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News highlights this fortnight are: EU Efficiency Directive - good or bad news for the NHS? £20 million extra in Salix funding What does Prince Charles think of hospital food? To view th..more

20
Dec

The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management has issued a “Call for proposals” for this year’s IHEEM Healthcare Estates event, taking place at Manchester Central on 9-10 Octobe..more

15
Dec

Salix Finance, the independent not for profit company, today (07 December) announces that it has been awarded an additional £20million by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for its s..more

14
Dec

The Government has shown its commitment to improving health outcomes for patients by shining a light on variation in NHS healthcare services.The NHS Atlas of Variation has been published by the Depar..more

13
Dec

News highlights this fortnight are:   The SDU sets a launch date to update the NHS Carbon Footprint NHS Sustainability Day of Action Monitor Consultation needs your feedback To view the ..more

12
Dec

Festive parties make the last Friday night before Christmas notorious as the busiest shift of the year for 999 teams.  This year, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, meaning hospitals and ambulance ser..more

09
Dec

  Over half a million extra staff will not need to pay any extra into their pensions next year, it was announced yesterday.  The government response to the consultation on proposed increases to emp..more

08
Dec

  -- New goals to measure the quality of care in the NHS are to be set, with patient surveys at the heart of the initiative.  Health Minister Andrew Lansley is to call for more focus on what really..more

28
Nov

The NHS Operating Framework is an annual publication that sets out the priority areas, system levers, and enablers that support delivery of high quality healthcare across the NHS, and was released on..more

25
Nov

News highlights this fortnight are:   The NHS celebrates reducing its building energy use Join us for our Route Map for Sustainable Health workshop; Find out who was judged the best Good Corpo..more

17
Nov

The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust has topped the Environment Agency's carbon reduction commitment league table with a score of 100%. This first league table ever covers the 2,200 largest o..more

16
Nov

Healthcare and security workers have welcomed the prototypes unveiled today, which aim to reduce the incidence of violence and aggression against staff, as part of a project to discover the common tr..more

15
Nov

Circle Holdings Plc is pleased to announce that Circle Health Limited, the social enterprise co-owned by employees, clinicians and Circle Holdings Plc, has signed a definitive contract to run Hinch..more

10
Nov

It has been announced that Circle Health Limited has signed a definitive contract to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Huntingdonshire as of February 2012. Circle will manage an estimated..more

10
Nov

News highlights this fortnight are: •    The CRC Performance League Tables – 4 NHS orgs listed at the top; •    NHS Sustainability Day of Action - 28th March 2012; •    New team ..more

08
Nov

A BIG thank you has been given to staff across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals, who have helped to slash the carbon footprint of the Trust by changing their travel behaviour.People who ha..more

08
Nov

As part of the Department of Health’s Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) Technology Innovation Programme, Showcase Hospitals have undertaken local technology reviews of infection related pro..more

07
Nov

Campaign highlights incorrect use of NHS emergency services which could cost up to £100 million across EnglandA series of viral videos are headlining an NHS campaign launched today (Mon 7 Nov 2011) ..more

02
Nov

The Carbon and Energy Fund, announced at IHEEM 2011, is based on good solid NHS precedents, such as; The NHS Energy & Sustainability Fund, which it follows as closely as it can; The P21 and P21 ..more

31
Oct

News highlights this fortnight are: •    An insight into the CRC Performance League Tables;•    A free review of your NHS vehicle fleet to save money and carbon;•    Busy in the pr..more

27
Oct

New information on mortality rates in NHS hospitals has been published today as part of plans to give patients and the public more transparent and robust information about their local NHS. The new Su..more

20
Oct

Health staff who raise concerns about poor patient care will be protected in the future under new changes to the NHS Constitution, according to the Department for Health. The changes will also make..more

19
Oct

The rules that allow healthcare professionals to practise throughout the EU pose an unacceptable risk to the safety of patients, according to a report by a House of Lords committee which was publis..more

17
Oct

Professor Malcolm Grant has been named by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley as the preferred choice to head up the NHS Commissioning Board, the independent body that will drive continuous improvement..more

14
Oct

This consultation sets out HSE's proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the UK..more

13
Oct

News highlights this fortnight are: •    Get a free procurement carbon footprint for your organisation;  •    Win a prize for your case study •    Free e-learning for procurement ..more

05
Oct

Experts in the field, including directors of public health, advise that the government’s health and social care bill will cause ‘irreparable harm’ reports The Telegraph. Around 400 public he..more

29
Sep

News highlights this fortnight are: •    Regional Directors of Public Health have sustainability in their remit •    Win a prize for your case study! •    Who won at the HSJ awards?..more

29
Sep

Commenting on the media story that NHS Direct is closing three of its contact centres, Nick Chapman, Chief Executive of NHS Direct  Nick Chapman said: “Our landlord has given us notice on the con..more

