Stevens sets out his NHS vision for the next five years

In a far-reaching speech made today in the West Midlands, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his vision for the NHS. Mr Stevens said: “Last Autumn the Health Service came together to chart a shared direction for our country’s NHS. Patients groups, caring professionals, national leaders - uniting behind the NHS’ own ‘manifesto’ for the next five years. It’s a plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable Health Service. An NHS which at all times... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt to continue as Health Secretary confirms Cameron

Jeremy Hunt is to remain in his role as the Secretary of State for Health, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. Mr Hunt has held the post since September 2012, succeeding Andrew Lansley. Commenting on the reappointment, NHS Confederation Chief Executive Rob Webster said: "I would like to congratulate Jeremy Hunt on his reappointment and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we tackle the biggest challenges in the NHS for a generation. His reappointment provides stability... Readmore

Monitor agrees plan with King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve services

Following an investigation by healthcare financial regulator Monitor, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to take steps to reduce waiting times for patients and improve its financial position. Monitor carried out an investigation at King’s last month after the trust failed to resolve long-standing problems at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), which the trust took over in October 2013. Although Monitor has recognised that progress towards improving services... Readmore

NHS takes action on inequality with new workforce standards

All NHS organisations need to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace say new standards published this week. From 1 April 2015, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of black and minority ethnic board representation. The... Readmore

NHS England approves first CCGs to take on commissioning of GP services

NHS England has given its approval for the first set of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to take responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services. 64 CCGs across the country have been approved to take on greater ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP services and others may follow. ‘Delegated’ responsibility from NHS England means that CCGs will be able to commission general medical services.  “This is a journey to enable local commissioning arrangements... Readmore

DH launches consultation on proposed changes to NHS Constitution

The Department of Health (DH) has launched a new consultation on proposed changes to the NHS Constitution. The proposed changes are a direct response to the recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC in his Freedom to Speak Up Review (published on 11 February). Amongst several proposals, the Government is looking to amend the NHS Constitution to: (i) give greater prominence to mental health; (ii) reflect the importance of access to transparent and comparable data; (ii) include the Armed... Readmore

TSA guidance review leads to new recommendations

The recommendations of a committee assembled to review the statutory guidance for trust special administrators (TSAs) have been accepted by the Department of Health and incorporated into new guidance issued by the Department and Monitor. The committee, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, put forward a package of proposals to amend the existing guidance to ensure it is clear, practical and meaningful. “I am pleased to have been able to accept the recommendations the committee made to me and believe... Readmore

CQC hires three national clinical advisors

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has hired three national advisors to augment its Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate. Dr Elizabeth Kendrick will take the role of National Advisor for Elderly Care, Amanda Thomas will take the role of National Advisor for Integrated Children’s Services and Dr Joanna Bayley joins as National Advisor for Urgent Care. The three senior clinicians will provide advice and leadership across the whole organisation as the regulator continues to roll... Readmore

Heymann appointed as non-executive director of Monitor

Leading clinician Dr Timothy Heymann has been appointed as a non-executive director of Monitor. With a background in regulation, Dr Heymann is a key appointment for Monitor and he brings a wealth of expertise to the healthcare financial regulator. As well as being the senior Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Kingston Hospital, Dr Heymann also holds a post at Imperial College London as Reader in Health Management. Further expertise includes being a fellow of the Higher Education... Readmore

Landmark ruling hands employers the right to force workers to retire

In a landmark ruling that is likely to have significant ramifications for those working in healthcare, the UK Supreme Court has outlined the powers available to employers to enable them to make workers retire. The ruling states that in the case of Leslie Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes, a request made by Mr Seldon to his employers that he wished to work beyond his 65thbirthday and which was turned down, was a decision based on “fairness between generations” and was a legitimate one. Mr... Readmore
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