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It has been revealed that hospitals in England will be fined millions of pounds unless the services provided at weekends are of the same standard of weekdays.NHS England aim to cut the increased nu..more

16
Dec

The programme’s 4 key partners, Department of Health, NHS England, Health Education England (HEE) and Public Health England (PHE) have written this quarterly report.  It covers the latest positi..more

13
Dec

Progress on the objectives of the government’s mental health strategy is to be brought together and published in one place, for the first time.The new mental health dashboard brings together infor..more

12
Dec

The G8 Dementia Summit is being held at Lancaster House in London on 11th December 2013. Delegates include G8 Ministers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and charities.The summit aims to agree..more

09
Dec

NHS caterers have recently discovered a way of getting frail and weak patients to eat more - by putting food on blue plates.The simple switch of plates has resulted in elderly and weak patients eatin..more

06
Dec

News highlights this fortnight are: Sustainable Development Strategy Launch Join the launch event online Route Map event - 29 January 2014 To view the full bulletin click here  

06
Dec

New reviews have suggested that the NHS in England appears to be rationing access to vital non-emergency hospital care.The analysis, carried out by Dr Foster research group, focused on knee, hip and ..more

02
Dec

A further 19 hospitals are to carry out investigations after receiving police information about serial sex attacker Jimmy Savile, the government has reported.The Metropolitan Police (Met) have pass..more

29
Nov

Jeremy Hunt yesterday launched a new interactive online map allowing members of the public to see the quality of dementia care and support in their local area.The map is part of a landmark ‘state..more

27
Nov

The NHS has been advised to ban smoking in all hospital grounds in England.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it wanted to see smoke shelters scrapped so that patients,..more

26
Nov

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has urged a review to address ‘public anxiety’ about standards of NHS care in all Welsh hospitals.The respected professional body said the hospital inspection..more

26
Nov

Recent NHS figures have revealed that the delays in discharging patients in England once they are fit to leave hospital are at their highest in more than three years.Senior doctors working in accid..more

22
Nov

Despite the recent mild weather and with the flu season yet to really kick in, NHS statistics are showing signs that hospitals are already facing a winter crisis. Figures show a 42% rise in cancell..more

22
Nov

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled a series of measures to restore public faith in the NHS following the Mid Staffs revelations.These measures include a legal duty of candour on organisations..more

19
Nov

National Health Executive reports that private and independent hospitals are moving towards more mixed provision, according to research from LaingBuisson.It says a new report, Private Acute Medical..more

18
Nov

Colchester General Hospital, which is being investigated by police over its cancer waiting times, has been placed in special measures.Health regulator Monitor acted after data "inaccuracies" meant t..more

15
Nov

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC)’s National Community Meals Week 2013 (11th-15th November 2013) gained strong support from a number of high-profile public figuresIncluding Rosemar..more

13
Nov

[h5] Nominations are now being taken for the 2014 HefmA Awards [/h5]  As an Association we have much to be proud of within our Estates and Facilities services, with invaluable and impressive work ta..more

12
Nov

Consultation: Health Building Note 00-01 General Design PrinciplesThe Department of Health is currently revising its guidance on general design principles for healthcare buildings – Health Building..more

11
Nov

A review by Monitor of the walk-in centre service has found that the closure of 50 out of the 230 centres in England in the last three years is likely to have resulted in more people going to A&..more

07
Nov

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has recommended Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust should be placed into special measures following serious concerns ..more

07
Nov

Monitor has announced that it is to examine the challenges that smaller district general hospitals face in delivering high quality, sustainable care to patients, and how they are responding.The hea..more

07
Nov

A whistleblower claims she was paid off by an NHS Trust after exposing an affair its married Chief Executive was having with a colleague, reports The Daily Telegraph.The woman is said to have told ..more

07
Nov

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has extended its implementation of Nervecentre to deliver the benefits of mobile working, workflow and governance across Blackpool Victoria Hospita..more

06
Nov

News highlights this fortnight are: Sustainable Development Strategy Launch - 29 January 2014 Join the launch event online - 29 January 2014 Route Map event - 29 January 2014 To view the full bulle..more

06
Nov

Monitor is investigating governance concerns at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust triggered by multiple target breaches including C. Difficile, MRSA, A&E and referral to treatme..more

