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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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Too much emphasis on leadership development… and not enough

24.02.20: Words by Dean Royles and Kevan Taylor, who continue their regular contribution to NHE’s blog content. Kevan and Dean work in organisations and systems providing strategic support, advice and development. Every time the NHS goes throug...

Unappreciated Qualities of Leadership: Hope

17.02.20: Independent consultant and strategic advisor Dean Royles continues his series on The Unappreciated Qualities of Leadership. You can find links to his previous pieces here.   Those that follow me on Twitter and Instagram will know...

The rapid expansion of primary care. Is it a left shift or left drift?

10.02.20: Dean Royles and Kevan Taylor offer their expertise on providing strategic support, advice and development, as they build on previous thoughts around recent primary care changes. The proposed rapid expansion of primary care is very welcome a...

Enhancing system leadership: The key role of non-executive directors

24.01.20: Words by Kevan Taylor and Dean Royles. Kevan and Dean offer their expertise to organisations and systems by providing strategic support, advice and development. The run up to the general election provided much speculation and many prom...

Transforming services: We need a left shift not a left drift

16.01.20: Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discusses the need to move the treatment of patients from primary to secondary care and how the NHS People...

NICE impact report says better public awareness of lung cancer could save countless lives

13.01.20: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and health and social care director for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), discusses the latest impact report on lung cancer care. Lung cancer is the leading cause of...

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...

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NHS Digital annual report shows increase in adult social care workforce

27/02/2020NHS Digital annual report shows increase in adult social care workforce

An additional 1,000 adult social services roles were filled in local authorities across England, according to the latest NHS Digital annual repor... more >
NICE recommends new treatment for follicular lymphoma

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published final draft guidance approving a new treatment option for patien... more >
First UK clinical trial to identify, assess and treat hepatitis C patients found to be effective

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A University of Bristol-led clinical trial to increase the identification and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) patients in primary care has found t... 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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Too much emphasis on leadership development… and not enough

24/02/2020Too much emphasis on leadership development… and not enough

Words by Dean Royles and Kevan Taylor, who continue their regular contribution to NHE’s blog content. Kevan and Dean work in organisations and systems providing strategic support, advice and development. Every time the NHS goes through one of its many, many structural reorganisations, there is a renewed emphasis on the importance of... 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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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 >