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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Further industrial action as government refuses to address junior doctors contract concerns

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The BMA has confirmed that junior doctors in England will take further industrial action, from September. Junior doctors will stage a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September – Friday 16 September inclusive, followed by further dates to be confirmed. This follows a vote by junior doctors in July to reject the proposed contract, and repeated attempts by the BMA over the past two months to...

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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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News from Nowhere – Your money or your data, ransomware

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

A significant number of NHS Trusts in England have been hit by ransomware in the past year, according to data from a freedom of information (FOI) request. The FOI request was made by global risk mitigation and cyber security expert NCC Group. Sixty of 155 Trusts responded but 31 of these withheld information with many citing patient confidentialities. However, 28 confirmed they had indeed been a victim of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of...

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News from Nowhere – Change = Cuts? STPs?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Responding to hostile media reports about local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation, said: “These local plans are being made when funding is very tight but they are not about cuts – they are about modernising services to match people’s changing care needs. It is inevitable during such important changes that some services will be moved, reduced or enhanced. It is too simplistic to...

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