05
Nov

Consultation: Health Building Note 00-10Part D:Windows and associated hardwareHefmA is consulting members on the Health Building Note 00-10 from the Department of Health.Please read the document by c..more

05
Nov

The CQC’s new hospital inspection programme is due to enter its second phase in January, with 19 Acute Trusts named as the next Trusts to be inspected: these will be the first trusts to be given ..more

04
Nov

A multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Biomolecular Sciences has uncovered a new way of inhibiting the toxicity and virulence of the superbug Pseudomonas ..more

01
Nov

Public Health England (PHE) has welcomed the launch of the Department of Health (DH)’s UK five-year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy which follows the Chief Medical Officer’s call earlier this..more

01
Nov

A new study published online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing suggests that changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms so that they’re more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could hel..more

31
Oct

The Court of Appeal has ruled Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt did not have power to implement cuts at Lewisham Hospital in South East London.During the summer, a High Court judge ruled Mr Hunt acted ou..more

30
Oct

An independent report chaired by Rt. Hon Ann Clwyd MP and Professor Tricia Hart is calling for a revolution in the way in which the NHS handles complaints.The report was commissioned by the Prime M..more

29
Oct

Derbyshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust has failed to balance its budget or meet emergency department targets, said health watchdog Monitor, and must now take immediate and effective action to fi..more

28
Oct

Monitor has announced an extension to the special administration process at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust to allow commissioners and providers time to reach an agreement on the future fund..more

25
Oct

A quarter of hospital Trusts in England are at raised risk of providing poor care, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows.The findings are based on CQC monitoring of a host of data, inc..more

24
Oct

The Government has announced new measures for dealing with the cost of treating overseas visitors, migrants and health tourists which together will raise or save well over half a billion pounds, it..more

23
Oct

Yeovil District Hospital is running a photography competition with the winners' photos due to be displayed on one of its wards which is currently being redesigned to make it more dementia-friendly...more

22
Oct

Hundreds of NHS workers, including doctors, nurses and emergency staff, were prevented from parking at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales on Monday morning as a group of French travel..more

21
Oct

North Tyneside General Hospital has appointed its first female Head Porter to oversee services which include more than 40 porters, delivery drivers and security staff.Tracey Smith is one of three f..more

18
Oct

Many more hospitals are now believed to be under investigation as part of the inquiry into the late Jimmy Savile's alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals.Inquiries had originally focused just o..more

18
Oct

The UK’s inaugural Fire Door Safety Week, held in September, has been hailed a huge success, reaching in excess of 6.5 million people over the period and resulting in significant political suppor..more

17
Oct

The Iraqi Government has announced it will build five new 200- to 400-bed hospitals in cities around the country at a total cost of 200 billion Iraqi dinars ($172 million), reports the website Al-S..more

17
Oct

Costa celebrated the opening of its 50th corporate franchise store on 10th October - located in London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital - with a blue ribbon event which also marked World Sight Day. The ..more

16
Oct

An independent review of NHS staff, led by Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, has been announced.The review - which aims to ensure NHS staff are able to give higher quality ca..more

15
Oct

Health boards in Wales are failing to meet two key targets for patient treatment times, says BBC Wales.According to the Welsh Government nobody should be waiting over 36 weeks for hospital treatment ..more

14
Oct

Falklands war veteran Simon Weston OBE told delegates to this year’s Healthcare Estates Conference that the NHS “is one of our greatest jewels” and spoke of his “great love” for the insti..more

11
Oct

Following the decision of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Chair Jonathan Walsh to stand down from his role, the Trust has appointed Sir David Henshaw as Interim Chair, in a bid to..more

10
Oct

Health sector regulator Monitor has warned that health services will need to change radically in order to secure the future of the NHS.In its latest report Monitor has predicted a funding gap of aro..more

07
Oct

Enhancing the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) to include providing an out-of-hours GP service is among several proposals being considered for Newark Hospital.Enhancing the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) to incl..more

07
Oct

Scotland's largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC), has yet to fully assess the financial cost of a two-day IT systems crash which saw more than 700 appointments and procedures canc..more

03
Oct

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has entered into a 15-year 50:50 joint venture partnership with Ryhurst to deliver a comprehensive range of estate management services.Sin..more

