Covid-19 update: 30 April
Covid-19 update: 30 April
by Seamus Ward
30 April 2021

The Covid news this week was dominated by the situation in India, where a second wave has spread devastation across the vast country. No-one could fail to be moved by the reports of desperate searches for hospital beds, therapeutic drugs or cylinders of oxygen. It is a human tragedy that will be felt keenly in the NHS, with many staff holding family ties to the continent.

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Stevens announces departure from NHS England
Stevens announces departure from NHS England
by Seamus Ward
30 April 2021

Tributes have been paid to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens who is to stand down in July after seven years in the post.

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Nice update: single guideline for managing Covid-19
Nice update: single guideline for managing Covid-19
by Gary Shield
28 April 2021

One year on from the first national lockdown, Nice has published a single guideline for the management of Covid-19 in children and adults.

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Covid-19 update: 23 April
Covid-19 update: 23 April
by Seamus Ward
23 April 2021

It is perhaps a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is on the wane in the UK – at least for now – that it has been pushed off the top story spot in news bulletins a few times in the last week. But though attention flitted between football’s ill-fated European Super League and President Biden’s attempt to set the agenda on climate change, Covid-19 was never far away.

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One NHS Finance outlines next steps
One NHS Finance outlines next steps
by Seamus Ward
21 April 2021

One NHS Finance (ONF), the national conversations with health service finance staff on the development of the function, will be taken forward under three programmes – Future-Focused Finance, the new National Finance Academy and Finance Innovation Forum.

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ISFE contract extended
ISFE contract extended
by Seamus Ward
19 April 2021

The NHS in England has extended the contract for the integrated single finance environment (ISFE) by three years while it brings forward plans for a new integrated finance system.

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Covid-19 update: 16 April
Covid-19 update: 16 April
by Steve Brown
16 April 2021

The challenge facing the NHS in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic was underlined this week with the latest figures on the size of the backlog of postponed care. And costing figures have revealed the virus’s significant impact on NHS productivity.

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Social care market warning
Social care market warning
by Seamus Ward
16 April 2021

Government proposals to reform social care must address the need for change in the social care market, as well as how it is funded, or the sector will collapse, the Nuffield Trust claimed.

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Options explored for more frequent cost submission
Options explored for more frequent cost submission
by Steve Brown
14 April 2021

Plans for more frequent national cost collections could involve just a sample of providers submitting costs or be based on much lighter touch costing standards, NHS England and NHS Improvement have revealed.

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New push for trusts to join EQC
New push for trusts to join EQC
by Steve Brown
13 April 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement are encouraging acute trusts to re-engage with their Exceptional Quarterly Collection (EQC) and hoping to expand the costing programme to cover mental health services.

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