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21 December 2012

The NHS’s performance during the second quarter of this year shows the NHS saved £1.2bn and is on track to save £5bn over the course of this financial year, the Department of Health announced on ..more

20
Dec

One of the UK’s largest independent suppliers and installers of renewable energy products has unveiled a new wood pellet-condensing (biomass) boiler. Evergreen Energy Solutions managing director ..more

20
Dec

Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Hywel Dda Health Board have joined forces to establish an innovative and unique chair in rural health. The role of Hywel Dda ..more

20
Dec

Nurses,midwives and health visitors saw their average basic pay rise to £30,481 in the 12 months to September, the Nursing Times reports.Midwives have had to take a small cut in pay and school nurs..more

19
Dec

Fears have surfaced that hospices will be saddled with even more red tape under new NHS reforms, The Telegraph reportsFears have surfaced that hospices will be saddled with even more red tape under n..more

17
Dec

The Department of Health on Thursday announced that it has initiated a review of critical infrastructure risk to support the commitments under the NHS Constitution for the healthcare service ‘to pr..more

13
Dec

The National Audit Office (NAO) has questioned claims by ministers that the NSH made about £6bn in productivity gains last year, saying that the actual figure is likely to have been much smaller. ..more

12
Dec

Tim Litherland, the national chairman of the Health Estates Facilities Management Association (HefmA) has told radio programme 5Live Investigates that if Hospital Trusts are deemed to be unfairly o..more

11
Dec

The government on Monday published its final report into the events at Winterbourne View Hospital, which has come after findings of severe abuse of patients at the privately run hospital near Brist..more

07
Dec

Trust executives are hoping to stop employing premium rate agency nurses altogether through long-term deals, while more than 1,400 NHS Direct staff have been warned they face redundancy as the organi..more

06
Dec

He said the government will create regulations that require the NHS Commissioning Board to include a contractual duty of openness in all commissioning contracts from April 2013.The Department of He..more

05
Dec

News highlights this fortnight are: New SDU Website Goods and Services Carbon Hotspots Travel Planning Survey To view the full bulletin click here  

05
Dec

Jane Cummings, England's chief nursing officer has stirred up debate after telling the BBC that greater emphasis must be placed on nurses providing compassionate care in hospitals.Jane Cummings, En..more

04
Dec

Independent research reveals that the coalition government's demand for "efficiency savings" will leave the NHS about £50bn in debt, a report from the Morning Star said. The research, conducted by..more

03
Dec

The Department of Health on Monday said the NHS Employers’ launch of a ‘Speaking Up’ Charter marks a shift towards tackling the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns about safet..more

30
Nov

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have informed the Department of Health that from 1 February 2013 it will be illegal (under the terms of the EU Biocidal Products Directive) to utilise elementa..more

30
Nov

An independent review of the controversial palliative care practice known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) has been announced, many newspapers report.The LCP is intended to allow people with a t..more

30
Nov

NHS CEO David Nicholson has set out his ambition “for an NHS defined by its commitment to innovation, demonstrated both in its support for research and its success in the rapid adoption and diffu..more

30
Nov

A report from the National Audit Office has blasted a hospital for reckless decisions that led to it signing an unaffordable PFI contract that has left it with the largest deficit in the NHS.A repo..more

29
Nov

A new report published by The King’s Fund, which focuses its findings on eight key aspects of health care, says the NHS continues to function well but warns that cracks are appearing and the risk..more

27
Nov

General practitioners in the United Kingdom seem to have incorporated information technology into their practice far more than have their peers in other developed countries, indicates an internatio..more

23
Nov

Blackpool Teaching Hospital has introduced rapid screening for the superbug MRSA of all emergency admissions patients that has shown a remarkable effect in reducing the number of bacteraemia.Blackp..more

22
Nov

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a study that may shed some light on the interactions with frail and elderly patients being discharged from acute hospital wards and their participatio..more

