Transforming community care

23.02.17: Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office services including IM&T to local government and health organisations across Northamptonshire, Ca...

Maximising the value of public engagement

20.02.17: Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely to help NHS and social care leaders make the right decisions the first time. At Healthwatch we b...

Time to value ambulance staff

20.02.17: Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving the NHS and show them they really are valued as part of the health team. No one wants to be in a...

Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20.02.17: Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. At NHSBT mobile technology is making a major difference to the way we work – whether that is i...

Time to act in the fight against AMR

20.02.17: Katherine Murphy, chief executive at the Patients Association, calls on the government and the healthcare community to work together to combat the growing economic and human costs of inadequate infection control and the crisis of antimicrobial r...

Strengthening STPs Through better engagement

16.02.17: Sarah Hutchinson, policy advisor at National Voices, on the need for sustainability and transformation plan (STP) leads to ramp up engagement as they develop their plans. It has been just over a year since STPs were announced, and they have...

Very real risks to resilience

16.02.17: Analysis has revealed that some areas of care are being sustained or even improved despite intense pressures, but Robert Reed, research analyst at the Nuffield Trust, explains that the NHS in England is facing serious challenges in maintaining s...

Driving savings in procurement

16.02.17: Jennie Brice-Boutard writing on behalf of NHS Supply Chain explains how strong clinical engagement, dedicated resource and a close procurement partnership helped Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT deliver over £600,000 savings. With inc...

Building better participation: patients as partners in healthcare

13.02.17: Since April 2016, it is a contractual obligation for all GP practices in England to have a patient participation group (PPG). Dr Patricia Wilkie, president and chairman of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), discusses...

Outsourcing will not be the panacea for the NHS funding crisis

13.02.17: Vivek Kotecha from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) considers the argument for and against greater outsourcing in the NHS. In England, a recent addition to the list of Christmas traditions (mulled wine, Christmas pudding...

The NHS estates challenge

08.02.17: Paul Fenton, national chairman of the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association (HefmA), explains why collaboration will be the single most important factor in achieving the objectives within the Carter programme and the sustainabilit...

Is it time to rethink testing for inherited cardiac conditions?

08.02.17: Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), discusses the need to support cascade testing for inherited cardiovascular conditions. Inherited cardiovascular conditions (ICCs) are a group of genetic diso...

How much can STPs improve NHS finances in 2017?

08.02.17: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), discusses sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and NHS finance in 2017. A New Year brings new hopes and expectations, yet as we enter 201...

Swimming together or sinking alone

08.02.17: Jill DeBene, chief executive at the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), reflects on the challenges to ensure successful place-based care, centred on the patient and built by everyone involved trusting each other and collaborating to make i...

Taking the lead on data security

08.02.17: NHS Digital’s head of security, Dan Taylor, discusses the importance of data security being on the leadership agenda. There’s no doubt that cyber security has gained prominence over the last couple of years. In health its promin...

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-ordination across a whole NHS care pathway in order to avoid similar tragedies. Averil wanted t... more >
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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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A collaborative approach to tackling agency

20/02/2017A collaborative approach to tackling agency

Jim Forsyth and Jane Goodall from Hertfordshi... more >
Unleashing the benefits of patient feedback

16/02/2017Unleashing the benefits of patient feedback

NHE’s Luana Salles looks back at what t... more >