New smart-phone app could prevent emergency hospital readmissions

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in NHS | 1 comment

International leaders in patient experience measurement and data capture for healthcare improvement, umotif and the Picker Institute, have partnered to create an innovative new healthcare product. The digital platform supports patients to better manage their own care – used effectively it has the potential for reducing hospital readmissions rates and improving emergency services in the process. The light-touch tool, has been designed for...

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Improving Hospital Care

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Barnsley Hospital is only the second in the country to implement the Perfect Ward app, an easy-to-use app which has a big impact on quality by simplifying ward assessments as part of hospital care. Perfect Ward is an app designed for nurses, which aims to improve organisation, precision and diligence and, ultimately, care of patients in their wards. The app allows users to log checklists of jobs that need to be completed, as well as provide...

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The Cost of Decency – The NHS 5 Year Forward View

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS 5 Year Forward View was based on an assumption that the NHS would need an additional £30bn of funding by 2020/21 and that £22bn of that would come through efficiency savings. In its spending review the government “promised” £8bn to fill the gap. It is time to revisit the figures and to look again at what the gap might be in 2020/21. (Some informed guesses are all that is provided.) What is attempted here is to cost what restoring the...

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Salaried General Practice: get stuck in before you have to?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

In a letter published on Wednesday July 3rd 2016, Mr Hunt asked the Doctors and Dentists Review Body for its “observations” on the factors affecting recruitment, retention and motivation of salaried GPs. The review body’s previous report had an expansion of the salaried model in general practice and the Secretary of State said that “understanding this trend would be important”. GP Online had as its headline on 4th July “Jeremy Hunt asks pay...

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Labour and the NHS in Era 3 – Policy Challenges

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Don Berwick, a North American fan of the NHS and critic of the wasteful US healthcare system, urges us to create ‘ Era 3 ’ of modern medicinei. His arguments have not only appeared in a US academic publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association, but also in a presentation to the King’s Fund on improving the quality of NHS care, in February 2016 he offers a manifesto for the NHS which differs from the usual exhortations to...

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