21
Nov

British reality television contestant, businesswoman and journalist Katie Hopkins says those who overindulge in eating, drinking and smoking should cough up more to balance the extra NHS care they ..more

20
Nov

The Department of Health (DH) has announced a “technical refresh” of the Public Health Outcomes Framework, and which was published on Tuesday.The DH said: “This the fulfillment of the promise ..more

20
Nov

In 2010, most patients still received care from their nearest NHS Trust but since then there has been a greater shift to treatment in privately owned centres, a study revealsIn 2010, most patients ..more

20
Nov

The HSE is issuing this notice to those who use, install, maintain or distribute wood pellet boilers or manufacture/store/distribute wood pellets. Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities ..more

16
Nov

Data for parking prices charged at more than 370 NHS hospitals were lodged in the House of Commons Library this week, prompting patient groups and Ministers to questions the soundness of Trusts’ ..more

15
Nov

A live webchat on clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST) being available on a voluntary basis to independent providers of NHS healthcare will take place on Tuesday 20 November from 11am to 12..more

14
Nov

The bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) which is the cause of Listeriosis, is frequently found in the environment - in soil, dust, mud, vegetation, silage, sewage and is carried by most of the anima..more

14
Nov

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt late on Tuesday announced the first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, which sets out the ambitions for the health service for the next two..more

13
Nov

The Royal College of Nursing on Tuesday warned that that the NHS in England is sleepwalking into a crisis and is calling on the Government to take immediate action to stop trusts cutting vital post..more

12
Nov

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has warned that England is facing a baby boom that will put massive strain on the NHS, just as budgets for maternity services are being cut backThe RCM says that..more

09
Nov

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned NHS Trusts that they must become tougher and shrewder negotiators in future deals with private firms. The warning follows Hinchingbrooke Trust’s deal wi..more

08
Nov

News highlights this fortnight are: SDS Consultation Launch - 29 January 2013 Sustainability Day - 28 March 2013 Pharmaceutical Carbon Footprinting To view the full bulletin click here  

02
Nov

The BBC reports it has obtained figures that show the King's Mill Hospital, run by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has a PFI deal for the period 2005-2043 valued at £976m but the t..more

01
Nov

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced dedicated funding to create care environments for people with dementia that help reduce anxiety and distress, and help people feel safe.Health Secretary J..more

30
Oct

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced dedicated funding to create care environments for people with dementia that help reduce anxiety and distress, and help people feel safe.Up to £50 millio..more

25
Oct

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that from 3 December 2012, revalidation of doctors in the UK will commence.This represents a step forward in both the effective regulation of doctors an..more

25
Oct

The Department of Health has announced proposals for front-of-pack nutrition labelling that clearly displays the amount of fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar and how many calories food products con..more

25
Oct

A report by Audit Scotland shows that 475 doctors, nurses, managers and administrators were handed exit packages worth a total of £20.8m in 2011/12, according to a report from The Telegraph.The to..more

25
Oct

[h3] With the Christmas holidays just around the corner we have decided to extend the deadline for entries to allow everyone the opportunity to nominate. You can now submit entries up to Friday 4th J..more

17
Oct

New standards setting out what patients should expect from NHS hospital food have been announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. A set of basic principles covering the quality of food, nutritional ..more

17
Oct

As the NHS attempts to secure unprecedented productivity gains, new research based on UK and international experience suggests how hospitals can improve efficiency.As the NHS attempts to secure unp..more

11
Oct

The Board of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Monday in a statement said that industry regulator Monitor had given it details of how it will intervene following the Trust recently ..more

09
Oct

Lawyers have confirmed that 49 housekeeping staff at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) are pursuing claims in an employment tribunal.Lawyers have confirmed that 49 housekeeping staff at the Great Wes..more

04
Oct

News highlights this fortnight are: UK Brazil partnership for Sustainable Healthcare Health Effects of Climate Chagne in the UK 2012 Solar Panels saving energy at Seaton Community Hospital To view ..more

