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22 December 2010

The Coalition Government has committed to opening up government procurement and reducing costs. It has also set itself the aspiration that 25% of government contracts should be awarded to small and m..more

22
Dec

The public was yesterday invited to have its say on how the new public health service – Public Health England – will look and how the proposed funding arrangements will be implemented, Health Sec..more

21
Dec

Today’s publication of the first NHS Outcomes Framework marks the beginning of a new era of patient care. In the future the NHS will focus relentlessly on those outcomes that matter most to patient..more

20
Dec

Accident and emergency departments and ambulance trusts will in future assess their performance on what matters most to patients – quality, experience and patient outcomes, Health Secretary Andrew ..more

17
Dec

Proposals that will in future enable more NHS patients to access innovative medicines were set out by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today. The plans for pricing drugs according to how they benefit ..more

16
Dec

The Government today set out the next steps in its plan to reform the NHS and that £89 billion will go direct to PCTs for frontline services – an increase of £2.6bn in cash, equivalent to a three..more

15
Dec

Highlights in this edition.   SDU responds to CRC and White Paper consultations David Pencheon reflects on Cancun New information leaflet available for clinicians To view the full bulletin clic..more

15
Dec

Speaking at the Britain Against Cancer conference today the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, outlined plans which will see thousands of patients benefit from better cancer services and outcomes than..more

14
Dec

A community hospital in Swansea that has been threatened with closure for five years is finally set to shut. The Fairwood Hospital has been approved for closure by Health service watchdogs.  The Abe..more

13
Dec

The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, one of the largest surveys of cancer patient experience, heard from 67,713 patients with a whole range of cancers. It reveals that 84 per cent of those ..more

10
Dec

The NHS celebrated nine examples of excellent leadership at the second NHS Leadership Awards ceremony last night, held at St Bartholomew's Hospital, Barts and The London NHS Trust.The awards ranged t..more

09
Dec

The NHS will hit breaking point in the next few years, doctors' group the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians has warned.  Increasing hospital admissions, fewer consultants and a European..more

09
Dec

People with learning disabilities have seen increasing improvements across the health, employment and housing sectors, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow will announce later today.  Mr Burstow will..more

08
Dec

The first groups of GPs who will take the lead in the Government’s plans for commissioning health services were announced today by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.  The 52 groups of GP practices f..more

08
Dec

Recent updates from SHAPE (Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation) have revealed new Accident and Emergency data has been received from the NHS Information Centre. The data, for 2007/8 and 20..more

08
Dec

Today’s health service is struggling to cope with demands and patients are being treated in cramped and unsuitable conditions according to new data from the BBC. Nearly a fifth of facilities in use..more

07
Dec

Two Hampshire NHS hospital trusts are merging to ensure one of them can achieve foundation status. Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust will merge with Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Tr..more

06
Dec

The NHS in England has failed to show responsibility for ensuring good palliative care, according to an independent review.  The head of Marie Curie Cancer Care, who conducted the analysis, says thi..more

01
Dec

Highlights in this edition.   An update to the Vision for Sustainable Health Celebrating sustainable development across the NHS And climate change is a hot topic in Mexico Click here to view th..more

29
Nov

As of April next year, all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) should have separated the commissioning of community services from their provision, according to the Department of Health. This is when all staff..more

25
Nov

Child care in the north has received a boost due to a pioneering new partnership that has been announced between Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundati..more

23
Nov

In an effort to reduce pressure on frontline staff NHS bosses in Gloucester have launched a campaign encouraging people who are unwell to think about the most appropriate place they should go to seek..more

23
Nov

Sodexo, the FM services provider and contract caterer, has achieved the ISO 14001 accreditation for its environmental management system at Gilbert Bain Hospital, part of NHS Shetland. The company sai..more

22
Nov

England’s chief nursing officer, Dame Christine Beasley, has announced that she will retire in March 2011. She will have been in the role for six years.  During this time, there has been a 78% red..more

19
Nov

Sodexo, the leading provider of on site service solutions, has relaunched its Healthwise website, an interactive online hub dedicated to providing information about healthy living.  The relaunch has..more

18
Nov

This bulletin focuses on: Green IT Saves NHS Money Sustainability & Finance 1st SDU Poll Click here to view this bulletin

