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The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide £107m to support construction of the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham. The hospital is sc..more

15
Dec

The Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) has raised new concerns about the performance of the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.   The PAC..more

14
Dec

Older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service, is taking an early lead on the NHS workforce health and wellbeing drive by pledging to transform its 500+ hospital cafés, shops and trolley service..more

10
Dec

A need for more collaboration between clinical and managerial leaders in the NHS in Wales has been identified by ‘The State of Surgery in Wales’ report, published by the Royal College of Surgeons..more

09
Dec

The 2015 Takeover Challenge proved the perfect opportunity for young people from a local NHS Trust to get stuck in and get their hands dirty.     The Takeover Challenge is an extension of Takeov..more

07
Dec

apetito, a leading food provider for care homes, hospitals and community meals services, has met its aim of raising £40,000 throughout 2015 for dementia charities – a month early! ..more

04
Dec

Norovirus outbreaks have dropped by 91% at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth, as shown in a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety, following the implementation of a multidimens..more

02
Dec

For the second year running, waste and resource management providers have been crowned the most effective solution for NHS Trusts looking to save money. Online reuse platform Warp It topped th..more

26
Nov

For the second year running, waste and resource management providers have been crowned the most effective solution for NHS Trusts looking to save money. Online reuse platform Warp It topped ..more

26
Nov

New on the DH/NHS England website – Week ending 22 November 2015     The bulletin now also includes links to the Health & Social Care Information Centre’s statistical publications.   ..more

25
Nov

When NHS Tayside recognised the opportunity to reduce operating costs by preventing boiler dry cycling, Sabien Technology was commissioned to verify the cost savings delivered by its M2G boiler load ..more

24
Nov

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced funding of up to £150m for the UK’s first Dementia Research Institute to drive forward research and innovation in fighting dementia. Led by the Me..more

23
Nov

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Wiltshire Council and NHS England have confirmed all community child health services in Wiltshire will be privatised.* A five-year contract worth £64m has bee..more

19
Nov

Polyflor’s wood effect Forest fx PUR vinyl flooring was chosen by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to create a welcoming dementia-friendly care zone in two reconfigured wards at Croydon University..more

17
Nov

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to become home to an 80 - 100 bed world-class hospital facility and several clinics which will all be fully integrated with King’s College Hospital’..more

12
Nov

The winner of the Code4Health open source software competition has been announced as the OpenEyes™ Electronic Medical Record application, led by Moorfields Eye Hospital. The Code4Health competiti..more

10
Nov

NHS England is to begin gathering baseline data on providers’ technological capabilities for a digital maturity index. The digital maturity index will give a national picture of how far the NHS has..more

09
Nov

In its annual statement on care quality in the NHS, QualityWatch warns of clear signals that quality is declining in some important areas. Developed in partnership by the Nuffield Trust and the Heal..more

27
Oct

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a further clampdown on staffing agencies and the payment of NHS managers employed through agencies. A cap on charges will limit the amount that can be charg..more

26
Oct

International total facilities management (TFM) provider OCS, which was first appointed by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in 2008, will continue to deliver soft services for t..more

22
Oct

Developers interested in building a health project, such as a clinic or health centre, to cutting-edge sustainable design levels can benefit from a substantial support package from Saint-Gobain. The..more

09
Oct

FM’s top 10 emerging tech trends for 2016   FM providers must stay on top of trends to remain competitive and relevant as the industry adapts to meet changing standards and growing demands. Base..more

08
Oct

Millions of patients will benefit from ground-breaking plans for 7-day access to both their GPs and hospitals, the Prime Minister has announced. David Cameron has revealed details of a new, voluntar..more

06
Oct

SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, has announced the launch of its latest clinically-led competition which ..more

05
Oct

Addenbrooke’s, one of the largest and best known hospitals in the UK, is using latest RFID technology from Harland Simon for inventory control and the efficient provision of supplies to their busy ..more

02
Oct

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has announced radical new options for the future of local hospitals across the NHS. The new models being developed by 13 new hospital Vanguards represent the..more

01
Oct

There is no doubt that the increasing use of mobile devices, such as smartphones, has transformed the way healthcare providers communicate and that this growing trend has the power to revolutionise t..more

