The King’s Fund:Clicks and mortar: Technology and the NHS estate

The King’s Fund | May 2019 | The King’s Fund: Clicks and mortar: Technology and the NHS estate

Research conducted by The King’s Fund and supported by NHS Property Services looked at the impact of technology on the NHS estate. While the project acknowledges the impact technology has already had on the NHS estate;  it also identifies a number of factors that can affect the ability of organisations and systems to get the most out of technology and the estate.

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 These included:

  • The availability of skills
  • Their engagement with staff and patients
  • Their access to investment
  • Local systems will play a key role in planning technology and the estate across organisations. This includes collaboration across organisations beyond the NHS, and taking advantage of the opportunities that come from working at scale.
  • There is also a clear role for the national NHS bodies in supporting this work. They should support common data and technology standards (so that different systems can talk to each other) and facilitate the sharing of learning across the NHS.

The piece also considers how to get the most of out of technology and the estate

 

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How fixing the NHS’s broken pay system can deliver better outcomes for patients

An NHS bonus: how fixing the NHS’s broken pay system can deliver better outcomes for patients | Centre for Policy Studies

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This report argues that by introducing greater flexibility into the system, and linking pay more closely with performance and objectives, both NHS productivity and patient outcomes could be improved. It urges the Government, and NHS managers, to make reform of the pay system an urgent priority as part of the new funding settlement.

Full report available here

The health and social care interface

The health and social care interface | National Audit Office

There is widespread consensus among health and social care professionals, the NHS and policy-makers in government that the changing needs of the population require changes to the way health and social care services are organised and delivered.

This ‘think piece’ highlights the barriers that prevent health and social care services working together effectively, examples of joint working in a ‘whole system’ sense and the move towards services centred on the needs of the individual. The report aims to inform the ongoing debate about the future of health and social care in England. It anticipates the upcoming green paper on the future funding of adult social care, and the planned 2019 Spending Review, which will set out the funding needs of both local government and the NHS.

The report presents and discusses 16 challenges to improved joint working. It also highlights some of the work being carried out nationally and locally to overcome these challenges and the progress that has been made.

Report – The health and social care interface

Press release – The health and social care interface

£20 000 funding available for 12 innovative digital adult social care pilots

NHS England | May 2018 | New £1m funding for innovative digital adult social care pilots 

NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services. 

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A share of the £1m funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the LGA, will be awarded to local authorities that put forward projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care.

Twelve authorities will receive £20,000 to design a digital solution to address a specific issue with their service, with six receiving up to a further £80,000 to support its implementation.

This year, local authority bids should focus on one of the following three themes:

  • Efficiency and strengths-based approaches
  • Managing marketing and commission
  • Sustainable and integrated social care and health systemsAll information from NHS Digital 

Full details and information about the application process are available from NHS Digital 

Investment in NHS transformation projects

Secretary of State for Health and NHS England have announced £325m of capital investment for local projects that will help the NHS to modernise and transform care for patients.

Patients will see this investment deliver faster diagnosis for conditions like cancer, easier access to mental health care, expansion of A&Es, shorter waits for operations, and more services in GPs surgeries. This initial tranche of funding has been targeted at the strongest and most advanced schemes in STPs.

Read more via NHS England

Additional link: RCGP press release

NHS England has issued a call for the world’s best healthcare innovations

The NHS Innovation Accelerator has already improved the uptake of pioneering ideas, equipment and technology such as ventilation tubes that reduce cases of pneumonia and new approaches to mental health care | NHS England

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has already successfully helped transform patient care across the NHS by fast-tracking the uptake of pioneering ideas, equipment and technology such as ventilation tubes that reduce cases of pneumonia and new approaches to mental health care.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has now confirmed a further round of the programme which will focus on the clinical priorities outlined in the Next Steps Five Year Forward View plan including mental health, primary care and urgent and emergency care.

The initiative, supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners, has to date helped support the uptake of ground-breaking concepts in 469 NHS organisations. The aim is to provide innovators with a package of tailored support – including access to a 2017 bursary fund totalling £240,000 and mentoring from a team of experts – in order to help their ideas gain uptake across the NHS.

Funding available to scale up healthcare improvement

Scaling Up Improvement supports teams to take successful health care interventions or approaches and deliver them at scale, to improve health care in the UK | The Health Foundation

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  • Do you have a health care intervention or approach that has been proven to deliver better care?
  • Are you ready to deliver your intervention or approach at scale?
  • We’re looking for teams with approaches or interventions that have been successfully tested at a small scale, shown to improve care and are now ready to be implemented more widely.
  • Apply now to receive up to £500,000 funding to support the implementation and evaluation of your project.

Guidance on making an application is available here