£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

BMA Leaders Provide Warning for Theresa May

BMA leaders have warned the government that it must put the NHS at the forefront of campaigning for the forthcoming general election. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of the British Medical Association, warned that the NHS faces being marginalised by the focus on Brexit. “Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and with the NHS at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record, it must be a central issue in the upcoming election.... Readmore

Local Commissioners Set to be Scrutinised by National Officials

NHS England has warned local commissioners that offer providers extra income in order to deliver financial targets that they could be personally scrutinised by national officials. In announcing this intention, NHS England hopes to ensure that the NHS system operates more prudently. And reports have indicated that discretionary payments have already been discussed between trusts and clinical commissioning groups, with the hope of ensuring sustainability and transformation funding is delivered. Extra... Readmore

NHS England Extends Remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

NHS England has extended the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer to two additional regulated professions. Since 1 April 2017, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Osteopaths have joined the existing 12 health professionals currently within the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England. This new representation will support wider professional engagement and shared working initiatives for NHS England and the 14 professions. This will involve... Readmore

New NHS Reforms Outlined by NHS England

NHS England has outlined a raft of measures intended to ensure that the healthcare system deliers high quality GP services for patients and staff in the next two years. The healthcare body stated that the measure effectively reaffirms its commitment to transforming primary care and general practice. Reforms set out in the General Practice Forward View one year ago will now come into force. And NHS England has announced this approach at a time when the organisation is ready to set out its delivery... Readmore

NHS England Announces New Bed Funding

NHS England has announced the next steps in its initiative to ensure that children and young people don’t have to travel far from home for mental health care, funding between 150-180 new beds. The increase will be focused on those who are most unwell, be dependent on need and placed in under-served parts of the country. It is a stated priority of the NHS to stop children and young people reaching crisis point by diagnosing and treating them at the earliest opportunity. And the number receiving... Readmore

Health Systems to be Judged on Growth in Emergency Admissions and Bed Days

NHS England has announced a new scheme that will hold healthcare systems to account based on growth in emergency admissions and bad days. The new approach will assess how well the growth in these critical aspects of the healthcare system can be contained, with the assessment taking place over a two-year period. Simon Stevens suggested that this new initiative is critical to the success of the sustainability and transformation program. “The level of emergency admissions will be a key new metric... Readmore

NHS England to Launch New Nursing Training Programme

As concerns grow over nursing shortages caused by Brexit, NHS England has announced a new training program with the intention of addressing the situation. The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has already conceded that the healthcare system is hugely reliant on international professionals. This includes around 12,000 nurses who are EU nationals, a significant proportion of the 350,000 total nurses on the NHS payroll. Speaking to the BBC, Stevens asserted that the training program... Readmore

Clinical Commissioning Group Placed Under Legal Directions by NHS England

NHS England has placed a clinical commissioning group under legal directions following an unprecedented £27 million overspend. NHS England pointed to “serious performance, planning, financial and leadership weaknesses” at Coastal West Sussex CCG that have necessitated the decision. The clinical commissioning group will now be required to conduct a governance review, a capacity and capability action plan, while also developing a recovery plan. Coastal West Sussex CCG had been required... Readmore

Vanguard Project Floats New Care Model

A leading vanguard project will compose a £340 million contract with the intention of acquiring a single provider in order to oversee its new care model. This arrangement will be in place by April 2018, if the All Together Better Sunderland multi-specialty community provider model is successful. This new model attempts to ensure that health services, social care and the voluntary sector can be commingled in a collaborative process. The overall aim is to ensure that vulnerable patients are spared... Readmore

Maternity Challenge Fund Winners Announced

Winners have been selected for the Maternity Challenge Funds second round of prizes. NHS England have awarded three midwife projects £50,000 with the intention of enabling them to explore innovative ways to utilise women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. The judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the three winners from approximately 50 entrants. The fund was initiated during 2016 in an attempt to encourage new thinking regarding... Readmore

NHS England Extends Support for GPs on Rising Indemnity Costs

NHS England has announced increased support for those GPs struggling to deal with the rising cost of indemnity payments. The healthcare organisation has made this provision with the intention of ensuring greater access to doctors for patients across the country. In order to work towards the same, the 2016 Winter Indemnity Scheme will be extended by a month to 17th April. This will enable GPs to work additional shifts, particularly over the Easter Bank Holiday, without the burden of additional... Readmore
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