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New data from the NHS Friends and Family survey, which asks patients whether they would recommend A&E and inpatient wards to their nearest and dearest based on their own experience, has been released today. The survey, which will grow into the most comprehensive ever undertaken, covers around 4,500 NHS wards and 144 A&E services. It […]
NHS England to oversee transition to new providers of NHS 111 services as NHS Direct gradually withdraws from contracts
NHS England today pledged to support commissioners of NHS 111 services to put in place alternative providers to take over the 111 services provided by NHS Direct to patients. This follows an announcement by NHS Direct that they are seeking to gradually withdraw from their remaining contracts for the NHS 111 service. The decision has […]
NHS England publishes its response to consultation on specialised service specifications and commissioning policies
NHS England has published its response, Consultation on Specialised Services Specifications and Commissioning Policies 2013/14: Summary and Response from NHS England (document is available on out archived website), to consultation earlier this year on the service specifications and commissioning policies which support its specialised commissioning function. The consultation, which ran from December 2012 to February […]
NHS England has today provided interim advice to NHS organisations in light of a CQC investigation and a Royal College of Pathologists report earlier this year into breast cancer receptor testing. Advice to the NHS is that where histopathology laboratories are performing breast cancer receptor testing, they should ensure that the antibodies used for estrogen […]
A further 46 CCGs make significant progress in clearing conditions and directions in the post Authorisation process
NHS England is delighted to report significant progress in the first post-authorisation review of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which had conditions and directions placed on them. The hard work of the CCGs working with NHS England has proved so successful that a further 46 CCGs have fully discharged their conditions and directions, meaning they’ve satisfied […]
NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre launch a consultation on hospital data to raise standards and improve patient safety
NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today published NHS Hospital Data and Datasets: A Consultation to explore how better extraction of information from hospitals’ data systems could help raise standards, improve safety, and reduce inequalities in patient care. The Hospital Data and Datasets Consultation asks for views on what information […]
The board meeting was broadcast live as part of our commitment to make information as accessible as possible. You can view separate recordings of each agenda item below: Parts one to three Part four Parts five and six Part seven Parts eight and nine Parts ten and eleven Part twelve Parts thirteen and fourteen Parts fifteen to seventeen […]
An in-depth interview with NHS England chief executive, Sir David Nicholson has been published in The Guardian newspaper . He discusses among other things: the Keogh review of the 14 hospitals, publication of data about surgical outcomes, quality of care and whistleblowers. During the interview he appeals for balance in perceptions of the NHS: “The issue […]
More than 200 NHS and social care leaders from across London met today to plan how urgent and emergency care services could work better to prevent patients experiencing un-coordinated or unsafe care following an accident or emergency. The event, organised by NHS England, challenged health and social care professionals to look at how all parts […]
Following the latest Met Office heat wave alert, NHS England is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather. Our top tips are: try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen […]