objectives within the Carter programme and the sustainabilit...

Swimming together or sinking alone

08.02.17: Jill DeBene, chief executive at the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), reflects on the challenges to ensure successful place-based care, centred on the patient and built by everyone involved trusting each other and collaborating to make i...

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the &... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

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Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

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Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
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Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

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Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Improving the flow

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Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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