2.56pm: A taste of what’s to come at NHS Change Day is being held in London today at The London Congress Centre. The event will cover the basics of NHS Change Day, success stories from this year, examples of how to get involved and inspirational stories of the impact of improvements made. Change Day will be on March 3 next year. Read more here.
2.35pm: Tonight we’re announcing who is on our first ever list of NHS top innovators. We will reveal the top 50 innovators in healthcare, focusing on their achievements and considering what can be done to make innovation an intrinsic part of our health service and wider healthcare system. Check online from around 8pm, or follow it on Twitter #HSJInnovation. Innovation Week homepage here.
2.30pm: HSJ is seeking to celebrate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow -and influencers of today. As this year draws to a close, we will be identifying healthcare’s rising stars and want your nominations. We are looking for people who are making brave decisions to improve healthcare and shape its future. Full story here.
2.24pm: Some GP practices are “stuck in the 1990s” because of outdated technology, a report has found. In some cases, family doctors are unable to receive emails which are larger than 5Mb, according to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report.
2.19pm: There should be “real restraint” on the amount of money NHS bosses earn, the health secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt said executive salaries should be curbed so that “every penny possible” can be spent on patients.
2.17pm: The new Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators code aimed at supporting clinicians in developing good governance arrangements and helping to build and maintain public trust in clinicians and the NHS” is available to read here.
1.14pm: Some snippets from the HSJ innovation panel discussion which is running at this moment but finishes at 1.30pm.
Simon Grime: I would expect to see this accelerated with the appointment of Simon Stevens from United - but it requires a cultural and behaviour change - the same challenge besets the pharma industry.
Jen Hyatt: My guess is that frontline healthcare staff are innovating far more on a daily basis than anyone realises or gets to hear about. It may be more a question of their confidence to talk about how they innovate or fear of the consequences of ‘not following rules’.
Jon Shaw: I think reforms can sometimes introduce delay and decision paralysis. However, once the dust has settled, there can be a readiness to change. I have noticed an attitude change by decision makers over the last 6 months.
12.41pm: Our innovation panel discussion is under way. Join in here.
12.10pm: The Department of Health has brokered a five-year deal with pharmaceutical companies that will bring in a fixed cap for the first time on the amount the NHS spends on branded medicines.
12.04pm: The most deprived areas will not lose out under the new formula for allocating funds to clinical commissioning groups, NHS England’s finance director has told MPs. Paul Baumann revealed the proposed formula will adjust for a health economy’s unmet need, where low life expectancy suggests people are not accessing health services.
11.55am: Sir David Nicholson has told MPs the suggestion he changed his opinion to fit the facts was “beyond response” during a heated discussion on the pay of senior health service managers.
11.20am: The All-Party Parliamentary Health Group has published an essay collection, A guided tour of the new NHS, with contributions from figures including Sir David Nicholson, CQC chair David Prior and NICE chief executive Sir Andrew Dillon. The collection will be launched in the House of Commons at 4pm today. Read it here.
11.15am: Join our panel to discuss the best ways to encourage innovation in the NHS at 12.30pm today. The discussion will take place in the comments section on this page until 1.30pm. You can post your questions and comments before the discussion, and if you want your question to be answered by a specific panel member, please address it to them. Please note that you need to be registered, which you can do here.
11.04am: An internal Department of Health report on health inequalities warned about barriers to migrants accessing care, only a month before the government announced it would extend charges for them, it has emerged.
11am: A third of nursing directors believe they regularly have too few nurses to ensure safe staffing levels on their wards, a survey of some of England’s most senior nurses suggests. According to the poll by HSJ’s sister title Nursing Times, a fifth also have concerns about the skill mix.
10.42am: Also in news today, Sarah Calkin writes that the elimination of surgical site infections may leave trusts worse off financially for their work on certain specialisms, a study conducted by Plymouth Hospitals Trust suggests. Follow Sarah on twitter
10.34am: The government and pharmaceutical companies have agreed a new five-year, multi-billion-pound pricing deal that will introduce a fixed limit on NHS spend on branded medicines for the first time ever with all additional expenditure above this level paid for by industry. The breakthrough deal will allow the NHS to increase the availability and use of the best branded medicines and most innovative treatments without risking a spiralling bill for the taxpayer, says the government.
9.47am: Funding cuts have forced health and social care providers to think about integrating services - but there is resistance to change, writes former HSJ editor Richard Vize in today’s Guardian.
9.40am: The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administratorshas today launched a code of governance for National Health Service clinical commissioning groups. The code provides clear governance guidelines to CCGs to help them carry out their commissioning responsibilities efficiently, with improved patient care at the forefront of all that they do, says the ICSA.
9.21am: Good morning and welcome to HSJ Live, the easy way to keep tabs on what’s happening on hsj throughout the day.
New on the site today is a piece by Jennifer White, who says the latest drama in mental health is another sign that the government’s No Health, Without Mental Health paper has not achieved its promise of parity of esteem.
Also new on hsj.co.uk, Colin Lewry argues that while poor systems and implementation issues are often blamed for the failure of NHS IT projects, the real reasons are often more complicated.