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A problem with the ventilation system in the Level 1 Theatres of the West Wing at the John Radcliffe Hospital has forced the closure of all theatres in the wing.   In a statement on its website, O..more

13
Jun

As the two-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster approaches (June 14, 2017), the Fire Protection Association has renewed its warning that government changes to building regulations don’t ..more

12
Jun

The BMA Fatigue and Facilities Charter was published on World Sleep Day in March 2018. In May this year the BMA confirmed that all NHS hospital Trusts in England have now signed up to this Charter. ..more

11
Jun

In a climate of stretched budgets, NHS Trusts are working harder than ever to reduce costs. And as they face their tenth successive year of energy price rises, energy is becoming an increasingly sign..more

11
Jun

Capital to revenue transfers have hit the headlines again this week, as HSJ (Health Service Journal) reports that the spending increase for the NHS Long Term Plan is to be partly funded by an additi..more

11
Jun

Work to correct structural defects at the new Royal Liverpool hospital is due to begin following a detailed review of the building by expert structural engineers, Arup, which found three of 11 floors..more

08
Jun

Following the death of three patients after eating pre-packed sandwiches whilst in hospital, the Hospital Caterers Association has issued the following statement (updated 9th June 15.15).   The Ho..more

07
Jun

Simon Stevens has called on tech firms to help the NHS become a world leader in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The technology can help speed up diagnosis of cancer and ..more

07
Jun

Amanda Pritchard, currently Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, has been appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Improvement and the new Chief Operating Officer (C..more

06
Jun

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) is finalising development of the Sustainable Healthcare Dashboard and sharing it for beta testing. The Dashboard highlights key opportunities for change within..more

03
Jun

The Interim NHS People Plan (published today, June 3) sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver care and identifies the key actions that NHS England and NHS Improve..more

03
Jun

A survey carried out as part of Public Health England’s Smokefree NHS campaign has found that almost one third of NHS acute Trusts in England have not yet enforced total smoking bans across the hos..more

31
May

Have you got one hour per year to spare to inspire the next generation of the NHS workforce?   The extent to which Estates & Facilities professions within the NHS are facing a workforce crisis..more

31
May

From June 1, 2019 NHS Trusts in England can bid for capital funding to install Changing Places toilet facilities in NHS acute hospitals. These facilities are larger than a standard disabled toilet an..more

30
May

NHS Digital says free NHS WiFi is now available in 6,749 GP practices and 212 acute, mental health and community NHS Trusts across England, benefiting millions of patients.   98% of NHS Trusts and..more

29
May

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) has issued guidance for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts requesting transfers of estate in the ownership of NHS property companies (NHS Property Serv..more

29
May

Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession for NHS Estates and Facilities within NHS England and NHS Improvement, emphasised the importance of systems for the future of the NHS and healthcare in E..more

28
May

NHS Digital has reached an agreement with software firm VMware to provide NHS organisations with discounted access to VWware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS).   It is said that the new model wil..more

24
May

HEFMA attended the second meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthcare Infrastructure, chaired by Faisal Rashid, MP for Wolverhampton South.   The meeting heard first from Ri..more

23
May

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has been given the go-ahead to commence its five-year contract to run the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre located in the grounds of the Queen’s Medic..more

22
May

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds in England, following an open consultation that revealed overwhelming pu..more

21
May

Fiona Daly, National Sustainability and EFM Workforce Lead, told delegates at last week’s HEFMA Forum that Estates and Facilities within the NHS now has the richest data set it has had in 15 years...more

20
May

The winners of HEFMA’s 2019 awards were announced at the gala dinner during the annual Forum last week at Doncaster Racecourse. The prestigious awards recognise individuals and teams from Estates a..more

17
May

The opening presentation of the 2019 HEFMA Leadership Forum was a fascinating exploration of the brain, aimed at understanding the different mindsets that people go through when experiencing change. ..more

14
May

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) is creating a Sustainable Healthcare Dashboard for use by the system to see the opportunity and change that is required for the NHS to achieve the sustainabilit..more

13
May

NHS managers whose Trust is part of NHSI’s Improvement Collaborative, are invited to join the Leading Healthy Workplaces train the trainer programme.   Held by NHS Improvement and Zeal Training,..more

13
May

NHS England says one in four adults and one in ten children experience mental illness, plus, many more of us know and care for people who suffer.    May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week. Hos..more

