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Two of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country have come together to create one of the largest NHS healthcare organisations in Greater Manchester and the North West, in what is being described as an ..more

15
Dec

The former St Bartholomew's Hospital in New Road, Rochester, is to be offered for sale on the open market.   Medway Clinical Commissioning Group declared the hospital surplus to the needs of the NH..more

07
Dec

A new hospital, to be built on donated land by a private property developer, is one of two options for urgent, emergency and acute medical care being considered by healthcare commissioners in East Ke..more

05
Dec

Applications are now open for NHS digital leaders of the future to train at the NHS Digital Academy. The Academy, delivered by a partnership of Imperial College, Harvard Medical School and The U..more

30
Nov

New research from Frost & Sullivan: 'Growth Opportunity Assessment of Healthcare IT market in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain', concludes that the focus needs to move from healthcar..more

28
Nov

Experts at the University of Warwick have produced microscopic footage of the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria being wiped out in just two hours on an antimicrobial treated ‘intelligent’ surfa..more

27
Nov

In his autumn budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an additional £6.3 billion of funding for the NHS in England to be spent on frontline services and upgrading essential buildings and facilit..more

23
Nov

Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox provides valuable tips on how to keep your fire doors working as they should – and keep you on the right side of the law. Following the Grenfell Tower tra..more

17
Nov

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has warned. Without deals in place to guarantee the rights of EU staff, secure vital cross border tr..more

15
Nov

Three leading health charities have warned that the government must find at least £4 billion more for the NHS in the Budget to stop patient care deteriorating next year. New analysis in a briefing f..more

10
Nov

Half (51%) of NHS Trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the last year, while just 6% believe it has improved, according to The King’s Fund’s new quarterly mo..more

08
Nov

A new report from the think tank Reform argues that the current system of central commissioning of public services, including healthcare, is not delivering value for money. 'Vive-la-Devolution' says ..more

07
Nov

The shortlist for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 has been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony to be held on November 14 at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead. Now in its 14th year, the..more

02
Nov

A new, independent special health authority has been established to tackle NHS fraud. The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA), headed up by interim CEO Sue Frith, is tasked with leading the fight ag..more

31
Oct

Healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face in the workplace experience less psychological distress, improved teamwork and increased empathy and com..more

27
Oct

Quality Commission has improved as an organisation, but now needs to overcome some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities if it is to sustain further improvement, ..more

24
Oct

Procurement specialist, Pagabo, is launching an innovative new four-year framework for the design, build, finance and operation (DBFO) of car park projects for the public sector. Presented by Northum..more

20
Oct

The CQC's State of Care report for 2017 reveals that the quality of the UK's health and social care has been maintained despite some very real challenges and largely through the efforts of the staff ..more

18
Oct

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Lord O'Shaughnessy, says it is no longer an opportunity for healthcare Estates and Facilities professionals to become involved in the strategic chal..more

17
Oct

Addressing the Healthcare Estates conference last week (October 10), Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division said the role of Es..more

13
Oct

A closer working relationship between the two professional bodies for the UK healthcare Estates and Facilities Management has been signified by the launch of a new, jointly owned company; HBE Ltd. T..more

04
Oct

The Governing Body of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed the agreement of changes to local healthcare provision to help ensure high quality and sustainable services for now a..more

04
Oct

With hospitals full to capacity, NHS plans in some areas to cut hospital beds are undesirable and unachievable, warns The King’s Fund in a new report. New analysis for the report finds that the to..more

29
Sep

Four of England’s ambulance services have begun the roll out of new response times announced earlier this year. Explaining the next steps in the delivery of the Ambulance Response Programme, Pr..more

28
Sep

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 HEFMA Awards are now open for entries. The HEFMA Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements demonstrated within health estates a..more

27
Sep

A safety organisation drawing on lessons from the airline industry will have new legal powers to investigate serious patient safety incidents in the NHS in England, under plans laid before parliament..more

25
Sep

As the NHS approaches 70, the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, says it is time to unleash the potential of innovation to transform patient care Speaking at the Expo Conference in Manch..more

22
Sep

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017), a new free online training tool has been launched to boost the basic unde..more

20
Sep

A further 19 hospitals across England have been given a cash injection of over £13 million (collectively) for emergency care, in the latest wave of winter funding announced by Health Minister Philip..more

18
Sep

IBI Group has been granted planning permission for a mulit-million Specialist Therapies Centre in Bath. The new centre will be built on the Royal United Hospital’s (RUH) Combe Park estate, and wi..more

