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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
The Shadow health secretary has condemned the closure of walk-in centres in Bury.
Jonathan Ashworth, who grew up in the Lancashire town, called on healthcare bosses to reconsider the decision to close these vital community assets.
Ashworth considers the move to be short-sighted, and also warned that the plan will have the undesired consequence of piling further pressure on to Accident and Emergency departments.
And Ashworth is also sceptical that plans to use NHS 111 to triage patients towards... Readmore
Pilot practices responsible for piloting the new seven-day approach to working have been set targets to ensure at least 60% of appointments are utilised.
Surgeries that fail to achieve this figure will be required to submit plans on how they will increase demand in the immediate future.
The new scheme has been introduced in a subcontract by the Greater Peterborough Network Ltd (GPN); a GP provider company set up to deliver the GP Access Scheme across 29 practices in the region.
Three Essex trusts involved in an innovative new group model intended to oversee three hospitals in the region have now finalised their joint executive team.
Clare Panniker had already been named as the chief executive, but other members of the board have now been put in place.
This extraordinary decision has been necessitated by a potential £400 million deficit for the region's healthcare operation by the end of the decade.
Thus, major plans have been set out to reconfigure the way that... Readmore
A major investigation into nursing has indicated that almost every acute hospital in England is currently failing to meet staffing targets.
96% of the 214 acute hospitals that responded to the survey are currently failing to achieve their nursing staff targets.
While 85% missed their target for nurses working at night in the same month.
This decline in nurses can be considered particularly worrying, as it comes in a climate in which there are record numbers of nurses recruited to the acute... Readmore