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Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey and the Newcastle Regional Sleep Team from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been confirmed as winners i..more

09
Nov

As the industry awaits the Government’s response to the Hackitt Review (which was due at the end of October) the Fire Protection Association is offering HEFMA members 10% discount off the price to ..more

09
Nov

HEFMA’s Leadership & Development programme, which focuses on the development of Estates & Facilities professionals, is being held up by lack of data.    This programme will make a posit..more

07
Nov

NHS Improvement says Trusts across England saved £288 million in the last financial year by securing the best deals for commonly bought items, such as syringes, disposable gloves, loo roll and shoe ..more

06
Nov

The Evening Standard claims that a number of hospitals in London are preparing to pay for new visas for thousands of EU staff to keep them in London after Brexit.    The newspaper reports that Un..more

06
Nov

Specialist union for health and care, Managers in Partnership (MiP), reports that talks have begun between employers and NHS unions in England on a new pay progression system for staff who join the N..more

06
Nov

Ipswich Hospital, part of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust, has become the first in England to use artificial intelligence (AI) robots as secretaries. The hospital has employed three virtual wo..more

05
Nov

The Director of Estates and Facilities at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), Dr Kirsty Edmondson-Jones, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). ..more

30
Oct

Delivering his autumn 2018 budget in Parliament yesterday, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, described his plans as a “Budget for Britain’s future” and reiterated his claim of last week that the ..more

29
Oct

Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management at Warwick Business School, outlines four actions that could make a positive impact on the way the NHS deals with the problems of long-term health condit..more

25
Oct

A record number of healthcare workers and employers who are going the extra mile have been shortlisted at the third annual Our Health Heroes awards.    Organised by Skills for Health, National Sk..more

24
Oct

NHS England has confirmed a new trial of the online portal DrDoctor is scheduled to be in place across 11 new sites by March 2019. The tool, which could save the NHS as much as £20m, will enable pat..more

24
Oct

Bullying and harassment in the NHS in England could be costing the organisation over £2 billion per year, according to new research published in Public Money & Management.   The first compreh..more

23
Oct

NHS Improvement has announced plans to work more closely with Health Education England to ensure the national workforce system is well aligned. The focus is to shift from regulation to improvement. A..more

23
Oct

At Healthcare Estates, Fiona Daly, NHS Improvement Lead for Sustainability and Workforce, shared some initial insights from the recent data collection that will lead into a national strategy for the ..more

22
Oct

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an internationally recognised coveted standard in information security following a rigorous assessment of its IT systems earlier this month.   ..more

22
Oct

UNISON says that extortionate parking charges and fines for health staff, patients and visitors must stop. The union has published a survey that reveals healthcare staff are wasting valuable time sea..more

19
Oct

15% of NHS Trusts with a PFI could terminate the contract due to poor performance, a new report published by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) claims.    In addition, excess in..more

18
Oct

NHS Digital has published the 2017/18 ERIC data. Total running costs, energy consumption and backlog maintenance have all gone up, although NHS Digital highlights that a number of data fields are mar..more

18
Oct

NHS Improvement has launched its consultation on wholly owned subsidiaries. The consultation outlines proposals for a new framework that changes the way subsidiaries are reported to and approved by N..more

18
Oct

All NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are invited to bid for a share of the £46m energy funding announced last week by NHS Improvement to accelerate the adoption of light emitting diode (LED) lightin..more

17
Oct

The capital’s complex and cluttered health and care system is hampering plans to improve Londoners’ health, according to a new independent report from The King’s Fund.   The report, ‘Susta..more

16
Oct

In a statement to launch its second Annual Review, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Ciaran Martin, has warned business leaders that he has little doubt that the UK will at some point..more

15
Oct

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will award up to £32 million of capital funding to the NHS, universities and research organisations for research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR). ..more

15
Oct

Graham Flynn, Managing Director of Anenta* comments on the current clinical waste crisis facing the NHS.    Recent national media coverage highlighting issues surrounding the disposal of NHS clin..more

12
Oct

The report, ‘State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England’, published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) finds that whilst most people in England receive a good quality of care, this i..more

12
Oct

Addressing delegates at Healthcare Estates this week, Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession, Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division at NHS Improvement set out his core ob..more

08
Oct

The Environment Agency has confirmed that Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which services the NHS and operates six sites across England, has been found in breach of environmental permits. In ..more

08
Oct

The Labour Party claims that new analysis from the House of Commons library reveals the NHS will suffer £2.7bn in new cuts over the course of this Parliamentary term.    The cuts are said to be ..more

05
Oct

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed it will prosecute Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust (SaTH) over an incident involving asbestos.    The BBC and local newspaper Shropsh..more