02
Oct

The NHS in England is on "high alert" to make sure there are no failings as it gears up for the biggest change in its history, the head of the NHS has told the BBC. The NHS in England is on "high a..more

26
Sep

Crawley MP Henry Smith has launched a bill in parliament that will force the NHS to record and audit the cost of treatment given to foreign nationals not entitled to free healthcare, thisissussex.c..more

24
Sep

A proposed new vision for nursing, midwifery and care-giving sets out the values of compassionate care and asks how they can be developed further across health and social care, the Department of He..more

21
Sep

The NHS should make use of private and third-party services if that results in the delivery of the best care for patients, Jules Preston, the departing head of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Fou..more

18
Sep

A campaign highlighting the breadth of skills required by nurses was launched on Monday by the Royal College of Nursing.A campaign highlighting the breadth of skills required by nurses was launched o..more

18
Sep

Fewer people are satisfied with the NHS and the proportion of people who want to see more public spending has increased for the first time in nearly a decade, a study has revealed.Fewer people are ..more

14
Sep

Following Parliamentary approval of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, the Health and Safety Executive ('HSE') will, from 1 October 2012, seek to recover, via a process known as 'Fee fo..more

13
Sep

News highlights this fortnight are: Consultation responses to NHS Commissioning Board Carbon Reduction Commitment and EU ETS deadlines Various useful reports released over the summer To view the ..more

11
Sep

A report published by the Centre for Policy Studies reveals that payouts made by the NHS have trebled over the past decade to more than £1.3bn a year, The Telegraphreports.The authors say that a s..more

06
Sep

The Department of Health has announced that the NHS Future Forum, which is advising the Government on how the NHS Constitution might be strengthened, is talking about what the Constitution means to t..more

05
Sep

Andrew Lansley has been elbowed out of the cabinet to be replaced by Jeremy Hunt.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after health workers' union Unite marked the announcement by going on re..more

28
Aug

Almost 5,000 nurses have left the NHS since May 2010 while the number of doctors has risen by 3,700, official figures released on 21 August show.The Guardian reports that trade unions and Labour ha..more

28
Aug

Calls from Government ministers to help hospitals to launch fee-paying branches overseas have been described by Labour as "rampant commercialisation" of the Health Service, but the party’s critic..more

28
Aug

The merging of Guy's and St Thomas', King's College hospital and South London and Maudsley looks set to be agreed by all three trusts and could be completed as early as 2014, the Guardian reports.T..more

22
Aug

NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson, is encouraging NHS chief executives to stronglysupport the 2012 NHS Staff Survey and to encourage their staff to take part. He has provided information on the ..more

21
Aug

NHS Trusts in England are to be encouraged to set up profit-making branches abroad to help fund services in the UK, the BBC reports. A government agency will link hospitals with foreign governmen..more

20
Aug

The NHS is making great strides to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate its impact on the environment.However, it is extremely important that health and social care organisations also adapt to cl..more

20
Aug

The Government's Housing Strategy Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England published on 21 November 2011 set out a proposal to allow reconsideration of planning obligations agreed in ..more

20
Aug

NHS Property Services Limited (NHS PS), the company set up by the Department of Health to manage all the ex-PCT estate not transferred to providers, has recently made a number of appointments to se..more

15
Aug

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS trust to launch a fully responsive website. With more and more internet users accessing sites from mobile devices the Trust teamed u..more

15
Aug

The Welsh Government has announced a proposal to encourage people to become more physically active and they hope that this could reduce NHS costs in the country by about £500m, Wales Online report..more

10
Aug

The Department of Health has reduced its exposure to toxic contracts with troubled NHS supplier CSC by £100m in the space of just three months, Computer Weekly.com reports. CSC's latest quarterly ..more

08
Aug

Meetings will begin this week in the Greater Manchester PCT cluster and also separately in Birmingham and Solihull and the Black Country clusters to decide on the effect of NHS reforms, the Nursing..more

07
Aug

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has announced that it has selected Kier Construction to build a new urgent care unit at Burnley General Hospital.East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has announce..more

