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NHS Digital streamlines NHS Smartcard access for new staff

06.04.20: New starters have been granted quicker access to hospital systems after NHS Digital permitted the use of a virtual Smartcard and streamlined processes for physical cards. This will prove particularly significant for the thousands of staff w...

NHS technology sees 38% surge in usage during coronavirus outbreak

02.04.20: New research carried out into the use of NHS technology (such as apps and websites) demonstrated a 38% increase in usage among respondents due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Some of the biggest NHS technology increases were seen in th...

NHS unveils measures to assist people finding trusted health information online

11.03.20: The NHS has unveiled a new package of measures to help assist people finding trusted health information online. Working alongside Google to provide the new developments, it will ensure the UK public have easy access to NHS information about...

NHSBSA set to launch open-source data portal

09.03.20: NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have announced they will launch their Open Data Portal (ODP) by the end of March 2020, providing everyone from NHS commissioners to the public easy access to data. Developing the NHSBSA Open Data Por...

WMAHSN announced as £3.2m project partner

03.03.20: West Midlands Academic Health Science Network have been announced as a partner of the West Mercia Rural 5G project, which was recently awarded a £3.2m funding packet by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Op...

Axe the fax: Bringing about the end of the outdated hospital machinery

02.03.20: Richard Kerr BSc, MBBS, MS, FRCS is a Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and was Chair of the Commission on the Future of Surgery This article was first published in the NHE Jan/Feb 2020 edition It is less than two years s...

Health Foundation to explore data and tech in health and care

03.02.20: The Health Foundation has announced a ‘significant investment’ into developing a new programme of work aimed at analysing the impact of data analytics and technology on UK health and care. The new strategy, Data Analytics for Be...

Health data sharing and public trust still uncertain, research finds

28.01.20: Experts from the University of Manchester have published a report on digital trust today (Jan 28) outlining that NHS, government, universities and companies must work harder to protect health data and maintain public trust in health research. ...

Two major NHS services complete ‘Cloud first’ migration

27.01.20: The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) and NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS) are the latest in public services to complete their move to the cloud, making services more efficient and secure. Around 18 million referrals are dealt with each year...

NHS Providers responds to winter performance data

09.01.20: NHS Providers has today (Jan 9) responded to the latest monthly combined performance data from NHS England and NHS Improvement. Part of their response also covers the weekly winter reporting data and the added pressures felt this winter. ...

App Ambassadors help to double NHS App users in three months

06.01.20: NHS Digital has today (Jan 6) published information outlining that the number of patients who use the NHS App has more than doubled in three months. In September 2019, when Chief Nurse Ruth May launched the ‘NHS App Ambassadors’...

Digital sepsis monitoring system helps save lives and improves care

21.11.19: Research undertaken by Imperial College London, has shown that digital monitoring significantly reduces hospital stays and chance of death related to sepsis. The digital sepsis alert system at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was intro...

NHS Blood and Transplant agree deal for technology and communications services

20.11.19: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is partnering with BT in order to fully digitise its services, including records and bookings that will be stored in the cloud. The cloud is updated in real time, meaning it will save time and make records a...

Digital maternity notes introduced in NHS Highland

19.11.19: NHS Highland have introduced the roll out of entirely digital medical notes for pregnant women being cared for in NHS Highland hospitals. Expectant mums and their health professionals will now be able to access their medical notes through a...

Full roll-out of electronic prescriptions to save NHS £300m in three years

21.10.19: Final phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) rolled out across the country, making prescription processing digital. Recent developments to EPS, known as Phase 4, have made it possible for all patients to be sent their prescripti...

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Cabinet Office issues procurement cards guidance to support suppliers

06/04/2020Cabinet Office issues procurement cards guidance to support suppliers

Suppliers to the public sector are seeing their cashflow partly consolidated in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, following publication ... more >
NHS Digital streamlines NHS Smartcard access for new staff

06/04/2020NHS Digital streamlines NHS Smartcard access for new staff

New starters have been granted quicker access to hospital systems after NHS Digital permitted the use of a virtual Smartcard and streamlined... more >
World’s largest potential coronavirus treatments trial rolled out in UK

06/04/2020World’s largest potential coronavirus treatments trial rolled out in UK

A randomised clinical trial of potential coronavirus treatments, the largest currently underway anywhere in the world, has been rolled out a... 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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Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

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Why social prescribing is the future of healthcare

01/04/2020Why social prescribing is the future of healthcare

Jennifer Jones-Rigby, COO at Health Exchange, a social enterprise seeking to shape the design and development of health and wellbeing services in a way that will enable everyone to have the capacity and confidence to choose positive health and wellbeing. The medical profession is often overstretched, with too many resources... more >
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NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

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Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
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 >

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