05
Oct

Bidfood’s campaign to give something back to hospitality workers who work over the festive period is back for another year. Nominations will be invited across four categories, including hospitals, ..more

05
Oct

  ‘Whisk and serve’ a high-protein boost   In 2015 the Sunday Times reported that up to 28% of people admitted to hospital in the UK are malnourished. In 2017 the charity Parkinson’s UK pu..more

02
Oct

NHS Improvement will host a two-hour long Estates and Facilities Surgery, focused on the future of the NHS Estate during the Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition next week in Manchester.   ..more

02
Oct

Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s ‘Ofsted-style’ inspection and rating regime is a significant improvement on the system it replaced, but it could be made more effective, according to research fr..more

01
Oct

Breakthrough technologies to revolutionise UK healthcare are now a step closer to becoming reality following a government competition that challenged businesses and academics to develop innovative id..more

28
Sep

The government has backed the proposal of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to end the private finance initiative (PFI) deal for construction work on the new Royal Liv..more

28
Sep

Lord Carter’s report into unwarranted variations in NHS Ambulance Trusts has been published and identifies potential savings of £500 million that could be made in efficiencies by 2020/21.   ‘..more

28
Sep

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged to put patient safety at the heart of everything the NHS does. It is, he said, “the golden thread” that runs through the three key priorities he has alre..more

25
Sep

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust have announced that they have established a partnership to look at potential efficiencies through projects ..more

24
Sep

Yvonne Coghill, Director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard at NHS England, is promoting careers in the NHS with a visit to a London college. Yvonne attended St Charles Catholic Sixth Form Colle..more

21
Sep

The Labour party has published new research that shows the amount of NHS land under consideration for sale has risen by 31% in the past year to 1,750 hectares.    Over a two year period, the amou..more

20
Sep

Rational has launched a series of live events called ‘Tomorrow’s Kitchen.’  They are designed to show how the latest multifunctional equipment can benefit specific sectors of the industry – ..more

19
Sep

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill has received Royal Assent and will be enforced from November. The Bill aims to provide greater protection for emergency services workers from assault..more

19
Sep

A seven month pilot run by London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in partnership with national volunteering organisation, Royal Voluntary Service has helped cut emergency calls and visits to A&E amon..more

19
Sep

NHS England is calling on the best innovators from across the world to apply to join two schemes that aim to ensure NHS patients benefit from new technology faster.   Two programmes that look to s..more

18
Sep

The shortlist for the inaugural Sustainable Health and Care Awards has been announced. The awards are commissioned by the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) and delivered by NHS Employers.    NHS..more

17
Sep

The latest NHS England performance figures bring no respite for a system under pressure.    Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the heal..more

14
Sep

This year’s British Food Fortnight shines a light on the NHS and the hospitals who continue to buy and serve British, local and seasonal food.  According to the Hospital Caterers Association in ex..more

14
Sep

Millions of staff will be able to give the government their views, as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, launches a new digital platform. ‘TalkHealthandCare’ will gi..more

13
Sep

A new report from the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) shows that local organisations across the health service are saving money by making more efficient use of resources as well as benefiting the ..more

10
Sep

Addressing NHS Expo 2018 last week, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, outlined how he intends to drive digital transformation across the NHS. “It is an immediate prio..more

10
Sep

The government has announced it will give more than £145 million to NHS Trusts across the country ahead of winter to improve emergency care.   The funding from the Department of Health and Social..more

07
Sep

Speaking at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo Conference this week, health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy announced a new code of conduct for artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven t..more

06
Sep

The government has confirmed former health minister Lord David Prior as its preferred candidate to be the next chair of NHS England.   Lord Prior has previous experience in high-level leadership r..more

05
Sep

New research at the University of Brighton has concluded that paper towels are more efficient at drying and cleaning hands. Despite the rising popularity of hand dryers in public restrooms the resear..more

04
Sep

Ten years after the Welsh Government announced the policy, all car parking charges at NHS hospitals in Wales have now been scrapped, since the final contract held by an NHS hospital with a private fi..more

03
Sep

Dale Pittock, Sales Director at pharmacy consumables supplier, Valley Northern explains how pharmacy robots are transforming the pharmacy world.   Reports suggest that nearly 70% per cent of commu..more

31
Aug

NHS Improvement says up to £480m could be released to reinvest into NHS services and improve patient care if Trusts filled temporary vacancies with workers from a ‘staff bank’ instead of using e..more

31
Aug

Gillian Grimes, Facilities Service Desk Coordinator at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust was shortlisted in the Individual Development Award at the 2018 HEFMA annual awards.   Gillian ha..more

