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The National Quality Board (NQB) has published a new framework that will promote improved quality criteria across all national health organisations for the first time. The new publication provides a ..more

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Dec

NHS England has announced £101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards.The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and..more

20
Dec

Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 will be held from March 13 - 19 and all healthcare organisations in the UK and around the world are invited to get involved.Recent news headlines have highlighted th..more

16
Dec

HefmA has signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp) and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) to formally develop a closer working ..more

05
Dec

The largest ever survey of NHS Trust Chairs and Chief Executives has revealed rising concern over the growing NHS ‘workforce gap’. The State of the NHS Provider Sector report, released by NHS Pro..more

02
Dec

Shocking new statistics have been revealed that show the growing scale of the problem of malnutrition in British hospitals. The figures emerged when Jonathan Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, asked N..more

30
Nov

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England and UK government adviser, has appointed an expert advisory board to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GA..more

23
Nov

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched new plans to reduce infections in the NHS. He announced government plans to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020 at an infection ..more

21
Nov

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council (Northumbria) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd (IUHP) in support of the In..more

17
Nov

GMB London, the union for ambulance staff, reports that ambulance services across the South East, East and London are consistently failing to achieve vital targets set for response times for the ..more

14
Nov

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) offer the best hope to improve health and care services despite having been beset by problems so far, according to a new report from The King's Fund. Th..more

10
Nov

A key presentation at the Infection Control show within the Patient First conference on 22 November will look at a simple engineering solution to help fight the global threat of antibiotic resist..more

09
Nov

NHS ENGLAND’S Chief Executive Simon Stevens has today announced details of proposed new action to cut obesity and reduce the sales and consumption of sugary drinks sold in hospitals. England ..more

08
Nov

Taking a new approach to designing city streets and other transport infrastructure could make a significant impact on improving public physical and mental health, according to a report by Arup, B..more

04
Nov

GMB members and staff from Docklands Medical Services have been informed that troubled patient transport provider Coperforma is to leave the Sussex PTS contract over the coming months. The move will..more

03
Nov

Outsourced textile services provider, Berendsen, has won the award for Best Sustainability Policy at the inaugural Laundry & Cleaning News Awards. The award recognises the company’s commitment ..more

31
Oct

NHS England has announced a £42m Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) to support pharmacy to transform how it operates across the NHS for the benefit of patients over the next two years. The Pharmacy I..more

28
Oct

Shops, restaurants and catering companies selling food in NHS hospitals have been rated for their commitment to healthy eating in a league table compiled by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food. The..more

27
Oct

GMB, the union for health and care workers, has welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s annual report confirming that government cuts to social care have caused record levels of bed-blocking and str..more

26
Oct

HefmA National Chair, Paul Fenton, shared the stage with Julian Amey, Chief Executive of IHEEM - at the recent Healthcare Estates conference in Manchester to outline the latest phase of co-operation ..more

25
Oct

A newly published briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit offers and how organisations can b..more

24
Oct

Following the CQC’s approval of the Now GP/Dr Now health app as ‘safe’, the app developer, Now Healthcare Group, has been selected to establish best practice for all health apps under Health Se..more

21
Oct

The efforts of UK campaigners, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in highlighting the threat posed to modern healthcare by antimicrobial resistance (AM..more

18
Oct

A new international management system standard, ISO 41001, Facilities management – Management systems – Requirements for Guidance for Use is now under development. The ISO standard aims to furthe..more

10
Oct

Minister for Health Lord Prior is setting up the Burden Reduction Challenge Panel in partnership with NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England. The panel will look at evidence of both the b..more

06
Oct

Two new financial incentives to improve mental health care for children and young people and for people with mental health needs attending A&E have been announced as part of recently issued plann..more

28
Sep

For two days in October (4 & 5), Manchester will once again host one of the UK's biggest events for healthcare Facilities and Estates management, focusing on energy and efficiency, hospital engin..more

22
Sep

Projects working to tackle the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are being invited to compete for a capital investment grant from Innovate UK. Funding awards are likely to be in..more

21
Sep

UKCharge, the recently established mobile phone charging kiosk company has struck a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and two NHS hospital Trusts to place its Brightbox Mark 3 units. The Bar..more

19
Sep

Twelve NHS hospital trusts have been selected to trail blaze new ways of using digital technology to drive radical improvements in the care of patients. Known as “digital exemplars”, they will e..more

