1. Junk Food Will Make You Lazy

    The commonly held view that fat people are lazy has been turned upside down by a new psychology study which revealed that junk food is making us lazy. Researchers from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted the study in 32 rats which were placed in 2 diet groups for 6 months... Read more

  2. Digital Body Monitoring Devices

    Tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and Google are all developing amazingly innovative health monitoring products. This is no surprise as it has been forecast that the global fitness and health monitoring market will be worth around $2.8 Billion by 2018.   Health tracking technology could really... Read more

  3. Innovative Way To Identify Healthcare Professionals

    Do you need to uniquely identify healthcare professionals on printed documentation? One of our NHS clients, employing over 1,100 AHP’s, came up with an innovative but simple solution to include the staff HCPC number after the name of each clinician in their user field. Gareth Lloyd-Hughes,... Read more

  4. Supercooling Could Lead To Organs Being Shared Around The World

    Between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012, 3,960 organ transplants were carried out in the UK alone. One of the biggest challenges that medical professionals face is the period of viability of the donated organs. However, US researchers claim that a new organ cooling technique can preserve organs... Read more

  5. New Medication For Coeliac Disease

    Coeliac disease is a common condition affecting 1 in 100 of people living in the UK. It causes inflammation in the lining of the small intestine (part of the gut) when foods containing gluten are consumed. Bottom line: If you are a coeliac you can’t eat cake, bread or pasta! The only treatment... Read more

  6. 3D Printed Body Parts Become Widely Available

    3D printing has been around almost two decades, however only recently we’ve started exploring its full potential. From 3D printed cars to acoustic guitars, the possibilities of this technology seem to be truly endless. One area that has really exploited this technology to the full is the... Read more

  7. Experience Effects of Dementia Via Facebook

    All Facebook users can now virtually experience what life would be like if they had dementia, in a campaign by Alzheimer’s Research UK  to raise awareness for the disease. The desktop app is called The FaceDementia, and it works by temporarily taking control of your personal data on facebook... Read more

  8. Ditch Your Car – Use your Legs!

    When we are advised to increase the level of physical activity in our lifestyles, physiotherapists, doctors and numerous online health experts recommend walking. Health Educator and Fitness Instructor Nicole Nichols explains why: Great for the Heart: as it reduces high blood pressure and... Read more

  9. Exercise makes us Happy, No Really!

    Most of us know that when we exercise our body changes - we build muscle, burn fat, increase stamina. Although the effects on our brain and mood are not as obvious. When we start exercising the brain interprets it as a moment of stress. As our heart pressure increases the brain thinks that we... Read more

  10. First Facial Reconstruction Surgery With Help of 3D Printer

    A man from Cardiff, Stephen Power had a critical motorcycle accident in 2012 which left him hospitalised for months. He experienced serious damage to his maxilla, cheekbones, nose and fractured his skull despite wearing a helmet. When he eventually left the hospital, his face was disfigured,... Read more

  11. iPad brain rehabilitation app is proving to be very successful

    Many stroke and traumatic brain injury sufferers experience difficulty speaking or understanding what other people are saying. Thankfully the brain is able to repair itself to some extent, with the help of cognitive and speech therapy programs. However the rehabilitation process is very... Read more

  12. Speech and Language Therapy Indispensable for Autistic Children

    Speech and communication is one of the main difficulties in children who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), stated experts at a major medical forum in Dubai. In order to help these children integrate, early intervention is crucial said international speech and communication specialists... Read more

  13. Kinect Helps Stroke Victims With Rehab Process

    Kinect, Microsoft’s motion-sensing technology could make stroke rehabilitation more successful and more fun. Researchers have been working in partnerships 7,000 miles apart in order to help stroke victims recover their motor skills faster by using Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system. A... Read more

  14. Home exercise regimes could improve hip fracture recovery

    Patients with hip fractures who undergo standard rehabilitation procedures could improve their recovery by following a home based exercise program, a new research suggests. The study has been recently published online in the journal JAMA. The researcher which is led by Nancy K. Latham of Boston... Read more

  15. Prosthetic Hand Which Allows Amputees To Feel

    A prosthetic hand enhanced with sensors has allowed Dennis Aabo Sørensen a 36 year old man from Denmark to  “feel”. He is the first in the world to use the prosthetic which is surgically connected to nerves in his upper arm. It allows him to instantly sense what objects feel like when he touches... Read more

  16. Are we a Statin Nation?

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) propose to dramatically increase the number of people who will be offered statins, however there many dissenting views. Statins are currently the most commonly prescribed medicines with around 7 million people already using them to... Read more

  17. Cycling could save NHS £250m

    If the UK population made at least one in 10 journeys by bicycle the NHS could save £250m per year according to a recent study. The researchers at Cambridge University have also said that if trips made by bicycle were increased to 10%, from the current figure of about 2%, the population would... Read more

  18. Prisoners To Be Given Speech And Language Therapy

    Adrian Bailey, Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Commons Select Committee believes that introducing speech and language therapy for young offenders would help reduce cases of re-offending and help them find employment upon their release. He told commissioners at a Guardian fringe... Read more

  19. Ban on smoking in cars when children are present is one step closer

    A ban on smoking in cars when children are present is a step closer after the House of Lords voted to bring in new legislation. Downing Street have stated that the Prime Minister was ready to “listen to the arguments”. The notion of this law will be debated by the MP’s next, who will then have a... Read more

  20. Doctors find a new body part

    Knee surgeons from the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium have surprised the medical profession by declaring that they have discovered a new knee ligament. The findings published in The Journal of Anatomy should advance professional understanding of how the knee works and clear up some of the... Read more

  21. Thousands of terminally ill patients denied drugs from the NHS

    According to a report thousands of cancer and other serious illness sufferers are being denied the drugs which they desperately need from the NHS. At least 14,000 patients a year are not receiving the treatments which have been approved for them according to the Health and Social Care... Read more

  22. site launched for Health App Reviews

    An international health apps website has been launched which brings together independent and volunteered reviews of apps by patients, carers and clinicians. was created by the UK-based PatientView in partnership with several other organisations, including O2 and Vodafone. At... Read more

  23. Mental Health Staff in Police Stations Could cut Reoffending Rates

    Mental health staff are to be placed in police stations and courts around the UK as part of a pilot scheme that attempts to cut reoffending rates.   The £25 million scheme is being trialled in areas around the UK including London and Merseyside, and if successful could be extended nationwide by... Read more