25
Sep

Online counseling service, PlusGuidance, has welcomed the appointment of the first Shadow Minister for Mental Health by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree has b..more

23
Sep

In the first report in a new Health series, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has urged health leaders to work to ensure that the £22bn savings being asked of the NHS act to stimula..more

22
Sep

Specialist parking operator, VINCI Park UK’s contracts with Lister and Addenbrooke’s hospitals have both successfully achieved accreditation to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS). ..more

17
Sep

BPP University School of Health is to host a guest lecture covering the challenges of leadership in today's healthcare environment. The event will mark the first in a series of complementary guest l..more

16
Sep

A new national service has been launched to provide expert advice and guidance on cyber security threats and best practice to the NHS and other health and care organisations. CareCERT (Care Computing..more

15
Sep

An ‘out of this world’ flooring design using Polyflor’s vinyl flooring has helped to bring an extra dose of fun to a play room at the Nightingale children’s ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospita..more

10
Sep

In its report into why 91% of Trusts failed to meet the A&E four-hour maximum waiting time standard during last winter, health regulator, Monitor, has found the problem was not in A&E departm..more

07
Sep

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has announced a major drive to improve the health and wellbeing of 1.3m health service staff, in a bid to benefit both staff and taxpayers. Estimates from P..more

04
Sep

NHS hospitals and health Trusts have been told that their financial plans are 'simply unaffordable', with calls for urgent change without impacting the care of patients. There were a staggering 100..more

03
Sep

The Department of Health is inviting views from a range of stakeholders about the operation of the new Independent Patient Safety Investigations Service (IPSIS), which will operate from April 2016. ..more

01
Sep

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest hospital Trusts in England, is using RFID Discovery from Harland Simon to automatically track the location of 3000 mobile medic..more

28
Aug

This month marks the first anniversary of construction work for the new Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment. Although the cranes, bulldozers and rollers only arrived on site 12 months ago, the landscape..more

26
Aug

Caterer and facilities management service provider Servest has acquired the energy efficiency business Llewellyn Smith to further expand its energy management provision. Llewellyn Smith is a market ..more

24
Aug

Hygiena International reports that an increasing number of hospitals are seeing the benefits of using Hygiena SystemSURE Plus ATP hygiene monitoring equipment for the verification of cleaning. The im..more

21
Aug

The award-winning Living Well, which helps people take control of their lives and reduce their dependency on health and care services, has led to a 34 per cent* reduction in emergency hospital admiss..more

19
Aug

Managed Services, part of Travis Perkins plc, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has donated £3000 towards new playground equipment for t..more

17
Aug

apetito, a leading UK food producer for the health and social care sector, has joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of socially conscious companies, trade unions and NGOs th..more

12
Aug

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (NWRSIC), part of the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, has entered into a formal partnership with the Sandpipers respite break centre in South..more

10
Aug

A new White Paper from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) examines how innovative financing techniques are helping to drive growth in industry, healthcare and infrastructure by enabling investment in t..more

07
Aug

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant has been re-appointed as Chair of NHS England from 31 October 2015 for three years. Sir Malcolm originally took up the post in 2011 as founding chairman of the NHS Commis..more

05
Aug

Thanks to a national charity ‘moving on up’ to Newcastle to help improve the quality of life for people in hospitals, care homes and day centres through the use of professional live music, patien..more

03
Aug

More than £150,000 will be awarded to new ideas to address England’s biggest healthcare challenges in the first wave of this year’s NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes. The Challenge is part of a b..more

31
Jul

The long-awaited NHS Leadership Review, conducted by Lord Rose, a former M&S CEO has been published. ‘Better leadership for tomorrow’ includes 19 recommendations, all of which have been accep..more

29
Jul

Following the Prime Minister’s 2012 challenge to improve dementia care by 2015, PAS 1365 Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England has been published by BSI, ..more

28
Jul

DuPont™ Corian® has enabled art, poetry and local storytelling
to create ‘landmarks’ at the new NHS hospital in Glasgow.
 The South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick..more

22
Jul

Compass Group UK & Ireland has successfully secured a new 10-year contract to deliver retail, food and beverage offers at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in a ten year deal worth..more

21
Jul

BSI, the business standards company has revised BS 7273-4:2015 Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures - Part 4: Actuation of release mechanisms for doors. It was developed usi..more