28
Aug

Staff at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group are being congratulated for their hard work as the CQC rates Salford Royal as Outstanding, making it the only NHS acute and community Trust to achieve an..more

23
Aug

According to NHS Digital, all acute hospital Trusts across the north of England have successfully switched to receiving 100% of referrals for first outpatient appointments through the NHS e-Referral..more

23
Aug

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) and NHS Improvement have produced a joint guide for NHS organisations on reducing waste while protecting the public’s health, now and for the future.      ..more

22
Aug

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has announced that it will be entering into a 50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture with Health Innovation Partners to support the ..more

22
Aug

Over three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, yet incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance is still a common occurrence.    In light of this, ..more

22
Aug

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) was a finalist in the 2018 HEFMA awards in the new Efficiency & Improvement category for the development and introduction of a new App.    The caterin..more

22
Aug

Our Health Heroes, the national healthcare awards, are returning for the third year and promise to be bigger and better than ever, with new categories added to recognise more staff within the care an..more

16
Aug

NHS Trusts are being reminded to sign up for their free Windows 10 licences by the end of September. In April, the Department for Health and Social Care announced an agreement with Microsoft that wil..more

12
Aug

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock joins the top line-up of leading national speakers at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018, which takes p..more

05
Aug

Organisations in all sectors are currently looking at how they can implement emerging technologies that will increase efficiencies and generally result in an improved service or process. The healthca..more

05
Aug

Among the significant anniversaries being celebrated during 2018 - 25 years for HEFMA, 70 years for the NHS and the Hospital Caterers Association - we need to add 75 years for IHEEM.   The Institu..more

05
Aug

Mark Turner, Head of Portering & Security at Sunderland Royal Hospital with CHoICE, was shortlisted for the Individual Development Award in the 2018 HEFMA National Awards. HEFMA takes a closer lo..more

05
Aug

Static Systems Group is a leading provider of communication solutions for the healthcare sector; incorporating both nurse call and other associated systems.   Static Systems’ highly experienced ..more

02
Aug

NHS Employers has held a careers fair to help members of the Armed Forces community find jobs and training opportunities in the health sector. The event connected close to 100 current and former Arme..more

02
Aug

The recently published Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety makes recommendations for the prescribed use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, to assist in ensuring build..more

01
Aug

More than one in two time-poor healthcare workers are not doing anything to relieve stress outside of work - ironically often due to not having the time - according to new research.    A survey o..more

31
Jul

SRCL, which since December 2017 has been known as Stericycle, has lost its legal case against NHS England.    SRCL, a supplier of waste management services, challenged the outcome of an auction h..more

27
Jul

Levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began, according to figures published this week by Public Health England (PHE).   Analysis of ..more

26
Jul

The Board of Directors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has concluded that a wholly-owned subsidiary company will safeguard valuable and essential services, protect jobs for hundre..more

25
Jul

A recent poll shows UK adults believe dementia is in the top three health areas the NHS should focus on in the next 10 years. The survey commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK shows starkly differ..more

25
Jul

Both the NHS and social care sectors have seen reductions in the volume of delayed transfers of care (DTOC) in the last year.   The latest figures from the Government Statistical Service show ther..more

23
Jul

NHS Improvement has today confirmed the reappointment of Lord Patrick Carter and Lord Ara Darzi as non-executive board members. Four new members have also been announced, with appointments effective ..more

22
Jul

NHS Providers and The King’s Fund have published a report on leadership vacancies in the NHS that, the organisations say, has important findings nationally, regionally and locally.   ‘Leadersh..more

20
Jul

The new Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has delivered his first public speech, setting out his priorities for the NHS since taking over the role from Jeremy Hunt last week.    The..more

19
Jul

Rohit Patni, CEO and co-founder of WeMa Life, discusses why HealthTech has to be the answer.   This winter was a time of crisis for the NHS as it faced recruitment problems, a lack of available be..more

19
Jul

The contract for the first stage of a long-term collaboration between The Rongqiao Group in China, and UK partners Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland County Council, The C..more

18
Jul

The Energy Project at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) was a finalist at the 2018 HEFMA Awards, in two categories: Efficiency & Improvement and Project of the Year.    Whilst the financial a..more

17
Jul

Love British Food has launched its 2018 competition, run in association with Co-op, to find the best community celebration of British food. Hospitals, care homes, schools, community groups, pubs, re..more

15
Jul

The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon. Matt Hancock MP, sets out his ambitions for the NHS and its staff:   Britain can be proud of many institutions we have built thro..more

12
Jul

The Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK's national fire safety organisation, and UL LLC, a global safety science organisation based in the US, have signed a long-term partnership which aims to ..more