  24. Physios added to on-call register for international disasters

    Physiotherapists in the UK are for the first time being added to an on-call register of medical professionals who can rapidly be deployed worldwide in response to disasters or emergencies. The move comes as the UK government has extended the funding for its new international emergency trauma... Read more

  25. “Healthtech Startup School” for NHS working opens in January

    The BCS Chartered Institute for IT has teamed up with TechUK to run a “healthtech startup school” to assist companies wanting to work with the NHS. Starting next January, the school will run seven sessions with speakers from companies, entrepreneurs and NHS experts who will share their knowledge... Read more

  26. One year extension for NHS Choose & Book awaiting replacement

    The NHS Choose & Book e-referral service is being extended for another year whilst additional work on a replacement takes place.   The contract with Atos who provide the expires this month, but Treasury only recently approved the contract extension and funding for the replacement service... Read more

  27. NHS funded fitness app “The Walk” launched

    A mobile app funded by the Department of Health and built by the makers of a popular zombie game has been launched in an effort to get people fit.   “The Walk” app was developed by Six to Start with a six-figure budget from the Government. They were awarded the winning spot in a nationally-run... Read more

  28. NHS Confederation: Data collection “useful” but “difficult”

    A report by the NHS Confederation has indicated that whilst clinicians think that data collection is “useful” in the NHS, the practicalities mean that it is very difficult to collect.   The Challenging Bureaucracy report, which was commissioned by health secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year,... Read more

  29. Wii Fit Games can help to control blood sugar levels for Diabetics

    A clinical trial has indicated that the Wii Fit gaming console can help people with type-2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.   The study published in the journal BMC Endocrine Disorders included 220 diabetic patients who trialled Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus for half an hour a day over a... Read more

  30. How Mobile Working can make the NHS better connected

    There is increasing evidence that mobile working has revolutionised working processes in the NHS, from allowing remote access to medical records, to helping professionals to engage their patients.   Writing for The Guardian, Gill Hitchcock cites the John Taylor Hospice as an example of a... Read more

  31. “Empowered Patients” Key to NHS Culture Change

    The chief executive of a number of private hospitals in the UK asserts that empowered patients are the key to improving standards and outcomes within the NHS   Steve Melton of Circle Partnership states that the push for transparency around NHS services simply isn’t enough of a driver for... Read more

  32. Exercise key for improving abilities in Dementia patients

    Researchers in the US have unveiled the findings of a study which indicate that exercise can improve the thinking abilities and everyday life of patients with dementia.   The Cochrane Collaboration carried out a systematic review of eight exercise trials involving more than 300 patients living... Read more

  33. £260m Tech Fund Allocations Delayed by ROI Demands

    An announcement of initial allocations from the £260 million “Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards” Technology Fund is thought to be being delayed by demands on the Return on Investment (ROI)  trusts must deliver.   An email was sent to NHS trusts that applied for funding last month by NHS... Read more

  34. Survey supports need for faster access to talking therapies

    It is thought that patients waiting for access to counselling and other forms of talking therapies are being made to wait too long to access treatment.   The charity Mind carried out a survey on behalf of the We Need to Talk, a coalition of mental health groups in England. 1,600 patients who... Read more

  35. NHS to launch “Tripadvisor-style” Reviews Website

    It has been announced that the NHS is to launch a “Tripadvisor-style” patient feedback website to allow reviews to be posted about Trusts online by patients.   The announcement was made by Tim Kelsey, the NHS director in charge of patients and information in an interview with the Guardian. He... Read more

  36. 5 Health Apps from DoH’s £2m Innovation Fund

    A £2 million government innovation fund has lead to the development of five new apps aimed at encouraging health and wellbeing. The apps were funded by the Department of Health through the Small Business Research Initiative, and aim help to help people tackle obesity and alcohol abuse issues... Read more

  37. NHS needs “a better climate for innovation”

      NHS England's Medical Director states that the NHS needs to create “a better climate for innovation”. Commenting on the current state of the health service, Bruce Keogh states that the NHS has “a lot of catching up to do” when compared with the private sector, where the quest for innovation... Read more

  38. Discharge delays impact patients “languishing” in hospitals

      Figures from NHS England indicating delays to discharging patients have highlighted the growing impact of those left to languish in hospitals. The data released last month indicated that the number of days "lost" by patients who needed the beds was the highest for more than three years. The... Read more

  39. NHS Staff spend 10 hours a week on “bureaucracy”

      A Government Review has found that NHS staff spend an average of 10 hours per week on “bureaucracy”, a third of which is unnecessary. The review by the NHS Confederation suggests that more than £1 billion a year is spent by the health service collecting and checking data, with 70% of staff... Read more

  40. Dr Foster Project shares Hospital Data to Improve Quality

      A new project is underway to better share and compare data between hospitals to drive up quality and outcomes for patients. The Dr Foster Intelligence's global comparators project is an international collaboration which so far has allowed 40 hospitals across Europe, Australia and the US to... Read more

  41. Virtual Reality Platform for Stroke Survivors

      A virtual reality platform has been developed in the US to assist the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, developed a 3D virtual reality platform which displays photorealistic human hands moving in coordination with a patient’s thoughts... Read more

  42. “Physiotherapy on wheels” London from London Skateboarder

      A community Physiotherapist in London is using his skateboard to provide “Physiotherapy on wheels”. Dylan Woodhead, a band 5 Rotational Physiotherapist, works in Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust's community falls prevention service. Since September he has been using his... Read more

  43. Ambulance Service launch Defibrillator finder App

      An ambulance trust has launched a mobile phone application which can locate portable defibrillators. The South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) app identifies more than 600 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. It is the first trust... Read more

  44. Retina study reveals new Alzheimer’s Hope

      Researchers in the US have unveiled a study that monitored changes to specific cells in the retina could help diagnose and track the progression of Alzheimer's. Genetically engineered mice were used in the study which looked at the thickness of the retina in an area that had not previously... Read more

  45. Award success for 7-day Physio pilot

      An award-winning  ‘seven-day working’ pilot has been successfully held in Northern Ireland, with a reduction seen in patients waiting more than 24 hours for a physiotherapy assessment. The trial carried out at Ulster Hospital, Dundonald ran from December 2012 to March 2013. The... Read more

  46. NHS England and FDA to launch health apps framework

    NHS England have announced that they are working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an a framework to regulate health apps. Last month, the FDA issued its final guidance on regulating health apps in the US, and now NHS England is looking to follow in the same direction. Inderjit... Read more