14
Sep

A new study by the University of Warwick indicates that only two in three doctors who are completing their training to become GPs plan to work in NHS general practice. Of those intending to remai..more

13
Sep

A new estates and facilities framework that enables public sector organisations across the country to access a range of specialist services has been launched by NHS SBS. The Hard Facilities Managemen..more

11
Sep

Just a few weeks after NHS England published its first rankings of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), a report by the HSJ has highlighted tension between the need for indiv..more

08
Sep

The Healthy New Towns programme was launched earlier this year, with ten housing developments chosen to put good health at the heart of urban design and planning. The aim of this initiative is to red..more

06
Sep

A nationwide pilot to help NHS whistleblowers back into work has been launched by NHS England. The Whistleblowers Support Scheme will offer a range of services including career coaching, financial ad..more

04
Sep

The TechVision team from growth partnership company, Frost & Sullivan, reports that ‘blockchain’ technology will help to mitigate security challenges around patient data enabling the IoMT to ..more

31
Aug

Who is responsible? Hear from leading expert speakers from across the UK as they challenge you to consider responsibility across a range of key themes including; water safety, hospital design, maint..more

31
Aug

MDISS, the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium has announced the launch of more than a dozen planned device security testing labs and cyber-ranges. The new MDISS World Health In..more

29
Aug

Recent data analysis has placed the UK in the bottom five for number of available hospital beds and nurses per 100,000 and revealed the best performing healthcare systems to be those of Japan and Ger..more

28
Aug

In his keynote address at a public debate on the NHS, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the crisis in the NHS is the result of political decisions, including underfunding, the public sector p..more

24
Aug

The next steps on the delivery of new ambulance service national standards will be outlined at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 (September 11 – 12, Manchester Central). The Ambulance Respo..more

23
Aug

GMB, the union for NHS staff, has criticised new NHS figures showing an increase in waiting times, a rise in bed-blocking and a fall in 999 call-outs hitting the eight minute target time. Statistics ..more

22
Aug

The architecture and planning of a hospital is of crucial long-term importance to functionality and successful patient care. It forms the basis for optimal hospital processes, therefore minimisin..more

17
Aug

It has been revealed that asbestos exists in two main Shropshire hospitals, with bosses confirming the material poses no danger despite a group of specialist solicitors claiming it presents a ‘seri..more

15
Aug

A US-led initiative that tests medical device security is expected to expand to the UK by the end of this year. The World Health Information Security Testing Lab (WHISTL) initiative has been launche..more

14
Aug

Sensely has won a prestigious award celebrating the very best of innovation in healthcare in collaboration with the West Midlands CCGs.

At the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAH..more

11
Aug

Health executives at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have applied to Worcester City Council with plans to expand the city’s hospital and increase the number of patient beds.  It is hoped an addition..more

10
Aug

Three of the world’s top universities will provide virtual masterclasses in leadership and digital as part of a comprehensive programme to provide NHS staff with the right skills to drive digital i..more

08
Aug

The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford closed its trauma unit last week after fire safety checks exposed dangerous cladding. The checks, which were carried out in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower ..more

07
Aug

HefmA is pleased to announce that any HefmA member who wishes to apply for individual membership of IHEEM, may do so and take advantage of a specially discounted application fee and annual subscripti..more

07
Aug

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has opened entries for its biennial Hot Cookery competition, the final of which will be held at Hotelympia next year. Up to ten teams of two chefs from healt..more

26
Jul

NHS and other public sector organisations across the UK could save an average of five per cent when purchasing modular buildings, by using a unique framework that has been developed by NHS Shared Bus..more

26
Jul

NHS England has announced a new set of performance targets for the ambulance service which will apply to all 999 calls for the first time. The new targets will save lives and remove “hidden” and..more

20
Jul

A new three-year study, published today (July 20), claims it is time for the NHS to see care homes as partners, not problems.The research, led by the University of Hertfordshire, funded by the Nation..more

12
Jul

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Leicester and other institutions has played a pivotal role in research investigating a possible link between air pollution and the rise ..more

10
Jul

Medirest, the healthcare division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, has secured a contract to deliver soft facilities management and retail service..more

06
Jul

Following the terrible incident at Grenfell Towers, the Fire Industry Association is providing fire safety advice and guidance to employers, responsible persons, and business owners at care homes, ho..more

05
Jul

Healthcare innovators are being invited to submit their ideas for a prestigious annual competition recognising innovation and excellence in healthcare.Now in its 14th year, the Bright Ideas in Health..more

