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NHS Digital to launch £20m cyber defence centre complete with ‘ethical hacking’

27.11.17: A new cyber security service with a £20m budget will be launched by NHS Digital in an attempt to battle against digital security threats. The Security Operations Centre (SOC) will monitor national health and care services and will giv...

Realising the power of data

22.11.17: Nick Hirst, chief information officer at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, outlines how his organisation is adapting and developing to reach the ambitious goal of saving lives through data. As the...

GP app could put unnecessary pressure on doctors

06.11.17: The NHS’s new GP app has today come under criticism from the Royal College of GPs. The new service gives access to GPs at practices in London via the GP at Hand app, run by health provider, Babylon. Eligible patients can book video con...

BMA hits out at NHS England for ‘unacceptable problems’ with support services

03.11.17: GP bosses have called on NHS England to deal with repeated issues in the delivery of vital services. In a letter to Simon Stevens, the BMA has raised concerns about four key major problems and a number of other minor concerns. One comp...

DH warned about risk of cyber-attack a year before WannaCry incident

27.10.17: The DH had been warned about the risks of cyber-attack to the NHS a year before trusts were hit by hackers in May, but did not formally respond with a written report until a full month later in July. A new government report written by the N...

Data scandal worsens as NHS loses further 162,000 key patient files

18.10.17: Revelations that the NHS lost more than half a million patient files have been deepened with the reveal of a further 162,000 pieces of paperwork also missing. The information was discovered as part of a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inqui...

Four trusts first in England to roll out digital appointment response system

04.10.17: A new digital portal has been brought in to four trusts to make them the first in England to allow patients to receive and respond to appointment letters digitally. The change will put plans to digitise the NHS outlined by Jeremy Hunt a few...

Boards across England urged to put IT at the top of the agenda

15.09.17: IT and new technology designed to drive innovation should be “at the top of the agenda” of every board in the country, NHS England’s national director for operations and information has this week stated. Addressing delegat...

Hunt sets high bar for digital service roll-out by 2018

13.09.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has this week told trusts across the country that he expects a number of services online to be available to patients in app form by the end of next year. By 2018 – the year the NHS celebrates its 70th birt...

NHS Digital launches new projects to stamp out digital health inequalities

11.09.17: Five new projects have today been launched by NHS Digital to improve the digital health skills and access of thousands of patients to new technologies aimed at supporting their health and care. The new digital inclusion pathfinder projects...

Hunt to promise GP and prescription booking app by 2018

11.09.17: Jeremy Hunt is expected to promise that every patient in England will be able to access their medical records and book a GP appointment via an app by the end of 2018. The health secretary will unveil the new commitment at NHS Expo tomorrow...

Digital Academy aims to train 300 leaders by 2020

08.09.17: The NHS Digital Academy has ambitious plans to train 300 digital leaders by 2020, and support a network of passionate informatics professionals who have the right skills and vision to accelerate the digital transformation of the NHS, according t...

Seven trusts forced to submit delayed private care data by October

31.08.17: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has started formal action against seven trusts that have failed to meet the deadline for publishing information on the quality of their private healthcare services. After the authority’s inv...

New NHS Digital CEO takes up job

14.08.17: NHS Digital has welcomed its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson into the role today. Wilkinson will take over from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive of the organisation for the past six months and who will now become deput...

NHS trusts could face severe fines for inadequate cyber security

08.08.17: NHS trusts could face considerable fines if they do not put robust cyber security measures in place in their organisation, it has been revealed. The government has today said that organisations responsible for delivering services and lookin...

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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14/12/2017Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

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Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

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Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >

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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Strategic investment planning

13/12/2017Strategic investment planning

Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... more >


Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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