02
Oct

News highlights this fortnight are: New Route Map folder and template CleanMed 2013 event slides and reports Update to the Sustainability Reporting framework To view the full bulletin click here  ..more

30
Sep

Monitor has confirmed that it will not grant Foundation Trust status to any further NHS Trusts until it receives “robust assurance” from the CQC that applicants are providing a good quality of ..more

30
Sep

Thirty of the NHS’ 62 Acute Trusts are predicting a deficit at the end of this year according to the NHS Trust Development Authority’s Summer Report.The report looks at how NHS Trusts have perf..more

27
Sep

Hospitals have scored on average around eight out of 10 for non-clinical services like catering, cleaning and the condition of buildings, fixtures and fittings according to the first ever results f..more

25
Sep

Four senior doctors who worked at Stafford Hospital at the height of the neglect and abuse scandal will not face disciplinary action as the General Medical Council has dropped the cases against the..more

24
Sep

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has thrown its weight behind a campaign for the introduction of seven-day services across the NHS.Britain’s most senior doctors, represented by the AoMRC, say..more

23
Sep

According to the King’s Fund’s latest Quarterly Monitoring Report only 1 in 10 NHS Finance Directors asked thought the chances of the health service meeting its £20bn savings target by 2015 we..more

20
Sep

The award-winning Finchley Memorial Hospital has been officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, following a £28 million rebuild.A hospital has stood on the site in West Finch..more

19
Sep

Managers from top-performing NHS hospitals are to be sent into the failing ones placed in special measures to try to improve them.Explaining the scheme, which includes bonus payments for Trusts if s..more

18
Sep

Plans for a new £27m hospital in Ludlow look set to be scrapped thanks to a £1.1m-a-year funding shortfall, reports the Shropshire Star.Members of the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust board w..more

18
Sep

The proposed takeover of a Trust that has pioneered the integration of health and social care by an acute Foundation Trust has been approved, despite the acquisition’s business case receiving a ..more

17
Sep

The CQC's new hospital inspection regime, given an overhaul following the Stafford Hospital scandal, has begun with inspectors visiting Croydon Health Services NHS Trust in south London today (Tues..more

16
Sep

Minister for Health The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP set out his vision for the future of primary care in the UK in a speech delivered to the King’s Fund on 12th September 2013.The country needs a “pr..more

04
Sep

News highlights this fortnight are: CRC Deadlines Update New carbon footprint tool launched SDMP - request for examples To view the full bulletin click here  

03
Sep

Monitor is investigating Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for abuse of a patient. The investigation will determine if the Trust has breached the terms of its licence, and if there was ..more

02
Sep

The first criminal prosecution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been announced for the death of a patient. Diabetic Gillian Astbury died from a lack of insulin when she was admitted to..more

29
Aug

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has responded to claims by Sustain, under the banner of the Better Hospital Food Campaign, that NHS hospitals are hiding patient dissatisfaction with food. T..more

27
Aug

Campaigners are concerned that NHS Trusts in England are hiding patient dissatisfaction with hospital food.The Campaign for Better Hospital Food said Trusts routinely rated their own food highly; pa..more

22
Aug

The number of deaths in England and Wales from MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have continued their long-term downward trend, according to the latest figures from the Office for National S..more

21
Aug

Professor Don Berwick said in his long-awaited report into patient safety in the NHS that new guidance to protect patients against “the dangers of inadequate staffing” needed to be set up “a..more

20
Aug

Further to the Government's stated policy of treating patients and service users with respect, dignity and compassion Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that A&E departments will benefi..more

15
Aug

Health researchers from across the country have been given £124m from the government to tackle the nation’s most pressing health problems. The Health Minister, Lord Howe, has announced how this ..more

09
Aug

A radical new blueprint for how the NHS buys everything - from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips, building work, bedpans and temporary staff - has been unveiled by health minister Dr Dan Poult..more

08
Aug

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has successfully undertaken an early implementer site project “to improve the quality and delivery of the national Healthy Child Programme”, and is widening..more

02
Aug

Currently, the NHS sends children and adults for the innovative therapy to the US.The government has announced a £250m investment in new cutting edge radiotherapy treatment, which could save countle..more

