62% of Britons are using technology to access healthcare

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

Ordering repeat prescriptions, speaking to GPs online, attending video appointments  are the most popular ways patients are using new technologies. An overwhelming number of UK patients are currently using technology to access doctor’s appointments and medication, according to new research into patient behaviours and the healthcare ecosystem. 62% of Britons have used technology to access healthcare, according to a study of 1,014 British adults...

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Dementia – More muddling along?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Dementia has become a political problem, with the Prime Minister intervening in the debates about how best to respond to the growing numbers of people with the condition. Special payments to GPs for spotting people with dementia have been quietly withdrawn, but there is no shortage of planning for new services for people with dementia, and of course for more investment in research. The UK Government has published its plans for tackling dementia...

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EU – Better In than Out?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The “Healthier in the EU” website (www.healthierin.eu) launched on March 4th, announces the campaign’s advisory board, team, mission, blog pieces and provides dozens of supporting statements and signatures from leading UK health professionals. Healthier in the EU (“Healthier IN” for short) is a grassroots campaign set up to raise the voice of UK health professionals, carers, patients and researchers in the EU referendum debate. The advisory...

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An alternative to PFI?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Cash-strapped authorities across the UK have a new opportunity to take major health projects forward after the door was opened for a new form of private finance model to be widely adopted. The Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model is an alternative to the much-maligned Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in which surplus profits are reinvested in the public sector rather than going to the private sector as unpopular “windfall” payments. The future...

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Personalised commissioning in adult social care

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Commissioning adult social care services through personal budgets and direct payments is an important way of giving care users more choice and control over their services. When implemented well they improve users’ quality of life. The Department of Health, however, requires a deeper understanding of the best ways to implement personalised commissioning, according to the National Audit Office. Local authorities spent £6.3 billion on long-term...

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