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The role of system leaders in reaching net zero

Climate change is a health emergency and along with challenges around workforce, health inequalities and winter pressures, system leaders must also work to meet the net zero target by 2040. Healthcare Leader provides an overview of the current state of play The NHS has done major work on reducing its impact on climate change but […]

Flexibility is key to unlocking the power of volunteering

Over half the UK public (56%) is willing to volunteer to support the health and wellbeing of people in their local communities, according to Helpforce’s latest research with YouGov. Despite the clear willingness of the public, volunteering is at an all-time low, with 1.6 million fewer people volunteering over the past five years. Through our […]

Rotational pharmacy roles helping with workforce issues

Integrated care boards (ICBs) have begun offering rotational roles to pharmacists to deploy them across the system to offer greater career development. In a new stocktake report into medicine optimisation, the NHS Confederation highlighted that a shortage of pharmacists and the ‘significant competition between primary care providers and NHS trusts’ in hiring the same professionals. […]

A&E saw third-highest number of patients since records began

A&E departments in England saw 2.24 million attendances in May – the third highest total since records began – despite three bank holidays. According to new NHS England data, emergency departments saw 4,500 more patients per day last month compared to April, the month before. And ambulance crews attended 624,092 face-to-face call outs in the […]

Austerity left NHS unprepared for Covid pandemic, major report finds

Austerity measures in the decade leading to 2020 left the NHS and UK as a whole ‘hugely unprepared’ for the Covid pandemic and its fallout, a report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has found. Funding cuts to public services reduced the country’s ability to respond to the pandemic, with strain felt particularly in public […]

ICSs should look to GPs for population health leadership

Integrated care systems (ICSs) should focus on upskilling clinicians and managers in primary care in population health management (PHM), an NHS England advisor has suggested. One of the core aims of the new NHS systems, PHM focuses on the wider determinants of health and has been touted as a ‘golden thread’ between ICSs and PCNs. […]

How systems are leading on health equity

ICSs are in the frontline when it comes to tackling health inequalities. The recently published Hewitt Review holds them to this task and highlights some inspirational examples. Saša Janković reports Improving population health and tackling health inequalities is a complex task, and while the NHS provides universal access to care this does not mean it […]

Nursing numbers ‘plummet’ as workforce report details leaked

The number of community and district nurses has fallen by nearly 50%, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) analysis shows, as reports suggest the long-awaited NHS workforce plan will be published in July. According to new analysis of NHS England data, the number of district nurses has fallen by 46.9% since 2009, from 7,055 to 3,749, […]

Children’s development at risk due to wait lists, health leaders warn

Delays to care and extraordinary waiting lists for community services risk putting children’s health at risk, particularly if development windows are missed, health leaders have warned. The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers survey (30 May) highlighted that the most common consequence of long waits for community services on children, according to respondents, were delays in […]

ICB threatened with legal action over decision to close GP practice

An ICB has been threated with legal action over its decision to close a 2,800-patient GP practice in Liverpool. NHS Cheshire and Merseyside has informed patients at Park View Medical Centre, in Tuebrook, in North-East Liverpool, that their practice will be closing at the end of July. It has now received a letter threatening judicial […]

ICB tells GP practices not to turn on automatic patient record access

A London ICB has expressly advised GP practices not to switch on automatic patient access to prospective records ahead of the 31 October deadline. Instead, practices should only switch it on for patients who specifically request access, North East London ICB told practices during a webinar yesterday. New BMA guidance last week advised practices to […]