27
Sep

Dr Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, has called for visiting hours in hospitals to be extended.In his opinion, help from friends and relatives leads to a better hospital experience ..more

26
Sep

Commenting on the Scottish Government's Comprehensive Spending Review which was published on Wednesday 21 September, 2011Dr Brian Keighley, chairman of the BMA in Scotland said: “It is widely accep..more

20
Sep

While a few health service organisations were trying to improve the environments for the dying and their families and friends, more needed to be done, says Sarah Waller, programme director of the Kin..more

19
Sep

News highlights this fortnight are:   • We need your help to find NHS carbon hot spots • Sustainability in the HSJ • Updating the SDMP guidance    To view the full bulletin click here ..more

08
Sep

This consultation sets out HSE's proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the UK G..more

08
Sep

This information sheet explains the problems associated with hoisting people and sets out guidance to deal with them.It covers fixed, mobile and overhead hoists. The advice is intended for health and..more

08
Sep

The Health & Social Care Bill has been passed through the House of Commons by a majority of 65. The ‘Ayes to the right’ came in at 316, with the ‘Nos to the left’ at 251.Despite the threa..more

07
Sep

The Health & Social Care Bill was yesterday discussed in Parliament ahead of today’s vote, with the Government talking of its plans for modernisation and the safeguarding of the NHS for the fut..more

31
Aug

In a statement released on the Department of Health website, it is said that 38 degrees has issued legal advice on the Health and Social Care Bill.  In response, a Department of Health spokesperson ..more

23
Aug

The Scotsman has reported that Lockhart Hospital in Lanark has had to close its doors to new patients following an increase in cases of Clostridium difficile.According to NHS Lanarkshire, seven patie..more

18
Aug

The Government today announced a record £800 million funding to boost research and allow the development of ground breaking medicines, treatments and care for patients.  This is the UK’s largest ..more

18
Aug

News highlights this fortnight are:   • CRC Update • SHA Regional Leads for Sustainability - new arrangements • Please take a moment to click on our new Online Poll    To view the full ..more

15
Aug

[h2]Read the statement below from the Department of Health website with regard to new appointments made last week[/h2]Last Thursday, 11th August, alongside the SHA cluster chairs, Sir David Nicholson..more

11
Aug

The Audit Commission has released its report on the NHS Financial Year 2010/11, which summarises the audit of the 2010/11 accounts for strategic health authorities, NHS Trusts and PCTs. The report al..more

10
Aug

The current situation on the streets of Britain could have an impact on our Health Services if they are forced to shut their doors early due to the threat of violence.Londonwide LMCs and NHS London h..more

08
Aug

Derek Butler, Chair of MRSA Action UK, said today: “MRSA Action UK welcome The Health Protection Agency confirmation that cases of MRSA are at a record low with fewer than 100 infections in a singl..more

04
Aug

Official statistics show that levels of patients infected with the bacterium are at their lowest since records began, with just 97 cases in the NHS in June according to The Health Protection Agency, ..more

03
Aug

News highlights this fortnight are: • NHS organisations hit CRC deadline• NHS and DH launch Premises Assurance Model (PAM)• SDU forms GCC consultation group  To view the full bulletin clic..more

03
Aug

MPs are urging Ministers to put a stop to the central part of the NHS IT programme, after a report from the Public Accounts Committee showed that issues with the electronic records system are renderi..more

02
Aug

Labour has accused the government of moving NHS spending from poorer areas in England to more affluent parts of the country, due to funding changes for primary care trusts.Historically, poorer areas ..more

21
Jul

Highlights in this Bulletin are: CRC – Submit data on time or face a £5000 to £40,000 fine; Route Map event – dealing with the challenges ahead;  Transition and Sustainability.   To ..more

12
Jul

The HR Transition Framework provides the overarching guiding standards for the Department, NHS and Arm's Length Bodies (ALBs) relating to the movement of employees to the new or changed bodies propos..more

11
Jul

Highlights in this Bulletin are:   • CRC update and submission deadline approaching; • Join our Route Map workshop on the 12th July;  • How can you win a prize for Innovation?   To view..more

04
Jul

Highlights in this Bulletin are:   • Do you want funding for your sustainable projects?; • Save money with Ebay style scheme for NHS office equipment;  • And which NHS Trust is going for ..more

04
Jul

Architects working on a new hospital unit in Birmingham were tasked with designing a building that would win local approval after 'people power' forced planners to reject proposals for a modern flat ..more

15
Jun

The following list is a summary of the key changes the Government intends to make, largely structured around the four workstream themes considered by the NHS Future Forum. Some, but not all, of these..more

