Service Reconfiguration

CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

25.03.19: Significant improvements have been found by inspectors at the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RNOH) in a “major step forward” for the trust. The CQC found significant change at the specialist London trust, which has the la...

Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

25.03.19: NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who have undergone heart surgery in the last six months warning them of a potentially fatal infection risk. The decision was taken by an Incident Management Team after it found that six patient...

Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

25.03.19: The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust (COCH) has announced that its medical director has been appointed as its new chief executive. Susan Gilby, the medical director and current acting chief executive, has been named as the new chief execu...

Department of Health announces day surgery shake-up in Northern Ireland

22.03.19: The Department of Health (DoH) has announced “radical plans” to shake up day surgery across Northern Ireland. Thousands of routine operations will be transferred to dedicated sites known as day case surgery hubs, with the hubs o...

‘Impossible’ for healthcare trust to remain open with 280 jobs set to go

22.03.19: A 150-year-old private health trust has announced it will have to close, with all services and 280 staff expected to be lost. All Hallows Healthcare Trust said it had been forced to accept that it is now “impossible” to balance...

NHSE to strip Capita of ‘shambolic’ cervical screening contract and bring it in-house

21.03.19: NHS England (NHSE) has stripped Capita of its cervical screening administration services following “shambolic” errors made in failing to deliver over 50,000 letters to patients. The chief executive of NHSE, Simon Stevens, told t...

NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

21.03.19: The NHS could have a shortfall of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within the next five years and the crisis is so now so severe it “cannot be filled,” according a new report from health think tanks. The report found that the NHS has...

NHS chiefs accuse NHSE of scrapping flagship targets because it can no longer meet them

20.03.19: Plans to scrap the flagship four-hour A&E targets have been criticised by NHS chiefs, with some accusing NHS England of trying to abandon key targets because they can no longer meet them. The NHS unveiled plans to overhaul its four-hour...

Private hospital in Dundee announces closure with 50 jobs to go

20.03.19: A private hospital in Dundee has announced that it will close in the summer because of falling numbers of local people paying for private insurance. Fernbrae Hospital will shut down in May and a consultation is underway to work out what wil...

NHS cancer services under ‘immense strain’ due to ‘dire’ staffing shortages

19.03.19: A shortage of cancer specialists is hurting patients’ chances of receiving treatments and putting them at risk, according to the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). An annual study from the college cancer centres were reporting &ldqu...

Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18.03.19: An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during their care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). Medical air contains 21% oxygen and is similar to...

Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

18.03.19: A top nurse has been appointed to lead a new health partnership in Nottinghamshire described as an alliance of NHS providers, commissioners, and local authorities. Rachel Munton has been chosen as the first independent chair of the mid-Nott...

Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

18.03.19: A troubled acute trust has appointed a new senior leadership team including a new chief executive and a ‘turnaround director’. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust (RLBUH) has appointed Peter Williams as its...

£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

15.03.19: A new £3m ward designed to help ease winter pressures at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is not currently in use because it does not meet fire safety and building regulations. The ward, announced last September, was planned to relieve press...

Royal College of Emergency Medicine elects first female president

15.03.19: The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has announced Katherine Henderson as its newest president, becoming the college’s first female president. Henderson won her election against two other candidates and will leave her curren...

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CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

25/03/2019CQC finds ‘significant improvements’ at specialist London NHS trust

Significant improvements have been found by inspectors at the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RNOH) in a “major step forward” f... more >
Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

25/03/2019Heart surgeries cancelled and patients warned of fatal infection risk due to deaths at Edinburgh hospital

NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who have undergone heart surgery in the last six months warning them of a potentially fatal infect... more >
Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

25/03/2019Medical director promoted to chief executive at under-investigation trust

The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust (COCH) has announced that its medical director has been appointed as its new chief executive. Susan G... 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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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE - provides her view of the newly published NICE impact report on mental health. Mental health conditions are the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with one in 4 adults experienci... more >
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What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

25/03/2019What progress are we making to transform our population’s mental health?

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - ... more >
Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organisational and system curiosity alongside the work of the Shadow Board Pr... more >
Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fiction for children and young people – discusses ‘Fiction as ... more >
Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planning at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), looks at an alternative and perhaps underutilised funding sourc... 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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