10
Jul

The Department of Health and Social Care is launching a £10 million research competition to fund innovations to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.   AMR, which includes bacterial re..more

10
Jul

Following Jeremy Hunt's move to Foreign Secretary in Prime Minister, Theresa May's cabinet re-shuffle yesterday (July 9), Matt Hancock MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social C..more

09
Jul

256 state-of-the-art ambulances are to be funded by a £36.3 million investment from government as part of the long-term plan for the NHS.   New and updated vehicles will be added to ambulance fle..more

08
Jul

On July 5, the new Foodbuy contract became operational. This major contract will see Foodbuy, a leading UK-based procurement organisation, purchase food for over 150 NHS Trusts.   The contract was..more

08
Jul

The facilities team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) was a finalist in the 2018 HEFMA awards in the Team of the Year category.   Led by Head of Facilities, Lis..more

06
Jul

NHS Providers has reaffirmed its support for Trusts using wholly owned subsidiaries (WOS) to provide services, such as Estates and Facilities, saying that Trusts must not be prevented from using them..more

05
Jul

Seventy years ago (July 5, 1948), Aneurin Bevan, the Secretary of State for Health, officially opened the first NHS hospital. Park Hospital - now known as Trafford General Hospital, part of Mancheste..more

04
Jul

Last year Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens challenged hospital Trusts across England to reduce the sale of sugar-filled drinks to 10% or less of those bought on the premises.   Nine o..more

04
Jul

To coincide with its 70th birthday the NHS has launched its biggest recruitment drive ever. Focused initially on nurses the campaign will feature TV and radio advertising, posters and social media. I..more

03
Jul

Whittington Health NHS Trust has announced it is to abandon its procurement for a Strategic Estates Partnership (SEP) following improvements in its financial position.   Ryhurst was confirmed as t..more

02
Jul

The Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed a delay to the opening of its new Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.    The delay follows the advice of contractor, Skansk..more

02
Jul

A new report - 'An NHS Bonus' - by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has examined the pay structure of the NHS and argues the current system is failing both staff and patients.   With approximat..more

29
Jun

NHS Digital has announced it has entered into a three-year strategic partnership with IBM to provide a range of new and improved services to health and care organisations. These services will enhance..more

27
Jun

NHS Improvement has issued a patient safety alert to eliminate use of the imprecise term ‘soft diet’ and assist providers with safe transition to the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation ..more

27
Jun

A RIBA accredited Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminar, ‘Selecting Flat Roofing System to Meet Modern Demands’ has been announced by Sika Sarnafil for those wanting to specify high pe..more

26
Jun

ceda has launched a new catering equipment industry technical document, 'Interface between fire-fighting systems and other systems in commercial kitchens', jointly published by the Fire Industry Asso..more

25
Jun

HEFMA has extended its coaching & mentoring workstream with the confirmation of four Mentoring seminars aimed at Band 7 (or prospective Band 7s) and above.    The seminars are free-to-attend,..more

25
Jun

In its latest report focusing on estates strategy and planning in the NHS, the Nuffield Trust says that a successful estates strategy must revolve around people.     In late 2017 and early 2018, ..more

22
Jun

Regulators should use discretion when considering whether to withhold extra funding from health and care organisations, the NHS Confederation says in a new report.   The report, System under Stra..more

22
Jun

Following the issue of this Patient Safety Alert earlier in the year concerning the design of oxygen cylinders, NHS Improvement and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are ..more

20
Jun

The stiff fine handed out to BUPA Care Homes this week should be a stark reminder to all healthcare organisations of the importance of ensuring adequate water controls and measuring procedures are in..more

20
Jun

TEWV Estates and Facilities Management (TEWV EFM) has stepped in to provide continuity of EFM services at Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust) fo..more

19
Jun

Health Services Journal reports that NHS Property Services has ordered a full review of all of its clinical buildings following the publication of a report into the fire that destroyed Weybridge Comm..more

19
Jun

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a funding increase of 3.4% on average per year for the NHS from 2019/20 to 2023/24.  In a speech delivered yesterday (June 18) at the Roy..more

13
Jun

Wales is set to be the first country in the UK to extend its smoking ban to outdoor areas, with smoke-free areas expected to be in place in hospital grounds, school grounds and playgrounds by summer ..more

13
Jun

The Estates team at Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) was a finalist in the HEFMA Team of the Year Award category this year in recognition of the transition of its Estat..more

13
Jun

Speaking at the opening of Confed18 this morning (June 13), NHS Confederation Chair, Stephen Dorrell said now is the time to move from merely celebrating the idea of the NHS and the achievements of t..more