18
Nov

Improvements and efficiencies have been made in key areas of cancer care since the Cancer Reform Strategy was published in 2007, according to an National Audit Office (NAO) report which was published..more

17
Nov

Thousands of frontline NHS staff are taking control of the services they deliver in a drive to transform patient care and improve health outcomes, Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said ye..more

16
Nov

A poll conducted by market research agency rmg:Clarity on behalf of Wales on Sunday has revealed that respondents would like to see the NHS protected from cuts. When asked to name the three areas whi..more

15
Nov

NHS managers, as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, have until the end of November to apply for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) Fellows a..more

12
Nov

The Department of Health and Dr Foster Holdings LLP have announced that Dr Foster Intelligence, the provider of information, analysis and communications to health and social care organisations, will ..more

10
Nov

According to two separate reports which have both been published today, more patients than ever before are going online to find health information and self-diagnose. The NHS Choices 2010 Annual Repor..more

04
Nov

NHS Blood and Transplant has today revealed that a record number of transplants were carried out in the UK last year. The organisation’s Annual Activity Report 2009/10 says that 3,706 transplants w..more

03
Nov

The largest community healthcare organisation in London - Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) - has become the first in the capital to be awarded standalone National Health Service trust statu..more

02
Nov

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) has recommended that Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital make a series of improvements after an inspection of the site. Following the visit, which was c..more

01
Nov

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is set to pay out compensation totaling hundreds of thousands of pounds to relatives of those who died at Stafford Hospital. The families will receive between ..more

31
Oct

NHS managers are warning that the transfer of power from PCTs to GPs is resulting in chaos on the ground, with a lack of detail in the white paper leaving GPs unaccountable and unmotivated.  In its ..more

31
Oct

The Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to cut the number of senior NHS managers in Scotland by one-quarter over the next four years.   Sturgeon was speaking to the SNP conference ..more

31
Oct

The NHS budget in England is to rise by £10bn this parliament - the equivalent of a 0.1% above inflation rise each year. It will mean funding increasing from £104bn this year to £114bn by 2014-15...more

29
Oct

The NHS Information Centre has released figures which show that elderly people account for a bigger proportion of NHS hospital activity every year, with the number treated growing at a much faster ra..more

28
Oct

The membership of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) elected Cecilia Anim as their deputy president at their recent AGM. Anim is currently employed as a clinical nurse specialist in contraception and..more

28
Oct

Business Minister Mark Prisk has launched a new, simpler way of pre-qualifying for construction contracts which the National Specialist Contractors Council estimates could save the industry £250m an..more

22
Oct

This bulletin focuses on: Sir Neil McKay Vision for Sustainable Health Mileage Expenses 5 to Survive Green Kidney Care Teams Click here to read this SDU Bulletin

20
Oct

The government has announced that, as part of the Spending Review results which were released today, the NHS will receive an increase in funding. Over the course of this parliament, the NHS budget in..more

20
Oct

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has come under fire in the press for sending a 67 year mother a letter saying her son wad dead – despite the fact that he was alive and well sitting in the..more

19
Oct

The Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has issued a warning to the NHS that it is missing a rich source of free and readily available information about patients by failing to listen and learn fro..more

19
Oct

It has been claim that the NHS could cut expenditure by £3.2bn without reducing the number of patients treated if all parts of the country were as productive as the South West. The assertion was mad..more

16
Oct

The government has revealed the results of its so-called ‘quango cull’, with 40 health-related public bodies having learnt their fate. Under the Public Bodies Reform Programme, the government exa..more

15
Oct

Campaigners have called on the government to introduce minimum nutritional standards for hospital food. The call came after Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) and Sustain conducted research w..more

13
Oct

Following the failures that have been documented at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a consultation to make changes to the NHS Constitution and its..more

07
Oct

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has released £70m in funds to help patients back into their homes following a spell in hospital. He said that the intention was for the money to aid “around 35,000 ..more

05
Oct

It has been announced that Una O’Brien has been appointed as the new permanent secretary at the Department of Health. O’Brien, who is currently the director general, policy and strategy at the De..more

04
Oct

The current bulletin focuses on: CRC Scheme White Paper Consultation Report Learning about SD NHS Car Parking HSJ Awards Sustainability & Quality BMJ - Health & Climate Change Conversion Fac..more