01
Aug

News highlights this fortnight are: Heatwaves and Flood Risk Alternative guide to NHS England Project Wild Time To view the full bulletin click here  

01
Aug

The High Court has ruled that the decision to reduce services at Lewisham Hospital in southeast London was unlawful.The High Court has ruled that the decision to reduce services at Lewisham Hospital ..more

29
Jul

Mitie has won an award from the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) for “Working in Partnership” with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust after a team from Mitie’s FM ..more

26
Jul

Expert engineer and academic, Graeme Davies, in a recent article for FM World pointed that construction and running of buildings accounts for about half of all carbon emissions in developed world c..more

25
Jul

Concerns over the safety of data is stopping businesses from recycling computers and electronic equipment, according to recycling firm Business Waste. The company says it estimates that up to 95% of ..more

22
Jul

A growing number of hospitals are opting for new private treatment options as well as offering patients the choice of ‘self funding’ for treatments and services that are subject to restrictions..more

17
Jul

Healthcare group BTG has been forced to halt production of one of its cancer treatments following a warning letter from regulators in the US, The Guardian reports.Healthcare group BTG has been forc..more

15
Jul

The East of England Ambulance Service will appoint new interim directors following the resignation of all five of its non-executive directors. Vice chairman Paul Remington, Phil Barlow, Anne Osborn,..more

15
Jul

Hospital bosses have told the Daily Echo they are “bitterly disappointed” after a commission said they still need to prove the case for merging the Royal Bournemouth and Poole trusts.They say t..more

15
Jul

The Department of Health has confirmed that NHS Property Services will merge with Community Health Partnerships (CHP) in 2015 to make it easier to manage andreconfigure the facilities managed by bo..more

11
Jul

Building contractor Galliford Try has been revealed as the preferred bidder for the first phase of the £42m redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, according to a report. Building.co.uk sta..more

09
Jul

Opposition parties have derided Welsh government claims that all health boards have broken even, calling the statements "fiction" and "fantasy", the BBC reports.According to the BBC, Health Ministe..more

08
Jul

The government has announced that it opening consultation on updates to the Mandate to NHS England for 2014 to 2015. The Mandate sets the government’s ambitions for the NHS as well as the funding..more

05
Jul

Directors in charge of care homes and hospitals that allow neglect and abuse to take place could be held personally and criminally accountable for failures in care, under proposals unveiled by Care..more

04
Jul

NHS Direct has said it will be unable to provide its new non-emergency 111 helpline inNorth Essex and Cornwall because the contract terms were "financially unsustainable", the Express reports.NHS D..more

03
Jul

News highlights this fortnight are: Sustainable Development Strategy consultation headlines Route Map event - 11 July 2013 - London 2012/13 Annual Reporting and CRC deadlines To view the full bulle..more

03
Jul

A US-based company has published a new digital guide to enable healthcare facility managers to maximise their vendor relationships and reach goals set in their development programmes.A US-based com..more

02
Jul

A Foundation Trust Network poll of members reveals that many are dissatisfied with the NHS’s ‘30% margin rule’, which has cost them more than £500m in lost income, the BBC reports.England's ..more

28
Jun

Following the call by The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to ban junk food and vending machines from UK hospitals, AVA (Automatic Vending Association) called on decision makers to recognise that ..more

27
Jun

The global market for mobile healthcare products is expected to reach $23.49bn (£15.27bn) by 2013, with a compound annual growth rate of 30.5% from 2013 to 2018, a new market research report states...more

26
Jun

The O’Flynn construction group has announced that it has sold its loss-making UK-based firm Shelbourne Senior Living, the Irish Examiner reports.The O’Flynn construction group has announced tha..more

25
Jun

A sustainability project launched by Barts Health NHS Trust has in its first year saved about £105,000 and savings could grow to as much as £800,000 on the Trusts £12m annual energy bill, FM Wor..more

24
Jun

The British Medical Association (BMA) is expected to announce at its annual conference in Edinburgh that a list of core services must be drawn up to tell patients what they can and cannot expect to..more

21
Jun

City Health Care Partnership CIC has secured a finance package from Lloyds Bank to fund its acquisition of Brocklehurst Chemists, the Yorkshire Post reports.City Health Care Partnership CIC has sec..more