  47. Cambridge NHS Trust overhaul IT systems with innovative “ehospital”

      Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is taking an innovative approach to NHS IT in an attempt to improve the standards of patient care. In 2010, CUH undertook a review of all it’s IT systems, ultimately concluding that many were outdated or not fit for purpose. Work began... Read more

  48. Quality Improvement Guide published for Welsh AHPs

      A new edition of a Quality Improvement Guide has been published for Allied Health Professions in Wales in an attempt to improve services. The “1000 Lives Plus Quality Improvement Guide” is hoped will help therapists, podiatrists, dieticians, orthoptists and paramedics to find ways to make... Read more

  49. NHS Direct to close from 2014

    It has been announced that NHS Direct will be closed down in England as of 2014. Following financial difficulty after winning a number of the contracts for the 111 phone line, NHS Direct have stated they will be pulling out of these contracts, meaning its other services will be closed or... Read more

  50. NHS England Chief AHP Officer releases Service Bulletin

      The Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer for NHS England has released a bulletin which outlines a number of actions and the focus that should be taken by staff in the health service in the upcoming months. A Call to Action A sustained programme of A Call to Action events are being... Read more

  51. Intelesant win Tech Innovation Award for end-of-life Tool

    An end-of-life monitoring tool has won the Technology Innovation accolade at The Guardian Healthcare Innovation Awards 2013. The End of Life Monitoring and Assessment (Elma) tool was developed by Intelesant, Trafford clinical commissioning group and local hospices in Trafford, Greater Manchester... Read more

  52. US Health Chief to lead NHS England

    A senior executive from a private US health firm has been appointed as the new leader of NHS England. Simon Stevens will take over the post from Sir David Nicholson in April 2014. Mr Stevens is currently working for United Healthcare as its global health president, and has previously acted as an... Read more

  53. NICE Guidelines urge Child Food Diaries to combat Obesity

    New guidelines for England state that children should be encouraged to keep food and activity diaries in a bid to tackle growing obesity problems. Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) make a raft of recommendations, including greater support from local... Read more

  54. AHP’s encouraged to enter 2014 Advancing Healthcare Awards

    Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles are being encouraged to apply for the 2014 Advancing Healthcare Awards. The unique awards programme which crosses boundaries and fosters partnership working is now in it’s eighth year, and... Read more

  55. 3 Ways to restore Staff faith in NHS IT and Tech

    Despite smartphone and social media use becoming second nature, many NHS staff are still reluctant to realise the benefits of IT in a clinical setting. It is thought that there are a number of reasons for this, spanning from large scale failures such as the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), to... Read more

  56. Philips and Accenture deliver Google Glass proof-of-concept

    Philips and Accenture have announced a proof-of-concept that uses Google Glass technology to deliver patient data to doctors. The proof-of-concept was created by researchers from Philips’ new Digital Accelerator Lab in collaboration with researchers from Accenture Technology Labs as part of a... Read more

  57. Dietitians call for Nutritional Plans for Long-term Care Patients

    Dietitians in the UK are calling for patients with long-term conditions to have nutritional plans incorporated into their overall care plans. “The Value of Nutritional Care in Helping the NHS to Deliver on the NHS Outcomes Framework” is a report from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and... Read more

  58. Lewisham develop “Squeezy” pelvic floor App

    An NHS Trust has developed an iPhone app aimed at informing women how to perform pelvic floor exercises. The “Squeezy” app was developed through a collaboration between Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and digital innovations company Propagator. Priced at £2.99, the app is currently available... Read more

  59. Guy’s and St Thomas’ unveil “Clinical Iris” Guidelines App

    Guy’s and St Thomas’ have unveiled a smartphone app which offers easy access to clinical guidelines to staff on their smartphones. The “Clinical Iris” app was developed by Dr Chris Floyd, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Clinical Research Fellow and Co-Founder of app development company Cranworth Medical.... Read more

  60. Free NHS services “unsustainable" by 2015

    Rising pressures on the NHS are thought to be making the service “unsustainable”, with senior officials warning that in the future, free at the point of use services could be abolished. A freeze in spending, coupled with increased pressures from epidemics such as obesity, diabetes and the ageing... Read more

  61. Lambeth launch Connect and Do website for Mental Health

    A website has been launched aimed at bringing together mental health service users, helping them to share information aimed at supporting their self-managed care. The Connect and Do website is a tool in the borough of Lambeth that helps users to connect with other people, do something fun, and... Read more

  62. Watchdog outlines 8 rights for “savvy” NHS Patients

    A new watchdog body has been set up which urges patients in the NHS to be more demanding about their care and rights. Healthwatch England, which heads up a network of 152 local patient bodies, urged the public to become "savvy consumers" rather than "grateful patients". The organisation is... Read more

  63. NPfIT exit costs paper expected

    It is thought that an announcement of the final exit costs of the National Programme for IT (NPFIT) will soon be made. A “principles paper” is thought to have been prepared that looks at the various options for paying the exit costs associated with NPfIT. This will outline whether the central... Read more

  64. How technology is driving rural healthcare

    Advances in telehealth and telecare are changing the landscape of rural healthcare, extending treatment options out of hospitals and into the homes of patients. Writing for The Guardian, BT's Global Health Director Angela Single asserts that the current model of healthcare in the UK is... Read more

  65. Government announces Skype and seven-day GP working

    The prime minister has announced plans to implement more flexible GP hours, offering evening and weekend slots alongside Skype consultations. A seven-day pilot scheme will be taking place next year in nine areas as part of a £50 million “Challenge fund”. GP surgeries in the area will be able to... Read more

  66. Five Tips to Drive Change in the NHS

    With the health landscape changing as a result of needing to deliver more for less, the NHS must look towards innovation to become a more sustainable organisation. Writing for the Guardian, strategy consultants Vivek Madan and Pedro Sanches state that there are a number of key strategies that... Read more

  67. Tinder Foundation wins £1bn contract to train patients online

    It has been revealed that The Tinder Foundation have won a £1 billion contract to train 50,000 patients in the UK in how to use online health services. The announcement is in response to a NHS England tender which was issued in July and worth up to £2 billion. The directive aims to train 100,000... Read more

  68. Junior Doctor develops ward inefficiencies App

    A junior doctor in Watford has created an app which highlights inefficiencies and issues on hospital wards. The MediShout app has been created by trainee surgeon Ashish Kalraiya, who learned the basics of coding at the Digital Doctor conference in London last autumn. By February this year, the... Read more

