£100 Million Compensation Bill for North East NHS Over Last Two Years

The compensation bill for mistakes in the NHS in the north east reached over £100 million over the last two years, according to official data. Figures indicate that clinical negligence claims reached a total of £108,367,7062 in 2014/15 and 2015/16. This represents a significant rise over the £78 million that was paid out over the two previous financial years. Hospital leaders responded to the figures by stating that the complex medical cases that the north east NHS region has been forced... Readmore

Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund Announce New Collaboration

Cancer Research UK and the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF) have announced a major collaboration with the National Cancer Institute of the Unites States. The intention is to tackle RAS, one of the most common driving mutations in aggressive cancers, and often particularly difficult to treat. Developing and testing innovative new molecules that target RAS will be a focus of the new arrangement. Dealing with RAAS has been particularly challenging for sciences, as the faulty protein... Readmore

Mindfulness as Effective as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Study Suggests

Research suggests that mindfulness therapy is just as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for treating conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. Furthermore, the treatment can be offered at a preferential rate in comparison to CBT. This is according to a Swedish study, which found that group mindfulness therapy has an equally positive effect as individual CBT, while being available at a mere fraction of the cost. Researchers from Lund University believe that group-based... Readmore

Mind Criticises NHS Follow-Up Work with Mental Health Patients

Approximately 10% of people leaving hospital following mental health care treatment are not receiving any visitations or follow-up phone calls in the seven days after leaving. These worrying figures have been compiled by the mental health charity Mind, based on Freedom of Information requests. Around 11,000 people annually receive no NHS check-ups after leaving hospitals or specialist facilities within the healthcare system, and experts believe that this puts them at a greater risk of suicide. Sophie... Readmore

New Surgery-Based Clinical Pharmacists Initiative Announced

Patients across England are set to benefit from more convenient trips to the GP with the announcement by NHS England of new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment. Over 700 more practices in England will benefit from having a pharmacist located in their GP surgery covering up to six-million patients and helping to free up GP time. Dr Arvind Madan, GP and NHS England Director of Primary Care, suggested that the initiative will have a positive impact... Readmore

New Digital Services Launched for Mental Health Patients

Seven areas across England are set to pilot digital services for mental health patients, which will include innovative apps to improve care and online access to real-time patient records. NHS England has announced new funding for seven mental health trusts to enable these organisations to pioneer world-class, digital services to improve care for patients experiencing mental health issues. This will include, for the first time, all key professionals involved in a patient’s care having access... Readmore

Official Figures Indicate Nottinghamshire Outperforming Other Areas

New figures published last week found that care home residents in Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire had 23% fewer emergency admissions and 29% fewer A&E attendances compared to people in other parts of the country. The figures were part of a report published by the Health Foundation, which looked at analysis carried out by the new Improvement Analytics Unit; a partnership between NHS England and the Health Foundation. The care home residents in Rushcliffe receive an ‘enhanced’ care package... Readmore

Healthcare Professionals Pledge Commitment to Care in North of England

More than 120 healthcare professionals from across the north of England have pledged their commitment to improving the quality of care for patients in the region by forming a major new collaboration. Known as ‘Q Members’, the healthcare providers gathered at the first event of its kind to learn about quality improvement work taking place across the North East and North Cumbria and discover how they could become involved. The Q Community, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded... Readmore

Formal Talks Begin Over Three-Way Merseyside CCG Merger

NHS England has laid the ground work for talks to begin over the largest ever merging of clinical commissioning groups. Liverpool, South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCGs, all located in Merseyside, will begin formal talks on the matter in April. The plans to merge have been on the table for some time, but NHS England has finally given the green light to the arrangement. It is hoped that the three organisations will be able to form a super-sized clinical commissioning group at some point... Readmore

New National Approval Requirements for the Closure of Beds Expected

The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has outlined new national approval requirements for the closure of beds in the NHS. In a speech at a Nuffield Trust summit, Stevens announced that there will be three additional tests in order for any consultation involving the removal of hospital beds to be approved. The announcement is considered particularly important, as it proceeds next week's budget. NHS England has sought additional funds for social care and capital spending, but recent... Readmore

Largest CCG in the North of England to be Created by Merger

It has been confirmed that the largest clinical commissioning group in the north of England will be created by a merger in the greater Manchester region. The merger of North, South and Central Manchester CCGs has been rubber stamped by NHS England, with the completion of this process due to take place in April. Ian Williamson, the chief officer of Central Manchester CCG, has been confirmed as accountable officer for the new organisation. Once the manager is implemented, the new organisation... Readmore

NHS Improvement Issues Warning Over Acute Patient Safety

NHS Improvement has warned acute trusts that their current practices are compromising the safety of patients. Some trusts have been guilty of introducing what the organisation describes as 'unacceptable rules', which are having the unfortunate effect of delaying ambulances at Accident and Emergency. The regulator has written to trusts across the country revealing concerns about rules and approaches causing delays to ambulance crews. NHS Improvement states that this presents a risk to safety... Readmore
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