06
Aug

The Department of Health last week announced that it has commissioned Skills for Care to support the delivery of a national learning and development programme for the adult social care workforce su..more

03
Aug

The Guardian reports that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has made use of a "direct tender" system to purchase a patient records system at a cost more than £7m below the price..more

02
Aug

Hinchingbrooke hospital is the first NHS hospital to be run by a private company and is a beacon for what private firms can do for the Health Service, MP Chris Skidmore has told The TelegraphSkidmo..more

01
Aug

Tim Davison has replaced Prof James Barbour as the NHS Lothian chief executive, after Davison had taken a "firm grasp" during his time as its acting boss, the BBS reports.NHS Lothian's practices we..more

01
Aug

News highlights this fortnight are: Adaptation - revised guidance now available Engagement - tool to help NHS organisations engage patients, public and staff with sustainability Consultation respon..more

31
Jul

The head of NHS in Wales has claimed the health service has made "enormous progress" in delivering improvements over the past year, the BBC reports.However, he pointed out that too many patients ar..more

31
Jul

The initial designs for a new rehabilitation unit that will transform the care of people recovering from serious illness or injury in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have been unveiled.The proposed l..more

31
Jul

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) has appointed OCS as its outsourced soft FM provider, in a £15m, five-year contract that will see OCS deliver catering,cleaning, portering, helpdesk and..more

31
Jul

A project put into action by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust has earned itself the title of Best International Mental Health Project at the Design & Health Awards, held early in July in..more

30
Jul

The Department of Health on Friday announced three new salt pledges, specifically focused on the catering sector, to encourage more companies to make their commitment to improving public health thr..more

26
Jul

The Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it wants to identify local authorities that would like to be involved in developing the use of direct payments in residential care. The Department..more

23
Jul

Campaigners angered by proposed cuts at East Yorkshire's two main hospitals staged a rally on the weekend, urging the Government to rethink controversial NHS reforms, ThisIsHullandEastRiding.co.uk ..more

19
Jul

The British Medical Association (BMA) on Thursday announced that it is suspending plans for further industrial action and is joining other health unions in talks with the government about the detai..more

18
Jul

Jackie Daniel will join University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in August, with the plan to “make a real difference” and uplift the struggling FT, the BBC reports.The NHS tru..more

17
Jul

Labour MP Andy Burnham has announced that his party will scrap the Government's reforms to the NHS if it wins the next general election, the UK Press Association (UKPA) reports.Burnham, who said th..more

17
Jul

The Health Department has announced that the 12th edition of the Manual of Nutrition has been published.“It describes the roles and sources of the major nutrients and provides a valuable contributi..more

11
Jul

The British Medical Association (BMA) says a report into NHS reforms in Wales is now discredited after it emerged that emails had been exchanged between the reports author author and senior civil s..more

09
Jul

Paul Curley, IT clinical director for Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS, has told the BBC that successful IT is crucial to the future of the NHS.“Information about the right patient, in the right place at t..more

06
Jul

A new recognition scheme for all NHS staff has been launched to mark the 64th anniversary of the NHS.NHS Heroes encourages staff, patients and their families to nominate their own personal heroes in ..more

05
Jul

News highlights this fortnight are:   •    GCC Awards - Last call to take part and nominate your organisation •    CRC and EU ETS - important updates - read the latest information •   ..more

05
Jul

The Secretary of State’s annual report was published on Wednesday, a year earlier than is required by law, in order to enable Parliament and the public to see the direction the NHS is heading.Fro..more

04
Jul

A report from the Independent states that the NHS could start charging for some services and treatments within the next 10 years, following new research that suggests austerity measures will make t..more

03
Jul

The first annual updates from Public Health Responsibility Deal partners, who signed up at the launch of the Deal in March 2011, have been published. These updates provide the first opportunity for..more

02
Jul

The BBC reports that a political row has erupted over the legacy of PFI for the health service, sparked by news that one hospital trust faces insolvency. South London Healthcare, a merger of three ..more