19
Jun

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has told a healthcare publication that the NHS is already ‘lost’ and any further efforts towards privatisation would make the health service ‘irretrievabl..more

18
Jun

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that future inspections will put NHS and independent acute hospitals under far greater scrutiny, the FT reports. These inspections will extend to cov..more

17
Jun

The world’s largest private healthcare company is looking to expand further into the NHS, according to new information from the Competition Commission. The Independent reports that the Hospital C..more

14
Jun

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says that the government will name any doctor who chooses not to disclose details of their performance, as they have no valid reason not to disclose their patient death r..more

14
Jun

Interserve has joined forces with Leicester College to provide learning opportunities through them for staff working in the hospitals and NHS estate in Leicestershire.Interserve is responsible for de..more

10
Jun

The chief executive of Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool says the facility “will form a vital part of the plans” for the new Royal Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo reports. Chief executive of both ..more

10
Jun

Planning permission has been granted for a £21m new community hospital in Dover, theresult of a long-running campaign by residents to secure better healthcare in the area, Kent News reports.The ne..more

06
Jun

NHS regulator Monitor will be taking a closer look at competition rules that were brought in under the Health and Social Care Act following a complaint from BMI Healthcare, The Independent reports...more

05
Jun

The Academy of Royal Colleges, the NHS Confederation and the patient group National Voices say they believe that the future of the NHS lies in expanding GP surgeries and health centres, as well as ..more

31
May

A former Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust non-executive director has published an open letter to the Health Secretary and Stafford Hospital’s administrators that proposes a “radical and i..more

30
May

The NHS could treat thousands of patients in ‘virtual wards’ at their homes and greatly ease the burden on its hospitals, the Guardian reports. This information comes from a new study that says..more

28
May

Sodexo has formed a consortium with two southwest hospitals to provide pathology services for the NHS, in a deal valued at £300m, the FT reports. About 160 NHS staff have been outsourced to Southw..more

28
May

This is a special Bulletin to highlight some particularly important things happening this month. The next regular Bulletin will be published on 05 June. To view the full bulletin click here  

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May

Thank you to all who attended the16th Annual National Conference & Exhibition at the breathtaking Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.  We’re delighted to say that this year’s event drew record-brea..more

28
May

NHS spending on private services reached £8.7bn last year, its highest level yet and a rise of over £3bn since 2006, a study by the Nuffield Trust and the Institute of Fiscal Studies reveals.The ..more

22
May

The head of the NHS in England Sir David Nicholson has announced he will step down in March 2014 from his position as chief executive of NHS England.This comes after months of calls to resign over ..more

20
May

Interserve picked up more than £700m of new work in the first quarter of 2013, according to an interim management statement covering the period from 1 January to 15 May. Trading is in line with co..more

20
May

The Dementia Challenge champion groups have produced areport on their progress since the challenge was launched in March 2012, which describes achievements in the three core areas of the challenge:..more

20
May

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new £260m fund for hospitals, in response to the Francis report’s calling to make better use of technology to improve safe, effective care within the..more

17
May

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a £260m project to make the NHS all digital is aimed at reducing the number of paper blunders, with the development of electronic prescription and patient systems..more

16
May

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), has announced it has a record £440m war chest to stimulate and support business-led innovation across the country, domain-b reports.TSB's chief executive Iain ..more

15
May

Officials have called for "fundamental change" in the way emergency care systems are run, following a report by the College of Emergency Medicine that says A&E units are grappling with “unsus..more

14
May

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry has announced that £10m will be put toward delivering better care for homeless once they leave hospital. “It is estimated that currently 70% of homeless people ..more

10
May

The NHS 111 helpline, designed for people with urgent but non-life threatening health problems, is failing to meet targets, a raft of media reports say.The failures to respond promptly and properly..more

09
May

The Department of Health has reaffirmed that NHS treatment will remain free at the point of delivery and available according to clinical need. In a statement issued on 8 May, the DH says: “The gov..more

08
May

The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual inpatient survey, which covers the experiences ofmore than 64,500 people admitted to NHS hospitals in England in 2012, shows a far more positive picture o..more