09
May

Hospitals are failing to capitalise on the potential of the framework for delivering their capital projects, says major contractor BAM.   Jonathan Ainley, the Frameworks Manager for BAM Construct ..more

08
May

The NHS Open Space programme from NHS Property Services is now live, after a successful pilot programme. Initially, 20 locations across England will feature in the programme, with plans to rapidly ex..more

02
May

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) have announced they are to form a strategic alliance.   This new partnership will..more

01
May

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to upgrade every NHS hospital, GP practice and community care service to full fibre connectivity.   Almost 40% of NHS organisations are using slow..more

30
Apr

Speaking at the Royal College of Physicians' annual conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Chair of NHS Improvement, Baroness Dido Harding have focused on workforce development within the NHS...more

29
Apr

Staff at three hospitals in London and two in the north of England employed by French multi-national catering and FM services provider, Sodexo, are planning a series of strikes over pay.   In Lond..more

29
Apr

Encouraging mobilisation among hospital in-patients may be a relatively low cost and effective way of reducing hospitals stays and improving patient wellbeing, according to a new study.   It has l..more

25
Apr

A new framework aimed at helping health and social care employers improve the mental wellbeing of their employees has been launched by Health Education England (HEE).   The Workforce Stress and th..more

23
Apr

The HCA (Hospital Caterers Association) has issued an invitation to UNISON to meet to discuss the findings of a recent survey carried out by the union into the food served to hospital patients in Eng..more

23
Apr

NHS Digital says it has agreed a deal that will allow NHS organisations to make better use of their machine generated information through a market-leading data monitoring and analytics platform. The..more

18
Apr

NHS England is to introduce a new digital portal to allow health and social care staff to instantly identify how many vacancies there are in local care homes. The initiative should save hours of time..more

16
Apr

The full programme for the 2019 HEFMA Leadership Forum is now available. The event takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on May 16 & 17 with a theme of ‘Future Models of Service Delivery’ and i..more

12
Apr

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has announced the winners of its prestigious 2019 awards. The annual ceremony took place during the President’s dinner on the evening of April 11, at the HCA..more

11
Apr

Since becoming Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has been very vocal about the need to make the best technology available to the NHS and to make sure it is adopted in order to save lives and simplify da..more

09
Apr

Our Health Heroes, the national healthcare awards which celebrate individuals, teams and organisations within the healthcare and care sectors, are returning for the fourth year and promise to be bigg..more

08
Apr

A pioneering charter showing how volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the NHS in England, without undermining paid staff or affecting patient safety, has been launched by health unions and ..more

08
Apr

Organisations from across the health sector have pledged their support for sustainability commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan.   The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) has worked in collabo..more

04
Apr

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that health and social care workers from the EU or Switzerland with professional qualifications can continue to practise in the UK as they do no..more

03
Apr

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) believes the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement have “painted an overly positive picture of the future financial stabil..more

02
Apr

The AHSNs (Academic Health Science Networks), in partnership with the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) have launched a report focusing on the MedTech landscape, which aims to accel..more

29
Mar

NHS England has named the 56 members of the NHS Assembly, the new Forum charged with supporting delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan (see the full list below).   The list includes nurses, GPs, chari..more

28
Mar

Stop harking on about the “clunky offerings of the past” and step up to digital transformation, Health Minister Nicola Blackwood told the audience at ‘Delving into Digital’ an event hosted by..more

28
Mar

In an unprecedented collaboration within the fire and security industry, three not-for-profit organisations with expertise in fire and security doorsets have combined their knowledge to offer guidanc..more

26
Mar

‘Closing the gap’, a new report from The Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust sets out key areas for action on the health and care workforce, saying “Urgent action is now req..more

25
Mar

NHS Digital is calling on providers and stakeholders to join a working group looking at developing a sustainable tech workstream for the NHS.   With technology the central focus of modernising and..more

20
Mar

'Powering the Powerhouse’ a new report from workforce management expert, Quinyx, recognises the challenge of recruiting and retaining essential staff in traditional blue collar/manual and elementar..more

18
Mar

Interserve has appointed administrators following the rejection of the rescue plan by shareholders on Friday (March 15). However, staff, customers and suppliers are being told it’s business as usua..more

18
Mar

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has announced it will repeat its one-day Building a Safer Future seminar in London. The seminar will take a refreshed but similar look at the implementation plan..more

15
Mar

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a new set of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) that NHS organisations are expected to adopt and implement.   The national hand hygiene a..more

