Opinion and Debate
The draft NHS contract needs amending
What is FTs’ role?
The edited transcript of the speech given by Simon Stevens at the HSJ inaugural lecture.
A canary in a coalmine?
Simon Stevens’ history lesson
They are less likely to clear backlogs
2015 is set to be a crucial year
A chance for new models of care
Our top names are those best positioned to shape a year of volatility and voters, writes HSJ editor Alastair McLellan
Simon Stevens’ immense political capital means much of the power and influence in the commissioning system sits with him in the top spot. Were they allowed, the judges might have considered inventing a position above number one for him.
The provider sector is facing significant upheaval in 2015 - even before you take into account the finance and performance problems trusts will undoubtedly face.
There are two dates in 2015 that loom very large in the minds of all those on the HSJ100 with responsibility for the financial health of the NHS.
NHS England’s national director for patients and information Tim Kelsey (42) sent out an unequivocal message to health service leaders last month to mark the launch of an NHS national technology strategy.
After the sea change in focus on quality and safety that followed the 2013 Francis report, 2015 will be about ensuring the issue remains at the top of the list in the face of an ever more challenging financial position.
The last 18 months has seen an unprecedented focus on the NHS workforce following the Francis report into the failures at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and this is unlikely to lessen in the coming year despite mounting financial pressures on acute trusts.
In various forms, integration is the dominant principle underpinning the policy offers from all three major parties, and in particular explains the positioning of Norman Lamb and Andy Burnham in the top 100.
It can also save billions
Time to tackle board vacancy crisis
After weight loss surgery
October was another flop for the government’s waiting list policy
Simon Stevens takes the top spot in 2014 HSJ100