‘NHS Passports’ to help staff work flexibly and cut admin costs

NHS England | September 2019 |‘NHS Passports’ to help staff work flexibly and cut admin costs

Health service staff in England will be able to move seamlessly between sites in a bid to make it easier to take on new roles, plug gaps in staffing and improve patients’ care.

Following successful pilot projects, all hospitals in England are being urged to sign-up to passporting agreements, which will cut the need for up to two-day inductions and other admin when staff move between organisations.


All clinicians working in hospitals that have these agreements will be able to move across different NHS sites to offer care to patients before returning to their main trust.

The scheme is part of a package of measures to be set out today by the NHS’ chief people officer at a conference in Manchester, in moves to build a workforce to deliver the Long Term Plan (Source: NHS England).

Read the full news story from NHS England 

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


‘NHS Skype doctors and nurses’ prevent thousands of avoidable hospital trips

NHS England | June 2019 | ‘NHS Skype doctors and nurses’ prevent thousands of avoidable hospital trips

An on call Skype NHS team takes around 8,000 calls a year from wardens working in sheltered accommodation, care home staff and community teams looking for expert support for their residents. The innovation is from Tameside, Greater Manchester as part of a programme of integrated services being rolled-out across the country as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with smart use of technology enabling quicker, more personal care delivered as efficiently as possible.


Previously, they would have had to call an ambulance, but in the last two years they have prevented 3,000 avoidable visits to A&E and freed up 2,000 GP appointments by solving problems via Skype, meaning elderly people get the right support in their own home, avoiding the disruption – and in some cases distress – of an emergency hospital trip (Source: NHS England).

Full details from NHS England 

Quality improvement using the principles of the Leading Change, Adding Value framework

NHS England | January 2019 | Quality improvement using the principles of the Leading Change, Adding Value framework 

A new case study on NHS England’s Atlas of Shared Learning looks at how the Senior Development Team  nurse undertook a programme  of quality improvement (QI).


The programme has supported the continued professional development of nursing staff to carry out a series of improvement projects, all targeting quality improvement and leadership.

The senior development team nurse collaborated with colleagues from across their organisation to identify  principles of the Leading Change, Adding Value framework (LCAV) which could be embedded in practice. They supported colleagues to be aware of and understand these principles, as well as aligning quality improvement projects with the ten aspirational commitments embedded in Leading Change, Adding Value framework (LCAV).

A nursing development conference was hosted by the Trust to launch the programme including 70 key stakeholder nursing colleagues from across the Trust.

The senior development nurse helped to create a culture shift in approach to quality improvement through empowering staff at all levels to lead change and add value (Source: NHS England).

Read the full, unabridged case study at NHS England 

FREE NHS WiFi at Crystal Peaks Medical Centre

NHS England | November 2018 | NHS WiFi at Crystal Peaks Medical Centre

Crystal Peaks Medical Centre is a  GP practice in a busy retail park in Sheffield; it installed NHS WiFi in July 2018,  NHS England have now produced a case study about this innovation and  video interview with Dr Kirsty Gillgrass, a GP Partner at the practice. There are approximately 7,000 patients registered with the practice. It is a training practice with 5 GP partners and a large multi disciplinary primary care team. 

The practice, along with other practices in the neighbourhood, is applying for digital inclusion funding to encourage digitally excluded patients to take charge of their health and wellbeing and make use of patient online services.

Practice staff will encourage patients to sign-up for patient online services while in the waiting room, and staff will be able to use mobile devices to demonstrate to patients how to book appointments online and order repeat prescriptions.

Having access to free WiFi can also reduce anxiety for patients before their appointment. Being able to make good use of their time by accessing emails, checking social media or even downloading an ebook to calm their nerves can improve the patient experience (Source: NHS England).

District nursing students lead change to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes

NHS England | October 2018 | District nursing students lead change to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes

District nursing students at the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCT) led a programme of work to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers in local care homes.  A case study of the programme is featured on NHS England’s Atlas of Shared Learning, it has demonstrated pressure ulcer reduction, as well as improved staff and resident experience, combined with better use of resources (NHS England).

See also: Nurse leadership in providing a virtual community placement for nursing students

NHS opens international search for new innovations

NHS England | September 2018 | NHS opens international search for new innovations

NHS England is calling on the best innovators from across the world to apply to join two schemes that aim to ensure NHS patients benefit from new technology faster.

Two programmes that look to spread innovation across the NHS have opened for new applications as NHS England once again champions the spread of the latest and greatest new technology.


Through the Innovation Technology Payment (ITP) NHS England can directly fund a small group of proven innovations to help spread them at scale across the NHS.


The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) provides tailored support to innovators with compelling evidence-based innovations, to enable their innovations to be taken up at pace across the NHS. Eligible innovations must address one or more of the following priorities: prevention and early diagnosis (cancer, cardiovascular disease), mental health, primary care (Source: NHS England).

Applications for the ITP are open until noon on 3 October 2018, should be made on the NHS England Innovation website.

Applications for the NIA are open until midnight on 24 October 2018, should be made on the NHS Innovation Accelerator website.

Read the full release at NHS England


Further details about the Accelerator programme are here