03
Jul

European parking provider, Q-Park UK has taken over the parking operation at two major satellite hospitals operated by Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The company has expanded its healthcare port..more

30
Jun

In Sweden, Sigma IT Consulting on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen, has developed and launched virtual emergency rooms. This means that a patient can now be examined and diagnosed by a doctor w..more

28
Jun

The NHS is now planning to delay or cancel spending in half of local areas this year to meet financial targets, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report. The report find..more

26
Jun

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has issued a post-election message to NHS staff thanking everyone for their hard work, particularly in the aftermath of recent terror attacks and other tragedies an..more

22
Jun

Aurecon, a global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, has released a white paper focusing on the buildings of the future, reflecting the move towards an increasingly digital, interconnec..more

19
Jun

A new report from the independent think tank – International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), supported by EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory service, has found that j..more

15
Jun

Assessing the impact of Brexit on the health and social care workforce, Helen McKenna of the King's Fund says that post-Brexit immigration rules should allow the NHS and social care providers to cont..more

13
Jun

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp) announced the winners of its annual Awards at a dinner and Awards ceremony as part of its 2017 Professional Leadership Forum last week (Jun..more

05
Jun

Over 40 delegates attended the latest HEFMA/Eastwood Park seminar entitled ‘Burning Issues – Everyone’s business’ held recently at the Eastwood Park training centre.  The timeliness of the e..more

03
Jun

The slides presented at the HEFMA Leadership Forum 2017 are now available for download. This is a resource for members, please click the link below to login and access the Toolbox in the members are..more

31
May

A US survey of medical device manufacturers and healthcare delivery organisations has revealed a lack of confidence and alignment in securing medical devices. The study: Medical Device Security: An ..more

22
May

Ransomware is a growing cyber security threat. Ransomware takes two forms - the first encrypts the files on a computer or network; the second locks a user's screen. Both types require the user to mak..more

17
May

The Health Foundation has called for increased investment in the NHS to halt planned reductions in spending per person over the next two years, in what will be the toughest decade of funding growth i..more

12
May

Winners of the 2017 HEFMA Awards were announced last night (May 11) at the Gala Dinner held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate as part of the Annual Leadership Forum. Eight awards were presented duri..more

04
May

ISS has been awarded a new healthcare contract with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), worth an estimated £55m over the initial five-year term. Based in and around South Eas..more

03
May

A&E departments to get more fundingThe Department of Health has today (21 April 2017) announced the allocation of £55.98 million of the £100 million A&E capital funding, outlined in the spr..more

02
May

IDEXX, a leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Pseudalert® test, for the 24 hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), has been accepted by the UK ..more

26
Apr

Asckey Data Services has signed an agreement with BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) to become the first Approved Provider of the SFG20 planned and preventative maintenance standard. Th..more

20
Apr

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the 'short sightedness' of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term futu..more

18
Apr

NHS England has launched a brand new mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge. Th..more

13
Apr

These were the closing words from the presentation that HEFMA National Chair, Paul Fenton, delivered to the 2017 National Leadership and Development Forum of the Hospital Caterers Association (HC..more

12
Apr

Alison McCree, National Secretary of HEFMA, urged delegates at the 2017 National Leadership and Development Forum of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) in Belfast (April 5-7) to speak up and..more

04
Apr

Hugh Freer, sales director of electric tug specialist MasterMover, looks at how improving porter efficiency can affect the entire hospital.For many, porters are the oil in the machine of many NHS hos..more

04
Apr

BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 8214 Code of practice for fire door assemblies. The updated standard gives recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance ..more

03
Apr

STP capital requirements estimated at £10 billion Conservative estimate of backlog maintenance at £5 billion Property receipts figure could exceed £5 billion in the longer term Secretary of S..more

27
Mar

A new report published today (March 23) by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food reveals a fresh set of shocking statistics around the standard of food served in NHS hospitals in London, as a result ..more

23
Mar

A detailed analysis by NHS Providers shows that what is currently being asked of NHS Trusts in the coming financial year is well beyond reach. The report sets out how greater realism, flexibility an..more

20
Mar

Speaking at the Reform healthcare conference on March 9, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told NHS Trusts that the four-hour waiting target for A&E should be hit next year after new funding was..more

14
Mar

Apollo Fire Detectors has reinforced its commitment to promoting best practice in industry training by achieving Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation for two of its courses.Deliver..more