20
Jul

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has set out the government’s vision for a patient-led, transparent and safer NHS. He called for a profound culture change which would put power into the hands of ..more

15
Jul

The employers’ organisation, CBI, is warning that more than half of employers fear growth in the British economy will be held back by skills shortages. Construction and manufacturing are said to be..more

09
Jul

Content management specialist SynApps Solutions is delighted to announce that four NHS hospital organisations have now selected a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) content platform, based on the Enterpris..more

08
Jul

Goldshield is currently working with the NHS, London Underground and other public sectors to reduce the spread of pathogens and super bugs such as Norovirus. Goldshield’s new cleaning technology of..more

06
Jul

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has called for a new social contract between the public, health and care services. In a speech to the Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference in Harrog..more

01
Jul

G4S Facilities Management has played an important role in supporting Birmingham Heartlands Hospital treat patients with suspected Ebola. The hospital, one of the few in the UK where patients can be t..more

30
Jun

As the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) challenges the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s criticism of temporary staffing agencies supplying the NHS as “simply not supported by..more

25
Jun

A spokesperson for a leading food service equipment manufacturer has urged kitchen operators nationwide to remain vigilant about food standards, ahead of the release of new sentencing guidelines for ..more

25
Jun

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a clampdown on staffing agencies charging the NHS exorbitant rates as part of tough new financial controls to cut down on waste in the NHS. Tackling staf..more

25
Jun

  Energy management service specialist, Veolia, has won a contract with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for the delivery of two combined heat and power (CHP) units to its new hospital,..more

25
Jun

Ryhurst, the specialist partner in providing land and asset solutions for the health and social care markets, has launched a Strategic Estates Partnership (SEP) advisory capability to complement its ..more

24
Jun

A new, tablet-based solution with the capability to help caterers cut food waste in half has been launched by Go Green Tomato. LeanPath Zap is an affordable and effective way to monitor and prevent..more

17
Jun

An independent report carried out for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles says hospitals could save billions of pounds by better use of staff, medicines, supplies and more efficient proc..more

16
Jun

Following the government’s announcement that it would clamp down on expensive staffing agencies as part of new financial controls to cut out waste in the NHS, a Suffolk nurse has joined the debate,..more

12
Jun

The government has announced that Monitor and the Trust Development Authority (TDA) are to work more closely together with a move to a shared, single leadership. Monitor and TDA are the organisation..more

03
Jun

Sealed Air has announced the acquisition of certain assets of Intellibot Robotics LLC, a US-based privately owned company that has pioneered the development of commercial floor cleaning robots. The ..more

01
Jun

A new report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) underlines the imminent shortfall the health and social care services sector faces in staffing levels by 2022. The report, ‘Skil..more

28
May

In his final message before the general election, the Secretary of State for Health has thanked all NHS staff “for pulling out all the stops and achieving remarkable results despite the huge pressu..more

20
May

A spokesperson for a leading food service equipment manufacturer has urged kitchen operators nationwide to remain vigilant about food standards, ahead of the release of new sentencing guidelines for ..more

19
May

Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel hosted the 18th Annual National Conference and Exhibition of the Healthcare Estates & Facilities Management Association, HefmA. An inspiring and varied programme of sp..more

05
May

Following the publication of the independent Hospital Food Standards Panel’s report on standards for food and drink in NHS hospitals in August 2014, the Department of Health has published a toolkit..more

30
Apr

The World Health Organisation’s annual world hand hygiene day will this year be held on Tuesday, May 5. The theme of the event is “Hand hygiene is your entrance door” and the aim is to reinforc..more

29
Apr

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has been working with Vodafone to implement a mobile working solution to help improve the efficiency and quality of patient care in the community. The selection ..more

27
Apr

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) – an organisation that explores risk assessment, knowledge sharing and best practices in the fight against infectious d..more

23
Apr

The creation of a new, single body for Wales to strategically oversee workforce planning and commission education and training places for the NHS in Wales is one of the headline recommendations of an..more

21
Apr

May 5th is an important diary date for healthcare workers across the globe because it provides an annual focus point for the World Health Organisation’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. The p..more

