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From the Bureau Editor

Friday October 23

The clocks go back this weekend heralding shorter, gloomier days and even gloomier health news. Test and trace has come in for criticism from the PM – this amid warnings of 90,000 Covid cases a day and Manchester’s Nightingale is the first to reopen. But, as this week’s virtual Fab Change day proved, there is still a lot of good stuff going on in hospitals and primary care. Bureau will cheer you up with more heartening stories from around the country as soon as the conference videos become available. Have a good weekend.

Angus Wrixon, Editor

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the briefing

Headlining today


NHS faces Winter with 2,000 fewer beds than last year HSJ

Manchester Nightingale will be first to reopen Independent


Test and trace scheme hits new low – and is openly criticised by the PM GuardianNHS Providers’ comments

Sewage tested for Covid to predict new outbreaks Guardian


Innovation and new ways of working have been at the heart of the COVID-19 response says a new report from NHS Providers. Workforce flexibility in the NHS: utilising COVID innovations focuses on the ways that trusts and frontline staff have adopted new approaches in responding to the pressures of the pandemic NHS Providers


Slump in donations to medical charities Guardian

Primary care – General Practice, Dentistry, Optical

GP hard work ‘out of public eye’ says Hancock while pledging bureaucracy cut Pulse


Remdesivir – full approval in US BBC

Mental health

A £15 million funding package has been announced to support the mental health of NHS staff in England, including pharmacy teams, as part of efforts to manage the COVID-19 impact. NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) will invest £15m to “strengthen mental health support” for NHS workers, including “pharmacists and support staff” C+D

what the bloggers are blogging

How should general practice prepare for Winter? In the early days of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the call to 'protect the NHS' was very much focused on preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. As we enter winter facing a second wave of the pandemic, ensuring the hospital system is resilient enough to endure another crisis will be key. But as we’ve said before, NHS resilience is so much more than hospital beds Beccy Baird from Kings Fund

Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities Health Foundation

12 things health data has taught us about Covid-19 Digital Health

Quarter of Brits now more inclined to use health app than visit hospital or GP Pharmiweb

The bigger picture: Learning from two decades of changing NHS care in England Health Foundation

NHS Reset is an NHS Confederation campaign to help shape what the health and care system should look like in the aftermath of the pandemic NHS Confed

what's on when

Monday 2 November 5pm: Healthchat with HSJ Editor, Alistair McLellan Details here

Monday November 16 at 5pm: Healthchat – Richard Beeken, CEO Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust in conversation with Roy Lilley. Details here

ICYM...healthchats are available to view 

With Prof Karol Sikora: 

Healthchat with National Association of Primary Care’s Nav Chana, Caroline Taylor and Minesh Patel: What will Primary Care look like moving forward? What role will technology play? Available shortly

Interview with Baroness Dido Harding with Roy Lilley – listen here

Healthchat with Jason Helgerson – catch up on Youtube

IHM Carbon reduction conference – catch up on Youtube

Anne Marr from St Helens & Knowsley FT, see it again here, with Ed Smith and  Sir Jim Mackey -here Zoom, with the Royal Wolverhampton Trust here Zoom

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