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NHS £45m online GP service ‘not a silver bullet’ despite central pressure

23.11.17: Plans to introduce an online consultation system for GPs may not fix workload and waiting time issues in the way the government is hoping, it has been argued. Research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has sugges...

New framework to offer NHS access to ‘cutting-edge technology’

23.11.17: A new framework to enable health and social care providers to support direct patient care has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (SBS). The Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) framework, which offers access to “cutting-edge...

Lung cancer operations reach record number as survival rates continue to rise

21.11.17: A report today from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has revealed that a record 98.1% of patients survived after 30 days of lung cancer operations since 2015. Almost 6,000 lung cancer operations took place in that period, with an addit...

‘Breakthrough’ medicines could be available up to four years faster

06.11.17: A new scheme from the government could reduce the time it takes for “breakthrough” medicines and technologies to reach patients. The new ‘accelerated access pathway’ is expected to make it faster for finance and eval...

‘Pivotal moment’ in battle against HIV as PrEP trials to start in September

04.08.17: The pioneering HIV prevention drug PrEP will be trialled by NHS England from September, it was this week announced. The drug will be provided by the NHS through an initial three-year trial to around 10,000 people, in what is looking to be t...

A centre for medicines optimisation research and education

04.08.17: Dr Yogini Jani, a consultant pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS FT (UCLH), discusses a collaboration with UCL School of Pharmacy that aims to transform patient care by making medicines safer and easier to take. Left to ri...

Brexit Alliance: Urgent agreement needed on key NHS priority areas

03.08.17: NHS patients stand to lose out if the government does not give issues like healthcare research and access to new medicines the attention they deserve when trying to untangle from the European Union, the Brexit Health Alliance has warned. Th...

Using EHRs to build an exciting research infrastructure

01.08.17: Dr Janet Valentine, director of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), and Dr Jennifer Quint, clinical senior lecturer in Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health at Imperial College London’s National Hear...

Vaccine storage must be priority

28.07.17: Ian Harbinson, marketing manager at Lec Medical, discusses the importance of effective vaccine storage. Vaccines cost the NHS approximately £200m a year. If each practice lost just one dose of Pediacel a month, that would equate to ov...

New £90m DH fund to help SMEs develop breakthrough medical innovations

17.07.17: An £86m package has been announced to fund UK firms to develop medical breakthroughs that could benefit the NHS. The pot will allow small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test innovating technologies in the UK&rsquo...

ICO: Patient data transfer to Google DeepMind by trust deemed unlawful

03.07.17: The Royal Free NHS FT failed to comply with data protection laws when it provided the data about 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind for the trial of an app, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has today ruled. The information h...

A pathway approach to developing and managing innovation

27.06.17: Gill Husband, lead for service improvement and innovation at the Institute for Learning, Research and Innovation at South Tees Hospital NHS FT, explains how taking a pathway approach is helping to unlock innovation and allowing people the space...

The now and the future of infection prediction

23.06.17: Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the University of Leeds, explains why the future of infection prevention is in smart buildings and real-time cont...

Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20.06.17: Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on the work and early outcomes. In October 2015, the national cancer vanguard – led by the Ch...

How technology can help cut the growing diabetes bill

16.06.17: Professor Mike Trenell, chief scientific officer at Changing Health and director of the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory, explains how technology can help cut the growing economic burden that diabetes poses on the he...

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