04
Oct

The British Medical Association (BMA) today warned the government that its health reforms risk damaging the NHS. In its official response to July’s White Paper, it expressed particular concerns abo..more

01
Oct

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has come under fire after it was revealed that it paid an employee £18,189.56,  to relocate 45 miles from Kent to a new job in Hertfordshire. Paul Traynor..more

29
Sep

Care Service Minister Paul Burstow has said that local organisations will be held to account and expected to publish how they are providing quality care for people with dementia. The plans, which wer..more

28
Sep

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a report which advocates offering people incentives to change their unhealthy lifestyles. The advisory group’s Citizen..more

23
Sep

An NHS data quality manager has pleaded guilty to illegally going through patients’ medical records.Dale Trever, 22, allegedly looked at records on 431 occasions. All the records were of female pat..more

22
Sep

Parking remains free at hospitals in Scotland and Wales and for certain groups in Northern Ireland. The previous Labour government had said in 2009 that it intended to make hospital parking free for ..more

22
Sep

The business service provider Serco has won a £300m  contract to provide pathological services to London's King's College Hospital NHS Trust. Under the agreement, Kings College will join the existi..more

20
Sep

More than 9,000 public sector employees are earning a higher wage than the prime minister, who has previously questioned pay levels in top jobs. New research conducted for BBC Panorama found that the..more

17
Sep

Plans to introduce a centralized system of patient records have been shelved as part of a move to save money across the NHS. The Department of Health has announced a new direction for the National Pr..more

17
Sep

The chief executive of the NHS in Scotland is leaving his post to take up a similar job in New Zealand. Dr Kevin Woods, who has been with the Scottish government since 2005, expects to take up his ne..more

17
Sep

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has failed to take over two community hospitals in a landmark decision taken this week. The primary care trust will stop running Evesham and Pershore Hospitals b..more

17
Sep

The woman known as the First Lady of Football, Karen Brady, is to address the NHS Employers’ Conference which is to be held in Liverpool next months.Brady, who stars alongside Sir Alan Sugar in the..more

14
Sep

A report has been published today which says that people who suffer from incontinence are faced with a “life sentence” of suffering. The Royal College of Physicians makes the claim in its Nationa..more

13
Sep

Following the announcement that Carole Taylor-Brown will be stepping down as chief executive of NHS Suffolk due to ill health at the end of the month, an interim replacement has been announced. Dr Pa..more

13
Sep

The Department of Health has taken measures to slash £700m from the National Programme for IT and England. The announcement comes in addition to moves by the previous government to cut £600m from t..more

10
Sep

A new acute mental health hospital was officially opened in Gloucestershire in early July and is already being hailed as being one of the best in the world.   The unit, named Greyfriars, is located ..more

08
Sep

A think tank has criticised NHS hospitals that provide pornographic materials as part of their fertility services. Of the 92 trusts that responded to 2020health.org’s enquiries for its report ‘Wh..more

08
Sep

The University College Hospital, London has taken measures to increase hygiene levels following the news that four babies born prematurely were found to be infected with a superbug which is resistant..more

06
Sep

Anthony Sumara, the chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has warned that the impending inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital could cost £1m.   A public inquiry is due to ..more

03
Sep

Mid Essex Hospital Services National Health Trust has been hit with a £2.3m lawsuit by Compass. The contract catering giant issued the writ, saying the Trust had "grossly exaggerated" penalties that..more

31
Aug

Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced that it has acquired the UK-based Vision Security Group (VSG). With 6,000 employees working across 1,200 client sites, mainly national blue-chip organisat..more

26
Aug

It has been revealed that written complaints about NHS services in Greater Manchester have reached their highest level since records began in 1997. Almost 6,000 were recorded for the period 2008/09 t..more

24
Aug

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a new three-digit number - 111 – which is aimed at patients who require non-emergency NHS healthcare. The new service was launched in part of the North ..more

23
Aug

Secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley announced today that there will be a UK-wide review into bonus payments given to NHS consultants. The Clinical Excellence and Distinction Awards were intr..more

19
Aug

A new study has been released today claiming that the number of smokers aged 16 and 17 has dropped since it became illegal to sell cigarettes to under-18s. The research, which was conducted by Univer..more

