Service Reconfiguration

Major IT supplier agrees to pay NHS millions of pounds over service failures

07.12.18: A multimillion-pound settlement deal has been reached between NHS Digital and EMIS Group after the private IT supplier admitted to providing misleading information about the quality of its service. In a market announcement, EMIS Group confi...

May promises reform as review reveals ‘outdated’ Mental Health Act infringing on patient rights

06.12.18: Patients with severe mental health problems “should be given more rights over treatments” to ensure better care is provided if they are detained for compulsory treatment, according to a review. The independent review of the Ment...

AI diagnosis and national study included in new early disease detection £1.3bn deal

05.12.18: A £1.3bn investment from the government and the industry has been announced in a bid to drive early disease technology as part of the new Life Sciences Sector Deal. The second ever Life Sciences Sector Deal, announced by Matt Hancock...

Doctors could quit NHS in ‘unprecedented numbers’ as staff pressures puts patient safety at risk

05.12.18: Doctors driven to the “brink of breaking point” and forced into adopting “risky and unsustainable compromises” to maintain care are putting patient safety at risk, the GMC has warned. The medical regulator found that...

Staffordshire CCGs to halve hospital beds and sell sites as part of integrated care plans

05.12.18: Four of North Staffordshire’s five community hospitals will lose their beds under controversial proposals for an overhaul of local health services as CCGs look to move to a new model of integrated care. Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffo...

NHS’s longest-serving trust CEO to step down ahead of major merger

04.12.18: The longest-serving chief executive in any hospital trust in the UK has announced he is stepping down after 19 years in the role ahead of a proposed merger of his organisation. Tony Spotswood, the CEO of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchur...

Volunteers help ‘reduce pressure’ on NHS frontline, but clarity needed over role boundaries

04.12.18: Frontline NHS staff have praised the “invaluable contribution” volunteers play in the hospitals and reducing mounting pressures, but a lack of clarity around role boundaries is the biggest danger facing voluntary work. An estima...

Government set to relax immigration laws to ease NHS workforce crisis

30.11.18: The government is set to relax its immigration rules to allow more foreign doctors to come and work in the NHS in order to help tackle widespread workforce shortages, especially post-Brexit. Ministers have reportedly agreed to expand the cu...

NHS leadership pressures creating ‘negative working culture’ where bullying is prevalent, says official review

28.11.18: A review into NHS leadership has said it found a “a negative working culture” where “bullying and discrimination are prevalent and accepted.” Sir Ron Kerr was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care...

NHS England and NHSI to give Healthwatch ‘significant investment’

27.11.18: NHS England and NHS Improvement are to give “significant investment” to Healthwatch England in order to support local Healthwatch to “ensure the views of patients and the public are heard.” The money will be used to...

CQC praises formerly struggling trust after ‘continuous improvements’ and ‘outstanding’ paramedics sees ratings recover

27.11.18: The North West Ambulance Service has jumped from a ‘requires improvement’ rating two years ago to ‘good’ after the CQC found “continuous improvement” and “outstanding” work by paramedics. The...

Healthcare provider in special measures after ‘unfit for purpose’ GP practice forced to close

26.11.18: Aston Healthcare has been placed in special measures after inspectors found the provider to be unable to provide safe services, had no systems in place to ensure premises were well managed, and in one case was forced to close a medical centre. ...

NHS trusts made to publish staff and patient concerns in the wake of Gosport scandal

22.11.18: NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients about their care in the wake of the Gosport patient deaths scandal, the health secretary has announced. In a statement to Parliament, Matt Hancock said he would &ldq...

Primary and community care to be given £3.5bn boost from May’s original £20bn injection

22.11.18: Theresa May has announced a real-terms investment boost of £3.5bn a year in primary and community healthcare by 2023-24 and committed to a “growing share of spending” for out-of-hospital care as part of the NHS long-term plan. ...

‘Requires improvement’ trust to shut down minor injury units until April to deal with winter pressure

20.11.18: A Herefordshire NHS trust is temporarily closing its minor injury units for five months to cope with winter pressure. Ross-on-Wye and Leominster community hospitals will close their minor injury units over winter to allow the Wye Valley NHS...

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High Court rejects ‘hostile environment’ policy challenge from Windrush man who was refused cancer treatment

10/12/2018High Court rejects ‘hostile environment’ policy challenge from Windrush man who was refused cancer treatment

A member of the Windrush generation who was refused cancer treatment has lost a legal challenge against NHS regulations that make people who cann... more >
Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10/12/2018Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FO... more >
‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

10/12/2018‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

The NHS has been banned from buying fax machines by the health secretary who has ordered a complete phase-out of the outdated machines by April 2... 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 good, the bad, and the potential of social media

05/12/2018The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, assesses the impact of social media on the nation’s wellbeing. Few days go by without a story in the press about the negative effect of social media on mental health. It seems obvious: people, especially children and young people, are often seen staring at their mobile phones rather ... more >
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Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

05/12/2018Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

Dr Selwyn Hodge, co-chair of the Self Care Forum, makes the case for the further reach of self-care, and for it to be embedded into our everyday ... more >
The future of commissioning

05/12/2018The future of commissioning

Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, reacts to Matt Hancock’s recent comments regarding commissioning. “Co... more >
Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

05/12/2018Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

Care minister Caroline Dinenage MP urges health and care organisations to achieve closer collaboration to improve the quality of care and support... more >
Technology first

05/12/2018Technology first

With the latest policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) heralding a new ‘technology-first’ ethos for the... more >


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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