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Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

16.03.18: A campaign group has won the right to a judicial review against the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Hands Off HRI mounted its campaign against the closure or downgrading of hospitals or health services within the Huddersfield...

Cumbria trust reveals hospital bed closure plans

09.03.18: Cumbria Partnership NHS FT has this week revealed plans to permanently close beds in three of its cottage hospitals, with the facilities expected to be replaced by more resources in the community. Alston Moor, Maryport and Wigton & Solw...

Carillion collapse: Serco makes £18m discount on NHS contracts

14.02.18: Public service giant Serco announced today that it will be taking over 15 healthcare contracts across the UK at a £20m discount after Carillion went into liquidation last month. Initially the contracts were thought to have been worth...

Hospital could be demolished to make way for £40m health and wellbeing campus

14.02.18: Halton Hospital in Cheshire could be demolished amid government plans to construct a new health and wellbeing campus on the site. Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS FT revealed details of the programme, which would see the nearby Cheshire...

Uncharted territory – what could 2018 bring for STPs and accountable care?

31.01.18: NHS Providers head of strategy, Miriam Deakin, considers the five potential themes her organisation would like to see in the year ahead as a result of emerging accountable care models. As sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs...

‘Intense levels of pressure’ force office staff to volunteer on frontline services

29.01.18: Increasing numbers of patients visiting A&E coupled with rising complexities in treatment have driven bosses at two hospitals to ask office staff to volunteer on frontline services. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have today...

Isle of Wight hospital tables controversial plans to move ‘seriously ill’ patients to mainland

26.01.18: The trust in charge of the Isle of Wight’s main hospital has put forward controversial plans which would see certain patients moved to the mainland in cases of serious illness. St Mary’s Hospital in Newport is attempting to deal...

Hunt to pause accountable care roll-out after MPs voice ‘great deal of concern’

24.01.18: Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that NHS England and the government are likely to push back the creation of the first accountable care organisations (ACOs) until a national consultation can be held on the issue. In...

Kent and Medway bosses reveal plan for £40m ‘hyper acute’ stroke units

22.01.18: NHS leaders in Kent and Medway have unveiled plans to develop three new ‘hyper acute’ stroke units across the region. In a joint statement, the area’s eight CCGs said the new units would be much better at dealing with peop...

Carillion liquidation casts doubt on £350m under-construction Birmingham hospital

17.01.18: Construction plans for the new £350m Midland Metropolitan Hospital have taken a hit following the announcement that the main contractor in charge of construction has gone into liquidation. Carillion, one of the UK’s largest cons...

Essex trusts consider three-way merger to save cash and boost performance

10.01.18: Three trust boards in Essex are considering a merger in an effort to save money and improve the emergency admissions process. Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospital trusts already work closely, including by having the same chief executi...

Struggling ambulance trust launches integrated services hub

10.01.18: South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has introduced a new Wellbeing Hub which brings together a range of previously separate services. As part of the trust’s wellbeing strategy, the new hub includes mental...

Greater Manchester hospital becomes county’s first to ban sugary food and drinks

09.01.18: Tameside General Hospital has become the first in the country to implement a ban on sugary food and drinks today in an effort to promote healthier living. From now on, the on-site restaurant at the hospital has begun to swap sugary snacks f...

Hospital closure plans knocked back by resident consultation

09.01.18: Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust’s plan to shut two of its community hospitals and replace them with a single facility has met with resistance from local residents. A 12-week consultation on the £11m new facility found th...

Hunt gets social care responsibility amidst reshuffle confusion

08.01.18: Prime minister Theresa May has handed social care responsibilities over to Jeremy Hunt, who will now be secretary of state for Health and Social Care. Hunt was strongly tipped to become the next first minister – a position which was l...

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Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

16/03/2018Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

The number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England increased last year, according to NHS Digital’s latest figures. In ... more >
Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

16/03/2018Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

A campaign group has won the right to a judicial review against the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Hands Off HRI mounted its ... more >
‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

16/03/2018‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

The number of junior doctors entering specialist training immediately after completing their foundation years is continuing to decline, according t... 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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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

08/03/2018International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... 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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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