A paperless NHS?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 3 comments

Nearly half of NHS IT decision makers worry about meeting 2020 paperless deadline. With the deadline to meet the government’s paperless healthcare initiative looming, OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), has surveyed respondents from 115 NHS trusts and organisations, using iGov Survey, about whether they feel ready for 2020. Nearly half of CIOs and directors (46%) are concerned over whether they can meet the...

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Improving outcomes for older patients with technology

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Technology will play an increasingly important role in improving outcomes of care and there are already solutions and devices available which offer multiple benefits for the healthcare service. Earlier this year, the NHS Confederation’s Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People released a report stating that older people are being “let down” by the NHS.  Rather than being given fast access to quality care when they first fall ill,...

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Fighting for the NHS’s moral life

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

This is the arresting title of a piece by Glasgow General Practitioner, Margaret McCartney, in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal ( BMJ2016;353:i2822). It is one of her weekly “No holds barred” series and is characteristically forthright and insightful. “Doctors used to have much autonomy, leading to innovation, excellent care, and high job satisfaction – but also to exhaustion and a few doctors taking advantage of minimal...

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Further reflections on hospital inpatient experiences

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

In September last year I commented on my experience as a recent  visitor observing the care received by a close relative as a hospital inpatient. This is an update based on another episode as a visitor observing yet another episode of hospital inpatient care experienced by the same close relative. Many years ago I formed the view that rehabilitation was the cinderella of the NHS. The numbers of staff – physiotherapists, speech therapists,...

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Gender inequality in UK nursing stuck in 19th century

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

UK NURSING SECTOR STUCK IN 19TH CENTURY: GENDER INEQUALITY IN SENIOR POSITIONS AS STRONG AS WHEN NIGHTINGALE WAS ALIVE Nearly a quarter of female nurses say employer attitudes hold them back from applying for senior positions Meanwhile, over 8 in 10 female nurses haven’t asked for a pay rise in the past 3 years The Royal College of Nursing Congress 2016 starts this week but, from a gender equality perspective, it may as well be 1816 – just a...

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Be an everyday athlete, boost your life span by more than 3 years

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Becoming an everyday athlete could boost life span by more than three years. People can improve their life expectancy by more than three years by increasing their daily activity levels Health and life insurer Vitality launches UK wide ‘Everyday Athlete’ campaign to inspire the nation to make small changes to realise lasting health improvement Partnership announced with RAND Europe to investigate the long term implications of a lack of everyday...

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to new cancer survival rate figures

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

New one-year cancer survival rate figures for England out today, released by the Public Health England National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, show that for many common cancers more than one in three people will survive their cancer for at least a year despite being diagnosed at a later stage.1 Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer...

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