13
Mar

NHS Property Services is undertaking a £3.1m redevelopment programme at the former Temple School in Strood to construct a new children and young people’s health and wellbeing centre. The existing ..more

09
Mar

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) is highlighting the importance of good nutrition every day of the year, ahead of this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week (13-19 March).The initiative aims t..more

08
Mar

A free-to-attend seminar looking at data centre energy efficiency and design is to be hosted by ebm-papst at its Client Centre in Chelmsford, Essex on March 29. Data centres are a key contributor to..more

06
Mar

The government must be prepared to back radical changes to health services to secure the future of the NHS, according to a new analysis of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) published by ..more

03
Mar

The quarterly analysis of NHS performance by NHS Improvement reveals one of the most challenging winters on record with a huge increase in demand for urgent and emergency care. “Our analysis shows..more

02
Mar

A grant of £10,000 is being given to the new therapeutic gardens project at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.  The first of the two new gardens is a dementia care..more

01
Mar

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust has teamed up with Medirest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, to streamline and improve its outsourced Soft Facilities Management (FM) services, across i..more

27
Feb

Two new collaborations aimed at delivering benefits including reduced cost and improved efficiency to NHS hospitals have been announced by GV Health. Logistics operator, Bunzl Catering Services will ..more

24
Feb

NHS England has published new guidelines to strengthen the management of conflicts of interest and ensure that the NHS is a world leader for transparent and accountable healthcare.The guidance will p..more

22
Feb

Andrew Marr talks to Sir Robert Francis about the current challenges faced by the NHS, the threat of a repeat of Mid Staffs as the pressure mounts and how financing and service delivery could be chan..more

20
Feb

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has released a new research paper that investigates the emerging ‘pay-for-outcomes’ business models. “Being able to pay for business outcomes is the latest deve..more

09
Feb

Patients' surveys on cleanliness in NHS hospitals in England gave higher ratings on the standard of cleaning in their wards and bedrooms shortly before or during ‘unannounced’ inspections, accord..more

09
Feb

NHS Supply Chain has worked closely with stakeholders to scope and design new skin disinfection frameworks. Two framework agreements, Skin Cleansing, Disinfection & Care and Skin Disinfection &am..more

08
Feb

In recognition of its pioneering digital care management platform, The PASSsystem, everyLIFE Technologies is one of just 33 early stage tech companies to be selected by Tech City UK to join its h..more

02
Feb

The NHS is facing additional challenges as it moves towards delivering a 24/7 service. With patient welfare at the top of everyone’s agenda, building for the future has never been as important as i..more

30
Jan

INTRODUCING OUR BRAND NEW LOOK A new year and new beginnings! As we wave goodbye to 2016, this year welcomes a bright new look for HEFMA through the redesigned logo, website and official publication..more

24
Jan

The Hospital Caterers Association, (HCA) has published the findings of new research into the provision of patient, visitor and staff catering services in hospitals across the four nations of Engl..more

24
Jan

The results of a recent study into the effects of circadian lighting on Alzheimer’s patients are now available. The study was conducted by the ORPEA Group in cooperation with Nice University Hospit..more

23
Jan

Analysis by the Nuffield Trust has found that pressure on NHS services was so intense in December that one third of Trusts warned it was affecting patient care. Furthermore, Nigel Edwards, the Chief ..more

19
Jan

England’s 145,000 Allied Health Professionals will be encouraged to innovate and lead within the NHS and wider care system under a new shared commitment to be published by NHS England today. ..more

17
Jan

Members of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) did their best to bring some festive cheer to patients who were in hospital over Xmas, serving nearly 400,000 Christmas lunches across the UK on..more

16
Jan

The Prime Minister, Theresa May and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, have both denied that there is a humanitarian crisis in the health service following reports over the weekend by the British Red Cro..more

12
Jan

The Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced a package of measures aimed at transforming mental health support that spreads the burden of responsibility across all institutions – schools, workplac..more

10
Jan

Outlining its five key priorities for the NHS for 2017, The King's Fund says the government faces a choice between finding additional resources for health and care or being honest with the public abo..more

09
Jan

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has invested over £210,000 in new patient flow technology to support its outpatient transformation strategy.The investment will see the Trust go l..more

06
Jan

NHS England has published updated guidance for managing seasonal pressures in paediatric intensive care. The Paediatric Intensive Care Surge Standard Operating Procedure sets out instructions for man..more

05
Jan

The barcode technology used in major industries such as aerospace and retail is being introduced to the NHS in England to improve patient safety. Barcodes are being placed on breast implants, replace..more

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