13
Jun

RFiD Discovery has completed a successful pilot project to test read rates of PervasID’s pioneering Space Ranger 9200 RFID reader at NHS Forth Valley.    The new wide-area UHF passive RFID read..more

11
Jun

NHS Improvement has published a new patient experience improvement framework. Available here, the evidence-based framework is centred around Care Quality Commission key themes to enable board and sen..more

11
Jun

Over a million hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will now benefit from a th..more

08
Jun

Health spending in the UK lags considerably behind European countries such as Germany and France, and needs to rise significantly to catch up, according to the NHS Confederation.    While the UK..more

08
Jun

In an extended blog for members of the Healthcare Financial Managers’ Association (HFMA), Rt Hon Alan Milburn (former Health Secretary in the Blair government), welcomes the promise of a financial ..more

06
Jun

NHS Improvement has issued an Estates and Facilities Alert (‘Reporting of Defects and Failures’).    The alert is a reminder that reporting estates-related incidents affecting the safety of p..more

05
Jun

This is according to Anenta, an independent environmental services contract management partner.   Anenta asserts that up to £35m could be saved, equating to an average of £168,000 per Clinical C..more

04
Jun

NHS Improvement has published its full report into the performance of NHS providers in 2017/18. In a nutshell, it finds that NHS staff and managers have cared for more patients than ever before, but ..more

01
Jun

A report published by the Care Quality Commission - 'Under Pressure: Safely managing increased demand in emergency departments' - sets out practical solutions for managing increased demand in NHS eme..more

31
May

Four more areas have joined the integrated care development programme as NHS England chief, Simon Stevens and head of NHS Improvement, Ian Dalton have called on the NHS to ’supercharge’ integrati..more

30
May

Fiona Daly, Head of Sustainability and the Estates & Facilities (EFM) Workforce at NHS Improvement told delegates at the 2018 HEFMA Forum of plans for a formal workforce programme for the profess..more

29
May

Action on Sugar and Action on Salt have called for all food and drink products sold in the public sector, including hospitals, to meet strict nutritional guidelines.   This is part of a seven-poin..more

25
May

Lord Carter’s long awaited review into unwarranted variations in mental health and community services has been published and claims to find potential savings of nearly £1 billion that could be mad..more

24
May

According to the results of an independent study published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation in association with the NHS Federation, UK spending on healthcare ..more

23
May

NHS Digital has launched the new Data Security and Protection Toolkit, replacing the previous Information Governance Toolkit, to help keep patient information safe. The Data Security and Protection ..more

23
May

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (COCH) and the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) are pleased to announce the release of their latest Framework. CEF Frameworks have already procured o..more

22
May

The final report by Dame Judith Hackitt into the Grenfell Tower disaster has been published and calls for a radical overhaul to the fire safety system, which would represent “integrated systemic ch..more

21
May

NHS Employers has held its seventh week on equality and diversity (May 14-18), concluding with a summit on disability.    Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, (#EQW2018) is a national platf..more

17
May

That is how the report from the Work and Pensions and BEIS Committees describes the collapse of Carillion following the completion of its inquiry. The committees conclude that the government has "lac..more

16
May

A Scottish hospital is using the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and track the whereabouts of its medical beds as part of a new initiative to automate bed maintenance, a traditionally manual proc..more

15
May

A new awards programme for NHS, public health and social care organisations has been announced by the Sustainable Development Unit. The awards are free to enter and are open for entry by any public s..more

14
May

A series of free workshops has been announced for NHS Directors of Finance, Estates and Facilities and Strategic Development to provide guidance on the planning system, property disposals and the gre..more

10
May

Recapping on the successes of 2017/18, Simon Corben, Director and Operational Lead, Estates & Facilities, NHS Improvement, told delegates during his keynote address at HEFMA's 2018 Leadership For..more

09
May

The Health & Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has written to Chief Executives of leading independent healthcare providers telling them urgent action is needed to ensure their standards of safe..more

08
May

A new report, 'Health as a Social Movement: Theory into Practice', commissioned by NHS England as part of the Five-Year Forward View, sets out how policymakers and practitioners can turn ideas for co..more

04
May

Love British Food, the organisation championing home-produced food, is celebrating the increasing number of UK hospitals that are sourcing and serving local British seasonal foods to patients.    ..more

03
May

New research conducted by YouGov for national volunteering organisation, Royal Voluntary Service, has found over one fifth of adults (22%) in Great Britain would consider volunteering to support the ..more

02
May

  In a report commissioned by NHS England, the King's Fund has reviewed the learning from the PACS vanguards (Primary and Acute Care System) with input from individuals from Programme Leads, Primar..more

