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NHS Employers has issued new and detailed risk assessment guidance to enable NHS organisations to enhance their processes, particularly for at-risk and vulnerable groups within their workforce.   ..more

29
May

Fifteen unions representing health workers across the NHS in England have secured an agreement with NHS employers to ensure every employee should be paid properly for every hour they are at work duri..more

27
May

It is unrealistic to expect NHS England’s 18-week waiting time standard for routine treatment to be achieved by 2024 with current infrastructure and staffing levels according to a new ‘long read..more

21
May

HEFMA finds out about an innovative programme at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which is helping the Trust to ease its workforce shortages by assisting skilled overseas migrant workers/refug..more

20
May

As the NHS moves into the second phase of its COVID-19 response, NHS England/Improvement has tightened the rules on capital expenditure related to dealing with Coronavirus. The new guidance applies t..more

19
May

The UK's first dedicated app-based demand responsive bus service for NHS workers is set to be launched this month for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust.   Stagecoach is working in partnership wi..more

18
May

In a new briefing on the NHS response to Coronavirus, Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers looks to the long-term future of the service. The briefing draws on communications with Trust Chie..more

18
May

Five key principles form the basis for a national framework set out by health leaders to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment, while keeping the necessary capacity a..more

18
May

Medirest, the healthcare division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has announced that it will be paying all its healthcare frontline employees, who support the NHS, the equivalent NHS Agenda for Ch..more

15
May

Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lo..more

14
May

An expert working group including the Faculty of Occupational Medicine has developed a Risk Reduction Framework to help NHS organisations to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection for the most at-ri..more

13
May

Wild and Game, the not-for-profit company working to boost game consumption in the UK, has teamed up with the British Game Alliance to supply free game-based meals to NHS workers during the COVID-19 ..more

12
May

Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer of NHS England, believes the NHS and its partners will ‘lock-in’ improvements to their work by putting whole-system planning at the heart of coronavirus ..more

12
May

The first survey of the impact of the pandemic on primary healthcare outlets, published today (May 12) reports that 99% of healthcare professionals working in primary care settings are concerned that..more

11
May

As the UK waits to hear more detail of the Prime Minister’s plan to ease the country out of lockdown later today (May 11), Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation says that as well ..more

07
May

HEFMA has been talking to waste management specialist, Anenta for an update on clinical waste. Last summer, Anenta published a market review on the UK clinical waste incineration capacity and challen..more

06
May

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was a shortlisted finalist in the Travel category of the 2020 NHS Sustainability Awards, sponsored by HEFMA.   The Christie NHS Foundation Trust aims to be a lead..more

06
May

NHS Trusts, employees and their household family members are being offered 60 days free access to the complete portfolio of Skillsoft eLearning resources (Skillsoft Expert), with immediate effect. ..more

05
May

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust achieved highly commended recognition in the HEFMA-sponsored Public Engagement category at the 2020 NHS Sustainability Day Awards.   The Live and Work NHS Ap..more

04
May

Mike Sanders, CEO of Intouch with Health, tells HEFMA why the right technology, used at the right time, can be transformational for healthcare in a post COVID-19 world. Integrated correctly within th..more

04
May

NHS Homes, the scheme launched by the short-term accommodation sector to offer free homes and amenities to NHS key workers, now has over 2,500 properties available for use across the UK.  The sche..more

30
Apr

Responding to the letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement earlier this week in which the second phase of the NHS response to Covid-19 was outlined, the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, N..more

30
Apr

Since its introduction by C5 Capital in March, the Alliance of expert firms to help protect the healthcare sector against cyberattacks during the Covid-19 crisis has been strengthened with more indus..more

28
Apr

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has issued a briefing paper and a webinar to highlight the immediate need to care for the psychological wellbeing of healthcare workers during the Coronavirus ..more

28
Apr

Software development company, GlobalView Systems has worked with specialists at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estates Management (IHEEM) on new software to help hospitals manage the inc..more

27
Apr

The winner of the HEFMA-sponsored Public Engagement award category as part of the 2020 NHS Sustainability Day was Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The award was made in recognition..more

27
Apr

More than 270 qualified engineers from all disciplines across the world have volunteered their time and expertise to help find solutions to some of the biggest issues facing the NHS and other care pr..more

23
Apr

A new, free workforce management product to help hospitals and care homes to manage staff and volunteers during the Coronavirus pandemic, has been built by Sirenum, a cloud-based software provider. O..more

23
Apr

The winner of the HEFMA-sponsored Travel award category as part of the 2020 NHS Sustainability Day was Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for its ongoing work to develop an electric vehicle ..more

22
Apr

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima advises HEFMA on the practicalities of remote working, and how hospitals who join forces can be networked together to help save lives.   It’s a critical time for healthc..more

22
Apr

FeedNHS, the not-for-profit campaign started by Matt Lucas, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and LEON Restaurant’s John Vincent is growing and from this week aims to go nationwide to help provide hot, h..more

22
Apr

Experts are warning that healthcare workers who wash their uniforms at home may be compromising the safety of not only their family but also their colleagues and patients.  Public Health England (PH..more

20
Apr

The debate about the lack of availability of suitable PPE for frontline health and social care workers continues to rumble. Here is the latest information and comment, with links to more detail.   ..more

20
Apr

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has confirmed changes to how it delivers ‘hard FM’ services, which will see it take direct control of some services from the incumbent provider, Mitie.   The serv..more

20
Apr

Trials have begun of a system that will use machine learning to help predict the upcoming demand for intensive care (ICU) beds and ventilators needed to treat patients with COVID-19 at individual hos..more

17
Apr

Project5, a new, not for profit community interest initiative, has launched to offer any NHS employee affected by the impact of COVID-19 free coaching and mental health support.   The brainchild o..more

16
Apr

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has been recognised as a shortlisted finalist in the Travel category of the 2020 NHS Sustainability Day Awards, sponsored by HEFMA.    Sandwell and West Bir..more

15
Apr

Evoca UK, part of the international Evoca Group, which is based in Italy, has responded to an urgent appeal for coffee machines from the NHS by delivering 60 of its Flexy Nespresso capsule machines t..more

15
Apr

A new website has been launched to enable NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteers to find free parking locations quickly and easily.   A joint initiative by the British Parkin..more

14
Apr

The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.   NHS staff will be able to cal..more

14
Apr

HEFMA hears from Emma Mayo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at mental health charity, Mind, about why measures to proactively tackle the causes of poor mental health at work within the healthcare sector ..more

09
Apr

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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