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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 […]


Exclusive: ICBs reallocating millions to primary care

More than a third of ICBs are reallocating money to primary care under the addition roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) with a further five inviting bids for funding. The data, obtained by Healthcare Leader via the Freedom of Information Act, show that of the 36 ICBs who responded, 21 are inviting PCNs to bid for the […]


Managing changes in primary care as an ICB

The current pressures on the NHS are well documented, and in South East London ICB we’re very similar to the rest of the country in that we are seeing real pressure in general practice. Everything that we are asking of them puts them in a unique position. They are often seen as the first port […]


Healthcare Leader launches ICB hub

Healthcare Leader is launching an ICB hub today, a new resource to bring together and showcase developments across the NHS’s 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).   The new hub houses all the latest news, interviews and case studies in ICB areas giving a snapshot of the work involving primary care across the systems in the […]


How to turn NHS data into intelligence – part 1

NHS data can help make smart decisions on healthcare provision. But there are pitfalls when it comes to data analysis. Dr Cornelia Junghans, Dr James Crick, Dr Peter Roderick and Dr Kathrin Thomas explain what they are in this first article of a two-part series.  Roy Lilley said it best when it comes to NHS […]


New emergency NHS plan must address vacancies, leaders warn

NHS England and the Government are set to announce an urgent and emergency care recovery plan today, backed by a £1bn dedicated fund. The two-year delivery plan is expected to promise 800 new ambulances, including 100 specialist mental health vehicles, and 5,000 more sustainable hospital beds. NHS England will also expand urgent care provided in […]


ICB 101: Frimley CEO

NHS Frimley is ‘on the edge of everywhere’ covering Windsor, Slough and Bracknell along with parts of Surrey and Hampshire. It’s this diversity the Chief Executive Fiona Edwards sees as a real strength. She discusses the current priorities for the ICB in an interview with Healthcare Leader’s editor Victoria Vaughan. Victoria Vaughan: Can you give […]


AI rapid research fund to tackle NHS winter crisis

As many as 16 rapid research projects have been awarded £800,000 funding to assess how to ease winter pressures on the NHS using artificial intelligence. From understanding the effects of cold homes on health to reducing ambulance waiting times, the 16 projects will cover a range of data-driven approaches to pin-point and avoid acute pressures […]


NHS strikes to run into March: Full walkout timeline

NHS strikes continue this week and will run through February and into March, with union Unite announcing 10 more dates for ambulance strikes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The newly announced dates now mean industrial action in the NHS in England will take place across nine days over the next two months, with nurses […]


NHS cannot compete with Amazon and other retailers for staff

The NHS and social care cannot compete with major supermarkets for staff, including Amazon, Lidl and Aldi, and are losing workers to the international retailers, health leaders are warning. Chief executives from several integrated care boards (ICBs) along with GP leaders have told Healthcare Leader that the wages and benefits offered by supermarkets, combined with […]


Levelling Up fund: Two bids to improve NHS approved

The Government has approved two funding bids to directly improve the NHS and social care with money from its latest Levelling Up Fund announcements. More than 100 projects across the UK were awarded a share of the £2.1bn made available in the second round of the Government’s levelling up scheme. Around £672m will go to […]