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The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12.12.18: Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds o...

The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

05.12.18: 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:...

New framework addresses the importance of digital transformation for the public sector

04.12.18: Ryan Reed, head of public sector sales at Swiss Post Solution (SPS), reveals the new ESPO 390 framework, which can help address the need for digital transformation across the NHS.  The administrative and financial burden...

We’ll pay in the years to come if we fail to improve circulatory health today

30.11.18: The upcoming NHS long-term plan will provide a once-in-a-decade opportunity to improve our approach to heart and circulatory health – but only if we act now, writes Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). ...

Prof Sir Malcolm Grant: Globally exporting the NHS

28.11.18: The NHS must export its services and expertise to protect its lead as the global healthcare market explodes, argues Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, outgoing chair of NHS England. We’re at a turning point in history as global healthca...

Turning the tide on antimicrobial resistance

28.11.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, provides her view of the institute’s newly published impact report on antimicrobial resistance. Around 700,000 deaths occur every year worl...

More men please!

14.11.18: Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board rep...

The need for cyber resilience in healthcare

12.11.18: Dirk Schrader, VP security at Greenbone Networks and certified information security manager, discusses the need for sustainable cyber resilience and how healthcare organisations can achieve such a state for their own information processes and da...

The impact of digital technology on mental health

09.11.18: Jack Roberts, content marketing specialist, shares some best practice from down under regarding digital technology and mental health services. The impact of mental health is rapidly increasing, with data showing that nearly one in five adul...

Transforming the workforce: What if…?

06.11.18: Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, looks ahead to the impending transformation of the NHS’s workforce, and looks at how we can futureproof it.   It seems a while now since NHS organisations were requir...

Why Mental Health Week is every week

31.10.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management’ published by Oxford University Press, argues that organisational culture can be one of the most significant...

Let’s speed up the transformation of NHS services

24.10.18: Keiron Salt, CIO Health at BT, makes the case for a more rapid digital transformation of the NHS. The NHS is arguably the UK’s greatest asset, but it’s facing major challenges. Patients are constantly demanding more of the servi...

A goal without a plan is just a wish

22.10.18: CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) latest findings. The UK Government has committed to the...

Truly transformational leadership is about incremental change

22.10.18: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ argues that truly transformational leaders must posses a certain quality: patience.   They say t...

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...

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Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

12/12/2018Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

Two NHS trusts spent more than a third of the year under extreme pressure and on the highest level of alert. An investigation by the BBC fou... more >
Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

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The financially troubled West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Christen Allen as its newest chief executive – marking its fi... more >
Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

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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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The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12/12/2018The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds of hours to staff so they can spend more time helping patients. The trust, which includes Colche... more >
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Creating a volunteer 'passport'

12/12/2018Creating a volunteer 'passport'

By utilising the health service’s volunteers, we can deliver better care for everyone, argues Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical project lead at Hel... more >
Right people, right place, right now

12/12/2018Right people, right place, right now

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, raises concerns around the mental health workforce and shares some best practice from ... more >
Breaking down barriers to integration

12/12/2018Breaking down barriers to integration

Anne Marie Morris, member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and MP for Newton Abbott, outlines the committee’s recent report on the ba... more >
An attack on them is an attack on us all

12/12/2018An attack on them is an attack on us all

Chris Bryant MP discusses the new law he championed that came into effect in September, which doubles jail time for anyone who assaults emergency... 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 >