15
Sep

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust has appointed specialist provider of health estate management services, Ryhurst, as its long-term joint venture partner to work in partnership to deliver an ambit..more

13
Sep

NHS England has set out its plans for enhancing the quality of care and improving access to seven-day pharmacy services for patients in acute hospitals. The report, ‘Transformation of Seven Day Cli..more

09
Sep

A surprising outcome of the growing use of encryption technology is an increase in cyber-attacks, according to a new report from A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a technology leader in application networki..more

30
Aug

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has confirmed Virgin Care as its preferred bidder to coordinate over 200 health and care services in people’s homes and communities in the ..more

26
Aug

Royal Voluntary Service, the older people’s charity, is the first hospital retailer to achieve the Scottish Grocers Federation Healthcare Retail Standard (HRS), part of the Scottish Government’s ..more

24
Aug

Barnsley Hospital is embracing technology to improve patient care with the introduction of a new app for assessing ward areas. The hospital was only the second in the country to implement the Perfect..more

19
Aug

A new free online course is aiming to give people working in health and social care organisations the skills and confidence to improve the quality of healthcare provision. The six-week course is des..more

17
Aug

The NHS today has taken action to dramatically cut the annual Trust deficit, and sharpen the direct accountability of Trusts and CCGs to live within the public resources made available by Parliament ..more

15
Aug

Mitie has secured an extensive contract to provide general grounds and gardens services for 31 Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust sites. The contract has been awarded for three years initially, to ..more

11
Aug

Mobile healthcare (mHealth) organisation, Now Healthcare Group believes it will help to ease the burden on the NHS after being chosen to be part of the new ‘DigitalHealth.London Accelerator’ prog..more

09
Aug

A first-of-its-kind study has been published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study shows a direct correlation between using data from the DebMed® Electronic Hand Hygiene monitoring..more

05
Aug

People with disabilities will benefit from improved health and care after new requirements come into force, ensuring they receive easily accessible information and support. The Accessible Informatio..more

03
Aug

Action on Sugar is calling on the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, to speedily and rapidly revise the content of David Cameron’s long overdue Childhood Obesity Strategy. By all accounts, the public..more

01
Aug

The Securing Healthy Returns report, which analyses the financial value of key sustainability measures in the NHS, states that combined heat and power (CHP) provides the biggest energy saving opportu..more

26
Jul

Barts Health NHS Trust has teamed up with the Greater London Authority (GLA), its four London boroughs and behavioural change charity, Global Action Plan, to address the effects of air pollution, whi..more

22
Jul

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced three key appointments to help transform how the NHS uses technology and information.The creation of these roles reflects recommendations in the forthco..more

20
Jul

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first NHS facility to order Boka Food’s all green traffic light cereal bars. The Boka bars have gone on sale in staff and visitor restaurants and ..more

11
Jul

Following the recent completion of NHS Property Services’ national rationalisation exercise to streamline its facilities management contracts, the company has updated on progress, with £15m saving..more

08
Jul

A packed two-day programme has been announced for the 2016 Health and Care Innovation Expo, which will be held at Manchester Central on September 7-8.The programme includes presentations by a host of..more

07
Jul

Kafoodle, the company behind the UK’s simple yet smart hospitality menu management software, is set to launch a ground-breaking new system designed for the healthcare sector, with the help of a sub..more

04
Jul

In a speech to the NHS Confederation Conference in Manchester in June, Simon Stevens, the CEO of NHS England said the time for reviews is over and now it is time to start implementing plans for chang..more

01
Jul

It's good to share. Even better when it's in the interest of the health and wellbeing of the nation as well as the ongoing professional development of NHS staff. KnowledgeShare, a web application cr..more

29
Jun

Forward Thinking Birmingham, the first mental health service for 0-25 year-olds in the country, has gone live using Carenotes from Advanced as its electronic patient record solution. Carenotes will e..more

27
Jun

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest acute hospital trusts in England, has selected Harland Simon to supply a STANLEY Healthcare real time location tracking system (RTLS) to im..more

24
Jun

David Cameron’s obesity plan is set to fail before it is even launched, claims Action on Sugar.Action on Sugar is a group of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health. It has learn..more

22
Jun

Collaborative procurement hub, NHS London Procurement Partnership (‘LPP’), is to build an Outpatient Pharmacy Dispensing framework agreement, supporting trust pharmacy teams to meet some of the r..more