  69. Physiotherapists sharing ideas key to NHS restructuring

    Improving outcomes for patients in the NHS can only be achieved if Physiotherapists are willing to share their ideas for restructuring the health service. This statement is according to Shelagh Morris, the Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) officer at NHS England. Speaking at a English... Read more

  70. Online Consultations could reduce face-to-face need by 40%

    Writing for The Guardian, Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli states that online consultations could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments with GPs by 40%. As Chief Executive and Founder of Patients Know Best, Al-Ubaydli states that online consultations have the potential to save significant amounts... Read more

  71. CSP state NHS cuts “damaging” Physiotherapy care

    A poll by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has found that Physiotherapists in the NHS believe that service restructuring is damaging patient care. The survey which received 3082 responses polled the opinions of Physiotherapists on recent cost cutting measures across their departments... Read more

  72. Rising costs for failed NPfIT “fiasco”

    A recent report has found that taxpayers are still facing rising costs for the failed National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS. The report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) states that the final costs for the scheme are still undecided. Original figures placed it at £6.4billion, later... Read more

  73. Children urged to stick to basic plimsolls for running

    Researchers in the UK have claimed that traditional plimsolls may encourage a better style of running than specially designed sports trainers. The study carried out at Northumbria University states that children should be encouraged to wear thin, flexible soles such as plimsolls from a young age... Read more

  74. Sport Reminiscence Therapy Success for Dementia Patients

    A hospital in the North is using sport to help patients suffering from dementia in a form of “reminiscence therapy”. The Roker ward at Monkwearmouth hospital will provide 14 beds for men aged over 65, and will use football as a meaningful way to connect and engage with dementia patients.... Read more

  75. Expanding GP services can reduce Hospital burden

    Clinical commissioners have stated that primary care should be recognised for it’s potential to reduce the burden on acute hospital settings, and should be seen as part of the solution, not as a problem. Dr James Kingsland is National Clinical Lead for NHS Clinical Commissioning and Graham... Read more

  76. DoH “misleading” over NPfIT Benefits Report

    A member of the Public Accounts Committee is looking at whether the Department of Health (DoH) provided it with misleading information about the release of a final benefits statement on the failed National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The DoH released its final report on the benefits of NPfIT in... Read more

  77. Spiral Health pioneer rehabilitation Feedback System

    A rehab unit in the north-west is pioneering a feedback system which is thought to be a superior alternative to the NHS “Friends and Family” test. Spiral Health’s  rehabilitation unit in Blackpool uses an innovative system called “Working Together for Change” which gathers meaningful,... Read more

  78. DoH Technology Fund increased to £1bn for IT

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced an increase to the Department of Health’s (DoH) Technology Fund, which will see the total in contributions reach £1 billion for IT in the next three years. An additional £240 million is being allocated to the “Safer Wards, Safer Hospitals” Technology... Read more

  79. Long-term Financial and Patient Outcomes from Orthotics and Prosthetics

    A study in the US has concluded that patients receiving Orthotics or Prosthetics experience improved outcomes and lower costs in the long run. Research commissioned by the nonprofit Amputee Coalition states that patients who received orthotic or prosthetic services ultimately had lower or... Read more

  80. 50,000 NHS Clinicians to code under Code4Health

    NHS England’s director of patients and information has stated that he expects 50,000 clinicians will learn to code over the next few years under a national directive. The Code4Health initiative, to be launched this autumn, will see tens of thousands of medical professionals, patients and NHS... Read more

  81. Private Patients paying too much for Healthcare

    An inquiry into private healthcare in the UK has found that most private patients are paying too much due to a lack of competition. The Competition Commission (CC) states that the over 100 private hospitals in the UK are owned by three primary groups, BMA, Spire and HCA, and that they face... Read more

  82. Half of Patients dissatisfied with NHS Food

    Campaigners have criticised the NHS for hiding patient and family dissatisfaction with the quality of food provided in hospitals. The Campaign for Better Hospital Food said that despite reports from the NHS that their food was rated highly, patients are routinely dissatisfied with the taste and... Read more

  83. DoH outline Framework for “world-class” NHS Procurement

    A Department of Health (DoH) report has revealed that the NHS is paying over the odds due to a lack of collaboration, and that a new procurement framework will be installed as a result. The report addresses procurement by NHS Trusts, and for the first time accurately breaks down the £20.6... Read more

  84. NPfIT costs to exceed £10 billion

    The Department of Health (DoH) has released estimates that state the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) will have a final cost exceeding £10 billion. An NPfIT benefits statement, released to EHI under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that as of 2012, the total cost of the programme in... Read more

  85. Glycaemia Alert Dogs Successful for Diabetic Warnings

    Specially trained dogs have been successfully used as an early warning system for Diabetic patients. Published in the journal PLOS ONE involved 17 patients with specially trained "glycaemia alert dogs" who were able to detect when their owners' blood sugar levels were outside their normal range... Read more

  86. “Mistakes are Inevitable”: End the Failure Culture in the NHS

    An NHS troubleshooter has stated that mistakes are inevitable in the health service, but the culture of failure needs to change so that problems can be rectified properly. As Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Jan Filochowski asserts that “failure is not the end”, and that the NHS... Read more

  87. GPs Predict increased Waiting Time from Spending Freezes

    A recent poll of UK GPs has revealed that many predict longer waiting times and restricted access to care as a result of spending freezes. A Royal College of General Practitioners poll of 206 UK GPs found that more than 70% were forecasting longer waiting times within two years. 80% also said... Read more

  88. EHI launch “EPR Exemplar” Hunt

    EHI have announced they are launching a nationwide incentive to identify UK hospitals that have made the biggest improvements to their services and patient outcomes through the use of Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Systems. “The Hunt for EPR Exemplars” is the next stage in The Big EPR Debate,... Read more

  89. Statins lower Diabetes amputation rates

    A recent US study has found that Patients suffering from Diabetes who take statins are less likely to experience amputation. Published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the study involves 83, 953 patients younger than 65 years who were diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The patients... Read more

  90. NHS England launch £2m tender for online health training

    NHS England has issued a tender worth up to £2 million aimed at helping 100,000 patients to use online health services. “The Health Online Programme” aims to have 100,000 individuals trained by April 2014, allowing them to benefit from the “digital revolution”. This will take place in “NHS... Read more

  91. Significant Rise in Scottish NHS DNA rate

    Recent figures have suggested that missed Outpatient appointments have increased in Scotland, with up to 24,729 additional appointments missed in a single year. Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats indicated that a total of 771,421 appointments were skipped in 2012-13, compared... Read more

