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NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

15.08.18: Plans to expand the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone app outside of London have been blocked by NHS chiefs citing patient safety concerns. The app allows patients to speak directly to their GP and make appointments with a practice via th...

AHSNs: innovating the NHS

01.08.18: Professor Mike Hannay, chair of the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and managing director of the East Midlands AHSN, talks about innovation in the NHS and the role of his organisation. This year is a major milestone for our nation wi...

More than £10m on the way for new ambulance fleet

31.07.18: Over £10m has been committed to replace an entire fleet of 100 ambulances in Wales. The announcement by Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething announced the funding of £10.23m to replace some of the ageing vehicles with new, mor...

Landmark citizens’ jury to vote on future of hospital location

31.07.18:  The future of the location of a £11m Gloucestershire hospital will be voted on by a ‘citizens’ jury’ for the first ever time. Locals will rule on whether Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will build a new...

Matt Hancock: NHS needs to use more apps, will tighten up user security

25.07.18: The new health secretary has led calls for the NHS to use more mobile applications when giving care. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Matt Hancock said the use of apps can be “more convenient” for patients and clinicians, so the lives...

Alexa at forefront of Hancock’s plans for ‘digital transformation’ at NHS

20.07.18: Patients will be able to diagnose symptoms through the use of their Alexa device in a landmark new partnership between the NHS and Amazon.  In a speech to staff members at West Suffolk Hospital, new health secretary Matt Hancock said t...

NHS gets £500m tech boost to overcome ‘binary approach’ to care

20.07.18: The new health and social care secretary has outlined his plans for the future of the NHS, pledging almost half a billion pounds to the technology sector as part of a “transformation” of the health service. Making his first publ...

NHS still largest buyer of outdated tech ‘popular last time England was in World Cup semi-final’

13.07.18: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that NHS hospital trusts still own a staggering 9,000 fax machines, making the health system the world’s largest buyer of a technology “that was in popular use about the last time Engl...

Proposed new world-leading precision medicine campus to be set up in Manchester

12.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of National Health Executive Proposals have been announced to create a new world-leading precision medicine campus within the area of the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone, located on the UK’s largest clinica...

World-first GP app to ‘mark the death knell of 8am scramble for appointments’

02.07.18: A new mobile application aimed at improving access to GP records, appointments and prescriptions will “revolutionise the way we access health services,” health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has said The app, developed by...

Digital arm of workforce strategy unveiled to help get NHS to ‘the next frontier’

28.06.18: Experts from the NHS and tech industry are being invited by Health Education England (HEE) to provide evidence to support the Topol Technology Review. The review was commissioned by the health secretary to enlighten the work of the dra...

Getting more out of our medicines

20.06.18: Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve patient care quickly and cost-effectively. Developing new medicines and then ensuring they are u...

The great untold story of research

13.06.18: Simon Denegri, national director for patients, carers and the public at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), advocates closer public involvement in NHS research and innovation. The British people have high hopes for their heal...

Lord Darzi calls for ‘full automation’ strategy for repetitive health and care tasks

11.06.18: The NHS could free up £12.5bn worth of frontline time through investing in a far-reaching programme of automation, according to a report to be published later this month. As well as saving almost 10% of the NHS’s annual running cost...

New Birmingham hospital stalled by Carillion collapse loses over £100m in EU funding

07.06.18: Funding for the building of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital has been terminated by the European Investment Bank (EIB) following the collapse of lead contractor Carillion. The EU bank had previously pledged the cash to be put towards the h...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

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NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

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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 NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... 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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Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

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