16
Jun

Ubisense Group plc (AIM:UBI), a leader in enterprise location intelligence solutions, has been awarded two projects to adapt its Dimension4 real-time precision tracking technology and SmartSpace soft..more

15
Jun

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp) held its 2016 Professional Development Forum at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire last week (June 8 - 10). The Forum featured an interactive ..more

14
Jun

Software provider, Advanced, has been selected by NHS Scotland to implement a powerful business analytics application in partnership with IBM. The application will be rolled out across NHS Scotland..more

13
Jun

Polyflor, the UK's commercial and residential vinyl flooring specialist, has launched a new CPD seminar on the topic of dementia-friendly flooring approved by both the Royal Institute of British Arch..more

10
Jun

Over 8,000 NHS workers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire can now use a specially-developed app to cut congestion, and the stress of their daily commute. North Bristol NHS Trust is the latest ..more

09
Jun

Aimed at engineers and commercial property owners, AirSource is hosting a free seminar discussing the new EU regulations surrounding the move to lower GWP refrigerants. Taking place at Spinningfield..more

06
Jun

The Healthcare Buildings Forum (HBF) 2016 will be held on June 30 and July 1, 2016 at Whittlebury Hall, Silverstone, Northamptonshire. The event has been specifically developed to meet the needs of t..more

02
Jun

Healthcare in the City of Manchester would benefit from the creation of a single new NHS Trust is the conclusion of the Single Hospital Service Review undertaken by Sir Jonathan Michael and due to be..more

01
Jun

Soil Association’s Food for Life Hospital Leaders Programme is now offering a package of support designed to help NHS Trusts to meet or exceed the requirements of the new NHS Staff Health and Wellb..more

31
May

The Department of Health have issued revised HTM 04-01 documents: Parts A, B and C. Please click on the links below to download each document. Part A: Design, installation and commissioning Part B:..more

31
May

The CQC has issued its strategy for the period from 2016 - 2021 Read the five year strategy document here Read what it means for health and social care here

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May

A new White Paper published by apetito, a leading food producer for the health and social care sector, has highlighted a lack of awareness and healthcare training for dysphagia, a condition that affe..more

16
May

New policy recommendations on preventing occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs were launched in the European Parliament on 26 April 2016, an important new initiative designed to protect healthcare..more

13
May

According to global data insights from HappyOrNot, which specialises in customer and employee satisfaction reporting, the UK is ranked number 10 for patient satisfaction. The data insight comprised..more

11
May

Poor quality hospital food is undermining the health of NHS workers, a survey from UNISON and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food (CBHF) has warned today. Nurses and other health employees are be..more

09
May

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementi..more

06
May

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has released new research that reveals that global healthcare organisations are using smart finance to transform their delivery of healthcare services. Over half of h..more

04
May

Health and housing organisations from across the south came together to promote healthy living and fight illness at a special conference led by one of the region’s foremost housing, care and suppor..more

02
May

Three million patients have begun to access new apps, safety devices, online networks, and a host of other new technologies and services during the first nine months of a pioneering NHS programme.68 ..more

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Apr

From July 2016, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will change its name to NHS Digital, building on the role it plays in directly supporting the NHS and social care services. Noel ..more

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Apr

The GS1 UK Annual Healthcare Conference 2016, which took place on April 12-13, was dominated by one central theme: how to improve operational efficiency, patient experience and safety through GS1 sta..more

25
Apr

Skin care specialist, Deb is proud to be partnering with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ campaign day on the 5th May, 2016 – an initiative that seeks to d..more

21
Apr

Agency staffing pay caps are failing to reduce ‘off-framework’ spend, claims healthcare recruitment agency, MSI Group. Its research, which was obtained from Freedom of Information requests sent ..more

19
Apr

NHS England has announced a new nationwide system for purchasing expensive medical devices and implants which will see savings of over £60 million ploughed back into specialist care in its first two..more

18
Apr

digitalenergy has launched a major new campaign to help organisations cut costs and carbon emissions by taking total control of the power they use. The ‘Know Your Energy’ campaign promotes great..more

14
Apr

Hybrid mail company CFH Docmail has launched the latest software release of Dotpost, its secure online document delivery and depository portal, which includes modifications designed to help organisat..more

13
Apr

Award-winning app development agency, Appitized Health, has hosted an informative seminar for healthcare professionals and those interested in mobile technology for the health industry. The event foc..more

