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We need to talk about governance

17.07.18: Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, discusses the importance of board governance and accountability as we move towards local systems to deliver integrated patient care. Carillion, Enron, Arthur Anderson, Lehman Brothers…...

An enormous opportunity to reconnect with staff awaits the new health secretary

12.07.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resources Management,’ published by Oxford University Press, outlines three quick wins that are at the disposal of the new secre...

The importance of employee recognition and reward in healthcare (and how to practice it effectively)

11.07.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE   The healthcare sector is facing a crisis as it struggles to keep hold of its employees in the UK. Earlier this year, it was reported that a total of 33,000 nurses (equivalent to 1 in 10) left the NHS in 2017....

The NHS needs vital volunteer support to see it through the next 70 years

06.07.18: Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of HelpForce, argues the case for NHS volunteers and the vital role they can play in the next 70 years of the NHS. It is exhausting keeping track of the challenges faced by the NHS. Imagine what...

Happy birthday, NHS

04.07.18: The National Health Service is turning 70 tomorrow. To celebrate, Dr Michael Devlin, head of professional standards and liaison at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), looks back at some of the significant medical advances made during that time, as...

Can your network help transform your healthcare services?

25.06.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Danny Longbottom, director of local government & health, BT Business & Public Sector, says that embedding the right kind of tech will help healthcare staff deliver the best possible patient care – and Intel...

The impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

06.06.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director Health and Social Care at NICE, looks into what can be done to decrease cardiovascular disease nationally and how to prevent missed opportunities in the future. Cardiovascular dise...

The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29.05.18: Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) reflect on how lessons learnt by members from ac...

Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18.05.18: As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “...

Nurses are great, aren’t they?

11.05.18: Sacha Rowlands, a former NHS nurse turned NHE journalist, invites everyone to celebrate the invaluable contribution nurses make to the health service as part of tomorrow’s International Nurses’ Day. Seriously, where would we be with...

The impact of NICE guidance on child birth

11.05.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care for NICE, talks us through the impact of their work and guidance on pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of a child’s life. Having a baby can be one...

The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

11.05.18: Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE readers an exclusive preview of what to expect at this year’s edition of Confed18 – where high-profile speakers and deep-dive workshops and seminars will ensure d...

Tackling pyjama paralysis to prevent infection

30.04.18: Pat Cattini, Vice-President of the Infection Prevention Society, discusses the importance and advantages of getting patients out of bed, dressed and moving about.  There are widespread benefits to getting patients dressed up and moving...

NHS leaders have a duty to unlock the potential of volunteers

26.04.18: Dr Stephen Dunn, chief executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, discusses the vital role volunteers have played in West Suffolk and how they are an untapped recourse of potential for the NHS. Volunteers play a valuable role in our co...

NHS long-term funding: what’s in store?

10.04.18: Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, discusses Theresa May’s recent announcements on long-term NHS funding and considers the options available. The prime minister’s appearance in front...

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Third of NHS trusts have at least one vacant director role due to ‘near-toxic’ pressures

18/07/2018Third of NHS trusts have at least one vacant director role due to ‘near-toxic’ pressures

Just over one-third of trusts have at least one vacant executive director role due to “near-toxic” pressures facing NHS providers, st... more >
Two ‘outstanding’ foundation trusts sign landmark deal with Chinese real estate firm

17/07/2018Two ‘outstanding’ foundation trusts sign landmark deal with Chinese real estate firm

A partnership between two major UK foundation trusts and a Chinese real estate firm has been officially signed, paving the way for joined-up heal... more >
CQC: NHS trust still ‘requires improvement’ three years after last inspection

17/07/2018CQC: NHS trust still ‘requires improvement’ three years after last inspection

An NHS trust that runs hospitals in North and East Hertfordshire has been told by the CQC that its services, overall, require improvement. E... 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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We need to talk about governance

17/07/2018We need to talk about governance

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, discusses the importance of board governance and accountability as we move towards local systems to deliver integrated patient care. Carillion, Enron, Arthur Anderson, Lehman Brothers… organisational failures that demonstrate the importance of board governance. Though not always a gl... more >
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We need to talk about governance

17/07/2018We need to talk about governance

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, discusses the importance of board governance and accountability as we move towards local systems ... more >
The NHS needs vital volunteer support to see it through the next 70 years

06/07/2018The NHS needs vital volunteer support to see it through the next 70 years

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of HelpForce, argues the case for NHS volunteers and the vital role they can play in the next 70 yea... more >
NHS at 70: It’s time to invest in our support staff

05/07/2018NHS at 70: It’s time to invest in our support staff

Dean Royles, director and strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resources Management,... more >
Transforming the NHS procurement landscape

04/07/2018Transforming the NHS procurement landscape

Gerard McGeary, director of strategy & corporate communications at Supply Chain Coordination Ltd, a body set up by the Department of Health a... 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 >