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That is how the report from the Work and Pensions and BEIS Committees describes the collapse of Carillion following the completion of its inquiry. The committees conclude that the government has "lac..more

16
May

A Scottish hospital is using the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and track the whereabouts of its medical beds as part of a new initiative to automate bed maintenance, a traditionally manual proc..more

15
May

A new awards programme for NHS, public health and social care organisations has been announced by the Sustainable Development Unit. The awards are free to enter and are open for entry by any public s..more

14
May

A series of free workshops has been announced for NHS Directors of Finance, Estates and Facilities and Strategic Development to provide guidance on the planning system, property disposals and the gre..more

10
May

Recapping on the successes of 2017/18, Simon Corben, Director and Operational Lead, Estates & Facilities, NHS Improvement, told delegates during his keynote address at HEFMA's 2018 Leadership For..more

09
May

The Health & Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has written to Chief Executives of leading independent healthcare providers telling them urgent action is needed to ensure their standards of safe..more

08
May

A new report, 'Health as a Social Movement: Theory into Practice', commissioned by NHS England as part of the Five-Year Forward View, sets out how policymakers and practitioners can turn ideas for co..more

04
May

Love British Food, the organisation championing home-produced food, is celebrating the increasing number of UK hospitals that are sourcing and serving local British seasonal foods to patients.    ..more

03
May

New research conducted by YouGov for national volunteering organisation, Royal Voluntary Service, has found over one fifth of adults (22%) in Great Britain would consider volunteering to support the ..more

02
May

  In a report commissioned by NHS England, the King's Fund has reviewed the learning from the PACS vanguards (Primary and Acute Care System) with input from individuals from Programme Leads, Primar..more

01
May

The World Health Organisation’s 2018 World Hand Hygiene Day is this Saturday, May 5, and this year’s theme is tackling sepsis.   WHO is calling on health facilities to prevent health care-asso..more

30
Apr

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed a multi-million pound package with Microsoft will ensure all health and care organisations are using the latest Windows 10 software with up-to-d..more

30
Apr

The Labour Party has published figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, to emphasise the extent of the backlog maintenance problem facing the NHS. The FOI asked about high risk mai..more

30
Apr

The ISO technical committee has developed a new standard for the global Facilities Management sector.   ISO 41001, Facility management - Management systems - Requirements with guidance for use, ..more

26
Apr

The number of violent attacks on ambulance workers in the UK increased by 34% between 2012/13 and 2016/17, a major investigation by GMB, the union for ambulance workers, has revealed.   A total of..more

25
Apr

Almost one year after WannaCry took control of the NHS IT infrastructure, Symantec has identified Orangeworm as a new threat to healthcare.    Sara Jost, a former nurse and now the Global Healthc..more

24
Apr

BioTrading is a new online trading platform that aims to make it easier to sell and buy organic resource. Designed to save users time and money, the platform will provide businesses the opportunity t..more

23
Apr

Anti-microbial door hardware solutions have a growing role to play in infection control across healthcare premises. Karen Trigg, Business Development Manager of Allegion UK, discusses the how and the..more

20
Apr

NHS Improvement has selected seven Trusts to take part in its new three-year ‘Lean’ programme which will deliver a lean management system across each organisation. Lean is a method to allow staff..more

19
Apr

‘The Promise of Healthtech’ is a new report analysing the barriers to take-up of new digital technologies in the NHS. Published by PUBLIC and authored by former Health Innovation Minister, Nicola..more

18
Apr

The Public Accounts Committee has published its report into the WannaCry cyber-attack that happened on May 12, 2017 and affected some 80 of England’s 236 NHS Trusts. WannaCry resulted in the cancel..more

17
Apr

Last year in England physical assaults on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published by UNISON and HSJ.   The figures were obtained following a Freedom of..more

17
Apr

Deadly bacteria lurking in drinking water storage tanks could be missed by standard health and safety tests, scientists have warned in a new report, ‘Present-day monitoring underestimates the risk ..more

