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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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Why face-to-face support is still crucial for prevention and treatment

11.12.19: Zaytun Ratansi, health facilitator at Living Well Taking Control With the rise of large digital players in the healthcare system, the way patients are receiving treatment is ever-changing. For example, Amazon Alexa speakers are no...

Staff health and wellbeing is the key to ‘Our Health Heroes’ delivering great patient care

05.12.19: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discusses last week’s Our Health Heroes Awards. We find unsung heroes in all walks of life. Ind...

Caregivers are looking for meaningful work

03.12.19: Ergotron EMEA discusses how they can support organisations to make caregivers’ work meaningful and promote better wellbeing. Caregivers always focus on sharing their dedication to their patients. However, this choice is unfortunately...

What can you do for the citizen?

03.12.19: Every day you and your teams play a vital role in delivering transformational public services to millions of citizens. These public services help save lives, provide care for vulnerable children, put roofs over millions of heads and that’s...

Why we can’t afford to overlook NHS volunteering in this General Election

26.11.19: Mark Lever, chief executive, Helpforce   If you put Brexit to one side it is quite clear that the NHS has been the most hotly debated topic during the build up to the General Election on 12 December. Each party is highlighting the pre...

Providers are delivering – and here’s how

09.10.19: It has been a challenging few years for healthcare providers, yet they have continued to deliver high quality care despite the conditions. Adam Brimelow, director of communications at NHS Providers, outlines just how providers are mana...

NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08.10.19: Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex an...

Working together to provide the best care and support within maternity and neonatal care

26.09.19: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care, introduces the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) latest impact report on maternity and neonatal care. During 2017/18, ther...

NEDs are part and parcel of the decision making process

25.09.19: John Coutts, policy advisor for governance at NHS Providers, explains the role of non-executive directors (NEDs) and the impact they can make in the NHS decision-making process. Non-executive directors (NEDs) have been part and parcel of th...

An ageing population means hand care and injury prevention is more important than ever

23.08.19: Grey Giddins, member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, discusses how hand care and injury prevention have become increasingly important given the UK’s ageing population   It’s no secret that the UK’s ag...

Urology nurses are leading the way in adoption of prostate cancer biopsy technique

11.07.19: Jonah Rusere, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for South East London Accountable Cancer Network, outlines an opportunity for urology nurses to make a difference to prostate cancer pathways. What is TRexit and why is it great news for prostat...

Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

28.05.19: Chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin Barkley, writes for NHE to guide us through his trust’s improvement journey. It’s arguably a hackneyed phrase in the NHS, but Mid Yorkshire really has been on a si...

The Oldham Model

28.05.19: Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, accountable officer of NHS Oldham CCG and chief executive of Oldham Council, provides an overview of the health and social care integration work taking place in the borough. Under the Oldham Cares banner our alliance...

How are we improving outcomes for those affected by stroke?

28.05.19: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), provides her view on the newly published NICE impact report on stroke. Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our ti...

The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22.05.19: Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity fo...

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Robotic lung surgery reaches 150 procedure milestone

12/12/2019Robotic lung surgery reaches 150 procedure milestone

More than 150 robotic lung surgery operations have been carried out by specialists at NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital. The dedicated th... more >
New Centre for Advanced Measurement Research and Health Translation opened

11/12/2019New Centre for Advanced Measurement Research and Health Translation opened

The University of Strathclyde has today (Dec 11) announced the opening of a new centre of excellence in Glasgow, supporting innovation in the med... more >
RSPH responds to research on activity equivalent calorie labelling

11/12/2019RSPH responds to research on activity equivalent calorie labelling

The University of Loughborough published research findings yesterday (Dec 10) showing that labelling foods with the amount of physical activity n... 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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Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us through your career in healthcare? My parents both worked in the NHS on the frontline. My mum was a GP, and my dad was a nephrologist in inner city L... more > more last word articles >

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Why face-to-face support is still crucial for prevention and treatment

11/12/2019Why face-to-face support is still crucial for prevention and treatment

Zaytun Ratansi, health facilitator at Living Well Taking Control With the rise of large digital players in the healthcare system, the way patients are receiving treatment is ever-changing. For example, Amazon Alexa speakers are now considered a viable medium to offer patients healthcare advice. Whilst we welcome this digital tra... more >
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NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >

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Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

07/12/2019Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

Mike Farrar Chairperson of Swim England Would you talk us through your previous roles within the NHS? I’ve held a number of ... more >
Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... 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 >