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More suppliers may benefit new NHS buying model, says purchasing chief

The drive to centralise how the NHS buys products will not necessarily mean reducing the number of suppliers, according to a procurement leader.

Jim Easton

Easton: no quality in many savings plans

The man responsible for driving the NHS’s £20bn quality, innovation, productivity and prevention savings plan has warned that some schemes being pursued under its banner have “no semblance of quality in them at all”.

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Patients 'isolated' by hotel style wards

“Hotel style” hospital environments can leave patients feeling isolated and nurses unable to prioritise care, the public inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has heard.

Hospital productivity has fallen over last decade

Hospital productivity has fallen over last decade

Hospital productivity has fallen by an average of 1.4 per cent a year since the publication of the NHS Plan ten years ago, the National Audit Office has said.

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Productivity gains unlikely without clinician 'buy in' and better information

Improving information quality and getting clinicians “on board” are crucial if the NHS is to improve its productivity, a management consultant has warned.

NHS finance directors feel a distinct nip in the air

NHS finance directors feel a distinct nip in the air

Chill winds are blowing through acute and PCT forecasts for their organisations over the next year - with recruitment freezes the most dramatic trend. Sally Gainsbury reports on HSJ’s latest survey of finance directors’ outlook

Operating theatre “scheduler” could save trusts more than £5m a year

Operating theatre 'scheduler' could save trusts more than £5m a year

Appointing a dedicated operating theatre “scheduler” could save acute trusts more than £5m a year, latest information from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement suggests.

Tariff puts brake on acute admissions

Tariff puts brake on acute admissions

Acute trusts will be paid only 30 per cent of the NHS tariff price for emergency activity above their 2008-09 levels, this week’s operating framework confirms.

NHS operating framework hits hard

NHS operating framework hits hard

The NHS operating framework for 2010-11 is expected to include “hard hitting” measures to cut the cost and number of hospital procedures and tackle inefficiencies in community health services.

Labour plan puts adult social care in NHS hands as ministers seek savings

Labour plan puts adult social care in NHS hands as ministers seek savings

Radical proposals to give the NHS responsibility for social care are expected to be at the heart of a government “vision” of how the health service will be able to thrive in the context of restricted funding.

Clinical improvements could save NHS £9bn a year

Clinical improvements could save NHS £9bn a year

The NHS could save more than £9bn in a year if trusts improved their performance in just eight “high impact” clinical areas, the chief nursing officer for England has said.

Productive ward frees up half a million hours of nurses time

Productive ward frees up half a million hours

Implementing the productive ward model at acute trusts across London has freed up more than half a million additional hours of nurses’ time to dedicate to direct patient care.

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NHS efficiency tsar: recession is a chance for change

The financial squeeze could finally force the NHS to restructure itself around community services, according to national director for improvement and efficiency Jim Easton.

Surgery productivity tool could save trusts £1.6m a year

Surgery productivity tool could save trusts £1.6m a year

Trusts could save over £1.5m a year by implementing a programme that encourages operating theatre staff to work more productively.

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Variation shows NHS community services ripe for efficiencies

Huge variations in the working practices of primary care trust provider arms are masking large potential efficiency savings.

SHAs sign up to investing in NHS Institute services

Strategic health authorities have signed a five year commitment to invest in services offered by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Helen Bevan on the six lessons of success

This is my 11th year as a national improvement leader in the NHS. During this time, I have led or supported more than 70 major national improvement initiatives, in priority areas such as quality, emergency care, waiting times, cancer services, leadership and care closer to home. Yet I have never ...

Productive Ward

Ward nurses spend an average of just 40 per cent of their time on direct patient care, according to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Managers urged to use time efficiently

Senior leadership teams in the NHS could save more than 2,000 hours a year by making meetings more efficient, attendees at the NHS Confederation annual conference have heard.

£50m for productive ward roll-out

Health secretary Alan Johnson has announced a £50m fund to support the national roll-out of the Productive Ward programme.

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Clearing the illusion

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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CQC staff lose 26,000 work hours to IT issues

Care Quality Commission staff claim they have lost more than 26,000 work hours due to IT issues in the space of a year.

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Tipping point for the tariff

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Providers notch up another £800m deficit in three months

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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New NHS finance regime will spotlight struggling trusts

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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The NHS needs to talk about productivity

The NHS needs to engage with local industrial strategies to boost booth health and economic sustainability says Michael Wood

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We need more social enterprises to deliver the long-term plan

New research has highlighted how social enterprises are in many ways outperforming traditional providers, arguably offering a blueprint of a better way of doing things, notes Alison Reid

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Following the Money: The new NHS CFO inherits a tinderbox

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Last chance saloon for NHS finances

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Following the Money: Stevens’ liability

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Following the Money: Hoarding the headroom

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

Julian Hartley

Regulators hire two chief execs to top national roles

Two NHS chief executives have taken up national director roles at NHS Improvement and NHS England, it has been announced.

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'Extremely slow' progress on consultants' contract talks

The progress of the consultants’ contract negotiations “remains extremely slow” and has not moved on since last year, a doctors’ trade union has said.

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Following the Money: Long term plan offers short term fix

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Following the Money: Waiting to get real

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Experts share insight into how to help staff with financial wellbeing

Watch HSJ’s free webinar: How can NHS organisations support the financial wellbeing of employees?

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Following the Money: Blending in with the crowd

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: Planning permission

Andy Cowper says the NHS has seen a lot of making of plans over the years and requires the permission of the system being changed to properly implement them

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Carter sets out £500m emergency care efficiency opportunity

The NHS could deliver around £500m of annual savings by squeezing out unwarranted variation in ambulance performance, operations and procurement, a major review published today concluded.

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Following the Money: Starting from underwater

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.