NHS IT, Records and Data

NHS Wales given damning ‘wake-up call’ over its outdated IT systems

14.11.18: The Welsh Assembly has published a damming “wake-up call” on efforts to modernise NHS IT systems in Wales, raising “serious question marks” over a “culture of self-censorship and denial.” An assembly inqu...

NHS England lifts legal directions on three CCGs after leadership shake-up

13.11.18: Three CCGs within the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (CSESCA) have had their legal directions related to their leadership lifted by NHS England after a major management shake-up. Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex, and E...

NHS faces £2.3bn bill in no-deal Brexit in medicine and supplies cost surge

13.11.18: A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would deliver a “cost shock” to the NHS which would eat up all the funding available to improve patient care for the next two years through a surge in the cost of medicine and supplies. New analysi...

Wales and England NHS bodies get new cross-border healthcare regulations

13.11.18:  Lord O’Shaughnessy has announced a new set of arrangements on the delivery of healthcare across the border between Wales and England. The government said that whilst healthcare across the border is “collaborative and high...

The need for cyber resilience in healthcare

12.11.18: Dirk Schrader, VP security at Greenbone Networks and certified information security manager, discusses the need for sustainable cyber resilience and how healthcare organisations can achieve such a state for their own information processes and da...

NHS director tells doctors to use Skype to cut ‘thousands of unnecessary hospital appointments’

09.11.18: England’s top doctor has called on hospitals to embrace Skype, apps and other online tools to reduce the “thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments made every day.” NHS England’s medical director Stephen Powis...

Trust pays out £5.7m to lay off 299 staff as mergers see spike in compulsory redundancy pay-outs

09.11.18: One NHS trust paid out £5.7m to get rid of 299 NHS workers as new figures show that the amount trusts spent on compulsory redundancies increased by 8% last year. Data from trust’s annual accounts show that NHS providers spend a...

‘Rocketing demand’ sees NHS performance figures drop as winter approaches

08.11.18: Last month saw the lowest percentage of NHS patients seen within four hours for any October since records began as the NHS’s latest performance figures do not bode well for the upcoming winter pressures. New statistics show that the N...

Data: the oil of the digital age

07.11.18: Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Digital technologies could transform healthcare over the next decade. Already this year we ha...

Digital revolution risks deserting most vulnerable in Wales as one in four not online

07.11.18: A new report has found that one in four of the most vulnerable patients in Wales do not use the internet. The report, ‘Digital Inclusion in Health and Care in Wales,’ says that patients with the greatest need to access services...

Major £80m IT upgrade for NHS Scotland will help protect against cyber attacks

02.11.18: NHS Scotland has signed a new £80m deal with Microsoft for a major technology upgrade which will give all 161,000 NHS employees access to Microsoft Office. The deal will see NHS Scotland install new desktops, operating systems and off...

GPs risking patient safety and confidentiality by forwarding misdirected mail to Capita, says NHS England

26.10.18: GPs are putting patient’s safety and confidentiality at risk by redirecting incorrectly addressed mail to Capita instead of returning it to the sender, Primary Care Support England (PCSE) has cautioned. A notice on the PCSE’s we...

WannaCry cyber-attack cost the NHS £92m after 19,000 appointments were cancelled

12.10.18: A report into cyber security of the health and care sector has revealed that the WannaCry ransomware attack cost the NHS a total of £92m through services lost during the attack and IT costs in the aftermath. In the Department of Healt...

Mandatory interoperability standards on the way as DHSC slams ‘inexcusable’ trust systems

11.10.18: There is no excuse for a provider to have systems that don’t talk to each other and, in the future, there will be no excuse for systems that do not talk outside of a trust, the health and social care secretary has declared. Speaking t...

A push for digital in mental health

10.10.18: Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from digitisation. Matt Hancock has made no secret of his enthusiasm for new technology. This could rep...

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14/11/2018More men please!

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Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

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A GP practice in Camden has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the CQC. An inspection in August rated Dr Phillip M... more >
Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14/11/2018Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce critic... more >

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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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Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
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In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >

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