12
Mar

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) and Global Action Plan have launched the first ever Clean Air Hospital Framework (CAHF), which sets out short and long-term plans..more

11
Mar

NHS England has confirmed a range of proposals to overhaul rapid care measures, including the current Accident & Emergency four-hour waiting time standard.    A raft of proposed clinical impr..more

11
Mar

The shortlisted entries for the Hospital Caterer’s Association’s new Efficiency & Improvement Award, sponsored by HEFMA, have been announced: David Wismann, Cardiff & Vale University Hea..more

08
Mar

The ambitious aims of the NHS Long Term Plan to transform services and patient care are looking like so much ‘pie in the sky’ without significant commitment to capital funding in the 2019 Spendin..more

07
Mar

The NHS has launched its 2019 Parliamentary Awards to celebrate and give national recognition to staff who go above and beyond the call of duty. The awards were created to celebrate NHS staff, carer..more

05
Mar

Several NHS Trusts are grappling with extra costs and relying on temporary containers for clinical waste storage, after a forced change of supplier following last year’s stockpiling scandal, report..more

04
Mar

A few small yet effective modifications could significantly improve the way that workforces are recruited and managed across the NHS according to a specialist in healthcare recruitment.   Michael ..more

04
Mar

NHS Improvement and NHS England have appointed Prerana Issar to the role of Chief People Officer. The new position is part of the NHS Executive Group and will play a leading role in ensuring the NHS ..more

01
Mar

NHS England is inviting feedback on a series of legislative changes it is proposing in order to speed up and simplify the implementation of the Long Term Plan.   Patients, NHS staff, partner organ..more

28
Feb

A leading GP and one of England’s foremost health experts have been chosen to co-chair a new Forum which will help oversee the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.   Dr Clare Gerada has been appo..more

27
Feb

The 2018 NHS staff survey is out and draws a mixed picture. More than 300 NHS organisations took part in the survey, including all 230 Trusts in England, and 497,117 staff responded.   Among the k..more

26
Feb

A new report from Meiko UK urges caterers and foodservice operators across all sectors to stop pouring money down the drain when it comes to their use of water.   Meiko UK commissioned Footprint I..more

25
Feb

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has instructed NHS Trusts to phase out pagers by the end of 2021. All hospitals will be expected to have plans and infrastructure in place to ensure thi..more

25
Feb

The government has announced the launch of a new code of conduct for artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies that, it says, will ensure that only the best and safest systems a..more

16
Feb

BSI, the business standards company, has released British standard BS 8580-1:2019 Water Quality, Risk Assessments for Legionella Control – Code of Practice; a significant revision to the 2010 Briti..more

16
Feb

NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens has challenged vehicle manufacturers to help ‘blue lights go green’ and cut air pollution by developing more environmentally friendly ambulances.   W..more

16
Feb

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is calling for a change in the law to require sprinklers to be fitted as standard as part of fire safety measures in all residential developments over 18m in height.  ..more

14
Feb

The A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions figures published today (February 14) for January 2019 reveal the worst performance on record.   Even more Trusts are failing to meet the four-hour..more

14
Feb

Economists at the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) claim that hospital mergers risk patient safety. In a new working paper, 'Does hospital competition reduce rates of patient harm in the Eng..more

14
Feb

The government has introduced a change to existing secondary legislation to make it easier for the first integrated care providers (ICPs) to be set up.   ICPs will allow primary medical services t..more

13
Feb

“For tech to succeed, for tech to fulfil its potential and deliver on its promise, then human beings are absolutely critical to making it happen. We need a culture change as much as we need a techn..more

13
Feb

The Health and Social Care Secretary says the NHS must stop relying on pen and paper and use modern, secure forms of communication instead. In a speech at an NHS England conference, Matt Hancock said..more

12
Feb

BSI, the business standards company, has undertaken research in collaboration with the US standards organisation for medical devices, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (A..more

11
Feb

Global Digital Exemplars (GDE) are part of NHS England’s strategy to drive improvements in digital maturity across the NHS. GDE Blueprints are a collection of knowledge assets and associated method..more

11
Feb

Further restrictions on the use of agency staff to fill NHS estates and admin roles have been announced under new proposals released by NHS Improvement. The regulator also proposes to restrict the us..more

08
Feb

GMB, the union for staff employed by outsourcing contractors, has called on the government to intervene over the deal that troubled construction and FM giant, Interserve, has reached with its credito..more

