Comms Conference to Give Staff a Holistic NHS Insight

Organisers of the Comms Conference suggest that those attending the event will gain an invaluable and fresh perspective on communications within the healthcare system. The event will take place in Liverpool on 12th June, and will be particularly useful for those dealing with stressed and limited budgets, according to the organisers of the conference. Among the topics addressed at the event will be the so-called ‘fake news’ phenomenon, and the importance of improving social media campaigns. Perspectives... Readmore

BMA Announces New Council Chair

The British Medical Association has announced its latest council chair. Chaand Nagpaul, currently chair of the BMA’s GP committee, has been appointed as the organisation’s new overall leader. Nagpaul is a hugely respected individual in the NHS, and will take up the role on 29th June. He will replace current chair Mark Porter, who had been chair since 2012. His recent years dominated by the negotiations and dispute over the junior doctors contract, with Porter often required to comment... Readmore

Union Warns of Winter Figures Concerns

New data indicates that the previous winter was among the worst on record for NHS performance, despite the climate actually being rather less than challenging. The critical month of December featured some of the mildest weather on record, while temperatures throughout January were normal, and there were also no major outbreaks of either flu or norovirus. Yet analysis of NHS data conducted by the British Medical Association suggested that the NHS in England is “unlikely to recover from the pressure... Readmore

NHS Bosses Call for Pay Cap to be Lifted to Ensure Safety

NHS bosses have indicated their belief that the pay cut for staff working within the NHS must be lifted in order to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers suggests that the current pay situation in the NHS is causing severe recruitment and retention difficulties. As it stands, pay rises are limited to 1% annually between now and 2019. But NHS Providers has called on whichever party wins the imminent general election to reassess the decision immediately. The Labour Party has stated that... Readmore

St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust Faces Estate Scrutiny

A new £200 million estates plan will attempt to ensure that a struggling foundation trust is fit for purpose. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust constructed this formal strategy at the behest of NHS Improvement, following a sub-par performance in a Care Quality Commission inspection. Indeed, the commission issues a warning notice to the trust for breaches in regulations related to safe and fit premises; one of the most damning assessments that the commission has conducted... Readmore

New Director Appointed at NHS Improvement

Mark Hackett has been appointed as an improvement director at NHS Improvement. The new director has an excellent grounding in NHS affairs, being a former trust chief executive. Hackett has surprisingly quit his prominent role at University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust last year. But he will now attempt to assist Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals University FT on behalf of the watchdog. East Kent Hospitals University FT has experienced financial difficulties... Readmore

Alexandra Hospital Trust Appoints new Chief Executive

One of the more troubled trusts in the NHS system has announced a new chief executive in an attempt to improve its operations. Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust will replace controversial outgoing chief executive Phil Morley with Lance McCarthy. The appointee formerly worked as the Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust before its merger with nearby Peterborough Hospital this month. McCarthy will assume his new role in May, after Morley announced his retirement following 35 years... Readmore

Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs. Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move. The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years. Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September. Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore

NHS Digital Appoints New CEO

NHS Digital has appointed Home Office chief technology officer, Sarah Wilkinson, as its new CEO. Wilkinson is currently the chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office. She will join NHS Digital later this year, replacing interim CEO Rob Shaw, who has been holding the fort since Andy Williams retired at the end of March. NHS Digital chair Noel Gordon welcomed Wilkinson to the team. “Sarah brings vast experience of implementing complex technology projects, alongside... Readmore

Number of NHS Managers Grows by 18% in Four Years

Official data suggests that the number of NHS managers has grown by nearly 20% over the last four years. And this is particularly damning for the authorities, as the Conservative administration had previously introduced policies intended to reduced the level of bureaucracy in the health service. In April 2013, Jeremy Hunt had unveiled the Health and Social Care Act; considered controversial in some quarters. However, there has been an increase of 4,650 total management posts since this date. Observers... Readmore

Skills for Health Announces New Chair Appointment

Skills for Health has announced that Jeremy Newman has been appointed as the new Chair of Skills for Health and Justice and will take over from Chris Hannah on the 1st April. John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health and Justice commented on the new appointment, welcoming Newman to this important and prestigious role. “We are absolutely delighted that Jeremy has been appointed as our new Chair at such an exciting time of growth for our organisation; when our influence and value is being... Readmore

RCGP Chief Executive Neil Hunt to Step Down From Post

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of General Practitioners will step down from his position, following six years in the role. It has been officially confirmed that Neil Hunt will move on from his current duties in due course. Hunt's tenure has generally been considered a success, and the news of his leaving the position brought tributes from colleagues. Leaders at the college have particularly proclaimed his role in campaigning for a rise in GP funding, something that has been achieved... Readmore
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