Technology and innovation – pillars of NHS sustainability

The House of Lords Select Committee’s report The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care recommends action to enable necessary ‘transformational change’. This excellent report pulls no punches, and while it would have been easy to shy away from technology to  focus solely on issues that warrant more political and media attention - such as funding, models of care and wo...

How to save the NHS: House of Lords Select Committee proposals

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS convened in May 2016 has released a report today, the product of a major inquiry including a public consultation and evidence sessions with selected experts (including PHG Foundation Chairman Dr Ron Zimmern). The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care sets out their conclusions and recommend...

Science and health in the Brexit-bound UK

The immediate impact of the UK referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union boded ill for science and health as the value of the pound plunged and attempts to secure new scientific EU collaborations struggled. Thus far, the UK economy continues to defy expectations, though forecasters generally agree that it is only a matter of time before the more complex and substantial effects of act...

Everyone's a winner? Health, wealth, innovation and the NHS

The recently released Accelerated Access Review (AAR) sets out proposals to ensure that NHS staff and patients can access useful innovations sooner.

Innovation and economising: STPs and NHS Test Beds

The NHS’ Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) are local plans, covering 44 ’geographical footprints‘, which aim to improve service quality and develop new models of care; improve health and wellbeing and improve NHS efficiency by 2020-21, as per the NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV). They are place-based systems of care being developed by local health and social ...

NHS innovation: personalised medicine and the human factor

The NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 took place in Manchester in the first week of September. Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for NHS England said in his welcome to delegates: “All countries are grappling with the escalating cost of healthcare coupled with changing public perceptions and expectations. Part of the solution to improving quality of care and me...

All patients need faster access to useful medical innovations

A new draft publication from the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) sets out a pathway for the adoption of innovative new products in the NHS in England. Produced by Deloitte for the Office of Life Sciences, Accelerating NHS patient access to medical innovations is aimed particularly at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – which presumably have less scope for attempts to change the NHS...

NHS uptake of innovations: clinical researchers are not the answer

A new report from RAND Europe, commissioned by the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust, examines the feasibility and practicality of certain recommendations made by the interim report of the Accelerated Access Review (AAR).

Will 2016 be the year of digital health technology?

“Creating a more digital NHS has the potential to transform care for patients, save valuable time for staff and benefit the local economy”. This recent enthusiastic comment from one of digital healthcare’s most vocal advocates, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, was made last month during a visit to GP software suppliers. According to statistics, the global market for&n...

Is the NHS England Mandate an agenda for privatisation?

The UK government has released an official response to the recent consultation on the Mandate to NHS England (NHSE) for 2016-17.

The Spending Review: why health and care will not go hungry - yet

Chancellor George Osborne delivered the results of the government’s spending review last week amidst great pressures on health services. An overwhelming majority of the junior doctors that voted did so in favour of strike action this winter, the NHS is in a worse position on almost every measure than this time last year and doubts persist regarding t...