06
Feb

The government has today (February 6) published the review by Tom Kark QC of the Fit and Proper Person Test (FPPT) - which came into force on November 27, 2014 - and his series of recommendations abo..more

05
Feb

A new report, ‘Culture in the NHS’ claims there is a clear correlation between the best performing Trusts (as rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC at the time of the research in August 2018) and th..more

05
Feb

A steering committee that will support the development of the NHS Workforce Implementation Plan has met for the first time. NHS Improvement says it is taking "an inclusive approach," and the steering..more

01
Feb

Health and care property company Prime has completed a deal to purchase full shares in joint venture company Interserve Prime. The company will now be known as Prime Partnering Solutions Ltd.   In..more

31
Jan

The new £125m NHS Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre at The Christie hospital in Manchester is now treating patients. Opened towards the end of last year, The Christie’s Proton Beam centre is the fi..more

29
Jan

Staff shortages are cited as the top challenge for healthcare providers in a new survey undertaken by Softworks. Over 82% of respondents agreed that they are consistently struggling with a shortage o..more

28
Jan

Almost half of NHS workers on the front line of patient care say there are not enough staff on their shift to ensure patients are treated safely and with compassion, a new survey published today (Fri..more

25
Jan

Over the last 40 years, we’ve worked in partnership with the NHS and private hospitals helping to support their staff and make sure patients and their families are comfortable and cared for during ..more

24
Jan

England to adopt NHS Scotland’s National Infection Prevention and Control Manual   All health and social care providers to have board-level leadership with a combined IPC and antimicrobial stewa..more

23
Jan

A cryptococcal infection linked to pigeon droppings has now been confirmed as a contributing factor in the death of a child in December at Scotland’s flagship hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Universi..more

23
Jan

NHS Digital has confirmed it is reviewing emergency readmissions indicators across the frameworks which will result in the publication of new data in March 2019.    A longer-term review is also o..more

22
Jan

The annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) reveals that while there has been a year-on-year improvement in black and minority ethnic (BME) representation in the most senior NHS roles - includ..more

21
Jan

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) has announced its first mental health Trust member since it was founded seven years ago.   Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RD..more

18
Jan

Staff shortages threaten to derail ability to deliver on the Long Term Plan   Current funding flows do not support partnership working and integration   STP payments have encouraged short-termi..more

17
Jan

NHS Improvement and NHS England have announced Hugh McCaughey will lead on driving improvements in care and efficiency across the NHS in the new role as National Director of Improvement in the new NH..more

17
Jan

Julian Hartley, a highly experienced leader, who is currently Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been asked to lead the new workforce implementation plan for the NHS. The role..more

16
Jan

An NHS programme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2 million for other services.   Somerset’s pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme offers patien..more

15
Jan

The HSE has announced a one-day course on asbestos management in non-domestic premises.    Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 and causes around 5000 deaths every yea..more

14
Jan

The number of NHS and local government bodies with significant weaknesses in their arrangements for delivering value for money for taxpayers is unacceptably high and increasing, according to the late..more

14
Jan

Responding to the NHS planning guidance for 2019/20, published by NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Chief Executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, says: “NHS Trusts have been struggling for f..more

10
Jan

NHS Oxleas Foundation Trust has today been fined £300,000 after two members of staff suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a service user. The Trust pleaded guilty to ..more

10
Jan

The NHS Long Term Plan sets a target for all providers across acute, community and mental health settings to advance to a “core level of digitisation by 2024, including clinical and operational pro..more

08
Jan

“ICSs [Integrated Care Systems] are central to the delivery of the Long Term Plan. An ICS brings together local organisations to redesign care and improve population health, creating shared leaders..more

08
Jan

It is disappointing that the much-anticipated NHS Long Term Plan once again fails to recognise the importance of estates and facilities services, and the staff who deliver them, in the future of heal..more

07
Jan

The West Midlands Branch Conference 2019, to be held on March 1 at the Village Hotel in Walsall, will focus on Sustainability.   Usually rightly associated with issues such as energy consumption ..more

04
Jan

Public procurement analyst, Tussell, believes the UK Government is learning from the collapse of Carillion early in 2018 and breaking more contracts down into smaller and less risky schemes.   Tus..more

03
Jan

Following the publication in December of the Department of Health and Social Care’s guidance for providers in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Permanent Secretary Sir Chris Wormald has written to all..more

03
Jan

In the NHS’s 70th year, dozens of NHS staff have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, including those who led the response to terror attacks and major incidents in 2018 as well a..more

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