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Rob Webster

Confed chief: Politicians should recognise workforce cost reality

Politicians should recognise the NHS needs to ‘get more out of’ and reduce the cost of its staff, the NHS Confederation chief executive has said.

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Royal college: Changing surgical pathways could save money and lives

Hospitals could reduce length of stay and improve patient outcomes if they reimagine the way more than 10 million patients a year undergo surgery in the NHS, HSJ has been told.

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Social care leader warns integration will not solve financial woes

Integration of health and social care will help improve services but will not be the answer to the financial challenge facing the sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service has said.

Andy Burnham

Unsocial hours pay would stay under Labour, says Burnham

Shadow heath secretary Andy Burnham has pledged not to cut unsocial hours payments for NHS staff if Labour wins the general election, but said he still planned to introduce a ‘seven-day service’ that provides care for people at whatever time they require.

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Hunt: Seven day NHS may be cheapest way to meet rising demand

The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.

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Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.

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Nurse and mentor

'No improvement over safe staffing', nurse survey suggests

Almost two thirds of nursing staff who have experienced a ‘red flag’ event while working on an acute adult inpatient ward have failed to see nurse numbers immediately increased to deal with the situation, according to a major survey of NHS staffing levels.

Andrew Hutchinson

Exclusive: Concerns over nurse rapist raised five years ago

Concerns about a nurse convicted last month of raping and photographing unconscious patients at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford were raised more than five years ago, HSJ can reveal.

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IBM to supply electronic record for 1.4m staff

Technology giant IBM is to be the supplier of the electronic staff record system covering 1.4 million NHS staff in England and Wales.

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Winter A&E analysis: More ambulance queues and cancelled operations

Ambulance handover delays, cancelled elective operations and delayed transfers of care all saw huge increases this winter, in what has been the most difficult year for accident and emergency departments in a decade.

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NHS England to cut primary care support jobs

NHS England plans to cut jobs and close offices in its primary care support services just weeks before it plans to announce the winning bidder of a £1bn contract to take over the function.

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A&E pharmacists pilot gets national rollout

More than 50 pilot sites will take part in a national trial of clinical pharmacists in accident and emergency departments.

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Full HCA registration 'inevitable', says care review author

New training standards for healthcare assistants should be made mandatory as part of a journey towards ‘inevitable’ full registration of the care workforce, the author of the Cavendish review has said.

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Avoidable harm bill becomes law today

A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.

David Behan

CQC will miss own inspection deadlines, regulator admits

The Care Quality Commission will fail to hit a high profile target to inspect all acute trusts before the end of this year, the watchdog’s chief executive has said.

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Change Challenge: the findings in full

Campaign solutions explained

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Change Challenge interactive toolkit

A free interactive guide on how to achieve bottom-up change in the NHS.


Change Challenge interactive guide now available

How to achieve bottom-up change in the NHS

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Change Challenge solutions explained

Five fundamental questions every organisations must ask

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