  92. Vending Machine Restrictions needed for 73% of English hospitals

    A cancer prevention charity has criticised NHS hospitals for the unhealthy contents of their vending machines, stating that guidelines need to be introduced to cut down on high-calorie snacks. A survey run by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) asked all 146 acute hospital trusts in England... Read more

  93. 750 Requests for “Safer Wards, Safer Hospitals” Technology Fund

    The Government’s new £260 million Technology Fund has attracted 760 applications from NHS Trusts, equalling over £650 million in requests. The “Safer Wards, Safer Hospitals” Technology Fund was announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt in May to catalyse the adoption of IT in the NHS. The 'Safer... Read more

  94. Touch Screen benefits for Stroke Patients

    Touch screen computers are being used as a pioneering new treatment for patients suffering from a stroke. Amersham Hospital in south Buckinghamshire is providing the touch screen devices to stroke patients as part of their rehabilitation to assist with recovery. Users are allowed to use the... Read more

  95. 5 ways NHS Leaders can Nurture Innovation

    Innovation in the NHS involves identifying, developing and successfully exploiting new ideas, so how can NHS leaders successfully encourage this in the current climate? Writing for the Guardian, managing director of Clever Together Dr Peter Thomond states his five top tips for allowing NHS... Read more

  96. Price Comparison Website to be created for NHS Purchasing

    A price comparison website is being created for the NHS in England in the hope that savings can be made in the areas of purchasing and procurement. The move comes following heavy criticism of the NHS for the way it buys supplies, with the National Audit Office launching investigations into... Read more

  97. 80% of UK Adults missing Exercise Targets

    Researchers have stated that 80% of UK adults are failing to meet the government’s exercise standards. The study carried out at the University of Bristol analysed exercise data for more than a million adults in England in an attempt to if targets of taking moderate exercise at least 12 times in... Read more

  98. Diabetes UK: Diabetes Test Strips being “Rationed” to Save Money

    Diabetes UK is claiming that the NHS is rationing blood test strips, leading to an inability for people with Diabetes to monitor their glucose levels. A new report from the organisation asserts that 39% of people suffering from the condition had either been refused a blood test strip or had... Read more

  99. NHS “Friends and Family” Test Data Published

    The results of the first “friends and family test” to monitor NHS performance have been published, with plans to expand the system into other areas of the health service. The scheme asks individuals who have undergone treatment in an NHS setting if they would recommend the service to friends and... Read more

  100. NHS Direct withdraws from NHS 111 Contracts

    NHS Direct has announced it is pulling out of the NHS 111 non-emergency telephone service in England due to severe problems. NHS Direct initially won 11 of the 46 regional contracts for the service, which would have covered 34% of the population. It has now pulled out of 2 of these contracts,... Read more

  101. Barts “Sustainable Change” Project saves £100,000

    A project run to help NHS staff behave more sustainably is hoped to prove successful at saving money and improving patient care. The “Operation TLC” pilot programme is being run at Barts Health NHS Trust, with collaboration from GE, Skanska and Global Action Plan. As part of a behaviour change... Read more

  102. Alzheimers UK launch Virtual Lab Site

    Alzheimers UK have launched a website aimed at providing the families of people living with dementia information on new research and treatments for Alzheimer's and related diseases. “The Lab” takes the form of a virtual laboratory and hospital, a 3D environment offering text, slideshows and... Read more

  103. NHS England expand “ambitious” HES dataset

    Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Systems will be an essential factor for hospitals in the UK to meet NHS England’s “ambitious” plans for extracting a hugely expanded hospital dataset from April 2014. NHS England have proposed the expansion of their Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) dataset to... Read more

  104. Government awards £14.7m for 3D Printing Projects

    £14.7 million in government funding has been granted to a company to develop 3D printing projects such as facial implants for patients suffering from head trauma. The funding was made up of £8.4 million from the Technology Strategy Board and several research councils, and the remaining £6.3... Read more

  105. 3D Digital “Big Brain” Developed

    A collaboration between researchers worldwide has lead to the creation of the first high-resolution 3D digital model of the human brain to assist in the research of neuroscientists. The "Big Brain" as it has been termed shows the brain's anatomy in microscopic detail, enabling researchers to see... Read more

  106. DocCom: A secure Clinical Social Network for Healthcare

    A “clinical social network” has been launched that allows clinicians to connect with their colleagues, collaborate and share healthcare information. “DocCom” was founded in 2007 by Dr Jonathan Bloor and Dr Jonathon Shaw, two young trainee surgeons who were frustrated by the ineffective and... Read more

  107. Telehealth success for Gloucester Heart Failure Patients

    A specialist telehealth project in the UK is reported to have proved a success for patients with heart failure and respiratory complications. The project was run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to support the case management of patients by its community heart failure and respiratory... Read more

  108. Obesity link with Osteoporosis

    Findings from a US study have suggested that obesity may be a risk factor for the frail bone disease osteoporosis. The research was carried out at the Harvard Medical School team in Boston, with the results published in the journal Radiology. Almost three million people in the UK are estimated... Read more

  109. Beetroot juice “can lower blood pressure”

    Researchers have concluded that drinking beetroot juice can have a significant effect on lowering blood pressure. A study came from a collaboration between Barts Health NHS Trust and the London Medical School, and was published in the journal Hypertension. 15 patients were included in the study... Read more

  110. RCP publish EPR Guidelines

    The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has unveiled a new set of standards for the content and structure of electronic patient records (EPRs). The “Standards for the clinical structure and content of patient records” document provides a set of generic standards for recording clinical information,... Read more

  111. Government Review urges Packed-Lunch Ban in Schools

    A government-commissioned school food review has recommending banning packed lunches to increase the take-up of school dinners and promote healthy eating. The “School Food Plan” was carried out by two founders of the Leon restaurant chain, restaurateurs Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent.... Read more

  112. £30bn Funding Gap for NHS by 2020

    NHS England has warned that urgent decisions about reorganising hospital and GP care need to be taken to avoid a £30 billion growing funding gap. A recently published report from the organisation states that the gap between the budget and rising costs is predicted to hit £30 billion by 2020-21.... Read more

  113. Flexible Sensor Electronic Skin allows touch through Prosthetics

    Scientists have unveiled a flexible sensor which could be integrated into prosthetic limbs and electronic skin, allowing amputees to be able to feel changes in their environments. Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology developed the sensor by combining minute gold particles... Read more