01
May

The World Health Organisation’s 2018 World Hand Hygiene Day is this Saturday, May 5, and this year’s theme is tackling sepsis.   WHO is calling on health facilities to prevent health care-asso..more

30
Apr

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed a multi-million pound package with Microsoft will ensure all health and care organisations are using the latest Windows 10 software with up-to-d..more

30
Apr

The Labour Party has published figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, to emphasise the extent of the backlog maintenance problem facing the NHS. The FOI asked about high risk mai..more

30
Apr

The ISO technical committee has developed a new standard for the global Facilities Management sector.   ISO 41001, Facility management - Management systems - Requirements with guidance for use, ..more

26
Apr

The number of violent attacks on ambulance workers in the UK increased by 34% between 2012/13 and 2016/17, a major investigation by GMB, the union for ambulance workers, has revealed.   A total of..more

25
Apr

Almost one year after WannaCry took control of the NHS IT infrastructure, Symantec has identified Orangeworm as a new threat to healthcare.    Sara Jost, a former nurse and now the Global Healthc..more

24
Apr

BioTrading is a new online trading platform that aims to make it easier to sell and buy organic resource. Designed to save users time and money, the platform will provide businesses the opportunity t..more

23
Apr

Anti-microbial door hardware solutions have a growing role to play in infection control across healthcare premises. Karen Trigg, Business Development Manager of Allegion UK, discusses the how and the..more

20
Apr

NHS Improvement has selected seven Trusts to take part in its new three-year ‘Lean’ programme which will deliver a lean management system across each organisation. Lean is a method to allow staff..more

19
Apr

‘The Promise of Healthtech’ is a new report analysing the barriers to take-up of new digital technologies in the NHS. Published by PUBLIC and authored by former Health Innovation Minister, Nicola..more

18
Apr

The Public Accounts Committee has published its report into the WannaCry cyber-attack that happened on May 12, 2017 and affected some 80 of England’s 236 NHS Trusts. WannaCry resulted in the cancel..more

17
Apr

Last year in England physical assaults on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published by UNISON and HSJ.   The figures were obtained following a Freedom of..more

17
Apr

Deadly bacteria lurking in drinking water storage tanks could be missed by standard health and safety tests, scientists have warned in a new report, ‘Present-day monitoring underestimates the risk ..more

16
Apr

There’s good and bad news in the latest performance statistics released by NHS England. Some positive progress has been made towards reducing delayed transfers of care from hospital but the situati..more

16
Apr

Last week, (April 12), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) announced the winners of its national awards to more than 300 industry guests during the President's dinner at its annual Leadership and..more

12
Apr

Speaking at the Hospital Caterers Association's (HCA's) National Leadership & Development Forum today (April 12), Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, says it is time to ap..more

09
Apr

The NHS has taken a lead on the battle against sugar with Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens ordering hospitals and suppliers to dramatically cut the sale of sugar-filled fizzy drinks or f..more

09
Apr

In a survey carried out by NHS Providers, NHS Trusts warn that how they are being regulated is not keeping pace with the move towards delivering more integrated care for patients.   Just one in fi..more

06
Apr

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) has published its latest NHS productivity growth report for the period 2014/15 to 2015/16 and finds that overall productivity growth was 0.04%.    Since 2009..more

05
Apr

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published an interim bulletin confirming its intention to continue to investigate the design and safe use of portable oxygen systems following a ..more

04
Apr

According to a survey by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 530 cancer operations were cancelled by hospital Trusts in England between December and February 2018.    The HSJ polled 81 acute Trusts ..more

03
Apr

Responding to growing pressure from MPs across all parties for a “whole system approach to the funding of the NHS, social care and public health,” the Prime Minister, Theresa May told a meeting o..more

02
Apr

Plans for the NHS in the coming year look impossible to deliver despite recent comments from the Prime Minister on long term NHS funding, according to a detailed analysis by NHS Providers.   The r..more

30
Mar

A new data briefing by Marie Curie reports that over 8,000 additional hospital beds across Britain could be needed by 2041 if emergency admissions of people in their last year of life continue at the..more

28
Mar

NHS Digital has announced the local authority and NHS partnerships that have been successful in bidding for a share of £1.4m to help digitise their assessment, discharge and withdrawal (ADW) notices..more

27
Mar

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced that subject to the approval of their respective Boards, they will set in motion some key steps that will bring the working of the two organisations clo..more

26
Mar

Speaking on the ITV programme, Peston on Sunday, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has admitted that a new approach is needed to funding the NHS.   He described the way t..more

23
Mar

In a statement issued last week, Scotland Yard confirmed that tests on the front door of a flat taken from Grenfell Tower had found the door only resisted the fire for approximately 15 minutes. The d..more

