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Healthcare outcomes innovation competition launched

To encourage more innovative thinking and give health care professionals the opportunity to share their ideas, a competition has been launched to identify how health outcomes should be measured. The way that the NHS measures success is changing. The modernised NHS will … Continue reading

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Encouraging innovation in the NHS

Surgery techniques

The NHS has been having great ideas for decades – ideas that have made a real and tangible difference to the lives of millions of people. From hypodermic needles to CT scanners, via stem cell therapy and keyhole surgery, modern … Continue reading

Question: will modernisation reduce healthcare standards?

Reports in the media this week include claims from Dr Mark Porter of the British Medical Association that the NHS modernisation plans will reduce the standard of health care provision to the 1930s. In response, Health Minister Simon Burns said: … Continue reading

NHS nursing leadership enhanced

Dame Christine Beasley

Nursing leadership across the NHS is to be enhanced as part of NHS modernisation plans, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. The Chief Nursing Officer role will sit on the NHS Commissioning Board and there will also be a Director … Continue reading

Question: can GPs profiteer from commissioning?

Several reports in the media this week claim that GPs will be able to profiteer from the new commissioning arrangements by keeping any savings they make. In particular, it has been reported that private health firm IHP plans to set … Continue reading

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Ensuring consistency in care

Sir David Nicholson

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson says that the move to an NHS Commissioning Board and GP commissioning has the potential ‘to put the national into the National Health Service’ and reduce inconsistencies in care. In an interview with the … Continue reading

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From PCTs to GP consortia

The move from primary care trusts to GP consortia is one focus of the Guardian’s online Healthcare Network. It looks at the different experiences for consortia so far, including the issue of staff in West Cheshire, Cambridgeshire and Cumbria, and … Continue reading

Monitor appoints chair to oversee new role

Monitor has appointed a new chair to oversee its transition into the independent economic regulator of the NHS. As part of the proposals set out in the White Paper, Monitor will become the independent economic regulator of all NHS services … Continue reading

New directions for PCTs on property transactions

A letter from David Flory confirms that the Secretary of State now directs that Primary Care Trusts must not enter into any transactions involving property without the prior written consent of the Strategic Health Authority. This is to ensure that … Continue reading

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Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS – Managing the transition

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has written to the chief executive community giving an update on transition arrangements with a particular focus on the new commissioning system and providing answers to some frequently asked questions on the Health and … Continue reading

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