  114. Late Nights and Lack of Routine saps Children’s Brain Power

    Researchers in the UK have concluded that late nights and the lack of bedtime routines can negatively affect the brain power of children. The study was carried out at University College London and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. More than 11,000 children at ages of... Read more

  115. Occupational Therapy has demonstrable value for Dementia

    Researchers in The Netherlands have concluded that Occupational Therapy has significant demonstrable value for improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers. A group of 135 dementia sufferers and their caregivers were split into two groups, with half receiving ten... Read more

  116. NHS Western Isles trial Giraff robots for Dementia care

    Robots are being used to assist patients in the Western Isles suffering from dementia as part of a pilot scheme aiming to explore independent living. The scheme involved “Giraff” robots, standing at 1.5m tall with wheels and a TV screen instead of a head. A relative or carer can call up the... Read more

  117. How the NHS could learn from coffee shops

    The NHS Confederation director of policy has stated that the NHS should look towards coffee shops to learn from their examples of customer care. 1. Encourage Complaints Dr Johnny Marshall states that in coffee shops, customers receiving incorrect orders or lukewarm coffees are allowed to... Read more

  118. Wireless networks “essential” for clinicians

    Access to wireless internet networks is “essential” for clinicians and junior doctors states NHS England’s Clinical Informatics Director. Professor Jonathan Kay announced the requirement at a joint CCIO Leaders Network and Clinical Health Informatics Network event last week. At the “Transforming... Read more

  119. Excess Diabetes deaths fallen since the 90’s

    New research has suggested that the extra risk of dying for people with Diabetes has fallen sharply since the mid 1990s. The study was published in the journal Diabetologia, and covered millions of patients in the UK and Canada suffering from Diabetes. The researchers compared mortality rates... Read more

  120. BMA conference kicks-off NHS patient charging debate

    A British Medical Association conference is being held to kickstart the debate over whether the NHS should begin to charge patients for some aspects of care. The 500 delegates at the British Medical Association's annual conference being held Monday will contemplate the introduction of highly... Read more

  121. False NHS data reporting will be a “criminal offence”

    Jeremy Hunt has today announced that it will become a criminal offence for NHS providers to supply false or misleading data about their performance. In a speech on patient safety, the health secretary emphasised the importance of publishing performance data, and announced the introduction of a... Read more

  122. UCLH develop Apps and internal App Store

    University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reported that it is in the process of creating an internal app store for staff, and will develop and deploy a range of mobile apps to it’s clinicians. The first app comes as part of a collaboration with commercial partner CGI and is... Read more

  123. DoH £260m Tech Fund to “catalyse” NHS IT

    A £260 million fund from the Department of Health (DoH) will be linked to NHS England’s guidance on Electronic Patient Records to “catalyse” the adoption of IT in the NHS. The announcement of the “Digital Challenge” fund was initially made by the DoH in May, which stated it would be available to... Read more

  124. Physiotherapy in ICU key to improved recovery

    An Australian study has concluded that early mobilisation of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is a key factor for advancing long-term recovery. The study appears in the Journal of Critical Care, and is a collaboration between Physiotherapy experts at Curtin University and the University of... Read more

  125. NICE publish NHS falls recommendations

    The health watchdog NICE has stated that the NHS needs to do more to prevent falls within it’s hospitals. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a set of recommendations, and states that many of the 200,000 falls recorded in NHS England are entirely avoidable. It is... Read more

  126. Poor Diet and Food Confusion amongst UK Children

    A UK study has revealed large amounts of confusion about the origins of food and poor food intake amongst children of primary and secondary school age. The study from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) collated the responses of over 27,500 trial participants aged between 5 and 16 years old.... Read more

  127. Manchester Trust to publish Consultant Performance Data

    A Manchester hospital has become the first in the UK to publish consultant performance data to allow patients to pick the professionals involved in their treatment. The University Hospital of South Manchester Trust (UHSM) will place data about their consultants online by December 2013 which will... Read more

  128. Short walks effective for reducing Diabetes risk in Older People

    A US study has concluded that taking a short 15-minute walk could significantly cut the risk of developing type-2 Diabetes in older people. Researchers at George Washington University monitored 10 people aged 60 and over who were at risk of developing type-2 Diabetes due to higher-than-normal... Read more

  129. Genetics has only a “small role” in Children’s Reading Ability

    A UK study has suggested that genetics only has a small part to play in children’s ability to read. Researchers from the Institute of Education, University of London, used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study which included over 5,000 children. Results of reading tests sat at seven, nine and 11... Read more

  130. Wrist sensor accurately measures blood pressure

    A new device worn on the wrist could greatly improve how blood pressure is measured, according to NHS researchers. Researchers at University College London carried out studies at the NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) involving a sensor worn on the wrist. Their findings were... Read more

  131. King's College Hospital: Moving towards a paperless NHS

    King's College Hospital is paving the way for technology use in the NHS, utilising mobile and wireless devices to give staff the opportunity to access information whenever and wherever they need it. Director of IT at the Trust, Colin Sweeney, states that the demand for increased for increased... Read more

  132. NHS must use NHS Number as primary identifier by 2014

    NHS Trusts are to be contractually obliged to use the NHS Number as their unique primary patient identifier by 2014. The announcement was made by Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, who stated the directive on his blog post on NHS Voices. It is hoped that... Read more

  133. Curing the “Friday Effect” in the NHS

    Writing for The Telegraph, Dr James LeFanu states that the NHS could take a number of steps to avoid adverse outcomes from treatment later in the week. The “Friday effect” described the increased risk of adverse outcomes following surgery which is performed just before the weekend. Evidence... Read more

  134. Cheap Inflatable Leg-Wraps reduce DVT after Stroke

    A UK study has concluded that inflatable leg wraps could save the lives of patient’s following a stroke. The research was carried out at Western General Hospital and the University of Edinburgh and published in the Lancet. 2,876 trial patients wore the devices for a month, or less depending on... Read more

  135. Stem Cell Injections improve Function & Mobility in Rats

    Injections of human stem cells is thought to have improved function and mobility in rats with acute spinal cord injuries, according to a US study. Researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine at the University of California grafted human fetal spinal cord-derived neural stem cells into rats... Read more

  136. Mi Smarthouse displays Assistive Technologies

    A Smarthouse which showcases gadgets aimed at helping people living in the community has been on show at the iLinks Innovation event in Liverpool. The “More independent” (Mi) Smarthouse combines both physical and virtual tools, and includes a helpline with trained staff to advise people about... Read more