02
Jul

News highlights this fortnight are:   •    SDU at the Rio Conference •    Nominate your organisation for the GCC at the HSJ Awards •    Take part in our Pharma and Medical Devices Con..more

29
Jun

The Secretary of State’s decision to extend the roll out deadline for NHS 111 has been explained in a recent letter. An extension of up to six months of the original April 2013 deadline may be ne..more

29
Jun

A survey shows that pressure on the NHS to cut costs has led to restrictions in access to non-urgent procedures, according to reports from the Plymouth Herald, GP Magazine and ITV Daybreak.Health M..more

29
Jun

The Department of Health last week sent a letter to NHS Chief Executives to update them on their contribution to accelerating the release of surplus public sector land initiative and provide furthe..more

28
Jun

A report from the The Guardian claims that a warning from the NHS regulator Monitor was ignored by Labour ministers, after the watchdog told them that the deal for Peterborough City hospital was no..more

26
Jun

The British Medical Association (BMS) said on Monday that doctors have condemned cuts and moves to ration NHS services.They expressed concern that the £20bn the NHS has been tasked with ‘saving’..more

20
Jun

The weekend was marked by protests over proposed NHS cuts, with groups gathering at Gloucestershire Royal and Stroud General hospitals. A This is Gloucestershire report said that supporters of the S..more

20
Jun

Health Protection Director Clara Swinson has notified all NHS chief executives to of the development of a new, web-based Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) surveillance computer system. It wi..more

08
Jun

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced an extra £19m to fund health workers who want to take over the running of NHS services in England. Lansley told the Guardian that the creation of soci..more

08
Jun

NHS Commissioning Board Chair Malcolm Grant has told the Guardian that now is the time to break with old habits and introduce a new style of engaging leadership as part of NHS reforms. However, the..more

06
Jun

A succession of government policies has highlighted procurement as an important lever for economic growth, a driver for a better public service and a means of stimulating innovation. A strategy is re..more

06
Jun

A report from several sources says a hospital trust on the south coast of England is fighting back against the highest fine ever handed out by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) since its ..more

29
May

News highlights this fortnight are:   Improving the GCC - your help needed. Do you want an international reputation for your organisation? Route Map for Sustainable Health - an invitation ..more

25
May

The HefmA Conference 2012 will be remembered as one of innovation and preparation for change within the NHS. The Gala Awards dinner to mark the event gave important recognition to the efforts of Tr..more

22
May

An NHS Trust has announced that unpaid jobseekers are to deliver patient care at three hospitals in the Midlands.An NHS Trust has announced that unpaid jobseekers are to deliver patient care at three..more

21
May

Patients will be able to book doctors' appointments and check test results online, under plans being unveiled by the coalition Government, a report from the UK Press Association says.Patients will ..more

18
May

New research on the purchase price of ICT products has revealed that organisations have been paying exorbitant margins anywhere up to 731% when buying from suppliers. The five sectors that consiste..more

15
May

Nurses have branded the Government’s plans to move care from acute hospitals to community settings a ‘facade’, as a survey of community nurses showed that many are facing cutbacks and spendin..more

14
May

News highlights this fortnight are: Get your organisation recognised for sustainability world-wide - find out how easy it is to improve your reputation What are your legal and reputational require..more

14
May

After a day of tough deliberation, we are delighted to announce this years shortlisted nominees for the HefmA Awards.Our judging panel have shortlisted the following:   Facilities Ma..more

14
May

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on Sunday said it is calling on NHS organisations to halt the closure of hospital beds “until they can clearly demonstrate that alternative, tried and tested pa..more

10
May

The Department of Health’s Transition Risk Register from November 2010, which was a statement of potential risks of NHS changes, will not be published, following Cabinet agreement and a final decis..more

10
May

A campaign to improve hand hygiene in hospitals in England and Wales made a significant dent in the rates of superbug infections, according to a report published by the BMJ.The report, which is ava..more