07
May

While healthcare facilities are included in the UK's terrorism contingency plans, a new study by researchers at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University, warns that hospitals are also pot..more

03
May

Carillion has been awarded the contract to build the new £429m Royal Liverpool Hospital, which will be located adjacent to the current hospital building and facing the same direction, the Liverpoo..more

02
May

The interim chief operating officer for NHS England has said that organisations providing the 111 telephone services could have their contracts revoked if they continue to fall below expected stand..more

01
May

NHS Blood and Transplant chief executive Lynda Hamlyn said the unit is not being privatised and is not included in recent changes in health legislation.In a reply to a letter published in The Guard..more

30
Apr

A scrutiny committee says poor accounting practices hid a huge deficit at Croydon Primary Care Trust and prevented it from being found sooner, The Telegraph reports. In June 2011, the Trust reporte..more

29
Apr

The Health Secretary last week responded to the Caldicott Review on information governance in health and social care, outlining that information and technology will only have a transformational eff..more

25
Apr

The Department of Health has published a new Health Technical Memorandum that sets out recommendations and guidance for the management of fire safety in healthcare buildings.However, the department..more

24
Apr

A survey of over 60,000 patients treated by the NHS found that one in five felt they were not given enough information about their condition or treatment; a quarter of those surveyed had experience..more

24
Apr

The Scottish Government reveals that patients and NHS staff have saved over £13m in hospital car parking charges since they were abolished more than four years ago, the BBC reports. Parking has be..more

24
Apr

The Construction Index reports that a survey by EC Harris calculates that the NHS could save £2.3bn by improving its estate procurement and facilities management. Despite the NHS halving the amoun..more

23
Apr

NSL has been awarded a multi-million pound NHS contract to transport hundreds of patients a day, The Sentinel reports.The deal comes less than a month after the NSL’s GP-led, North Staffordshire an..more

22
Apr

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has proposed that councils should stop providing social care for the local population and that "cradle to grave" health and social care should pass to the NHS to make bill..more

22
Apr

Today the Soil Association opens a month-long consultation on its Food for Life Catering Mark (Catering Mark).  The consultation invites comments on proposed changes to the Catering Mark Standards..more

19
Apr

Research gained from over 1,500 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants reveals that care at hospitals is so poor that a Mid Staffordshire-style scandal is either possible or already occurring, ..more

18
Apr

The names of the 21 voluntary sector organisations that will form part of the Deparment of Health’s Strategic Partner Programme have been announced.The organisations, which will participate in th..more

17
Apr

The government has announced that the Health Building Note 40 – ‘Common activity spaces’ is being republished into three documents that will affect the design of “circulation and communicat..more

15
Apr

A study reveals that changes to NHS funding to include charging patients for some procedure,s would be considered by taxpayers, The Financial Times reports. However, the research carried out by Ips..more

12
Apr

The government has announced that hospices across England have been awarded a share of £60m in funding to improve care environments and settings.A total of 176 hospices, providing end of life care..more

11
Apr

NHS emergency care faces an inquiry from MPs as fears grow that catastrophic failings in the operation of the new 111 helpline are putting patients at risk, The Telegraph reports.Desperately-ill pa..more

10
Apr

The Secretary of State for Health on Tuesday published a letter to clarify how NHSPS will receive its funding from the NHS Commissioning Board, in light of the fact that Primary Care Trusts no long..more

09
Apr

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09
Apr

A £10m health centre project in Sudbury, which has been hit by a series of delays, will restart within the next two months, East Anglian Daily Times reports. Apart from building delays, the scheme..more

08
Apr

Space for Health (SfH), the website where DH technical guidance – Health Building Notes and Health Technical Memorandums – could be found, has now closed in line with the Government’s Digital..more

05
Apr

St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals NHS Trust, which just a year ago claimed to be the first to become paperless, is now helping GP practices to do the same, the Guardian Professional  repor..more

03
Apr

A panel set up by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to expose bogus citations of health and safety ‘excuses’ has recorded 150 cases in its first year of operation, FM World reports.HSE chai..more

03
Apr

The first of a series of "question time" events designed to give people the chance to find out more about the way communityhealth services will be managed in Suffolk in the future will take place n..more

03
Apr

The British Social Attitudes Survey reveals that public satisfaction with the NHS have stabilised following a record fall, BBC News health correspondent Nick Triggle reports.The survey put satisfac..more