16
Apr

There’s good and bad news in the latest performance statistics released by NHS England. Some positive progress has been made towards reducing delayed transfers of care from hospital but the situati..more

16
Apr

Last week, (April 12), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) announced the winners of its national awards to more than 300 industry guests during the President's dinner at its annual Leadership and..more

12
Apr

Speaking at the Hospital Caterers Association's (HCA's) National Leadership & Development Forum today (April 12), Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, says it is time to ap..more

09
Apr

The NHS has taken a lead on the battle against sugar with Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens ordering hospitals and suppliers to dramatically cut the sale of sugar-filled fizzy drinks or f..more

09
Apr

In a survey carried out by NHS Providers, NHS Trusts warn that how they are being regulated is not keeping pace with the move towards delivering more integrated care for patients.   Just one in fi..more

06
Apr

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) has published its latest NHS productivity growth report for the period 2014/15 to 2015/16 and finds that overall productivity growth was 0.04%.    Since 2009..more

05
Apr

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published an interim bulletin confirming its intention to continue to investigate the design and safe use of portable oxygen systems following a ..more

04
Apr

According to a survey by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 530 cancer operations were cancelled by hospital Trusts in England between December and February 2018.    The HSJ polled 81 acute Trusts ..more

03
Apr

Responding to growing pressure from MPs across all parties for a “whole system approach to the funding of the NHS, social care and public health,” the Prime Minister, Theresa May told a meeting o..more

02
Apr

Plans for the NHS in the coming year look impossible to deliver despite recent comments from the Prime Minister on long term NHS funding, according to a detailed analysis by NHS Providers.   The r..more

30
Mar

A new data briefing by Marie Curie reports that over 8,000 additional hospital beds across Britain could be needed by 2041 if emergency admissions of people in their last year of life continue at the..more

28
Mar

NHS Digital has announced the local authority and NHS partnerships that have been successful in bidding for a share of £1.4m to help digitise their assessment, discharge and withdrawal (ADW) notices..more

27
Mar

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced that subject to the approval of their respective Boards, they will set in motion some key steps that will bring the working of the two organisations clo..more

26
Mar

Speaking on the ITV programme, Peston on Sunday, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has admitted that a new approach is needed to funding the NHS.   He described the way t..more

23
Mar

In a statement issued last week, Scotland Yard confirmed that tests on the front door of a flat taken from Grenfell Tower had found the door only resisted the fire for approximately 15 minutes. The d..more

21
Mar

As we await the publication of the new Green Paper on social care (before summer 2018), Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has set out the seven key principles that will guid..more

20
Mar

New analysis from Alzheimer’s Research UK shows the UK health system will need to think differently to cope with the unique challenges presented by future dementia treatments. In a report published..more

20
Mar

The latest research from patient journey management expert Qmatic has revealed that a significant majority of NHS Trusts are failing to implement a comprehensive outpatient journey management strate..more

19
Mar

Government, industry, system operators and the engineering profession must act together in a coordinated way to improve cyber safety and ensure that the Internet of Things develops in a secure and tr..more

15
Mar

A research report published by Reform claims that the emergency services can respond more swiftly and accurately to calls if they had access to more information on callers and situations.    ‘T..more

13
Mar

"We need to see urgent steps put in train to ensure sustainable long term funding for health and social care, because the current situation is unsustainable," says Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Execu..more

12
Mar

When the Health and Social Care Act was passed in 2012, the treatment of private patients was expected to become a significant source of income for NHS hospital Trusts. A new report from the Centre ..more

12
Mar

At the end of a busy week of cooking competitions at the industry's prestigious Salon Culinaire during Hotelympia, hospital chef teams stole the show.   Judge, Harry Lomas, confirmed the Hospital ..more

07
Mar

Cyber security specialist, SonicWall, (which protects more than one million networks worldwide), has released the intelligence from its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. The company recorded 9.32 billion mal..more

