NHS Improvement says trusts would benefit from “reviewing, upgrading and strengthening” workforce planning. | The new Managing Director of a major NHS purchasing body believed this year will be the most difficult for procurement staff working to deliver savings for the health service. | Hunt seeks ‘full health and social care integration’ under new 10 year plan.

GP leaders have warned that the Prime Minister’s refusal to relax visa rules for skilled overseas doctors is ‘deeply concerning’ and will affect patient security | The NHS is turning 70 in July, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions | Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe) saved 64% of their agency medical locum spend in one year.

Campaigners are bringing a judicial review of plans to create new regional Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) to oversee healthcare. ACOs are part of emerging plans across the country intended to help integrate NHS services. | NHS Improvement has changed the rules under which a pot of up to £600m of sustainability and transformation funding will be allocated to trusts.

NHS hack just a ‘taste of devastation’ of major cyberattack with full cost still unknown, warn MPs. Plans to address IT vulnerabilities still not agreed, says committee, as security chiefs warn Russian hackers targeting computers for future attacks | An auto-enrolment-style scheme for wellbeing programmes could ease the burden on the NHS as well as do more to protect the physical and mental health of UK workers, according to health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health | Taking a step-by-step approach, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust implemented TempRE direct engagement and staff bank services during the spring and summer of 2017. By the end of the first full year of direct engagement, the Trust had beaten their initial savings target of £200,000.

NHS Improvement drops back office efficiency target | NHS Trusts have spent over £1million preparing for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to research from the Parliament Street think tank | Three STPs to share leader and form integrated care system. Three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships have appointed a single leader and are aiming to become an integrated care system by April 2019