Professionalism and cultural transformation (PACT) toolkit

The Professionalism and Cultural Transformation (PACT) toolkit aims to educate and empower staff to improve professionalism within their workplace, helping organisations move towards making the NHS the best place to work | NHS Employers

The toolkit is based on tried and tested work undertaken by Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is designed to help managers embed the PACT programme in their organisation. It contains practical information, advice and solutions to equip staff to deal with unprofessional attitudes and behaviours in the workplace.

The PACT programme has four steps which should be followed in sequence.

Step 1: Assess your current culture
Step 2: Determine levels of professionalism
Step 3: Action plan and management
Step 4: Evaluate

Full resource: Professionalism and Cultural Transformation (PACT) toolkit. A toolkit to support managers to improve professional attitudes and behaviours in the workplace


Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis

NHS England | August 2019 | Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis

An innovation that uses algorithms to to read patients’ vital signs, alerts medics to worsening conditions that are a warning sign of sepsis, has saved hundreds of people from sepsis.  The new ‘alert and action’ technology is already being used in three leading hospitals,  and is now part of a f a major nationwide push to tackle the condition including a one hour identification and treatment option.


In Liverpool, the hospital’s digital system brings together lab results and patient observations into one place to help staff diagnose and treat suspected sepsis, saving up to 200 lives a year.

In Cambridge, deaths from sepsis have fallen consistently over the last three years, with at least 64 lives saved in the past year thanks to the innovative alert and action feature.

In Berkshire since introducing a digital system, the Trust has increased screening rates by 70% with nine in 10 patients now consistently screened for sepsis during admission as opposed to two in ten beforehand, allowing doctors to spot more cases sooner.

The schemes are part of a national effort to push best practice and new technology across the NHS, to help hospitals learn from the success of others and spread use of the best technology further, faster (Source: NHS England).

Read the full press release from NHS England 

Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis


Most-At-Risk Residents Of South Kirkby Reap The Benefits Of New Lung MOT​

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance | July 2019 | Most-At-Risk Residents Of South Kirkby Reap The Benefits Of New Lung MOT​

Residents in South Kirby and Hemsworth between the age of 55 and 74 who smoke or used to smoke are being invited to be part of a targeted lung health check pilot programme led by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance, in partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research.


This ‘Lung MOT’ involves patients receiving a half hour checkup where specially trained nurses at a GP Surgery assess their breathing and overall lung health, measure their height and weight; and may also conduct a breathing test to identify any problems that may need further attention. Patients are also given a six-year risk score calculation for developing lung cancer. Current smokers are then offered the opportunity to access the stop smoking service.

As part of this service a number of patients have also taken up the opportunity to access free advice and help to quit smoking which is being provided on site by specialist advisors. Evidence has shown that access to such support gives smokers the best possible chance of giving up (Source: West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance).

Read the full news story at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance


New life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology

Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy

Businesses and charities are expected to jointly invest up to £160 million, alongside a £79 million government investment, as part of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme. The project will support research, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment for diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease.

The pioneering initiative will recruit up to 5 million healthy people. Volunteered data from the individuals will help UK scientists and researchers invent new ways to detect and prevent the development of diseases.

Full story: UK to innovate new life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology | Department of Health & Social Care

Sparking change in public systems: The 100 Day Challenge

Nesta | July 2019 | Sparking change in public systems: The 100 Day Challenge

Front-line practitioners and people who rely on health and care services have unrivalled expertise in how the system operates, but often have little influence or ownership over change. The 100 Day Challenge allows front-line staff and citizens to collaborate and experiment with new ways of working, testing them for 100 days to see if they make a difference. The 100 day challenge is a structured and rapid innovation process that incorporates coaching support and other methods that enable people to take on new ways of working.
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Nesta -an innovation foundation- have produced Sparking change in public systems: The 100 Day Challenge a booklet that identifies five key ingredients to achieving success using real-life challenges

Local – taking a place-based approach to change
Participation – working with front-line staff and citizens
Pace – rapidly testing and learning
Action – testing a range of ideas in the real world
Results – seeing improvements in people’s lives (Source: Nesta)

Read the full press release from Nesta 

Driving improvement through technology

Care Quality Commission | July 2019 | Driving improvement through technology

Within the publication Driving improvement through technology the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is sharing examples of innovation identified in the course of their work; to raise awareness and to encourage health and care services to improve.

CQC  have selected case studies which highlight innovations around:

  • Automated triage technology– includes case studies on Monitoring for people with COPD, heart failure or type 2 diabetes; Monitoring for people with COPD, heart failure or type 2 diabetes and teledermatology
  • Digital records- use of laptops in clients’ homes
  • mHealth– Real time urgent and emergency care waiting times; use of laptops by Health care workers in clients’ homes
  • Telecare- sensors in the home
  • Telemedicine– home monitoring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease,
  • Telemonitoring– urine testing at home

Full details from the CQC


CQC blog Driving improvement through technology

CQC press release Technology in care – we shine light on the importance of innovation in new resource


Creating the right framework to realise the benefits of health data

Department of Health and Social Care | July 2019 | Creating the right framework to realise the benefits of health data

This document provides an update on the development of government policy to:

  • establish guiding principles and a framework to help the NHS realise benefits for patients and the public where the NHS shares data with researchers
  • establish a National Centre of Expertise to provide specialist advice and guidance to the NHS on agreements for use of data


The aim of the principles is to ensure that the NHS, patients and the public gain fair benefit from agreements involving the sharing of health and care data.

These agreements are intended to inspire public trust, through maintaining the highest standards of transparency and ethical data handling.

Read the guidance online:

Creating the right framework to realise the benefits for patients and the NHS where data underpins innovation