07
Mar

NHS England has published the latest (2017) NHS Staff Survey, showing that staff feel under pressure but say they are being better supported by their NHS managers. However, the overall picture is no..more

06
Mar

In her 2017 annual report, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies calls on the NHS to extend its duty of care to patients to cover the health impact of its pollution footprint.    The..more

02
Mar

The NHS National Emergency Pressures Panel, chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has formally thanked colleagues across the NHS for their hard work and noted the winter plans are having an impact in..more

01
Mar

The latest NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey has revealed a fall in public satisfaction with the NHS and an increase in public dissatisfaction. The BSA survey has been carr..more

01
Mar

Following the publication of the new, re-validated ERIC data for 2016/17 on February 16, the published data is now available via the Model Hospital portal. Every organisation is able to download or p..more

28
Feb

England’s top A&E doctor has called on health and local government leaders to seize what he calls “the greatest opportunity in 70 years” to remake the NHS and local authority partnership an..more

28
Feb

NHS Digital has outlined the immediate future challenges it needs to tackle in its partnership with techUK.    The partnership between NHS Digital and techUK was established towards the end of 20..more

27
Feb

The NHS Provider sector is heading for a deficit of £931m by the end of 2017/18 as opposed to the planned £496m. Widespread operational issues combined with the fact that the performance of a small..more

26
Feb

Doctors / Surgeons top the list of jobs that are likely to be done by Artificial Intelligence and robots in the not-so-distant future.    The authors* of a new book, ‘Beyond Genuine Stupidity -..more

23
Feb

The government has published its response to the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS Select Committee report of April 2017, which focused on issues relating to the sustainability of the NHS and adult..more

22
Feb

A report published by the Home Affairs Committee has led to increased fears of a staffing crisis for employers as plans for delivering immigration services and border security post Brexit remain uncl..more

21
Feb

 NHS Digital has announced plans for systems that are better integrated to improve communication between NHS staff. The plans will eventually see users being able to log into a range of applications..more

21
Feb

At the recent Joint Study Day held by HEFMA, the HCA and the ahcp in Bristol (February 15), Tricia Down, Head of Sustainable Health & Capital Planning at North Bristol NHS Trust explained how a n..more

20
Feb

Customers are at the heart of our business. We aim to provide them with the best service, support and advice. In keeping with this, Brandon Medical are happy to offer a professional clinical trainer ..more

19
Feb

NHS Digital has published the revalidated ERIC data for 2016/17 following the review and re-submission of estates costs data and associated units demanded in January. The national picture shows a hea..more

19
Feb

A new poll commissioned by independent think tank Reform, has found that 58% of British voters believe that the NHS needs reform more than it needs extra money. Nonetheless, 59% of voters would be wi..more

14
Feb

With the number of people living with dementia estimated to hit one million by 2020, (and exceed two million by 2051), Age UK is warning of an urgent and growing need to provide much better support f..more

14
Feb

The planned Serco acquisition of a portfolio of NHS FM contracts from Carillion is to go ahead, but at a vastly reduced price.    In December, Serco announced it had signed a Business Purchase Ag..more

14
Feb

Connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing is one of the core actions outlined in the government’s new 25-year Environment Plan.   The plan sets out ambitious proposa..more

12
Feb

“Staff worked in a culture of intolerance, disbelief and fear,” is just one damning comment from the independent review into the widespread failings of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH)...more

09
Feb

It has been confirmed that the new £335m Royal Liverpool will undergo a further delay and is now unlikely to open during 2018. The delay is following the collapse of Carillion, which was the contrac..more

09
Feb

ISS has announced a new strategic vision to be one of the true premier leading players in the UK foodservice sector. All current catering operations - including healthcare - are to be combined to cre..more

08
Feb

Figures released today (February 8) confirm the growing pressure on Accident & Emergency departments across England. The statistics from NHS England reveal that as patient numbers presenting at A..more

