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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 […]

ICB 101: West Yorkshire CEO

Rob Webster, chief executive of West Yorkshire ICB, tells Healthcare Leader editor Victoria Vaughan about how eschewing payment by results in favour of aligned incentives frees up funds for immediate investment in primary and community services. Victoria Vaughan (VV): Can you give and overview of West Yorkshire ICB? Rob Webster (RW): We’ve been working as […]

Humber and North Yorkshire ICB sets up health equity fellowship

Humber and North Yorkshire ICS has launched its health equity fellowship programme for its staff. The programme is intended to enhance applicants’ skills to improve population health and reduce inequalities within their community or organisation. All staff across health, social care, voluntary, and community sectors and those working in local authorities are eligible to apply. […]

Government must double NHS capital budget to save ‘crumbling’ buildings

The Government must nearly double the NHS’ £7.7bn capital budget if the health service is to clear its building repairs backlog and ensure ‘crumbling buildings’ are fit for 21st century patient care, new analysis has found. According to the NHS Confederation, it would take around £14.1bn to clear the logjam and enable greater productivity and […]

US tech giant Palantir wins NHS federated data platform contract

US tech giant Palantir has been awarded a seven-year contract worth £330m to deliver NHS England’s new ‘federated data platform’ (FDP).  NHSE announced that the FDP, which aims to bring together operational data from different organisations to boost collaboration, will be rolled out from spring next year.  Data hosted on the platform could include the […]

Autumn budget a missed opportunity for NHS, say experts

The government has ‘downgraded’ the NHS in the mini budget and ‘failed to recognise the connection between the health of the nation and its prosperity’ according to policy experts. The Autumn Statement allowed for a two-percentage-point cut to Employee National Insurance from 12% to 10%, reform to the fit note process and an increase in […]

NHS staff want investment in digital tech in spite of frustrations

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of NHS staff see investment in tech as a priority, finds a BT survey. But almost the same number (72%) of people using digital tech in the NHS every day think it is being held back by a lack of integration with existing technologies. And nearly half (48%) said small gripes, such […]

Northamptonshire integrated shared care record goes live

The Northamptonshire Care Record (NCR) is now live, joining up care records for more than 800,000 people in the county and ensuring that the professionals directly involved in their care can instantly access their information. The first phase combines more than 829,000 individual records from patients registered with GP practices in Northamptonshire with patient data […]

Efforts to cut waiting list in vain without Autumn Budget funding

The Chancellor must make additional funding available in the Autumn Statement or risk undermining efforts to cut waiting lists, the Nuffield Trust has warned. New analysis from the think thank has cautioned that despite £450m additional funding being made available to the NHS earlier this month, its current financial situation is ‘precarious’, with slower progress […]

NHS England reduces elective recovery target to 103% following strikes

NHS England has further reduced the national elective recovery activity target to 103% following the impact of industrial action. Initially, the target set out that the NHS must deliver 107% of elective activity in 2023/24 compared to a 2019/20 baseline, but was reduced to 105% over earlier this year. But in a letter to ICBs […]

MPs have no confidence in New Hospitals Programme

A number of MPs have said they have no confidence that the Government will deliver on the promised made under the New Hospitals Programme (NHP). Since the Government committed in 2020 to building 40 new hospitals by 2030, very little has happened from the patients perspective, they said. The Government is ‘highly unlikely’ to build […]