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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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NHS at 72: Managing mental health services going forward

03.07.20: Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the amazing achievements of our health system over the past few months. But as we recognise the best of the NHS and its response to th...

AAC, PHPs & Me: Could the life sciences sector benefit the NHS?

30.06.20: Matt Roberts, NHE Editorial Lead Yes, would be the simple answer. There are significant skills and expertise within the sector which the NHS could tap into; that much has been a largely agreed upon fact for some time. The ability to further...

The mental health victims of the pandemic – the role of intervention

22.06.20: Parminder Sandhu, Mental Health Services Manager for Health Exchange As the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic continues, there is increased awareness that the virus is causing problems far beyond physical illness. So, what are some of...

NICE recommendations to improve the lives of children, young people

16.06.20: Judith Richardson, Acting Director for Health and Social Care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), discusses her views on the latest NICE impact report on children’s and young people’s healthcare. Chi...

Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

12.06.20: Evolution is crucial in any business and National Health Executive is no different. Long before Covid-19 even became a thought in the back of our minds, the team at NHE were looking at innovative ways to deliver its content to our audience in a...

Sonia Patel: Moving the dial towards digital transformation

08.06.20: An interview with Sonia Patel, NHSX’s new Chief Information Officer “It just shows, with the right conditions and a shared goal, what we can achieve as the NHS.” Sonia Patel is talking about 'NHS Book a virtual visit'...

Pre-diabetes: a hidden healthcare problem

26.05.20: Dr Russell Muirhead, Clinical Director of Living Well, Taking Control A third of adults in England have pre-diabetes, according to research published in The BMJ. The study also found that, over eight years, the number of people diagnosed with...

Why an online healthcare masters is key to career progression

21.05.20: The University of Glasgow offers a whole host of healthcare online degrees designed to promote your skills and progress your career. Join us and make your mark today. Against a backdrop of increasingly aging populations and advancing medica...

Empowering GPs during the tough times of Covid-19

19.05.20: Dr Owain Hughes, founder of Cinapsis, discusses how the Covid-19 crisis highlights the referral burden placed on GPs. The onus of deciding who should be referred for hospital or specialist care has weighed heavy on the shoulders of GPs for...

Building patient confidence in accessing non-Covid-19 treatments

18.05.20: With the NHS entering the second phase of its Covid-19 response, it faces a new challenge: patient concerns around infection risk possibly preventing them from attending outpatient services. How can NHS Trusts communicate confidence in its infec...

How healthcare services are pivoting during the pandemic

13.05.20: Stuart Brown, service manager of Living Well, Taking Control Pressure on the NHS has been mounting for many years. By the end of 2019, it was reported that 4.6 million people were waiting for hospital treatment and 1.4 million people had un...

Payroll: It’s back office, not back of mind

11.05.20: Steve Whiting who leads the Health Sector at Cantium Business Solutions discusses the challenges faced around payroll in the healthcare sector and how outsourcing a payroll provider is the answer. To the casual eye, the fundamentals of payr...

'No one part of the system can do this alone': Addressing health inequalities in light of Covid-19

28.04.20: British Red Cross Executive Director of UK Operations Norman McKinley discusses how the organisation is supporting the most vulnerable in response to coronavirus and asks: What will be done to address health inequalities that lead people to beco...

Covid-19: Protecting Staff, Protecting Patients

16.04.20: Words by Ben Kanter, MD, FCCP, Chief Medical Information Officer, Vocera Clinicians and nurses contend with infectious diseases every day. The Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting this stressful aspect of care, partly because it is highly cont...

Why social prescribing is the future of healthcare

01.04.20: Jennifer Jones-Rigby, COO at Health Exchange, a social enterprise seeking to shape the design and development of health and wellbeing services in a way that will enable everyone to have the capacity and confidence to choose positi...

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New £8.4m study launched into long-term impacts of Covid-19

07/07/2020New £8.4m study launched into long-term impacts of Covid-19

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have launched a major new research study into the long-te... more >
NHS Providers publish guide into NHS digital leadership

07/07/2020NHS Providers publish guide into NHS digital leadership

As part of efforts to help trust leaders build on the momentum achieved during the coronavirus pandemic and support NHS board lead their organisa... more >
Office of Health Economics urges supercharged R&D investment

07/07/2020Office of Health Economics urges supercharged R&D investment

A new report by the Office for Health Economics (OHE) has warned that without immediate action from the Government to “supercharge” p... more >

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26/06/2020Adapting and Innovating

Matt Roberts, National Health Executive Editorial Lead. NHE May/June 2020 Edition We’ve been through so much as a health sector and a society in recent months with coronavirus and nothing can take away from the loss and difficulties that we’ve faced but it vital we also don’t disregard the amazing efforts we’v... 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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NHS at 72: Managing mental health services going forward

03/07/2020NHS at 72: Managing mental health services going forward

Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the amazing achievements of our health system over the past few months. But as we recognise the best of the NHS and its response to the Covid-19 crisis we must not forget that for mental health the peak has yet to come. Covid-19 ... 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 >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

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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 >
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 >