  137. Why the NHS should look to Market Research

    Following a number of recent high-profile failings, the NHS is urged to focus on real patient-centric care, something is thought can only be achievable through market research. Writing for The Guardian, CEO of the Market Research Society (MRS) Jane Frost states that The NHS has many examples of... Read more

  138. Vitamin D could reduce Asthma symptoms

    Vitamins created in the body in response to sunlight are thought could reduce the symptoms of asthma, according to a UK study. Researchers at King's College London carried out the study to confirm the link between Vitamin D and asthma, with the results published in the Journal of Allergy and... Read more

  139. Weight loss bacteria identified in the gut

    Bacteria that live in the gut have been used to reverse obesity and Type-2 diabetes in animal studies. The study was carried out at the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mice were fed a high fat diet which... Read more

  140. £260m for NHS Electronic Record and Prescription Systems

    The Government have announced they will be allotting £260 million for NHS hospitals to replace "outdated" paper patient notes and prescriptions with online systems. Announcing the fund, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that the fund was intended for Trusts to develop or procure Electronic... Read more

  141. NHS launch Armed Forces Mental Health App

    An NHS Trust has launched a smartphone app aimed to help members of the armed forces deal with mental health issues. The free app has been developed by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The trust leads a network of NHS Trusts, known as Joining Forces, to... Read more

  142. Accenture Survey: Clinicians must respond to digital patients

    A survey of global IT trends has suggested that uptake of electronic patient records (EPR)  is at a tipping point, but that clinicians must do more to respond to digital patients if this it to be a success. The Accenture survey of 3,700 clinicians in eight countries including the UK, USA and... Read more

  143. Diabetes Type I vaccine just “20 years” away

    Diabetes UK have asserted that a vaccine for individuals at a high-risk of developing Type I Diabetes could be available within the next 20 years. UK supermarket chain, Tesco, have recently decided to make Diabetes UK its National Charity Partner and will undertake a £10 million fundraising push... Read more

  144. Small breakfasts an effective tool for losing weight

    A UK study has concluded that eating a small breakfast can be an effective tool in losing weight, as people generally do not go on to compensate later in the day. Researchers from the Medical Research Council’s nutrition centre in Cambridge presented the results of their study to the European... Read more

  145. Traffic air pollution could cause increased Diabetes risk in children

    Exposure to polluted air could lead to an increase in insulin resistance in children, leading to a higher risk of developing Diabetes as adults. A study was carried out at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health in Neuherberg, Germany. 397 Children aged 10 were invited for blood... Read more

  146. Antibiotics could reduce surgery need for chronic back pain

    A recent discovery in Denmark could see major operations for back pain be replaced with simple courses of antibiotics, transforming treatment and leading to significant savings for the NHS. When all costs are considered, the NHS is estimated to spend more than £1 billion each year on back pain.... Read more

  147. NHS to release new Choose & Book this year

    NHS England have stated that they will be releasing a redeveloped version of the Choose & Book patient booking portal later this year. The strategy was outlined in NHS England's Putting Patients First business plan for 2013/14 – 2015/16 and forms part of the incentive to have a “Paperless... Read more

  148. NHS England publish IT and Technology Roadmap

    NHS England is developing an NHS Technology Strategy and Roadmap, setting a national direction for NHS IT. Putting Patients First is a business plan for 2013/14 - 2015/16 which outlines how the NHS will deliver it’s mandate from the Government. In the document, NHS England states they will “set... Read more

  149. Pilot study improves outcomes and reduces cost for MSK conditions

    A pilot study in Newcastle has seen an improvement in care and outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, whilst reducing wait times and lowering spend. The study was a collaboration between Newcastle West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Connect Physical Health and Newcastle upon... Read more

  150. Video Games can delay ageing

    A US study has indicated that playing video games can delay the mental effects of ageing in the elderly. The study was carried out at the University of Iowa and published in the journal PLOS One. The researchers found that elderly people who played just ten hours of their specially designed... Read more

  151. Stroke sufferers “emotional impact” overlooked

    A survey of stroke survivors has found that the “emotional impact” is often overlooked, and should be given the same priority as physical rehabilitation. The “Feeling Overwhelmed” report was carried out by the charity Stroke Association, and collated responses from over 27,000 individuals who... Read more

  152. How technology can tackle long-term health challenges

    Due to the increasing pressure on the UK health system, they could look to the US for inspiration and put people in charge of their own health using technology to deliver results. As senior vice-president of population health and global strategy for Cerner, Matthew Swindells states that the... Read more

  153. Two thirds of NHS Clinicians want WiFi

    A nationwide survey about connectivity in the NHS has indicated that two thirds of clinicians think that Trust-wide WiFi access would improve outcomes for patients. The survey was run by NHS Hackday, OpenGPSoC and HANDI following discussions in the Hack Day Google Group. The NHS Hack Day... Read more

  154. Tetris used to effectively treat “lazy eye”

    The Tetris video game has been used by US researchers as a method to treat patients with “amblyopia” or lazy eye. The research was carried out at McGill University and published in the journal Current Biology. The small scale study included 18 participants with amblyopia over a period of two... Read more

  155. Soft drinks raise Diabetes risk by 20%

    A European study has concluded that consuming one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increase in the risk of Diabetes in later life by 20%. The report was published in the journal Diabetologia, and gathered findings across the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden,... Read more

  156. Arts & Crafts in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy

    The use of Art and Crafts in psychiatric settings is thought to have long played a significant role in Occupational Therapy, but there are calls for new research to confirm this link. Arts and crafts are thought to have many potential therapeutic applications, such as motor control, sensory and... Read more

  157. Rheumatoid arthritis increases risk of falls

    Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are at a high risk for repeated falls and for fall-related injuries, including fractures and head injuries, according to a UK study. The study was published in Arthritis Care & Research, and seems to indicate that the majority of falls are not random, and that... Read more

  158. EHealth Insider launch The Big EPR Debate

    EHealth Insider is launching a new debate to draw on the experiences of it’s readers and gather views on Electronic Patient Records (EPR) in the NHS. Ahead of the release of the the first guidance in June for Trusts implementing EPR systems, “The Big EPR Debate” will attempt to ascertain... Read more

  159. Professional Records Standards Body launched

    A new standards body has been launched to promote the development of health and care records based on common record keeping standards. The Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) was officially launched at a joint session between the Royal College of Physicians and CCIO Leaders... Read more

