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Daily winter data collection process to be automated by October

21.06.17: A new software will be installed on trust systems across England to automate the collection of daily situation reports (SitReps) in an effort to save around 45 minutes of manual work each day – and over 36,000 man hours every year. An...

NHS overly reliant on email for communications, Providers lead warns

09.06.17: The NHS is too reliant on email and must work to use different forms of internal communications that are safer from cyber-attack, an NHS Providers boss stated this week. Writing in a blog about the health service’s recent IT woes, Dan...

Whitehall criticised for delaying release of NHS performance data

22.05.17: The government has been sharply criticised after it was revealed that it would be delaying the release of NHS Improvement performance data until after the election on 8 June. Critics including shadow health secretaries from Labour and the L...

Patient data shared with Google on ‘inappropriate legal basis’, says NDG

16.05.17: The transfer of almost two million patient records from Royal Free London NHS FT to Google’s artificial intelligence arm DeepMind may have been co-ordinated on an “inappropriate legal basis”, the national data guardian, Dame Fi...

Trusts told to remain vigilant with updated cyber-attack guidance

16.05.17: NHS Digital has recommended a number of measures for trusts to implement to protect themselves from cyber-attack after Friday saw trusts across the country targeted by hackers. The attack led to around 40 trusts across the country being shu...

Major cyber-attack leaves hospitals across England ‘in shutdown’

12.05.17: Up to 40 hospital Trusts all across England were hit by a massive cyber-attack on Friday. It is believed that a type of malware, called ransomware – which locks users out of their computer unless they pay a certain amount of money &nd...

‘Paperless 2020’ ambition possible but improbable, experts say

05.05.17: The ambition of harnessing the information revolution and making the NHS ‘paperless by 2020’, while a laudable aim, is improbable as an outcome, according to a panel of experts at e-Health Week. During the lively debate, chaired...

Shared record system to be implemented in four Surrey CCGs

04.05.17: Four Surrey CCGs will this month begin rolling out records for integrated care to the 1.03 million patients in the area. The system for the records, called Patients Know Best (PKB), will allow staff working at GP practices, hospitals, commu...

LDRs: a critical part of STPs and sharing cross-border learning

04.04.17: Dr Masood Nazir, national clinical lead – digital transformation of general practice at NHS England and information lead & senior information risk owner at NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG, discusses the opportunities for sustainability an...

Paperlight is the outcome, and not the objective, of a digital NHS

04.04.17: Sean Brennan, director of communications for the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRIM), reflects on the drive to get rid of paper in the NHS and the place for clinical data standards in that process. The latest in a...

People power in technology

31.03.17: Anne Cooper, deputy clinical director and chief nurse at NHS Digital, discusses the importance of clinical involvement in health digitisation. When Professor Robert Wachter published his review in 2016, there was a lot of focus on areas suc...

Understanding patient data

28.03.17: Nicola Perrin, head of policy at the Wellcome Trust who is leading the Understanding Patient Data initiative, explains why clinicians have to strike the balance between protecting privacy while sharing information to improve the health of patien...

Connectivity and behaviour key to unlocking wireless adoption

24.03.17: Julia Manning, founding director of 2020health, analyses the opportunities and challenges facing mobile & wireless tech development and adoption in the NHS. How many articles have you read over the past year, decade or even more that pa...

Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01.03.17: Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS Improvement (NHSI) figures show – but spending for locums remains excessively high, with the...

NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

27.02.17: The NHS is at the heart of an “emerging scandal” concerning the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical information including test results and treatment plans, the Patients Association has said. The numbe...

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13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and transformation partnerships/plans (STPs) being implemented and delivered with clinical input at their cor... read more >

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Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
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A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >


Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

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The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

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