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Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

12.12.18: One in four NHS trusts in England and Wales are spending no money on specialist cyber security or training and trusts are consistently failing to meet training targets in the wake of the devastating WannaCry attack, a new report has found. ...

The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12.12.18: Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds o...

‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

10.12.18: The NHS has been banned from buying fax machines by the health secretary who has ordered a complete phase-out of the outdated machines by April 2020. Taking effect from January 2019, NHS trusts will instead be required to invest in new tech...

Major IT supplier agrees to pay NHS millions of pounds over service failures

07.12.18: A multimillion-pound settlement deal has been reached between NHS Digital and EMIS Group after the private IT supplier admitted to providing misleading information about the quality of its service. In a market announcement, EMIS Group confi...

New wave of technologies puts surgery ‘on verge of transformative change’

07.12.18: A new wave of technologies will transform surgery across the NHS with advances in digital technology and human biology improving the treatment of millions of patients, according to an independent commission. The Commission on the Future of...

‘Transformational’ genome sequencing project reaches 100,000 patients target

06.12.18: Matt Hancock has announced that the world’s largest gene sequencing project in healthcare has reached its original target of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. People with rare diseases, cancer patients, and family me...

AI diagnosis and national study included in new early disease detection £1.3bn deal

05.12.18: A £1.3bn investment from the government and the industry has been announced in a bid to drive early disease technology as part of the new Life Sciences Sector Deal. The second ever Life Sciences Sector Deal, announced by Matt Hancock...

Technology first

05.12.18: With the latest policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) heralding a new ‘technology-first’ ethos for the NHS, Lee Edwards, IT director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), discusses why this must in...

NHS staff frozen out of more than a million accounts as email network goes down

03.12.18: The NHS has suffered a national outage to its email system, causing staff to be locked out of more than a million accounts over the weekend. NHS Digital issued a ‘severity 1’ notice, warning of a “complete shutdown”...

The digital health revolution

28.11.18: As digital health and artificial intelligence (AI) clinical lead at NHS England, Dr Indra Joshi is involved in several national initiatives designed to realise the full potential of digital health and technology in the NHS. Here, she explains th...

Turning the tide on antimicrobial resistance

28.11.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, provides her view of the institute’s newly published impact report on antimicrobial resistance. Around 700,000 deaths occur every year worl...

Breakthrough for GP at Hand app as safety constraints lifted by NHS England

16.11.18: Restrictions on what types of patients are able to register on healthcare provider Babylon’s ‘GP at Hand’ app have been lifted following a review of the service by a London-based CCG. According to papers being released by...

Capita could lose divisive cancer screening contract as part of major NHS England review

16.11.18: NHS bosses have announced a major overhaul of cancer screening programmes in the wake of the revelation that Capita failed to send almost 50,000 invitations and results to women after cervical cancer screenings. Professor Sir Mike Richards...

Priti Patel campaigns for integrated health facility despite ‘rowing back’ from GP surgeries

14.11.18: The MP for Witham has reaffirmed her case for the building of a new fully-integrated health facility, bringing all GP services in the constituency’s town centre together to deal with surging demand in the coming years. Priti Patel, Co...

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...

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Two NHS trusts spent a third of the year on highest ‘Opel 4’ pressure alert

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Financially struggling NHS trust appoints fifth chief executive in just five years

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Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

12/12/2018Quarter of trusts spent no money on cyber security last year as NHS’s ‘alarming’ cyber training inconsistencies revealed

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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 robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

12/12/2018The robots are here at East Suffolk and North Essex

Lauren Hockney, senior communications officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT (ESNEFT), outlines how her trust is embracing the digital and automation revolution. Robots have arrived at the ESNEFT, and they are giving back hundreds of hours to staff so they can spend more time helping patients. The trust, which includes Colche... more >
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Creating a volunteer 'passport'

12/12/2018Creating a volunteer 'passport'

By utilising the health service’s volunteers, we can deliver better care for everyone, argues Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical project lead at Hel... more >
Right people, right place, right now

12/12/2018Right people, right place, right now

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, raises concerns around the mental health workforce and shares some best practice from ... more >
Breaking down barriers to integration

12/12/2018Breaking down barriers to integration

Anne Marie Morris, member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and MP for Newton Abbott, outlines the committee’s recent report on the ba... more >
An attack on them is an attack on us all

12/12/2018An attack on them is an attack on us all

Chris Bryant MP discusses the new law he championed that came into effect in September, which doubles jail time for anyone who assaults emergency... 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

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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 >
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 >

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