Researchers extend recruitment to COVID-19 vaccine trial
Researchers at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and the University of Bristol have begun a new round of recruitment to a clinical trial of a vaccine pioneered in the UK which could protect against COVID-19. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Press Release Source Type: news

Bronchitis can be treated with a 'flash-freeze' icy blast to the lungs in new 30 minute procedure
The RejuvenAir procedure is being offered as part of a trial at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trust CEO subject to ‘fit and proper person’ review
The chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust is facing a fit and proper persons review following a critical employment tribunal hearing, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Whistleblower chief executive placed on extended leave
A joint director employed by a foundation trust and local authority has been put on ‘extended leave’ by the council, after warning elected members about alleged wrongdoing. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network seeks Network Support Fellow
Contract: Fixed-term, 12 monthsHours: Full time, 37.5 per week (part time considered)Salary:  £31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata (dependent on experience)Position Closing: 20 August 2020Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network is seeking a Network Support Fellow. Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

HMRC strengthens grip on NHS tax bills after trust’s legal challenge fails
The NHS could face stronger enforcement over wrongly VAT claims after a foundation trust lost an unusual legal battle with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public want  NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise
A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year, according to a UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll published today (Wednesday). The findings also highlight how two thirds (66%) of the public believe a wage increase for employees – including healthcare assistants, nurses, hospital porters, midwives, paramedics and cleaners – should be significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results send a clear message to the government that there’s substantial public support for a new pay deal to be agreed now for health service workers, many of whom have risk...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release fair pay NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Investigating the deaths of healthcare and social care workers who died after contracting coronavirus, NHS England (published 27th July 2020)
On 29 May 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wrote to the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee to describe the process for medical examiner review of health and social care worker deaths from COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued emergency Directions under Secretary of State powers conferred by section 253 of the National Health Service Act 2006. These require NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts to co-operate with each other and others providing NHS services to ensure that medical examiners are available to prioritise the scrutiny of health and social care...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus England: 10% July hospital deaths at Kent NHS trust
Some 37 patients died from coronavirus at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust last month - 10.8 per cent of the 340 Covid-19 deaths across England in July. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Webinar: How can the NHS best support staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond?
The former chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust spoke at an HSJ webinar on maintaining NHS staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests
Exclusive: King ’s College London team found steep drops in patients’ antibody levels three months after infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds.In the first longitudinal study of its kind, scientists analysed the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust and found levels of antibodies that can destroy the virus peaked about th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Health London Society UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

Sir David Dalton to speak at HSJ webinar on staff wellbeing
The former chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust is to speak at an HSJ webinar on maintaining NHS staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note, NHS England
Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note. Version 2, 3 July 2020, updated to reflect PPN04/20 – changes highlighted in yellow. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into  an early wage rise, say health unions
The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday). The 14 unions – representing more than 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics and other NHS employees – have written both to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start soon so staff get a wage boost before the end of the year. In the letters, the unions – including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal Colle...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Trusts to buy Serco out of joint venture after losing major contract
Two foundation trusts are set to buy an outsourcing company out of a multimillion pound pathology partnership, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news