08
Apr

Elior UK has agreed a 15-year deal worth £2.1m per annum with Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to transform the Trust’s retail and dining outlets. The redevelopment will create..more

07
Apr

The newly formed NHS Improvement, launched at the beginning of April, has issued its first national policy, designed to protect whistleblowers within the NHS ‘Freedom to speak up: raising concerns..more

01
Apr

NHS Property Services has completed the second phase of its national procurement exercise to streamline its facilities management contracts. This will not only save approximately 20% on the £200 mil..more

30
Mar

Lexacom, a leading supplier of digital dictation solutions for NHS Primary Care, has announced a new and exclusive partnership with Docman, a leading supplier of advanced electronic document manageme..more

29
Mar

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT), a provider of health and wellbeing services for some 1.4 million people, has improved patient safety and care using Datix software to drive consistently e..more

25
Mar

National health and care bodies in England have published details of the 44 ‘footprint’ areas that will bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to develop loca..more

24
Mar

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals from catering, foodservice, retail and manufacturing..more

23
Mar

Fuel Card Services has teamed up with Applied Driving Techniques to offer fleet operators a free Compliance Health Check. This provides major cost savings, fewer road collisions and protected corpora..more

18
Mar

NHS England has set aside £55 million to reward GPs and hospitals to switching to making referrals digitally by 2018, calling time on the practice of referring patients to hospital by second class p..more

17
Mar

NHS England has launched the world’s largest healthcare incentive scheme for hospitals, family doctors and other health service providers to prevent the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.Und..more

16
Mar

ENGIE (formerly Cofely GDF SUEZ) has been awarded a £29 million Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) framework contract through the Liverpool Energy Collaboration CEF Scheme. Within the framework, which wil..more

08
Mar

Richard Kirton and Ian Cannon from North Tees Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust fought off competition from seven other hospital chef teams to take home Silver Best in Class at the coveted Salon Culina..more

04
Mar

Parking charges at hospitals in England have been voted the most disliked of all parking fees in a survey carried out by the RAC. In the survey 64% of motorists said that hospital parking charges we..more

03
Mar

18th - 20th May 2016   The 2016 leadership forum will be held at the Telford International Centre. The excellent transport links for rail, air and road make attending easy for conference d..more

01
Mar

NHS Property Services has completed a national procurement exercise to streamline its facilities management contracts. This will not only save approximately 20% on the £200 million contracts which a..more

17
Feb

The Department of Health has announced an extra £1 billion will be invested in mental health care by 2021 and a million more people will get mental health support. The announcement follows the publ..more

16
Feb

The Hospital Caterers Association’s (HCA) biennial Hot Cookery competition returns to the Live Theatre at Hotelympia on Thursday March 3, at 1.15 pm.   Eight finalist teams will have one hour t..more

15
Feb

Review will look at ways to improve NHS IT, including electronic health records, to achieve a paper free health and care system by 2020.   IT expert Professor Bob Wachter has launched a review of ..more

05
Feb

Hospitals must standardise procedures, be more transparent and work more closely with neighbouring NHS trusts, says new Carter Review.  Lord Carter has advised Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that imp..more

02
Feb

As part of the latest step in a major refurbishment programme, Lanes Group has been commissioned to carry out a comprehensive CCTV drainage survey at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The results will help t..more

02
Feb

According to NHS England, the NHS and wider health and care sector is over the first hurdle in the race to reach carbon reduction targets and help limit the effects of climate change. A report from ..more

01
Feb

From 1 February 2016 Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales will be bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing offenders who have been convicted of breaking health and safety law..more

19
Jan

Yorkshire Ambulance Service requires an inspirational and experienced leader to join our senior leadership team, enabling us to execute our Mission and make our Vision a reality whilst consistently d..more

15
Jan

The 2016 theme Lean on Me; Compassion, Culture & Compliance will cover a myriad of topics including looking into the experiences of the patient, the importance of forming strong partnerships and ..more

08
Jan

The leaders of the national health and care bodies in England have set out steps to help local organisations plan over the next six years to deliver a sustainable, transformed health service and to i..more

06
Jan

The Royal Stoke University Hospital has become the first NHS hospital with a fully Pod-fitted bay. The hospital’s Elderly Care Unit has increased its single occupancy room capacity following the in..more

04
Jan

According to the Department of Health, figures released by the health regulator, NHS Improvement, show the amount hospitals spent on management consultants fell by £42 million over the last few mont..more

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