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The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has announced the winners of its annual awards. The awards were due to be announced at the HCA Forum which was postponed as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus..more

08
Apr

There’s been much talk about the impact of self-isolation on the mental health of people young and old, but healthcare workers on the frontline are at risk in a different way as they are being requ..more

08
Apr

A slimmed down version of the Electronic Patient Records (EPR) software from PatientSource is now available free of charge* to healthcare organisations worldwide to help combat the Coronavirus pandem..more

07
Apr

Research released by Siemens Financial Services (SFS) highlights the priority investment areas for digital transformation in healthcare, the size of the investment challenge, and how to manage that c..more

07
Apr

The Coronavirus pandemic will leave a lasting legacy across all sectors, including public services, business, industry and hospitality. It is already changing and shaping the way millions of people a..more

07
Apr

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, (UHDB), was a shortlisted finalist in the Public Engagement category of the 2020 Sustainability Day Awards, sponsored by HEFMA.  ..more

06
Apr

Hospital Catering Association National Chair, Craig Smith says:     The whole of the hospital catering community will be stunned to hear the news of Mike’s passing. The very first HCA meeting I..more

06
Apr

Over the weekend, a stalwart of hospital catering, Mike Duckett MBE, sadly passed away. Long-term colleague and friend, Julian Fris, Director of Neller Davies pays tribute to Mike.   I had the ple..more

03
Apr

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that over £13 billion of NHS debt will be scrapped as part of a wider package of NHS reforms. The debt will be written off as of March 31.   The Health..more

03
Apr

A new project has been launched to unite engineers from across the world to help solve healthcare challenges deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Peter Ogrodnik, a biomedical engineer from..more

01
Apr

The first devices from the Government’s ventilator challenge will roll off the production line this weekend, ahead of delivery to the NHS next week according to an announcement from Chancellor of t..more

31
Mar

With an estimated 500,000 hospitality workers expected to be made redundant or temporarily out of work due to Covid-19, the UK’s largest hospitality jobs board, caterer.com, and highly-respected tr..more

31
Mar

London-based Deliveroo has been working with restaurant partners to secure donations of free food and will make these available to NHS staff. Meals will be available wherever the company has coverage..more

30
Mar

The coronavirus pandemic is ramping up the pressure on an already over-stretched NHS workforce across the UK and it’s only going to get worse as staff contract the illness themselves and have to st..more

30
Mar

Mark Stephens, CEO of Smart Recruit Online (SRO) has brought together recruitment industry leaders and created a new initiative to respond to NHS staffing requirements across clinical and non-clinica..more

30
Mar

ISS is proud to deliver cleaning, portering, waste management and other ‘soft’ FM services at the new Nightingale hospital which will provide support for thousands more patients with coronavirus ..more

26
Mar

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock is giving immediate financial backing for all NHS Trusts to provide free car parking to NHS staff for the duration of coronavirus.   ..more

25
Mar

A new hospital, based at the ExCeL conference centre in East London, will open next week to provide support for thousands more patients with coronavirus.   The NHS Nightingale Hospital, London, wi..more

25
Mar

Roomzzz aparthotels has donated an initial 2,000 overnight stays to key workers from the NHS in a bid to support their efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak, in a gesture worth one quarter of a milli..more

24
Mar

The government has published new guidance and requirements for hospitals to speed up patient discharge and avoid bed blocking during the coronavirus pandemic.   The target for acute facilities is ..more

23
Mar

NHS Sustainability Day last week championed the efforts of NHS Trusts across the UK to reduce their environmental impact at an innovative virtual awards ceremony during which 12 Awards were presented..more

19
Mar

NHS Digital has announced that a messaging and conferencing app will be available for free, for a limited time period across the NHS, to counter the increased risks associated with Covid-19. This app..more

17
Mar

C5 Capital, the specialist investment firm that exclusively invests in the secure data ecosystem, including cybersecurity, AI, cloud and space, has created an Alliance of leading cybersecurity firms ..more

16
Mar

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed that it is to stop inspections from today (March 16) in order to support NHS providers to keep people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprece..more

13
Mar

Running as part of NHS Sustainability Day 2020, these awards will recognise projects and policies that demonstrate innovation, imagination and ambition; provide evidence of a good and clear strategy,..more

11
Mar

NHS Supply Chain has confirmed it will be "managing" the demand of infection control products/personal protection equipment, as of March 10, in order to maintain continuity of supply across the healt..more

09
Mar

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and the National Association of Primary Care have launched a guide/toolkit for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and their partner organisations - including Community a..more

06
Mar

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around ligature and ligature point risk assessment tools and policies.   In keeping with guidance around publishing information of this nature, this..more

06
Mar

A new Institute for Government report finds that departments may struggle to spend the money they are allocated as part of Johnson’s ambitious infrastructure investment plans.   The 2019 Conserv..more

04
Mar

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to grow across the UK (when this story was posted at 2pm on March 4 the number had reached 85), the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has acknowled..more

03
Mar

UNISON has raised the issue of unspent NHS apprenticeship levy funds and urged the House of Lords to relax the restrictions to the scheme to free-up cash for NHS Trusts.   Previous UNISON resear..more

03
Mar

A free guide designed to help NHS organisations to gain maximum value from the many tools and resources available to them to improve staff and wellbeing has been launched by Empactis.   Entitled '..more