21
Mar

As we await the publication of the new Green Paper on social care (before summer 2018), Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has set out the seven key principles that will guid..more

20
Mar

New analysis from Alzheimer’s Research UK shows the UK health system will need to think differently to cope with the unique challenges presented by future dementia treatments. In a report published..more

20
Mar

The latest research from patient journey management expert Qmatic has revealed that a significant majority of NHS Trusts are failing to implement a comprehensive outpatient journey management strate..more

19
Mar

Government, industry, system operators and the engineering profession must act together in a coordinated way to improve cyber safety and ensure that the Internet of Things develops in a secure and tr..more

15
Mar

A research report published by Reform claims that the emergency services can respond more swiftly and accurately to calls if they had access to more information on callers and situations.    ‘T..more

13
Mar

"We need to see urgent steps put in train to ensure sustainable long term funding for health and social care, because the current situation is unsustainable," says Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Execu..more

12
Mar

When the Health and Social Care Act was passed in 2012, the treatment of private patients was expected to become a significant source of income for NHS hospital Trusts. A new report from the Centre ..more

12
Mar

At the end of a busy week of cooking competitions at the industry's prestigious Salon Culinaire during Hotelympia, hospital chef teams stole the show.   Judge, Harry Lomas, confirmed the Hospital ..more

07
Mar

Cyber security specialist, SonicWall, (which protects more than one million networks worldwide), has released the intelligence from its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. The company recorded 9.32 billion mal..more

07
Mar

NHS England has published the latest (2017) NHS Staff Survey, showing that staff feel under pressure but say they are being better supported by their NHS managers. However, the overall picture is no..more

06
Mar

In her 2017 annual report, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies calls on the NHS to extend its duty of care to patients to cover the health impact of its pollution footprint.    The..more

02
Mar

The NHS National Emergency Pressures Panel, chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has formally thanked colleagues across the NHS for their hard work and noted the winter plans are having an impact in..more

01
Mar

The latest NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey has revealed a fall in public satisfaction with the NHS and an increase in public dissatisfaction. The BSA survey has been carr..more

01
Mar

Following the publication of the new, re-validated ERIC data for 2016/17 on February 16, the published data is now available via the Model Hospital portal. Every organisation is able to download or p..more

28
Feb

England’s top A&E doctor has called on health and local government leaders to seize what he calls “the greatest opportunity in 70 years” to remake the NHS and local authority partnership an..more

28
Feb

NHS Digital has outlined the immediate future challenges it needs to tackle in its partnership with techUK.    The partnership between NHS Digital and techUK was established towards the end of 20..more

27
Feb

The NHS Provider sector is heading for a deficit of £931m by the end of 2017/18 as opposed to the planned £496m. Widespread operational issues combined with the fact that the performance of a small..more

26
Feb

Doctors / Surgeons top the list of jobs that are likely to be done by Artificial Intelligence and robots in the not-so-distant future.    The authors* of a new book, ‘Beyond Genuine Stupidity -..more

23
Feb

The government has published its response to the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS Select Committee report of April 2017, which focused on issues relating to the sustainability of the NHS and adult..more

22
Feb

A report published by the Home Affairs Committee has led to increased fears of a staffing crisis for employers as plans for delivering immigration services and border security post Brexit remain uncl..more

21
Feb

 NHS Digital has announced plans for systems that are better integrated to improve communication between NHS staff. The plans will eventually see users being able to log into a range of applications..more

21
Feb

At the recent Joint Study Day held by HEFMA, the HCA and the ahcp in Bristol (February 15), Tricia Down, Head of Sustainable Health & Capital Planning at North Bristol NHS Trust explained how a n..more

20
Feb

Customers are at the heart of our business. We aim to provide them with the best service, support and advice. In keeping with this, Brandon Medical are happy to offer a professional clinical trainer ..more

19
Feb

NHS Digital has published the revalidated ERIC data for 2016/17 following the review and re-submission of estates costs data and associated units demanded in January. The national picture shows a hea..more

19
Feb

A new poll commissioned by independent think tank Reform, has found that 58% of British voters believe that the NHS needs reform more than it needs extra money. Nonetheless, 59% of voters would be wi..more

14
Feb

With the number of people living with dementia estimated to hit one million by 2020, (and exceed two million by 2051), Age UK is warning of an urgent and growing need to provide much better support f..more

14
Feb

The planned Serco acquisition of a portfolio of NHS FM contracts from Carillion is to go ahead, but at a vastly reduced price.    In December, Serco announced it had signed a Business Purchase Ag..more

