Service Reconfiguration

Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14.12.17: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position as improvement director at NHS Improvement, where he has worked for the last 18 months. Previou...

Lincolnshire hospital considers reopening night services despite review recommendation

13.12.17: Grantham and District Hospital bosses will meet to discuss ending restrictions on overnight opening hours despite a review suggesting they remain closed. Board members at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) put forward plans to r...

GPs cannot be open every night and every weekend, warns RCGP

12.12.17: London is to become the first area to offer patients improved access to GP services, NHS England has announced this week. The scheme, included in NHS England’s GP Forward View, will enable over nine million Londoners to access out of hour...

West Midlands CCGs put forward shared governance plans

06.12.17: A group of three CCGs in Worcestershire have outlined plans to share members of staff and hold joint governing body meetings. Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG along with South Worcestershire CCG and Wyre Forest CCG have put forward proposals whi...

BMA: Immigration centres cannot meet needs of asylum seekers

05.12.17: Those who have not been convicted of a crime should only be detained as a “last resort,” measure a new report has argued. The BMA’s report on health and human rights in immigration detention, ‘Locked up, locked out,&rsqu...

Greater Manchester trusts come together to form £1.3bn healthcare organisation

04.12.17: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT) and Salford Royal NHS FT have combined to form a new healthcare organisation responsible for serving over 1 million people. The new Northern Care Alliance NHS Group will be made up of 17,000 staff, wi...

Health devolution means taking decisions collectively with councils and NHS, says Rouse

01.12.17: Authorities, care providers and CCGs must work closely with the NHS to make health devolution work, says the chief executive of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC). Speaking at the King’s Fund’s annual...

Struggling hospital could have debt written off as part of merger

24.11.17: Bedford Hospital may have its £40m deficit written off as part of a merger with Luton and Dunstable Hospital. The institute, which received a ‘requires improvement’ rating from the CQC last year, has suffered with staffing...

Stamped London health devolution deal to focus on NHS property sell-off

17.11.17: A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community a...

Burton trust could merge with Derby despite local union pressure

06.11.17: Burton Hospitals NHS FT could continue its merger with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS FT despite questions from a local trade union council. The East Staffordshire Trade Union Council are concerned that the merger would reduce the quality of...

Winter pressure is now ‘year-round crisis’

27.09.17: The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has called the winter crisis an “all year round crisis” in response to Labour’s call for a £500m cash injection to stop the health service from buckling under the looming winte...

Vanguards offer key lessons for harnessing tech in new care models

26.09.17: NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association have issued a report exploring the ways in which five vanguards are using innovative technology to transform how care is delivered. The report...

Planned STP bed cuts in London ‘not credible’ even with extra cash

12.09.17: Proposals to cut the number of beds and reduce the use of hospitals outlined by London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are not credible even if extra investment is made in community services, the boss of a leading t...

STP progress ‘threatened by poor track record’ of private partner

04.09.17: Patient representatives and the BMA have voiced concerns over what they believe are “short-term commissioning decisions” after the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) decided...

Mackey urges ‘hard focus’ on winter plans as trusts face financial struggle

04.09.17: Provider performance figures from the period between April and June this year have painted a picture of tough financial targets, growing regulatory action and extremely high levels of bed occupancy, paired with continued difficulty in dischargin...

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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14/12/2017Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

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Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14/12/2017Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position ... more >
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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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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
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Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
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The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

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Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... more >


Cutting through the fake news

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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

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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

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Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

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Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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