Deficit of small hospitals in England more than doubles in a year, EY research finds

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

The combined year end deficit of small hospitals in England has more than doubled from £114.6m in 2014/15 to £301.3 in 2015/16, an increase of 161% (£186.7m), according to analysis published by EY today. Only one trust has seen an improvement in its finances since last year and has broken even with a small surplus of £0.02m. 95% of hospitals with a turnover of less than £200m running a deficit in 15/16  Small hospitals now account for 12% of...

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Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The Q initiative is led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement, that aims to connect people working in quality improvement across the healthcare system throughout the UK. During 2015, the first year of Q, the Health Foundation recruited 231 members to join a founding cohort to help design, refine and test the initiative before the wider recruitment process commenced in 2016. As part of this, the Health...

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Pharma companies get ahead in an era of rapid digital change

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Innovations coming from outside the traditional healthcare industry span a wide spectrum of products and services, but all take advantage of advances in digital technologies and the ability to analyze and present large amounts of data in new ways. From new biosensor technologies and smart devices to portals and physician guidance tools, there are numerous exciting breakthroughs that allow enhanced self-monitoring capabilities and patient...

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Older people fear Dementia more than Cancer new Saga Survey reveals Dementia Awareness Week 16th May 2016

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, Saga releases new data that shows that 43% of over 50s list dementia as their most feared disease, ahead of cancer (30%) or a stroke (12%). In a survey of more than 9,000 over 50s, the Saga Populus Poll shows that the not only are over 50s more fearful of this condition than virtually any other, as people age and have more exposure to the condition they are even more likely to be worried about either themselves...

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Improving prison healthcare through technology

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

The World Health Organisation tells us that investing in good healthcare in prisons is “one of the strongest lessons of the end of the last century”. Preventing the spread of disease, promoting health awareness and improving health more generally can help improve outcomes not only in prisons, but also in communities when inmates are released. However, facilities within the prison system mean that prisoners often have to be moved from...

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