27
Feb

The UK’s first centre for Culinary Medicine has opened at Westminster Kingsway College. This centre will provide a unique platform, bringing together medical students, culinary and hospitality stud..more

26
Feb

The new ProCure 2020 Framework (P2020) will be more than just a framework for design and construction; it will be a framework for Healthcare Solutions.    The Department of Health and Social Care..more

26
Feb

Global background screening provider, Sterling, has urged the healthcare sector to take background screening more seriously in light of a slew of recent incidents where employees spent a number of ye..more

26
Feb

The Health Foundation has launched a new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, healthcare professionals and researchers work together to impro..more

24
Feb

NHS Trusts across London are spending at least £850 million per year on temporary staff, according to a new report from Labour’s London Assembly Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM.     '..more

21
Feb

Under NHS England's new Standard Contract rules, NHS services will be able to protect staff by barring from non-emergency care any patient or visitor who inflicts discriminatory or harassing behaviou..more

18
Feb

NHS staff including caterers, chefs, dietetics, nursing, estates and facilities are being urged to review their menus, food safety systems and allergen policies as several incidents relating to aller..more

17
Feb

The latest assessment of race equality in the NHS shows a significant increase in representation of BME people at board level across the country, as the health service continues its drive to reduce ..more

14
Feb

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock and celebrity Chef, Prue Leith – who is advising on the hospital food review – were guests of honour at the official opening of the new £3m catering facility at St..more

13
Feb

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published two reports looking at the financial and operational performance of the NHS and its capital expenditure and concludes that short-term fixes have made som..more

12
Feb

Addressing parliament yesterday (February 11), the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock announced the immediate launch of a capital facility to support any urgent works the NHS needs for the response to co..more

11
Feb

A new report from NHS Providers sets out the scale of the task required to rebuild and equip the NHS to make it fit for the 21st century.   ‘Building our NHS: why it’s time to invest’ says ..more

11
Feb

UCL Partners has launched a free online guide to help the NHS to set up non-face-to-face clinics. The guide is designed for NHS managers and clinicians and has been developed in collaboration with th..more

10
Feb

HEFMA is proud to be involved with NHS Sustainability Day 2020 as the sponsor of the Energy Award.    The government has made it clear that sustainability across the NHS is a high priority with t..more

05
Feb

Environmental awareness has never been more prominent in the public’s consciousness. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep up with the pace of change, be compliant and stay competitive with..more

05
Feb

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the 2020/21 NHS Operational Planning Contracting Guidance with some tough and ambitious targets around A&E performance, bed occupancy waiting lists, ..more

05
Feb

The NHS Operational Planning Contracting Guidance proposes changes to business case planning to help providers to develop their business cases and to streamline the approvals process for submitted ca..more

05
Feb

Following last week's publication of the NHS Greener Plan, the NHS Operational Planning Contracting Guidance has set out more detail for how the NHS is expected to improve its carbon footprint, reduc..more

03
Feb

NHS Digital has released the results from the 2019 Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) Programme. As the collection has been substantially reviewed and refined since publication o..more

31
Jan

Two people from the same family have now tested positive for Coronavirus in England and are being treated at a specialist centre in Newcastle.   The Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Ch..more

30
Jan

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and global technology company, Babylon have announced a 10-year partnership to develop a new healthcare delivery model of 'Digital-First Integrated Care' for 3..more

30
Jan

The latest technology is a 'must have', not a 'nice to have' for the NHS in the 21st century.   The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has told NHSX to step up the Digital Ready Workforce Programme in..more

28
Jan

NHS England is to trial a new scheme to help older people to remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions. Under the new plans, expert rapid response teams will be on hand within two hours, givi..more

27
Jan

NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has announced the NHS and its staff will step up action to tackle the climate ‘health emergency’ this year, helping prevent illness, reducing pressure on A&Es, and..more

24
Jan

The public sector should lead a move to more carbon-friendly diets to help the environment according to a report from the UK government’s Climate Change Committee.   Reducing food waste and chan..more

24
Jan

Over £500,000 has been given to 10 NHS Trusts in England today (January 24) to build new Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people. The funding is expected to more than double the number ..more

21
Jan

The new Building Safety Regulator promised by the government after the publication of the Grenfell Tower inquiry Phase One report last October will be established immediately by the Health and Safety..more

17
Jan

The number of patients using the NHS App has more than doubled since Chief Nurse Ruth May announced the ‘NHS App Ambassadors’ scheme in early September, according to NHS Digital.   Since Septe..more

16
Jan

A new report by the National Guardian’s Office reveals that over the last year cases of NHS workers in Trusts speaking up to guardians have risen by 73%, compared to 2017/18.    Of the 12,000 c..more

15
Jan

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has introduced the NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill to Parliament. The bill will enshrine in law an extra £33.9 billion every year by 2024..more

13
Jan

The NHS is missing out on millions of pounds that could be made available to it through Section 106 planning contributions, according to a report from the think tank Reform.    Agreements between..more

09
Jan

The cold weather is yet to arrive, but already winter pressures have caused the NHS to record its worst ever A&E performance in December 2019 as demand for care continues to increase.   The la..more

07
Jan

The proposed new NHS Standard Contract for 2020-21 throws the spotlight firmly onto environmental issues. It includes significant changes that providers will need to implement and which will drive im..more

06
Jan

The time taken to log in to computer programmes is said to be one of the main technology frustrations facing NHS staff. The £40 million investment announced by the government into frontline technolo..more

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