NHS launches drive to improve ‘e-nursing’

NHS Digital has launched e-nursing week in support of the campaign to re-educate the NHS workforce for a digital future. | Story via OnMedica

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NHS Digital estimates that in many settings nurses provide 80% of patient care and they are often the clinicians leading the way in utilising new technology, and creating innovative ways of improving care using new digital tools.

The Royal College of Nursing says that the effective use of information and digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering better health and social care, now and in the future and its current campaign, “Every nurse an e-nurse” seeks to ensure nurses across the NHS have the tools, skills and resources they need to make the best use of technology and act as effective e-nurses.

Full story at NHS Digital

Related Chief Nursing Officer blog: Setting an example as technology leaders

 

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New scheme launched to help NHS whistleblowers

A nationwide pilot to help NHS whistleblowers back into work is being launched | NHS England.

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The Whistleblowers Support Scheme will offer a range of services including career coaching, financial advice and mediation for primary care staff who have suffered as a result of raising concerns about NHS practice. Working Transitions has been appointed to run the pilot until March 2018.

The scheme has been designed with the help of former staff who have also had experience of whistleblowing and the impact it can have on staff.

Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England, said: “It is simply inexcusable that talented, experienced staff should be lost to the NHS as the result of raising the legitimate concerns that help the health service improve.

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NHS launches drive to improve ‘e-nursing’

NHS Digital has launched its first ever e-nursing week in support of the campaign to re-educate the NHS workforce for a digital future | OnMedica

It has also endorsed the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) campaign “Every nurse an e-nurse”, and has pledged to play a supporting role in realising its ambition.

NHS Digital, is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care. It estimates that in many settings nurses provide 80% of patient care and they are often the clinicians leading the way in utilising new technology, and creating innovative ways of improving care using new digital tools.

The RCN says that the effective use of information and digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering better health and social care, now and in the future.

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Bridging The Health Care Gap Through Telehealth

This case study looks at two telehealth models in Mexico and the U.S. targeting low- to middle-income parts of the population | Commonwealth Fund

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In many developing nations, the public health system is unable to meet demand for services, driving people to seek costly services in the private sector. Telehealth can expand access to care while, in some cases, reducing unnecessary use of services, such as immediate acute care for non–health emergencies.

Using a call centre as the point of access, these models have reduced unnecessary use of services and supported patient navigation of local health services.

 

Use of Resources assessment framework

A framework for evaluating how providers are making use of resources, leadership and governance in order to provide high quality care that is efficient and sustainable | NHS Improvement

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Following sector-wide feedback, we’ve produced this framework, finalising our approach to the Use of Resources assessment. This will help us to better understand how effectively and efficiently providers are using their resources – including finances, workforce, estates and facilities, technology and procurement – to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care for patients, and will help us to deliver tailored support to providers.

The Use of Resources assessment will also help us to identify providers’ support needs under the Single Oversight Framework (SOF), and deliver targeted support accordingly. We are now updating the SOF to reflect these and other changes in our oversight approach and will publish an updated version in October, following feedback.

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Identifying critical steps towards improved access to innovation in cancer care

Investment in innovation must be balanced with the need to ensure the sustainability of healthcare budgets, and all health professionals have a responsibility to help achieve this balance | European Journal of Cancer

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Highlights:

  • Innovation in cancer care does not have to be complex or expensive.
  • An innovation’s value depends on patient outcomes, quality of life and system costs.
  • A whole-system, whole-patient approach is required to guide investment in innovation.
  • Patients must be more involved in defining and assessing the value of innovation.
  • Investment in real-world data is essential to shape decisions about interventions.

Full reference: Aapro, M. et al. (2017) Identifying critical steps towards improved access to innovation in cancer care: a European CanCer Organisation position paper. European Journal of Cancer. Volume 82 – pp. 193–202

A journey to improved staff engagement – in our shoes

NHS Employers, August 2017

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This case study looks at how Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has significantly improved their staff engagement levels using new and innovative methods. Through engaging with staff to understand more about how they are feeling at work, engagement levels have improved from the 2015 score of 3.71 to 3.8 in 2016, which was the largest year-on-year increase of all acute trusts in London.