08
May

An anti-blindness drug could save the NHS £84m a year, but a rival drugs manufacturer wants to prevent the health service from using the medicine, a report from The Independent saysAvastin is used..more

08
May

GPs may be regularly making mistakes when prescribing medicines, according to a high-profile report published on Thursday by the General Medical Council. The report found that mistakes in areas suc..more

02
May

A new collaboration to help boost the number of people on the Organ Donor Register was announced on Tuesday by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Facebook.Facebook's new Timeline enables people t..more

01
May

News highlights this fortnight are: Sustainability Reporting - extension Sustainability in CCG guidance International recognition for your organisation To view the full bulletin click here  

01
May

A report from the BBC says the Welsh government is planning a publicity blitz to help people understand why they support changes to the NHS.They favour a move to centralised health services, citing ..more

30
Apr

The new system for organising services for vulnerable children is "confused and fragmented", according to the BBC.The broadcaster said health leaders have expressed "deep unease" over the way vulnera..more

30
Apr

“Diabetes could ‘bankrupt’ the NHS in 20 years,” the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper said that most spending on the condition is due to avoidable complications. Several other newspap..more

30
Apr

Delays to the discharge of NHS patients from hospitals have surged by more than 25 percent in the past 19 months, indicating that cuts to support for older people are infact driving up costs for th..more

24
Apr

The Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust will be working with leading health think-tank The King's Fund, who will help the Board develop pioneering options for the long-term future of S..more

20
Apr

The union Unite has voted to stage a day of industrial action on 10th May over planned changes to the NHS pension scheme.Unite represents 7 percent of the NHS workforce. A fifth of these members — ..more

19
Apr

Members of the Hospital Caterers Association will meet for their 2012 annual national conference from 26-27 April, where the aim will be to challenge delegates to work together smarter and to help ..more

18
Apr

The NHS is failing to offer the mentally ill a full choice of psychological counselling and therapies, according to a major new report published by the Centre for Social Justice.The report, ‘Comm..more

13
Apr

Carbon reduction specialist, Sustain, says its latest research indicates that the NHS could save between £100m and £150m annually by cutting its utility bills.Using ERIC data, Sustain analysed th..more

12
Apr

News highlights this fortnight are: Sustainability Reporting – revised template to help you fulfil your DH requirements Do you want international recognition for sustainability in your organisatio..more

12
Apr

Construction will begin in April for a new hospital that the co-funders say will provide Kent’s only cardiothoracic and neurosurgery tertiary care beds.Construction will begin in April for a new ..more

11
Apr

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has set out what the Health and Social Care Act will mean for key health and care organisations and their staff – and has addressed NHS Trust chief executives in one..more

10
Apr

A network of 22 new centres specialising in treating patients who suffer from major trauma will open across England, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley last week announced.A network of 22 new centres..more

02
Apr

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, in a letter written on 29 March 2012, has thanked NHS staff for their work over the last year and reassured them the Health and Social Care Act ‘explicitly suppor..more

30
Mar

News highlights this fortnight are: •    Today – 28th March is NHS Sustainability Day •    Sustainability Reporting is Mandatory - says DH •    Consultation announced on a simplified..more

30
Mar

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has written to NHS staff about transition arrangements, following the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill.Sir David says the passage of the Bill provi..more

30
Mar

The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2m of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions to tackle two major health challenges.The Department of He..more

28
Mar

The Prime Minister has set out his dementia challenge to society, the medical profession, business and Government, alongside the Alzheimer’s Society publishing their report Dementia 2012: A nationa..more

28
Mar

The Red House Group of Surgeries has pioneered a new, portable record system that meets National Health Service ambitions to enable patients to have control of their own health records. The group, wi..more

28
Mar

On Wednesday the 28th March NHS organisations across the country will be taking part in the first annual NHS Sustainability Day of Action. More than a 100 organisations will join well known figures..more