15
Jun

“Waste affects us all. We all create waste, we care if our domestic refuse service does not work well, and we notice when flytipping or litter affects our local environment. The breadth and impact ..more

08
Jun

Highlights in this Bulletin are:   SDMPs on the rise across England; Sustainability - the challenge facing GP consortia; CRC - the latest letter to participants.   To view the full bu..more

07
Jun

The Secretary of State for Health, Mr Andrew Lansley, has today delivered a Written Ministerial Statement on the NHS modernisation listening exercise to the House of Commons.The statement reads:On 6 ..more

07
Jun

Key influencers from across the healthcare industry have gathered together to attend the NHS Financial and Corporate Governance Seminar, hosted by Olswang. The event, which took place on 25 May, was ..more

06
Jun

Award-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has been awarded a £2.4m construction contract at Lister Hospital in Stevenage – its second project at the hospital for East and North Hertf..more

31
May

[h3] We hope you all enjoyed this years HefmA Conference and Exhibition in Torquay. [/h3]   [h4] To view the photographs taken at this years event by our official photographer please click here..more

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May

After the latest National Statistics on the Overall Patient Experience measure were released on 26th May 2011, a full statistical release has now been made available.Produced by the Department of Hea..more

25
May

Highlights in this Bulletin are: • Responding to the Listening Exercise; • Where will you be in the CRC performance league tables due out in Autumn?  • Who won the BMJ Sustainable Healthca..more

20
May

The King’s Fund have today published a report on the future of leadership and management in the NHS, entitled ‘The Future of Leadership and Management in the NHS - No More Heroes’.  Document s..more

16
May

Highlights in this Bulletin are: • CRC reports due in by end of July – important update • What’s the connection between national security, climate and health? • How to make an impact wi..more

13
May

Sky News has criticised the “millions of pounds a year” that it says are wasted by the Department of Health on rent on empty buildings following an investigation. The report focused on a Christch..more

11
May

Innovation in face of austerity was the keynote of this year’s HefmA Gala Awards Dinner at Torquay.  This year’s Innovation Award – innovatively voted upon by delegates at the dinner – not b..more

10
May

Record numbers walk through the doors for the first day of the 2011 HefmA National Conference.  The HefmA 2011 Conference was in high attendance today with 170 delegates attending, plus day visito..more

07
May

[h4]We are now on-site in Torquay preparing for this years event.[/h4] This year's conference line up has proven to be very popular, tackling the key issues head on. We are now fully booked for the ..more

20
Apr

Janice Gillan has been announced as the new chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), a position she will keep until March 2013. She was elected to the position at the Association’s rece..more

19
Apr

NHS Sustainable Development Unit has recentley launched the NHS Route Map for Sustainable Health, held at Barts Hospital in London, in February.  NHS Sustainable Development Unit has recentley la..more

19
Apr

The Sustainable Development Commission is pleased to inform you of the publication of Looking back, Looking Forward: Sustainability and UK food policy 2000 - 2011: click here to view the full publica..more

13
Apr

This is the second edition of this manual. It provides an update to Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 first published in 2006. Click here to view the full manual

13
Apr

Highlights in this edition.   • Hospitals could face big fines • Consultation response now online • How can GP practices become more sustainable?   To view the full bulletin click here

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Mar

With a record number of nominations, the judges have had a difficult task to whittle the worth nominations down to a shortlist, we are delighted to announce the 2011 shortlisted nominees.   The 20..more

30
Mar

Highlights in this edition.   • What was in the Budget for Sustainable Development; • The NHS SDU takes over the Good Corporate Citizenship Tool; • The Route Map made simple.   To view th..more

18
Mar

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS trust has delivered a “hammer blow” to its Unison members as they reveal plans to charge staff for on-site parking. The move will cause financial hardship for NHS..more

17
Mar

The BIFM Awards 2011 are now open for entries and by becoming involved with the Awards programme throughout 2011, you and your team will become inspired, educated and connected. By rewarding excellen..more

17
Mar

Highlights in this edition.   Join the SDU’s David Pencheon as he hosts a webinar on Thursday 24th March (3pm). David's catchy title: "Line in the sand or Head in the sand" will explore the futu..more

10
Mar

The leader of Scotland’s GPs today added his voice to the growing criticism of the health reforms that are being proposed in England.  Addressing the Annual Conference of Scottish Local Medical Co..more

07
Mar

Research into new and improved treatment for patients received a major boost today when the Government announced the launch of a new model agreement between the pharmaceutical and biomedical industri..more

07
Mar

A major global initiative to establish an international register that will improve the transparency of health research was launched today by Health Minister Lord Howe.  The register, called PROSPERO..more

07
Mar

Campaigners have launched an attack against the NHS saying too many trusts are still not responding to patient safety alerts in England.Alerts are issued when potentially harmful situations are ident..more

