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Across National Health Executive’s The Scalpel Blog,  you’ll find an assortment of opinions on health policy and NHS news from NHE’s guest bloggers, editorial board members, in-house reporters, and regular contributors.

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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18.03.19: Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan...

NHS Trusts collaborate with industry to improve cancer patient outcomes

12.03.19: Novartis Oncology has worked with the NHS on 55 JWPs since 2014, focusing on areas including improving the patient experience, redesigning cancer services, harnessing service data, and piloting innovative care models. JWPs can lead to rapid...

Why we need a Men’s Network on International Women’s Day 2019

08.03.19: Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, writes for NHE to argue for greater involvement from men in leading the conversation around gender equality. We need more male leaders! It’s true, I don't see enough of them cu...

A Critical Moment for the NHS

07.03.19: As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation report on staffing trends of the NHS - and what he believes should be done at this critical crossroa...

Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

06.03.19: With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it is clear that alcohol-related ill health is both a concern and a significant demand on the NHS.&nbs...

Transforming the way we treat trauma

06.03.19: In this article, Bevan Exemplar and trauma surgeon Oliver Blocker explains why the NHS needs to change to survive in the way it treats and admits trauma patients. He discusses how new models of care are vital to meet the needs of patients with i...

Did Brexit drown out the NHS Long Term plan?

20.02.19: In January the NHS released its much-anticipated Long Term plan, pledging to save 500,000 lives through new prevent strategies, and making a concerted effort to improve the general public’s health. But Simon Keen, media relations manager a...

Why resilience training should be compulsory for all healthcare undergraduates

19.02.19: Guest blogger Shirley O’Keeffe, expert in employee wellness, stress management and resilience with 20 years’ experience working in healthcare, explains why resilience training should be compulsory for all health and social care under...

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

14.02.19: Ahead EvoNorth we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell MBE shares her thoughts on the Northern Powerhouse, what it means to he...

Blog: Alex Heritage explains why he thinks EvoNorth is vital to shaping the future of the Northern Powerhouse

14.02.19: We caught up with Alex Heritage, Chief Executive at the NHS Transformation Unit, ahead of EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019.  Alex, shares how his role as Chief Executive is transforming health, social care and well-being across the region...

North West Ambulance Service: assessing our latest performance review

14.02.19: Michael Forrest, interim chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), discusses how his team has implemented best practice methods to achieve its ‘good’ CQC rating awarded last year.  I am delighted with our...

Blog: Dr Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance

13.02.19: With EvoNorth just around the corner, we caught up with Dr Hakim Yadi, CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance, to find out why he is attending EvoNorth 27-28 Feb. What does your role as CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance&...

Curiosity: an underappreciated quality of leadership

12.02.19: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ returns to write for NHE for his blog series on effective leadership. What if…? Why don’...

Healthwatch: Long-term plan is just the start

06.02.19: National director of Healthwatch England, Imelda Redmond CBE, looks ahead to the future of the health service as the long-term plan takes effect, and outlines what her organisation has done, and is doing, to engage local health workers and patie...

How are we protecting the nation’s sexual health?

05.02.19: Most people become sexually active between the ages of 16 and 24. Without the right advice and measures to ensure good sexual health and wellbeing, this can lead to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, writes Professor Gil...

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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18/03/2019Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan, released earlier this year, highlights how the prevention of avoidable health problems linked to sm... more >
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A Critical Moment for the NHS

07/03/2019A Critical Moment for the NHS

As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation ... more >
Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

06/03/2019Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it... more >
Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

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Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >

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