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On your bike!

17.10.18: Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we ar...

The right culture is key to antimicrobial stewardship

11.10.18: Prof. Dilip Nathwani is a speaker at the Infection Prevention Society’s Infection Prevention Conference 2018, consultant in infectious diseases and honorary professor of infection at the University of Dundee, and past president of the...

Supporting GPs through community pharmacies

10.10.18: James Roach, director of the Integrated Care Partnership in West Essex, reveals that fully deployed community pharmacy models could release 18 million GP appointments per year. Working with the National Pharmacy Association, an innovative G...

CYP mental health: Is it acceptable?

03.10.18: Dr Phil Moore, deputy chair (clinical) at NHS Kingston CCG and chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners’ Mental Health Commissioners Network, makes the case for a long-term commitment to children and young people’s (CYP’s) mental he...

Tackling health inequalities through CVD prevention

26.09.18: Tackling preventable cardiovascular disease and ill-health is one of the most important things we can do to tackle health inequalities and protect our health and social care system, argues Professor Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascul...

Prof Ted Baker: A whole-system approach

26.09.18: CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, discusses the importance of a whole-system approach to managing the capacity problem as demand for health and social care continues to rise. Every year, we are seeing more and m...

How are we faring in the fight against diabetes?

24.09.18: Almost 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 12.3 million are at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Without the very best care, support and treatment, this fast growing health crisis is set to affec...

Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19.09.18: Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. Here, he highlights the importance of innovation in the NHS, and the ex...

Is a clinical research role the change you’re looking for?

17.09.18: Is a clinical research role the change you’re looking for? A new campaign offers nurses the chance to get involved in research and keep on making a difference. Susan Hamer, director of nursing at the National Institute for H...

Our unsung NHS heroes

12.09.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management’ published by Oxford University Press, writes for NHE to discuss the too often ignored hard work and compass...

Make more of your digital transformation with Intelligent Connectivity

10.09.18: Danny Longbottom, director of local government and health at BT Helping the UK stay healthy on a shrinking budget. It’s the major challenge facing health and social care organisations. Managers are looking for a way to cut costs, be m...

Digging deep: the impact volunteers are having in hospitals

23.08.18: Jullie Tran Graham, trust engagement lead at HelpForce, dives deep into the more meaningful data surrounding the positive impact volunteers are having on our hospitals. In the voluntary sector we put a lot of emphasis on the effort we&rsquo...

The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10.08.18: Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and so...

Don’t just consult on an NHS 10-year plan – co-create it

03.08.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management’ published by Oxford University Press, makes the case for radical collaboration to plan for the future of th...

Care and compassion when it matters the most

03.08.18: Kirstie Stott, managing director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, writes for NHE to ask: how do we shift to seeing our senior leaders as also needing care and compassion when it matters the most? The recent report from The Kings Fund, &lsq...

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One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19/10/2018One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. ... more >
Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... more >
Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

18/10/2018Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

New plans for a “world-class” children’s hospital site and a second state-of-the-art adult hospital building have been revealed... 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 e... 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 beyond doubt or dispute, other than in government, that the NHS is inadequately funded. Even the secretary of state has argued that it will need more mon... more > more last word articles >

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On your bike!

17/10/2018On your bike!

Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we are committed to becoming a greener organisation and reducing the environmental impact of delivering p... more >
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Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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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 >