03
Apr

The Department of Health (DH) on Tuesday 2nd April said it is developing a new UK 5-year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and Action Plan and expects to publish a document in the summer.The DH sai..more

02
Apr

The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to the chief executive of the NHS, to point out that the "chaotic mess" of the 111 service is potentially putting patients at risk, the Guardian re..more

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Mar

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday that his plans for laying the foundations for aculture "of zero harm and compassionate care" will include naming and shaming failing hospitals and barri..more

27
Mar

The Government on Tuesday said that it is launching plans to ensure that patients are always put first and people are treated with respect, as part of its response to the Francis report. The initia..more

22
Mar

A Commons spending watchdog warns that the NHS is rationing treatments in its bid to meet its target of £20bn in efficiency savings by 2014-15, and it has also pointed finger at the health departm..more

21
Mar

Thousands of patients, staff, residents and trade unionists on Saturday 16 March made their way to the Whittington hospital in Archway, north London, to protest the hospital board's proposals to se..more

20
Mar

The majority of senior NHS staff have voiced the opinion that the health service is not ready for the huge changes that are planned for it, the Guardian reports.The majority of senior NHS staff hav..more

19
Mar

Further to the issuing of practical technical guidance ‘Water sources and potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination of taps and water systems – Advice for augmented care units’ in March ..more

19
Mar

A website where patients can rate the care they have received on the NHS has received the support of the Scottish government, the BBC reports.Recent comments posted on the website – Patient Opinio..more

18
Mar

Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister has announced £2m will be used to fund new handheld computers that will improve children’s mental health services. Children and young people will use tablet ..more

15
Mar

GMB, the union for health workers, on Thursday said it was disappointed by the NHS Pay Review Board recommnedations, which in real terms amounted to a cut in salaries. Rehana Azam, GMB National Offic..more

14
Mar

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must bring an end to the era of gagging staff from raising their real worries about patient care, the BBC reports.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS..more

14
Mar

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must bring an end to the era of gagging staff from raising their real worries about patient care, the BBC reports.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS..more

13
Mar

Tim Kelsey, director for patients and information at the NHS Commissioning Board, says that the new NHS must ensure that transparency will be its central operating principle.“Transparency of outc..more

12
Mar

A senior MP, and clinical staff have locked swords over a decision that the Conservative parliamentarian has labelled a “cynical move” to take cash from “English taxpayers” to maintain “u..more

11
Mar

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude is reported to have called for NHS boss Sir David Nicholson to be axed, several reports say.Maude said Nicholson should acknowledge his responsibility for death..more

11
Mar

News highlights this fortnight are: Consultation - Out Now! Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 Reducing mileage of staff and business travel To view the full bulletin click here  

04
Mar

The consultation on the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public Health and Social Care System 2014 – 2020 is now open. Throughout February the consultation has been raising awarenes..more

20
Feb

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, on Tuesday announced to NHS leaders that she was introducing the new system for assessing the quality of the hospital environment from April 2013. ..more

20
Feb

A contractor hired by the NHS to perform the government’s new disability assessments has subcontracted much of the work back to the Health Service, the Financial Times reports. The decision by At..more

19
Feb

NHS staff who have been transferred to private operators that provide NHS services, will now be able to retain their access to the NHS pension scheme, the Health Investor reports.  The publication r..more

19
Feb

The Government says that new measures for funding care will ensure that the elderly and those with disabilities get the care they need without facing unlimited costs.The new measures include, from ..more

19
Feb

Demand for IT contractors from the NHS climbed in January to a historical high, Contractor UK reports.It said that the rise, which comes ahead of a “radical transformation of how the National Healt..more

19
Feb

Computer manufacturer VeryPC has won approval to supply its locally-made PCs to the NHS and public sector bodies throughout the UK under a new purchasing agreement that emphasises sustainability, T..more

18
Feb

The chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), Chris Hopson, has questioned whether national agreements can deliver the savings needed for the NHS.The body, which represents more than 200..more

13
Feb

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has proposed creating a single chief inspector of hospitals and a similar post for GPs, the Guardian reports.Hunt said there was more than enough data in the NHS to allo..more