26
Mar

The government has pledged to provide £10m for voluntary sector provision of children hospices.Forty children’s hospices will receive a share of the Health Department’s annual £10m Children’s..more

22
Mar

A quarter of a million NHS staff were invited to participate in a survey to improve their abilities to provide better patient care – and here are the results. The results of the 2011 NHS staff sur..more

21
Mar

The NHS needs to move into the 21st century so that health services compete on the same level playing field as the commercial sector, the chief executive of an NHS Trust says.In a speech to delegates..more

20
Mar

Dr Craig Gradden is joining Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust’s Board of Directors this spring.Dr Craig Gradden is joining Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust’s Board of Directors this sprin..more

19
Mar

Two patient safety research centres will be established to advance safety improvements in hospitals, GP surgeries and in the community.Two research centres will receive a share of over £13 million f..more

14
Mar

The head of a health think-tank says that the proposed Health Bill is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly, but parties should remain focussed on its good elements.Coverage of the Royal Colleg..more

13
Mar

The health secretary says a new, independent expert panel has been formed to evaluate the effects of the NHSConstitution on patients and staff.Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on Thursday announced th..more

12
Mar

A knowledge management system deployed by the NHS Business Services Authority will answer 3 million customer service calls each year and save £121,000 in its first year of operation.The NHSBusiness ..more

12
Mar

The NHS Employers organisation says the government's publication of the pension scheme final agreement means that all parties must now focus on helping staff to make informed decisions.NHS Employers ..more

08
Mar

NHS medical director Bruce Keogh has revealed that an expert review group do not think it is necessary to recommend the routine removal of PIP implants.Worries about PIP implants have emerged since n..more

08
Mar

Government is to spend an extra £330m to pay for state-of-the-art equipment and buildings that will benefit over two and a half million patients per year.Over £330m of extra funding will be spent o..more

06
Mar

News highlights this fortnight are: NHS sustainability promoted at international conference 28th March - what are you doing for the NHS Sustainability Day? What CEOs think about sustainability in t..more

06
Mar

New treatments for cancer, diabetes, stroke, dementia and obesity – and many other conditions – will be among the benefits gained from an investment of £100m at NHS research facilities.Over £10..more

05
Mar

Circle has become the first private healthcare firm to take over the running of an NHS hospital, taking on £40mdebt of the Hinchingbrooke Hospital and saving it from closure in the process.Circle ha..more

29
Feb

A new qualification for building safety professionals will aid the UK’s first Fire Door Inspection Scheme designed to broaden understanding about the critical purpose and function of fire doors in ..more

29
Feb

The government has responded to the Health Select Committee report on public expenditure, which examines the challenges presented by the need to modernise service delivery and also deliver large effi..more

27
Feb

NHS chief executive David Nicholson says promotion of the services of personal injury lawyers on NHS premises should not be supported.NHS chief executive David Nicholson says promotion of the service..more

23
Feb

Inverclyde Royal Hospital will benefit from NHS spending of £600,000 on state-of-the-art orthopaedic theatre equipmentNHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is investing more than £600,000 in a maj..more

22
Feb

Public Health Minister Anne Milton on Friday 18 February, met with five women to talk about their experiences with PiP breast implants. They discussed the treatment they had all received so farA De..more

22
Feb

The New South Glasgow Hospitals Campus will in the very near future have much of its deliveries of equipment and goods performed by a team of robots.The first of 22 new robots have been ordered for u..more

22
Feb

The NHS is calling on medical device manufacturers to offer financial and factual support to trusts across the UK after a study revealed that two thirds of organisations have failed to introduce sa..more

22
Feb

A top surgeon says a deal that sees Britain’s first private healthcare firm take over the running of an NHS hospital is “great news for the health service”.The 10-year deal involving Circle i..more

21
Feb

NHS deputy chief executive David Flory has published a guide that SHA Clusters can use to approve an extended duration for the NHS Standard Contract.NHS deputy chief executive David Flory on Friday (..more