14
Feb

Connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing is one of the core actions outlined in the government’s new 25-year Environment Plan.   The plan sets out ambitious proposa..more

12
Feb

“Staff worked in a culture of intolerance, disbelief and fear,” is just one damning comment from the independent review into the widespread failings of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH)...more

09
Feb

It has been confirmed that the new £335m Royal Liverpool will undergo a further delay and is now unlikely to open during 2018. The delay is following the collapse of Carillion, which was the contrac..more

09
Feb

ISS has announced a new strategic vision to be one of the true premier leading players in the UK foodservice sector. All current catering operations - including healthcare - are to be combined to cre..more

08
Feb

Figures released today (February 8) confirm the growing pressure on Accident & Emergency departments across England. The statistics from NHS England reveal that as patient numbers presenting at A..more

07
Feb

By April 2019, all NHS Trusts will have undergone a new style CQC inspection.  This new inspection activity started in June 2017 and is gathering pace. The new style inspection reports are starting ..more

06
Feb

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540m available over the coming financial year for the support of frontline NHS services, including mental health and primary care..more

05
Feb

The move towards system working through STPs and the voluntary roll-out of Integrated Care Systems will be reinforced throughout 2018/19.    ‘Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19’, published by N..more

04
Feb

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a document setting out the progress made in recent years to improve cyber security across the NHS and the next steps that Trusts will be expecte..more

02
Feb

The Governing Body of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has formally accepted the recommendations of the Local Care Board in relation to the future of acute hospital-based services..more

01
Feb

A new report published by health and social care charity, Picker, and The King’s Fund has uncovered striking associations between NHS staff and patients’ experiences in hospitals and NHS Trusts..more

31
Jan

The Government has published its response to Sir Robert Naylor's Review of NHS property and estates, published in March 2017. Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, an..more

28
Jan

The health service is among the industries called on by the government to improve cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. The announcement comes as the Nationa..more

28
Jan

NHS England has confirmed the launch of a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).   There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that c..more

26
Jan

NHS England has announced three ambulance Trusts will share £10m to help improve patient care by developing into world-class digital organisations.   South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundatio..more

24
Jan

NHS Digital has published national guidance setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.   The guida..more

23
Jan

Following a report on last night’s BBC News at Ten programme (January 22) about the pressures the NHS is facing this winter, particularly in A&E, there are extensive reports this morning that F..more

22
Jan

Work has begun on the construction of a brand new endoscopy unit at York Hospital. The £10 million project will take around a year to complete and will increase capacity from three treatment rooms t..more

22
Jan

The £14.8m Hospital Energy Project, completed by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) towards the end of 2017, is already producing significant savings for the Trust.   In the f..more

19
Jan

The National Audit Office, NAO, has issued a report on the rationale, costs and benefits of PFI, including the use of and impact of PFI, the ability to make savings from operational contracts and the..more

18
Jan

Independent think tank, Reform, has published a report, Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS, to explore the opportunities and challenges of the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the NHS ..more

17
Jan

The spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers widened further last year, according to a new report from The King’s Fund.    Analysis done for the report shows t..more

17
Jan

The NHS Confederation has teamed up with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation – to conduct a comprehensive objective study into the funding needs of the UK’s health an..more

16
Jan

The Health Services Journal today (January 11) reports on talks taking place between leaders of several NHS Trusts to establish an alternative to PFI for the NHS. The aim would be to deliver “off b..more

15
Jan

Carillion, one of the UK’s largest construction companies and provider of outsourced facilities management services to public sector organisations including many hospital Trusts, has gone into comp..more

11
Jan

NHS England has called on the country’s top housing developers to apply the lessons from the first Healthy New Towns schemes by creating a national network that will put healthy living at the heart..more

11
Jan

The CQC has suspended some routine inspections of NHS acute services, GP practices and urgent care services planned for January. The move is in response to increased pressure on the health and care s..more

11
Jan

These are the words of Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, who goes on to say: “Despite planning for winter more thoroughly and extensively than before, it hasn’t been sufficient. Ris..more

09
Jan

The Department of Health has announced changes to the inspection system that mean all healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will be rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) fo..more

08
Jan

Saatchi call for Royal Commission gathers pace"The NHS status quo will not hold. We need a Royal Commission." Lord Saatchi.In a report published today (January 8) by the Centre for Policy Studies, Lo..more

05
Jan

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Interim Report has found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for ..more

03
Jan

A sickness surveillance system will help the NHS plan for surges in demand this winter by tracking outbreaks of norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, and other illness around the country. ..more

02
Jan

NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have created a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to give providers a simple and convenient access to companies that supply Health and Social Care Netw..more

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