07
Feb

By April 2019, all NHS Trusts will have undergone a new style CQC inspection.  This new inspection activity started in June 2017 and is gathering pace. The new style inspection reports are starting ..more

06
Feb

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540m available over the coming financial year for the support of frontline NHS services, including mental health and primary care..more

05
Feb

The move towards system working through STPs and the voluntary roll-out of Integrated Care Systems will be reinforced throughout 2018/19.    ‘Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19’, published by N..more

04
Feb

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a document setting out the progress made in recent years to improve cyber security across the NHS and the next steps that Trusts will be expecte..more

02
Feb

The Governing Body of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has formally accepted the recommendations of the Local Care Board in relation to the future of acute hospital-based services..more

01
Feb

A new report published by health and social care charity, Picker, and The King’s Fund has uncovered striking associations between NHS staff and patients’ experiences in hospitals and NHS Trusts..more

31
Jan

The Government has published its response to Sir Robert Naylor's Review of NHS property and estates, published in March 2017. Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, an..more

28
Jan

The health service is among the industries called on by the government to improve cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. The announcement comes as the Nationa..more

28
Jan

NHS England has confirmed the launch of a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).   There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that c..more

26
Jan

NHS England has announced three ambulance Trusts will share £10m to help improve patient care by developing into world-class digital organisations.   South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundatio..more

24
Jan

NHS Digital has published national guidance setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.   The guida..more

23
Jan

Following a report on last night’s BBC News at Ten programme (January 22) about the pressures the NHS is facing this winter, particularly in A&E, there are extensive reports this morning that F..more

22
Jan

Work has begun on the construction of a brand new endoscopy unit at York Hospital. The £10 million project will take around a year to complete and will increase capacity from three treatment rooms t..more

22
Jan

The £14.8m Hospital Energy Project, completed by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) towards the end of 2017, is already producing significant savings for the Trust.   In the f..more

19
Jan

The National Audit Office, NAO, has issued a report on the rationale, costs and benefits of PFI, including the use of and impact of PFI, the ability to make savings from operational contracts and the..more

18
Jan

Independent think tank, Reform, has published a report, Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS, to explore the opportunities and challenges of the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the NHS ..more

17
Jan

The spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers widened further last year, according to a new report from The King’s Fund.    Analysis done for the report shows t..more

17
Jan

The NHS Confederation has teamed up with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation – to conduct a comprehensive objective study into the funding needs of the UK’s health an..more

16
Jan

The Health Services Journal today (January 11) reports on talks taking place between leaders of several NHS Trusts to establish an alternative to PFI for the NHS. The aim would be to deliver “off b..more

15
Jan

Carillion, one of the UK’s largest construction companies and provider of outsourced facilities management services to public sector organisations including many hospital Trusts, has gone into comp..more

11
Jan

NHS England has called on the country’s top housing developers to apply the lessons from the first Healthy New Towns schemes by creating a national network that will put healthy living at the heart..more

11
Jan

The CQC has suspended some routine inspections of NHS acute services, GP practices and urgent care services planned for January. The move is in response to increased pressure on the health and care s..more

11
Jan

These are the words of Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, who goes on to say: “Despite planning for winter more thoroughly and extensively than before, it hasn’t been sufficient. Ris..more

09
Jan

The Department of Health has announced changes to the inspection system that mean all healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will be rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) fo..more

08
Jan

Saatchi call for Royal Commission gathers pace"The NHS status quo will not hold. We need a Royal Commission." Lord Saatchi.In a report published today (January 8) by the Centre for Policy Studies, Lo..more

05
Jan

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Interim Report has found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for ..more

03
Jan

A sickness surveillance system will help the NHS plan for surges in demand this winter by tracking outbreaks of norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, and other illness around the country. ..more

02
Jan

NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have created a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to give providers a simple and convenient access to companies that supply Health and Social Care Netw..more

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