Driving digital transformation in the NHS

Driving digital transformation in the NHS | Healthcare Financial Management Association


The newly created NHSX and the NHS long-term plan and Interim NHS people plan all highlight the need for digital transformation across health and social care. However, the NHS and social care are made up of thousands of different entities, each with varying levels of information technology investment, digital skills and different funding structures. The HFMA has been working with Oracle to consider examples of new enabling technologies and how digital transformation might best be approached in a multi-organisational environment.

This briefing explains some of the new enabling technologies available and how digital transformation might best be approached in a multi-organisational environment.  It considers how to develop a digital transformation strategy and shares case study examples of where technology is already being used to improve health and social care.

Full briefing: Driving digital transformation in the NHS

Improving mental health services

Improving mental health services in systems of integrated and accountable care: emerging lessons and priorities | The Royal College of Psychiatrists

This report aims to better understand the priorities and lessons for improving mental health services in established and emerging Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and makes recommendations that reflect the opportunities and challenges in doing so. It is recognised that further lessons and priorities will emerge as more ICSs are established across the country.

Royal College of Physicians: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative

Royal College of Physicians | November  2019 |Benefiting from the ‘research effect’: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published Benefiting from the ‘research effect’ which outlines how NHS trusts can better support clinicians to become research active, and the huge benefits this will deliver for patients, trusts and staff themselves.


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Key recommendations

  • The impetus for more research in the NHS has never been greater. Research-active trusts boost outcomes for patients, and the Care Quality Commission includes clinical research activity in trust inspections.
  • Doctors hugely value research as an important part of their job but are hampered by a lack of protected time for patient-facing research. Participation in research is inked with better morale among staff and improved retention and recruitment.
  • There is large regional variation in research activity. Smaller and rural hospitals must also be encouraged to become more research active and benefit from the research effect.
  • Embedding protected time must be a key priority. Maintaining medical research funding, involving patients in research design, improving R&D departments and access to research skills are also vital.

Part of the RCP’s Delivering Research for all project to support access to research opportunities across the UK for all clinicians and patients, Benefiting from the research effect is endorsed by 20 other organisations.

Read the full report from Royal College of Physicians

Full press release from the Royal College of Physicians

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