Service Reconfiguration

Prime for transformation?

20.06.17: The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overcome barriers to the integration of health and social care and improve standards of delivery, writes...

Mackey denies legal constraints as accountable care systems confirmed

19.06.17: NHS England boss Simon Stevens has confirmed the nine areas that will officially form part of the first wave of accountable care systems (ACSs) in the country, covering a total of seven million people and backed by a funding boost of £450m...

Election result means STP legislation now due only after Brexit

16.06.17: Given the result of the latest general election and with the negotiations around Brexit due to start later this month, it is now unlikely that the government will be able to introduce legislation for sustainability and transformation plans (STPs...

A starting point to long-term sustainability

16.06.17: Lord Patel, chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS (until the dissolution of Parliament), discusses the action that must be taken to develop an NHS fit for the future. Barely a day goes by...

What really determines how quickly we access healthcare?

13.06.17: Suzanne Bates has almost 20 years’ operational experience in the NHS and now works for NHS Improvement. She considers whether focusing on the profession of administrative care might improve access to healthcare while optimising the use of...

Do we need to invest more in NHS administration?

13.06.17: Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), argues that there needs to be greater investment in NHS administration. All large organisations need a well-resourced administration to deliver a good...

STPs must ‘get real’ about time available for service transformation

08.06.17: Trying to impose a consistent and uniform statutory layer of STPs too quickly without thinking through their transition process will be a “recipe for chaos” and a “recipe for inadequate management of clinical risk” &ndash...

Central pressure forcing ‘far too many’ STPs to create unsellable plans

07.06.17: From the STP plans submitted last October, there are “far too many that are simply not realistic or deliverable” and were only created as a result of an intense financial pressure “placed on local systems from above to meet a f...

Lack of council voice in accountable care systems leading to NHS scepticism

11.05.17: Only a third of council members have a clear understanding of how an accountable care system (ACS) – NHS England’s chosen model to take forward sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) – work, raising a red flag ar...

NHS model isn’t broken, but capital raids are threatening it

09.05.17: The NHS model is not broken, but if capital budgets continue to be raided year after year, trusts will continue to be unable to invest in modern equipment and facilities, leading to an ultimately false economy, the Health Foundation has argued. ...

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...

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23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

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Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and transformation partnerships/plans (STPs) being implemented and delivered with clinical input at their cor... read more >

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A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

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The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

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