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December 12, 2018
The Government has chosen England’s chief pharmacist to look into ‘problematic’ overprescribing in the NHS, it has announced.

The Government has chosen England’s chief pharmacist to look into "problematic" overprescribing in the NHS, it has announced.
 

November 27, 2018
NHS on track to make £300m in savings after adalimumab deals

The NHS is on track to make record savings of £300m after negotiating deals on low cost versions of the health service’s most expensive drug.
 
Deals with five manufacturers have been made to on biosimilar versions of adalimumab. The drug is used to treat 46,000 patients with conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.
 
The savings will mean hospitals will pay around a quarter of the amount they usually spend on adalimumab, which is over £400m each year.
 

November 22, 2018
The amount of money medicines cost the NHS has more than doubled in less than 10 years, official figures have revealed

The amount of money medicines cost the NHS has more than doubled in less than 10 years, official figures have revealed.
 

November 19, 2018
NHS trusts face staff shortage of more than 350,000 by 2030, think tanks warn

The NHS could have more than 350,000 vacancies by 2030 if emerging workforce trends continue, three healthcare think tanks have said.
 
The health care workforce in England: make or break?, jointly published today by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust suggested that under present models of staffing there will be as many as 250,000 vacant NHS posts by 2030, rising from the current 100,000.
 

July 26, 2018
How will Matt Hancock’s healthcare priorities benefit the NHS?

Last week, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock gave his first speech at West Suffolk Hospital where he revealed three key priorities for the NHS: technology, workforce and prevention.
 
Speaking before the Health and Social Care Committee yesterday, he also gave more information on the work he intends to do.
 
A version of this article first appeared on our sister publication Healthcare Leader
So what do the priorities mean for the health service?
 
Technology focus

July 19, 2018
The UK’s National Health Service turned 70 this month, and while we celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most valuable institutions, it’s also the perfect opportunity to pinpoint the role that pharmacy has played in the NHS during those decades.

The role of pharmacists in the NHS has, unsurprisingly, evolved quite a bit since its inception. Growing from what was originally a supply service to become a clinical practice in hospitals, and with a range of new roles in primary care, pharmacists are now recognised as a valuable part of the multidisciplinary clinical team.
 

December 2, 2015
For the first time, operating theatres can consistently run at up to 95% utilisation across virtually all specialties with the resulting benefits to all staff, patients and of course, the Trust’s finances

Theatres are a key resource of all major hospitals, but also account for large resource costs. In most hospitals the drive for cost containment and increased patient volume in operating theatres is very evident. Here costs are measured in minutes and revenue gained on a per case basis. Almost without exception, in every hospital there is an ongoing problem of operating theatres finishing before the planned finish times, as well as operations being cancelled, or indeed over running time with the inevitable knock-on effects.

September 16, 2015
New data published by Healthcare at Home confirm scale of virtual wards gaining momentum across the UK

A new report published for the first time by Healthcare at Home reveals the scale and value of virtual wards supporting NHS patients across the UK. Data from the report reveal insights into the value these services are delivering to both the patient and the NHS, and set out a compelling evidence base for the future delivery of care outside of the hospital setting.

September 3, 2015
Novartis will provide LCZ696 (sacubitril valsartan) to the NHS for eligible patients enrolled in EAMS

Novartis announced that its investigational heart failure treatment LCZ696 (sacubitril valsartan) has been given a positive scientific opinion under the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) for patients with significant unmet medical need.  This allows LCZ696 (sacubitril valsartan) to be made available to eligible patients before a final European licensing decision is made.
 
It is the first time a drug not intended to treat cancer has been recognised under EAMS.
 

July 1, 2015
St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust awarded with HIMSS Stage 6 EMRAM for progress on its journey towards a paperless NHS

St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London has become the second and largest trust in the UK to be validated at Stage 6 of the international acute Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).  The trust, which has more than 1000 beds and serves a population of two million people, is the first site to be accredited following an onsite visit by HIMSS inspectors.

February 27, 2015
The problem of patient safety persists, with about 1.2 million reported patient care incidents in NHS hospitals last year alone. Now a ground-breaking wireless patient digitisation platform is being extended to address critical patient safety issues and enable improved patient monitoring and alerting both in hospital and at home.

 The problem of patient safety persists, with about 1.2 million reported patient care incidents in NHS hospitals last year alone. Now a ground-breaking wireless patient digitisation platform is being extended to address critical patient safety issues and enable improved patient monitoring and alerting both in hospital and at home.

January 27, 2015
New survey results launched by Olympus Medical showed that nine out of ten (88%) surgeons surveyed believe advanced surgical energy devices such as THUNDERBEAT™ could revolutionise the way surgery is performed in the future, resulting in cost savings for the NHS.

New survey results (1) launched by Olympus Medical showed that nine out of ten (88%) surgeons surveyed believe advanced surgical energy devices such as THUNDERBEAT™ could revolutionise the way surgery is performed in the future, (1) resulting in cost savings for the NHS.

