Service Reconfiguration

Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

23.05.19: A Midlands Hospital Trust has left special measures by inspectors after two years when they found significant improvements had been made and a “clear vision and strategy” put in place. Kettering General Hospital NHS FT was rated...

Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15.05.19: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the CQC finding evidence of improvements and upgrading the trust’s Inadequate rating. The majo...

London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

15.05.19: A London trust and CCG have published new plans to increase the level of joint working between Croydon’s NHS services by appointing a new single joint leader. Croydon Health Services Trust and Croydon CCG have announced their ambition...

NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15.05.19: Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212m last year due to wrongly claimed exemptions, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The n...

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c...

Special measures care centre jumps to ‘Good’ CQC rating

10.05.19: An urgent care centre in east London has jumped two CQC ratings and risen from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ after major action was taken to “turn the service around.” King George’s Emergency Urgent Care C...

GP numbers in sustained fall for first time in 50 years

08.05.19: The number of GPs relative to the population size has fallen in a sustained way for the first time since the 1960s, research has revealed. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust, carried out for the BBC, has revealed that the number of GPs per 100...

Inspectors say significant delays to treatment and patients in corridors ‘cannot continue’ at Blackpool hospital

08.05.19: Significant delays and severe pressures at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s emergency department has forced CQC inspectors to state that the practice “simply cannot continue” at its current level. In an unrated inspection of...

NHS set to launch global recruitment strategy to bring in thousands of foreign nurses

07.05.19: The NHS is set to begin a global recruitment drive to recruit tens of thousands of foreign nurses over the next five years in a bid to fill a void of 40,000 skilled workers. According to the staffing strategy, seen by The Times, NHS Improve...

Ends of AIDs in sight as HIV-suppressing drugs succeed in making the virus ‘untransmittable’

03.05.19: HIV-suppressing drugs can now make the AIDS virus “untransmittable” even to sexual partners, and could lead to an end to the entire epidemic, a landmark study has found. In a study of nearly 1,000 gay male couples across Europe...

‘Worst winter on record’ as BMA warns of ‘hidden crisis’ in NHS

02.05.19: The BMA has warned that the NHS is in a “hidden crisis” of rising waiting times and intense pressures after the health service experienced its worst winter on record. The doctors trade union said that despite muted public debate...

Single joint chief appointed to lead five Norfolk CCGs

02.05.19: The five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney have appointed a new joint chief officer to oversee improved integrated working in a troubled health economy. Melanie Craig, the current chief officer of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG and executive...

All NHS hospitals and GP practices to be equipped with fibre optic internet

01.05.19: All NHS hospitals, GP practices and community care services are to be equipped with full fibre optic internet, under plans announced by the health secretary. Part of the NHS Long-Term Plan’s bid to improve connectivity and modernise h...

Damning investigation sees ‘dysfunctional’ maternity services placed into special measures by health minister

01.05.19: The health minister has placed Cwm Taf’s “dysfunctional” maternity services into special measures and imposed a number of conditions and oversight following the release of a “deeply saddening” and “extremely s...

Home care giant Four Seasons goes into administration

30.04.19: One of Britain’s largest care home groups has gone into administration, putting its 17,000 residents and 22,000 jobs at risk. Two of the holding companies behind Four Seasons Health Care have appointed administrators after struggling...

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Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

23/05/2019Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

A Midlands Hospital Trust has left special measures by inspectors after two years when they found significant improvements had been made and a &l... more >
The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remai... more >
Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15/05/2019Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the C... 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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The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity for NHS contracted primary care work was introduced in England and Wales. Following this, the MDU surv... more >
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Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on environmental issues, argues that the NHS needs a national strategy for a... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), demonstrates how cultural change has im... more >
How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

10/04/2019How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us to the new nursing associate role, and how it’s set to complement the NHS L... more >
A smarter approach to tackling AMR

10/04/2019A smarter approach to tackling AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year globally. This could rise to 10 million by 2050 if we do nothing. B... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... 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 >

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