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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

19.10.17: A Private Members’ Bill which would increase sentences for people found guilty of assaults on emergency workers will be discussed on Friday. The bill – proposed by Labour MP Chris Bryant – would double the maximum punishme...

Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18.10.17: With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but hav...

RCGP launches overseas doctors guide to entice foreign practitioners

18.10.17: The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a guide for foreign doctors coming to Britain. The document – launched in conjunction with the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and with the General Me...

Root causes of ED staffing crisis must be addressed, says BMA

13.10.17: The BMA has warned that NHS England’s plan to ease winter pressures will not be enough. As part of the winter contingency plan developed by NHS Improvement, NHS England, Health Education England and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine...

‘Golden hello’ expansion will not solve GP crisis, warns BMA

12.10.17: Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to expand the ‘golden hello’ scheme in an attempt to recruit more GPs to rural areas. Through the scheme, last year over 100 trainee GPs received a one-off payment of £20,000...

Nursing numbers drop by more than 1,000 in one year

12.10.17: Nursing and health visitor numbers have fallen on a year-on-year basis for the first time since April 2013, according to a report by the King’s Fund. The analysis shows that the NHS had fewer nurses and health visitors in April this year...

Add GPs to shortage occupation list, urges RCGP

12.10.17: Barriers must be broken down to allow overseas GPs to work in the UK, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced. The RCGP chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, has written to home secretary, Amber Rudd, calling for urgent...

Hunt confirms scrapping of NHS pay cap

11.10.17: Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the seven-year cap on NHS staff wages will come to an end next year. The health secretary said yesterday he had been given “leeway” to scrap the policy by chancellor Phillip Hammond but was unable...

Former local government leader appointed as NHS England director

09.10.17: A former local government leader has been appointed NHS England’s new national learning disability director. Ray James, the former national president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and long-standing e...

New workforce app will ‘bring gig economy to the NHS’

03.10.17: A union has today warned that a new app being brought to the NHS could risk bringing the so-called 'gig economy' to the health service. Alongside a number of other new measures to address the many challenges faced by the NHS, Jeremy Hunt to...

Hunt announces raft of changes to plug shrinking workforce

03.10.17: Jeremy Hunt has today announced a raft of measure to make the NHS “a more attractive place to work” and prepare its workforce for the potential damage Brexit could cause. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchest...

Nurses ‘sob’ over care standards as many consider leaving altogether

29.09.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for urgent new legislation to tackle the staffing crisis in the NHS by guaranteeing safe and effective workforce practices. The calls come as part of a major report, published today, which surve...

MDU: £10m indemnity scheme boost welcome, but long-term fix needed

29.09.17: The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has welcomed NHS England’s commitment to strengthen out-of-hours (OOH) GP services during the upcoming winter period by making £10m available for indemnity costs for the third year running. Accord...

Workforce crisis deepens as 10,000 EU staff leave NHS post-Brexit

25.09.17: There were over 80,000 unfilled vacancies within the NHS between January and March 2017, with almost 10,000 EU workers leaving the health service following the Brexit referendum result. Figures released by the government in April revealed t...

Ear infections should not be treated with antibiotics, doctors advised

22.09.17: Common ear infections should no longer be treated using antibiotics, NICE has this week recommended. Publishing new draft guidance into the treatment of ear infections, NICE set out new ways that NHS professionals should treat common ear in...

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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

19/10/2017MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

A Private Members’ Bill which would increase sentences for people found guilty of assaults on emergency workers will be discussed on Friday... more >
DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

19/10/2017DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Pl... more >
Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

19/10/2017Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

The government must urgently put more funds into hospitals in the Autumn Budget, a new study has suggested. The Autumn 2017 Performance Trac... 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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >

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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but having a brilliant member of staff look after can make a huge difference to a quick recovery. For ... more >
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Make doing the right thing easy

11/10/2017Make doing the right thing easy

Kay Currie, professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, ‘Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention’ (SHIP) researc... more >
STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

11/10/2017STAR: an innovative app for speech therapy

Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

11/10/2017The value of health creation

Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... more >

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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 >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >

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