21
Feb

Medicines management departments within hospitals, practices and prisons should take note of three reports recently published by the NPC.The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) has published three repo..more

17
Feb

News highlights this fortnight are: New SDU publication highlights leadership and public support What are you doing on NHS Sustainability Day? Entries open for Carbon Reduction Award To view t..more

17
Feb

The BMA has called for a delay in the rollout of the NHS 111 phoneline, citing concerns that the service still needs much more work.The British Medical Association (BMA) has voiced "serious concerns"..more

17
Feb

Patients’ online reviews of hospitals closely match other objective measures of hospital performance, an independent study has revealed.Patients’ ratings of hospitals tally with objective measure..more

15
Feb

New research on how C. difficile is transmitted in hospitals shows that preventing person-to-person infections may have little impact on curbing the spread of the superbug.“We don’t know what cau..more

14
Feb

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the director general of research and development and chief scientific adviser for the Department ofHealth and NHS, has issued updated advice for safe operation of water d..more

14
Feb

The Department of Health national cancer director Professor Sir Mike Richards has announced that the government is set to invest £150 million to develop proton beam therapy services in the UK. The D..more

13
Feb

Health unions, employers and the government have published a refreshed Partnership Agreement that details how they intend to co-operate to help make NHS policy work best for staff and patients.The So..more

08
Feb

In the future, doctors, nurses and other health professionals could control almost £65 billion of NHS funding, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today.In addition, around £5.2 billion would..more

07
Feb

This week is National Apprenticeship week and to celebrate this NHS Yorkshire and the Humber has been working with a number of NHS Trusts to develop some apprentice case studies.“Putting the case..more

06
Feb

Seven NHS hospital Trusts who have demonstrated that they face serious structural financial issues may receive additional support from the Department of Health if they can demonstrate that they can..more

03
Feb

Today the NHS SDU launches its new publication 'Sustainability in the NHS: Health Check 2012'.   To view the full bulletin click here  

03
Feb

The Government has outlined its plans to further improve the Health and Social Care Bill as it prepares to re-enter the House of Lords next week.  As the Health and Social Care Bill has progressed t..more

31
Jan

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that as many as 300 frontline staff at NHS Direct could lose their jobs. The organisation plans to introduce new roster arrangements to cut costs as th..more

27
Jan

We have a consultation Targeted Peer Review: Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures (CFPP) 01-01: Management and decontamination of surgical instruments used in acute care (Parts A – E)..more

27
Jan

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has accused the British Medical Association (BMA) of opposing “every important reform” of the NHS since its beginnings over 60 years ago, said a report in The In..more

27
Jan

The DH has today announced its plans for a limited company to take the PCT estate not transferring to NHS providers, by way of a written ministerial statement laid before ParliamentClick here to read..more

19
Jan

Patients across the country will benefit as the NHS receives a cash injection of up to £100 million to boost services in their communities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announcedThe Departm..more

19
Jan

News highlights this fortnight are:   Tender application runs out this Friday Sustainability in the NHS: Health Check 2012.  Ready for launch Sustainability Day of Action - what are you doing? ..more

18
Jan

The head of the NHS Confederation has warned of a potential loss of confidence in the NHS unless political and healthcare leaders make a compelling case to the public for changes to the delivery o..more

18
Jan

The Department of Health is to make an additional £150 million available to local authorities, to help people leave hospital more quickly and receive care at home, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley ..more

09
Jan

News highlights this fortnight are: Tender applications required. David Pencheon awarded an OBE To view the full bulletin click here  

09
Jan

A NEW member of the team is joining NHS London to help hospitals in the capital make vital savings to achieve foundation trust status. Heather Lawrence, current Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westmin..more

09
Jan

Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered health and social care services to be merged in order to benefit patients and improve care. According to a report in The Guardian Newspaper, at the moment hea..more

09
Jan

The county’s first Hospital Watch scheme is up and running in Chelmsford. The scheme, which launched at Broomfield Hospital in November, aims to make the hospital a safer place for patients, visito..more

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