12
Feb

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he intends to cut bureaucracy in the NHS by a third, to help bring back care and compassion to the service, itv News reports. His announcement follows the report on ..more

07
Feb

Department of Health Permanent Secretary, Una O’Brien has responded to the findings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry with a renewed focus on listening to patients.Refl..more

06
Feb

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt led a panel discussion earlier this week on achieving his ambition for a paperless NHS by 2018. He pledged that one region in Englandwould have a fully portable electro..more

05
Feb

[h3] After a day of deliberation, we are pleased to announce the shortlist  for the HefmA Awards 2013 [/h3]  Shortlisted Trusts Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Leeds Teachin..more

05
Feb

The culture of the NHS, and the incentives offered to staff all act to make sure that NHS managers act against their better judgement, Roger Taylor has told The Telegraph. Taylor, the founder of Dr..more

01
Feb

Deputy NHS chief executive David Flory has urged colleagues to immediately review their fire safety measures after a report from an NHS Trust revealed a high level of  “apparent mismanagement an..more

31
Jan

It has barely been two weeks since Health Secretary called on NHS Trusts to go paperless by 2018 and already there is news of the successful rolling out of such an initiative at St Helens and Knows..more

31
Jan

OCS has picked up a contract extension with Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust worth in excess of £13m.OCS haspicked up a contract extension with Central and North West London..more

29
Jan

More than 100 hospitals will receive a share of a £25m fund to refurbish older maternity hospitals and also to improve the choice for women and their experience of maternity care.The Department o..more

28
Jan

Jon Rouse has been confirmed as the new Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health.His responsibilities will include policies on care andsu..more

28
Jan

Department of Health ministers have agreed to refer the following topics to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in December, to begin the process of developing guidance..more

28
Jan

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is on a drive to recruit 10,000 people as membersover the next 18 months so that it can achieve Foundation status by 2014.The Trust, which runs Maidstone Hos..more

24
Jan

The Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which has been the focus of a health service scandal following an investigation that began four years ago, has no future, Monitor has concluded.The Mid-S..more

24
Jan

Two regulatory bodies, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority have revealed plans for a £300m joint contract that will put failing Trusts through the special administration regime, the He..more

22
Jan

NHS Scotland’s Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) has appointed Capita Symonds for Phase 4 of the implementation of an estates asset management system, Construction News Portal resports.Capita Symo..more

21
Jan

North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust chairman Kevin McAleese has called on the government to help clear the Trust’s deficit and ensure that future funding for Trusts is not applied on a on..more

17
Jan

The benefits of mobile technology for health staff and patients are outlined in the final report of the mobile health worker project that was released on Wednesday.The report, a study on introducin..more

16
Jan

The NHS should go paperless by 2018 to save billions, improve services and help meet the challenges of an ageing population, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.In a speech to the Policy Exchange on ..more

14
Jan

The Department Of Health last week announced a £5.45bn two-year, ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities and said this marks the first time that public health budgets will be prote..more

10
Jan

The Department of Health on Wednesday announced funding of £120m for an open competition to research ways of improving NHS services. Each research project will involve collaborative partnerships ..more

09
Jan

Becton,Dickinson and Company have put into production a syringe, designated for general medication preparation and delivery, which has been designed to reduce medical waste in healthcare facilities..more

08
Jan

Paula Head has been appointed the new chief executive at Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT), it was announced last week.Paula complements her clinical background as a pharmacist with commercial experie..more

07
Jan

The NHS will pay more than 100 private firms to treat patients –the first step in growing the private sector's role in the health service, a report from The Telegraph said. The healthcare firms wil..more

04
Jan

News highlights this fortnight are: New GCC Website Low Carbon Building Healthcare Project Regional Events - Health and Wellbeing Boards To view the full bulletin click here  

04
Jan

The findings of an official review into an incident at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, which firmly links the death of hundreds of patients to substandard care, are expected to prompt the governme..more

03
Jan

A report from the Daily Post says that over £225,000 was paid out this year to NHS staff currently suspended by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The 15 members of staff are still takin..more

03
Jan

One pound in every £10 spent by the NHS on healthcare in Sussex is going to private companies and campaign groups and unions say the figure is likely to rise as a result of the controversial shake..more

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