03
Mar

Hospital services could face a major shake-up after experts have deemed certain changes essential to patient safety.  The overhaul could include the closure of some units and The Kings Fund have sai..more

02
Mar

Highlights in this edition.   The Government is mainstreaming Sustainable Development (SD) DH and the NHS SDU tackle reporting sustainability in the NHS financial reporting process How today..more

24
Feb

An extended list of events that should never happen during care in the NHS has been unveiled today along with a powerful financial disincentive, as the Government affirms that substandard care will n..more

21
Feb

Dr David Bennett has been appointed the new Chair of Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced.He said "I am delighted to announce that I ..more

17
Feb

Highlights in this edition.    Latest on the Route Map including pictures, video and animation; First come, first served loans for energy saving projects;  Supporting the NHS Forest. To view ..more

16
Feb

The vast majority of those who work in health and social care are committed individuals with a strong sense of professionalism who aspire to deliver the highest standards. However, where there is poo..more

14
Feb

Teams of clinicians in the South East Coast region will go head to head today in pitching their innovative ideas to a Dragon’s Den style panel as part of the Transforming Community Services Multi P..more

09
Feb

Families with young children will be offered improved help and support thanks to ambitious new plans to expand and rejuvenate the health visiting service announced today by Public Health Minister Ann..more

07
Feb

A woman's risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight from one in nine, according to Cancer Research UK.The charity's figures show that breast cancer rates in the UK have increased by ..more

04
Feb

Updated figures on this winter’s flu situation released this week show that the number of reported cases of people with ‘flu-like symptoms continues to fall.  The figures for the past week show ..more

03
Feb

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit has launched the Route Map for Sustainable Health – a framework for action to develop a sustainable health system.  More than 220 people came to our launch eve..more

02
Feb

New plans to transform the mental health and well-being of the nation and ensure – for the first time – that mental health is given the same importance as the nation’s physical health, were ann..more

01
Feb

The first ever Government cancer awareness campaign to highlight the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer has been launched by Health Minister Paul Burstow.  The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaig..more

31
Jan

Hundreds of low-paid female council workers, including carers, cooks and cleaners, are in line for compensation payments totalling millions of pounds after an equal-pay case, a leading union has said..more

28
Jan

Over 84% of girls aged 13-14 have helped protect themselves against cervical cancer by getting all three doses of the HPV vaccine and more than four million doses of the vaccine have been given in th..more

26
Jan

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has appointed Dr Catherine Bell and Dr David Heymann as non-executive board members of the Department of Health. They join Mike Wheeler, who is the existing non-execut..more

24
Jan

The Secretary of State for Health has announced three reappointments to the Appointments Commission, the independent organisation responsible for appointing chairs and non-executives of the highest q..more

21
Jan

More than eleven thousand patients were placed in mixed sex accommodation in hospitals providing NHS services in December, according to new data published today by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley. ..more

20
Jan

Highlights in this edition.   The latest on the Route Map for Sustainable Health What are your plans for Climate Week? Extended entry time for the BMJ Group Sustainable Health Award To view the fu..more

20
Jan

Treatment of around 20,000 people who suffer major trauma each year is set to improve as the Government announces significant new investment into trauma and microbiology research.The Department of He..more

18
Jan

In his speech yesterday, The Prime Minister welcomed the groundswell of support from general practices that are now at the vanguard of modernising our NHS.General Practice leadership is essential in ..more

17
Jan

Researchers in the field of dementia have been asked to come forward and take more advantage of the Government’s research budget in a bid to better understand the disease and help sufferers and the..more

14
Jan

[h3]Call for Nominations closes Friday 25th February[/h3][h5]I’m pleased to inform you that we have secured sponsorship to hold the 2011 HefmA Awards, which will be presented at the 14th Annual Na..more

13
Jan

Detailed plans to transform cancer care in England and save thousands of extra lives each year were announced yesterday by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.  Overall these plans will drive up England..more

11
Jan

The support offered to individuals who contracted hepatitis C in England from NHS blood and blood products in the late 1970s and 1980s is to be substantially increased, Health Secretary Andrew Lansle..more

07
Jan

The number of people looking up flu information on the NHS website increased tenfold compared to last year, new figures today reveal.  Figures from NHS Choices show the site www.nhs.uk was clicked o..more

06
Jan

A new independent evaluation report, published today, shows good potential for the innovative Family Nurse Partnership programme to make a real difference to the life chances of some of the most disa..more

05
Jan

Following a successful efficiency drive, the Department of Health is able to make an extra £162 million available to local health and care services to spend this financial year on front line service..more

04
Jan

A new review into the effectiveness of prosthetics services in the NHS, for those veterans who have lost a limb due to activities while serving their country, has been launched today by the Health Mi..more

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