17
Apr

HefmA has produced guidance for its Members to help them understand their responsibilities when using social media.   For access to the guidance and download the document, please click here.   If y..more

17
Apr

Paul Farmer, the CEO of mental health charity, Mind, will chair the new Taskforce set up by NHS England to develop a five-year national strategy for mental health for people of all ages. The launch o..more

16
Apr

G4S Facilities Management (G4S FM) has announced its cleaning contract at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been extended for a further three years and new services have been added as the company takes o..more

14
Apr

NHS Property Services, which is responsible for one of the largest property portfolios in Europe, has announced a new partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the profe..more

09
Apr

A spokesperson for a leading food service equipment manufacturer has urged kitchen operators nationwide to remain vigilant about food standards, ahead of the release of new sentencing guideline..more

08
Apr

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan claims that the healthcare industry can offer more efficient customer care and communication through the use of cloud-based data storage solutions.  The Futu..more

02
Apr

Following the publication of the independent Hospital Food Standards Panel’s report on standards for food and drink in NHS hospitals in August 2014, the Department of Health has published a t..more

02
Apr

News highlights this fortnight are: EAC inquiry into sustainability in the NHS Shortlist Announced for NHS Sustainability Awards Developing a green anaesthesia agenda To view the full bulletin clic..more

31
Mar

In his final message before the general election, the Secretary of State for Health has thanked all NHS staff “for pulling out all the stops and achieving remarkable results despite the..more

24
Mar

The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) is teaming up with Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) to organise a free half-day seminar that will help those responsible for property understand their ob..more

24
Mar

GMB, the union for care home staff, has supported the warning from Britain's biggest providers of care homes for the elderly that cuts to public funding for residents are "unsustainable" and that mor..more

19
Mar

A variety of Polyflor’s vinyl flooring has been installed across a major redevelopment and conservation project at the Acre Mills Outpatient facility, a Grade II listed former wire mill building in..more

19
Mar

This week (March 16 – 22) is Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 and hospital Trusts, care homes and other healthcare premises across the world have special activities planned to help raise awareness..more

19
Mar

NHS England has announced action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce. The move follows recent reports that have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership ..more

10
Mar

When it comes to the safe, reliable and energy efficient temperature controlled storage for drugs and vaccines, two of London's largest hospitals - St Barts and The Royal London Hospital - have turne..more

05
Mar

News highlights this fortnight are: Website maps climate disadvantage 'hot spots' Sustainability in mental health Shape research into the relationship between the environment and human health To vi..more

03
Mar

UK supplier of interim building solutions, Portakabin Hire, has completed the first phase of construction of a major project to expand ward and theatre accommodation for orthopaedic services at Royal..more

03
Mar

Greater Manchester and NHS England have announced groundbreaking plans around the future of health and social care with a signed memorandum agreeing to bring together health and social care budgets ..more

03
Mar

An investigation by Sky News has reported that thousands of man-hours were wasted this winter in England as ambulance crews had to queue at Accident & Emergency departments because hospitals were..more

27
Feb

The Competition and Markets Authority, CMA, has referred a proposed merger of two hospital Trusts in Surrey for an in-depth investigation to assess whether it would be in patients' interests. The CMA..more

26
Feb

Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Chairman of regulator Monitor, has visited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to see how an NHS organisation is developing services for the benefit of patients. Ba..more

25
Feb

The Government has published a new report on dementia, highlighting progress that has been made on improving dementia care, support and research since the launch of the Prime Minister’s Challen..more

19
Feb

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has signed a ground-breaking strategic estates partnership agreement with Ryhurst to deliver a wide-ranging estates strategy that supports the Trust in the delivery of e..more

17
Feb

The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, established in July 2014 by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, has published its first paper.Speaking at the launch of the paper, economist ..more

12
Feb

Regional Specialist Hospital WSSK in Wroclaw is rolling out antimicrobial copper touch surfaces throughout the hospital.The hospital is among the first healthcare facilities in Poland to install copp..more

11
Feb

NHS England will close many of the 58 residential hospitals where people with learning disabilities are still being sent to live, despite a government pledge to move people out of these facilities...more

04
Feb

News highlights this fortnight are: How does your organisation compare to its neighbour? Sustainable models of care - environmental footprint of patient pathways Entries now open for the 2degrees Aw..more

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