17
Aug

NHS North East has announced plans to make over 500 managers and administrators redundant in an attempt to save some £27m per annum. If adopted, the redundancies will begin to be made from April nex..more

16
Aug

 A report into an NHS’s crisis helpline in Hartlepool by the national charity MIND has criticised the services on offer. The watchdog, which conducted the research alongside Hartlepool LINk, descr..more

13
Aug

The BBC claims to have uncovered new figures which show that the NHS in England's total bill for new hospitals and mental health units built under the private finance initiative (PFI) currently stand..more

13
Aug

The Department of Health has announced that it will be approaching the private sector in order to seek investment in NHS Professionals Ltd, which it currently wholly owns. NHS Professionals is the la..more

11
Aug

The Department of Health has announced that it will be reviewing the future of Dr Foster Intelligence, one of the UK’s main providers of information, analysis and targeted communications to health ..more

11
Aug

The NHS Counter Fraud Service has begun cracking down on people who make fraudulent claims for free services, such as medicines, dental treatment, sight tests and glasses, in Somerset. The Service is..more

10
Aug

It has been announced that Carole Taylor-Brown, who is chief executive of NHS Suffolk, will be leaving the post at the end of September following 14 years working in the NHS.The decision was influenc..more

09
Aug

Public Technology, the public sector news site, claims to have obtained a leaked copy of the NHS Digital Communications Review, which says that of the 4,121 websites run by the NHS approximately a th..more

03
Aug

The new Procure 21+ framework will save the NHS over £200m in procurement costs and will help upgrade hospitals more quickly, Health Minister Simon Burns announced today.  The new framework will st..more

03
Aug

The 15 projects that comprise the second wave of new innovations created under the government’s ‘Right to Request’ initiative have been announced. The scheme encourages public sector workers, i..more

02
Aug

The nominations have opened today for the Facilities Management category of the fourth annual Women in the City Awards. The Awards are intended to recognise excellence and celebrate the achievements ..more

30
Jul

Dorset County Hospital Trust has come under fire for paying £2,557 a day to an interim chief executive while at the same time trying to cut costs by £20m. The Trust’s annual report also revealed ..more

29
Jul

The latest set of Patient Environment Action Teams (PEAT) assessment statistics, which were published recently by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), indicate that a greater number of hospital..more

28
Jul

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said that bureaucracy will be cut and the functions of several organisations will be streamlined in a review which has been published into arm’s length bodies (A..more

27
Jul

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that it will lift five out of six conditions which have been imposed on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust after acknowledging that it has “impro..more

23
Jul

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, have sought to clarify how the NHS will work in the future following the publication of the recent  White Paper 'Eq..more

22
Jul

A report that went before Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has revealed that, from approximately 1,500 incidents of abuse which were reported against NHS staff last year, only two convi..more

22
Jul

[h2]Essentials for all[/h2]A valuable resource from the HSEThese are questions that an owner/manager should be asking to start/check that the business is managing for health and safety. The answers t..more

21
Jul

NHS Scotland has called for minimum pricing for alcohol to be introduced in a new report exploring the nation’s drinking habits. The call came after the discovery that the Scottish drink 24% more a..more

20
Jul

The NHS policy of issuing warning letters to parents of children that are perceived to have weight problems has once again come in for criticism. The latest incident, which is being reported in today..more

19
Jul

The Health Service is facing tough budget cuts and as the CRC process begins to unfold, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit thought it appropriate to emphasise the financial savings that can be made..more

19
Jul

The UK has the best 'quality of 'death' according to a new report  published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The study, which was commissioned by the Lien Foundation, measures the current ..more

13
Jul

An email to all NHS staff from The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health NHS White Paper: ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS’  Dear colleague Over the last six and..more

13
Jul

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that West Cumberland Hospital will receive up to £70m in Department of Health funding over the next three years. The cash will pay for the hospital's bu..more

12
Jul

In a landmark move, it has been announced that Cambridgeshire’s Hinchingbrooke Hospital will become the first privately managed hospital in the UK. The Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Trust has left..more

09
Jul

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06
Jul

The Nuffield Trust has released a report today which claims that reversing the ‘unsustainable’ rise in emergency hospital admissions is the single biggest issue currently facing the NHS in Englan..more

05
Jul

An opinion poll released today by ComRes on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that the British public opposes cuts to the NHS. Published to coincide with the LGA Group’s..more

