Service Reconfiguration

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...

Single commissioning framework can ‘level the playing field’ for strained ambulances

27.01.17: NHS ambulance trusts should be not tied together by a single national standard operating framework, but instead by a standard commissioning framework that reflects the range of services they provide, the head of the Association of Ambulance Chie...

Will STPs deliver long-term sustainability?

25.01.17: Amber Davenport, head of policy at NHS Providers, explains that if sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are expected to be a silver bullet solution to the NHS’s problems then more time needs to be taken to properly support and en...

Hunt: Government trying to ‘deal positively’ with Brexit health consequences

23.01.17: The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the government will continue to focus on “improving the health and care system” in its Brexit negotiations and attempt to deal “positively” with the consequences of the UK&rs...

The four-hour target: what’s the point?

05.12.16: Dr Adrian Boyle, consultant emergency physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, considers the case for maintaining the four-hour access standard in emergency departments, despite its imperfections. Few performance measures in the NHS gener...

STPs - Collaboration makes sense, but it needs leadership and direction

16.11.16: John Coutts, policy advisor – governance at NHS Providers, looks at the the lack of governance and accountability of the STPs and why this presents a serious risk to the process.  Just as many decisions are best made locally, a g...

GM must think ‘laterally & creatively’ about funding A&E upgrades

07.11.16: Greater Manchester (GM) organisations will have to think “laterally and creatively” about the best way to access sufficient capital to enable infrastructure upgrades in the region’s urgent and emergency care departments, the ch...

STPs must assess cash needed to make outdated A&E departments ‘fit for purpose’

03.11.16: The sustainability and transformation plan (STP) process must include an assessment of the infrastructure investment needed to ensure type 1 emergency departments – or major consultant-led A&E departments open 24 hours a day, seven day...

Adebowale: STP integration players must lead, follow or get out of the way

02.11.16: Players across a health and social care integration patch should either be leading, following or getting out of the way, Lord Victor Adebowale has told NHE during an exclusive interview about STPs and place-based commissioning. Lord Adebowa...

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do&rsqu... read more >

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >


Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

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 >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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