Healthcare leaders to address first UK e-Health week

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey are to be the key attendees when UK e-Health Week comes to London’s Olympia on 3-4 March. A world-class learning and networking opportunity, e-Health Week brings together the latest e-Health innovations with those who commission, implement and use them on the frontline. Tim Kelsey, national director for patients... Readmore

Experts in maternity care to gather in Bath for PROMPT Symposium

A multi-professional team of experts from around the world will be gathering in Bath from 5 to 6 March 2015 for a symposium to share their experiences of using simulation training to improve maternity care. Organised by the PROMPT Maternity Foundation (a group of obstetricians, midwives and anaesthetists employed at NHS hospitals in the South West of England) and supported by Limbs & Things, an industry leader in medical simulation products, this inaugural event will feature keynote speakers... 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

Doctors leaders demand greater resources for GPs

Politicians and NHS managers must ensure ‘overstretched and underfunded’ GP services are properly resourced, say doctors leaders. Referring to figures in a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report which show details of NHS payments made to general practices in 2013-14, BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said that they show how good value general practice is for the NHS but warns that GPs are “finding it increasingly difficult to make funding meet demands.” The HSCIC... 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

New HEE film makes patient safety the number one healthcare concern

As part of its remit to improve safety in the NHS through the delivery of its education and training work, Health Education England (HEE) has produced a film to help staff in raising concerns over patient safety. The film, produced under the auspices of the Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams and Sir Keith Pearson, will provide support for staff at all levels, addressing not only the importance of raising concerns but how to do it whilst... Readmore

GMC responds to ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review

An independent review into creating an open and honest culture in the NHS has been welcomed by the General Medical Council (GMC). The review, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, provides many recommendations as to how to create a culture in which NHS staff feel safe to make disclosures about any aspect of the quality of care, malpractice or wrongdoing at work without fear of recrimination. The team undertaking the review spoke to individual NHS workers, as well as with employers, trade unions, professional... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt makes statement on NHS culture change and whistleblowing

The Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has sent a message to all NHS staff concerning the issues of cultural change and whistleblowing.   Mr Hunt’s message falls on the same day as the publication of the Freedom to Speak Up report by Sir Robert Francis QC. The Secretary of State’s full statement is as follows: “Two years ago, Sir Robert Francis published his public inquiry report on the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His findings... Readmore

Sir Robert Francis QC whistleblowing review published

NHS whistleblowers who highlight poor standards of care are being ignored, bullied or even intimated, according to an independent review published today. The review - ‘Freedom to speak up?’ was conducted by Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust. Its aim is to create an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS. Undertaken during August and September 2014, the government commissioned review found “shocking” examples... 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

Licence to practise at risk for 8000 doctors warns GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has advised almost 8000 doctors that they have until the end of the week to provide information in support of their revalidation or face having their licence to practice removed. Doctors have a duty under the GMC’s Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations to provide information but as yet 7,818 have failed to do so. Those who do not respond will receive a final notice letter advising them that they have 28 days to confirm their designated revalidation... Readmore
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