02
Jul

A leading GP has hit out at the coalition government’s radical plans for the NHS. Dr George Rae warned that privatising the health service will result in a two-tiered approach where patients’ ban..more

30
Jun

Homeopathy should no longer be funded by the NHS or marketed as a medicine in pharmacies, according to doctors who voted at the British Medical Association’s annual conference.Medics who voted dism..more

29
Jun

Despite the NHS employing thousands of extra staff funded by SNP ministers, there has only been a marginal increase in the number of procedures and operations being conducted, an official inquiry has..more

25
Jun

[h5]Conference Sessions[/h5]      

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Jun

[h5]Ice Breaker Evening[/h5]    

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Jun

[h5]Gala Awards Dinner[/h5]       

25
Jun

[h5]Golf Day[/h5]    

25
Jun

[h5]Here is a selection of photographs from the 2010 National Conference.Please click on the heading name to view those pictures.[/h5]     The images are copyright of HefmA, and may not be repro..more

25
Jun

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has called for trans-fats to be banned in order to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The watchdog says that eliminating the artific..more

23
Jun

The acting head of the NHS Confederation, Nigel Edwards, has pulled no punches in warning of the tough times that are to come for those employed in the health service.Speaking ahead of the organisati..more

21
Jun

Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire is set to become the first UK hospital to use robot workers. The fleet will undertake basic tasks – such as dispensing drugs, cleaning and carr..more

17
Jun

Britain’s biggest new hospital, the £545m Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) in Edgebaston, opened for business this morning. The state-of-the-art new facility, which has been in developme..more

15
Jun

NHS Wales has been conducting a covert crackdown on so-called ‘NHS tourists’ – foreign patients who dodge charges for medical treatment that they are not entitled to receive for free. It has be..more

14
Jun

GPs have suggested scrapping NHS Direct to help cut down on health spending at their annual conference.The British Medical Association questioned the effectiveness of the telephone service, as oppose..more

09
Jun

Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre’s catering trust has urged fellow hospital catering departments to follow its example and start sourcing food locally.Trust catering manage..more

09
Jun

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was fined £50,000 following the death of Kyle Flack at Basildon University Hospital early on 12th October 2006.The severely-disabled 2..more

08
Jun

Walsall Manor Hospital, which is currently undergoing a £162m redevelopment, has awarded its new £30m, 15-year catering contract to Elior. The company’s Avenance Healthcare division will operate ..more

04
Jun

In what is regarded by many within the industry as being a landmark move, NHS Hull has become the first trust in England to transfer its entire provider arm over to a community interest company.The t..more

04
Jun

NHS Scotland has estimated that it could lose the equivalent of 3,790 full time staff over the next 12 months, with as many as 1,523 nursing and midwifery posts and 1,053 administrative roles being l..more

03
Jun

A homeless man who cost the NHS tens of thousands of pounds by faking a string of illnesses has been threatened with five years in prison. Christopher Dearlove received an ASBO after using over 70 al..more

03
Jun

[h6]The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has awarded improvement notices to both NHS Wiltshire and NHS Swindon after they failed to comply with asbestos testing legislation.[/h6]The oversight occurr..more

28
May

[h5]Since their inception in 2007, the HefmA Awards have been acknowledging and rewarding both individuals and teams of people who have been making a real difference within the NHS Estates and Facili..more

25
May

Demolition of buildings, including the medical school teaching unit, has started at Southmead Hospital to make way for Bristol’s new £430m hospital.A north Bristol NHS Trust spokesman said the ser..more

25
May

NHS London could be told to axe a cost-cutting scheme that meant closing accident and emergency wards.The plans were meant to save £5bn a year by 2016.But new health secretary Andrew Lansley is goin..more

25
May

A pensioner who caught the superbug MRSA in hospital has been given the go ahead to sue the NHS leading to a mass action by 200 other victims.Judges have thrown out claims that the health board were ..more

25
May

Hospital chiefs in Leeds will see their current £57m spending budget cut by £18m leaving only £39m for investment in much-needed new equipment and buildings.But, with further cuts predicted by the..more

25
May

Action is being taken to reduce the overall carbon footprint of hospitals in Wales. Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart said an exercise has been drawn up to highlight the areas where performance can b..more

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