December 5, 2014
Norovirus season is upon us and Bioquell has issued tools to help combat the spread. The two documents are now available to download from the company’s website.

Norovirus season is upon us and Bioquell has issued tools to help combat the spread. The two documents are now available to download from the company’s website.

October 26, 2010
Health Authority’s groundbreaking stroke patient diagnoses program is model for health providers as it is a simple and effective method for ensuring collaborative medicine

Iocom, a leading software provider for video conferencing capabilities, today announced that NHS East of England (a Strategic Health Authority) won its 2010 E-Health Insider Award for best use of telehealth and telecare in delivering 24/7 stroke thrombolysis by using an IOCOM videoconferencing solution. IOCOM offers its congratulations to the health organisation for its determination to change the status quo in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through the use of technology.  

October 22, 2010
Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has become the first NHS Trust to procure a Managed Service to deliver InterSystems Ensemble, a seamless platform for integration and the development of new connectable applications

Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has become the first NHS Trust to procure a Managed Service to deliver InterSystems Ensemble, a seamless platform for integration and the development of new connectable applications. The Trust, who appointed ReStart Consulting as its Delivery Partner, originally went out to tender via the Buying Solutions framework to procure a managed service for integration skills in order to achieve its February 2011 target of full system interoperability with the National Care Record Solution (CRS).

April 12, 2010
Doctors say a practical approach is essential to improving patient care with limited funds

The results of a Doctors.net.uk survey released today reveal the extent to which comprehensive engagement with clinicians will be key to the success of QIPP (the NHS quality, innovation, productivity and prevention programme). 
 

February 15, 2010
Global leader, Accuray Incorporated announced today the Cancer Centre is the first NHS hospital to acquire the CyberKnife System.

Global leader, Accuray Incorporated announced today the Cancer Centre is the first NHS hospital to acquire the CyberKnife System.

Patient access has been enhanced at the Mount Vernon Cancer in the United Kingdom by government spending on Radiosurgery.

The NHS has grown to become the world's largest publicly funded health service. Its most important principle states that healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. The NHS remains free at the point of use for anyone who is a resident in the United Kingdom.

February 3, 2010
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first in the UK to sign a partnership agreement with Belfast-based CIS Healthcare to develop and implement its Theriak e-prescribing system.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first in the UK to sign a partnership agreement with Belfast-based CIS Healthcare to develop and implement its Theriak e-prescribing system.

The system, which is implemented in more than fifty hospitals across Europe in countries including The Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Austria, will be implemented in two clinical areas at the trust over the next ten months.

February 1, 2010
Nurses and doctors are set to get easier and quicker access to patients’ records with the signing of a contract for a new national patient information system

Nurses and doctors are set to get easier and quicker access to patients' records with the signing of a contract for a new national patient information system.

The preferred bidder InterSystems and NHS National Services Scotland have signed a national framework contract for a replacement Patient Management System for NHSScotland.
The new system is InterSystems TrakCare, a connected healthcare system that will help to speed and improve the effectiveness of patient care.

December 14, 2009
Cerner offers solution for Trusts to connect healthcare devices to electronic medical record

As a nursing shortage looms in the NHS, Trusts are seeking out new ways to help increase nursing productivity. One way to improve nursing productivity is to use technology to decrease the amount of time nurses spend on routine tasks. By eliminating the need for nurses to manually document data generated by healthcare solutions like blood pressure monitors and vital signs machines, the Cerner CareAware MDBus solution can help free up nurses' time, allowing them to focus on patient care.

December 1, 2009
A new website that provides a platform to enable people to take more responsibility for their health has been launched in Moray, Scotland.

A new website that provides a platform to enable people to take more responsibility for their health has been launched in Moray, Scotland.

The new Health-e-Space website, which went live earlier this month, provides local health information, links to recommended websites and suggestions on how to live with health conditions.

Community Health-e-Space, the websites sister site supplies a social networking platform for people to share their health concerns and experiences with others in the Moray area.

November 30, 2009
Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a new upgraded clinical information system from System C.

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a new upgraded clinical information system from System C.

The trust, which has used System C software for over a decade, has become the latest to upgrade to the company's Medway Sigma Clinician's Desktop, which is now in use across the organisation.

Over 1,000 staff at the trust, including 700 clinicians, made the switch to the new system last week. By early 2010, up to 3,000 staff are expected to be using it.

November 23, 2009
Kainos has signed a £1m contract with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to convert its paper case notes into electronic format

Kainos has signed a £1m contract with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to convert its paper case notes into electronic format using its electronic document records management solution (EDRM).

The contract, which includes licences for the core software Meridio EDRM and autonomy scanning and services for the development and implementation of the system, will see trust staff manage the scanning of 500,000 casenotes over the next five years.

November 16, 2009
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has named Matthew Swindells as the new head of its prestigious and influential Health Informatics Forum (HIF)
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has named Matthew Swindells as the new head of its prestigious and influential Health Informatics Forum (HIF).

Matthew was previously the first NHS chief information officer and is now managing director for health at public sector services company Tribal.