  160. Liverpool SLT services offer Galaxy tablets to patients and clinicians

    A Liverpool Trust is offering tablets to families in an attempt to revolutionise the provision of Speech and Language Therapy. The idea has stemmed from a collaboration between Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust's Children's Division and Speech and Language Therapy, and Liverpool John Moores... Read more

  161. The Psychology of Waiting Lines: 8 facts for Patient Appointments

    A paper titled “The Psychology of Waiting Lines” can be used to grant insights into how patients perceive waiting times for appointments. Author David Maister states that the following points will help you better understand the mentality of you patient’s in order to better utilise their time. 1... Read more

  162. Ten new apps added to NHS Health Apps Library

    The first iteration of the new Health Apps Library was launched this week at the NHS Innovation Expo 2013. The library, which is currently branded as part of the NHS Choices site, contains around 70 apps and another ten were launched at the NHS Innovation Expo in London this week, including... Read more

  163. Discharge Summaries “inexcusably slow“ in the NHS

    Writing for The Guardian, Dick Vinegar states that late submission and receipt of discharge summaries leaves GP surgeries and hospitals in a “perennial state of war”. A Department of Health (DoH) directive in April 2009 stated that Discharge Summaries should be send within 24 hours of a patient... Read more

  164. “People Powered Health” could save NHS £4.4bn/year

    A new programme is being introduced to help patients manage long-term conditions which could potentially save the NHS £4.4 billion per year. The “People Powered Health” programme is based on a number of innovations, including peer support networks, expert patients, exercise prescriptions and... Read more

  165. “Well Happy” healthcare app launched for young people

    A new app has been developed which gives information on health issues to young people aged between 12-25 in an easily accessible format. The “Well Happy” app is aimed at young people in London and provides information on mental and sexual health, drugs, alcohol and smoking. It also allows them... Read more

  166. Appetite could be “re-wired” using brain cells

    A group of brain cells which can control diet and food preferences have been identified by UK researchers, leading to the potential to “re-wire” a person’s appetite. Researchers at the University of East Anglia experimented on rodents to locate cells known as “tanycytes”. These were found to... Read more

  167. Physiotherapy self-referral cuts waits to 3 days

    A self-referral scheme in South Devon has seen waiting times for Physiotherapy services fall dramatically. The system was initially introduced by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust as a pilot scheme in Torquay in 2006, and was rolled out to a larger area including Dartmouth,... Read more

  168. Early action to prevent admissions could save NHS £250 million a year

    A think tank has revealed research which states that the NHS could save approximately £250 million a year from taking early action to prevent patients with common conditions from being admitted to hospitals. The report by the King’s Fund states that the NHS is not doing enough to reduce the... Read more

  169. Intellect: “Paperless” NHS possible with process overhaul

    UK trade body Intellect has stated that the vision of a “paperless NHS” is possible, but will require an overhaul in thought processes from users, buyers and suppliers of the service. The recently published “Digitising the NHS by 2018 - Intellect response” report follows recent comments from the... Read more

  170. AHPs able to advise on Fit for Work

    A new assessment report will enable Allied Health Professionals (AHP) to help get people back to work, and prevent sickness and injuries from happening. The Allied Health Professionals Advisory Fitness for Work Report was launched on the 5th of March, and has been designed to complement the... Read more

  171. DoH to migrate to GOV.UK website

    The Department of Health (DoH) assert that their new website will put the needs of their users first, but still have a number of challenges to tackle before go live at the end of April. The website will move to the new single website for government GOV.UK. In October 2012 it brought together... Read more

  172. Healthcare providers should be more like Amazon or Walmart

    US Healthcare Providers have stated that the industry needs to overhaul their technology use, and look to other service providers to better understand patients and improve services. Speaking at the HIMMS 2013 trade show last week, chief executive of US healthcare provider Ochsner Health System,... Read more

  173. Telehealth “working well” despite WSD findings

    The head of Bosch Healthcare states that despite recent findings, telehealth is “working well” for many healthcare organisations. Ileana Welte states that the recent Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) project presented its second stage of research findings, which reported no evidence base to show... Read more

  174. Nottingham develop “quick and easy” early Alzheimer's test

    A test to detect the signs Alzheimer’s at it’s earliest stages has been developed by UK researchers, and is hoped could improve diagnosis rates and treatment for patients. Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed the “quick and easy” test for use in health clinics. It works by... Read more

  175. NHS hospitals dangerous culture of “complacency”

    The Health Secretary has criticised UK hospitals for their “complacency”, stating that they are settling for meeting minimum standards. Jeremy Hunt made the announcements in a speech to the Nuffield Trust think-tank last Friday, and follows the recent widespread failings at Stafford Hospital.... Read more

  176. Cerner: NHS EPR targets are a “good thing”

    The boss of Cerner UK has stated that the recently imposed government targets around implementing Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Systems in the UK are “a good thing”. The comments come as a result of health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement earlier this year that he wanted EPRs in place... Read more

  177. Cardiff University launch “glue ear” steroids study

    Researchers at Cardiff University are currently trialling a new treatment for “glue ear”, a common condition in young children that can be the cause of hearing problems. “Glue ear”, or otitis media, is an inflammation of the ear which causes a build-up of fluid in the middle ear. While the... Read more

  178. NHS Staff Survey: AHPs the happiest in the NHS

    Writing for The Guardian Professional, Jenny King states that the key to improving patient care and outcomes is through engaging staff and increasing their satisfaction levels. The tenth annual NHS staff survey, published last week, saw more than 100,000 of the 1.4 million NHS employees in... Read more

  179. Cancer Research UK launch “cures” mobile app development competition

    A collaboration project between Cancer Research UK and the Citizen Science Alliance is focusing on creating a new mobile game app that could accelerate cures for cancer. An event called “GameJam” was held which aimed to bring together a total of forty computer programmers, gamers and specialists... Read more

  180. College of Optometrists call for EPRs

    A report published by the College of Optometrists has stated that optometrists should move towards Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems. The “Better data, better care: ophthalmic public health data report 2013” asserts that the introduction of EPR systems would improve data collection.... Read more

  181. NHS CB to develop “insight dashboard” for Patient Experience

    The NHS Commissioning Board have announced that from April, an “insight dashboard” displaying patient experience data will begin to be developed. The announcement was made in a paper presented by the National Director of Patients and Information Tim Kelsey to the NHS Commissioning Board (CB)... Read more

  182. 80% of NHS Diabetic foot amputations “unnecessary”

    Diabetes UK have warned that “slow care” in the NHS has led to thousands of patients with Diabetes having unnecessary foot amputations. The charity estimates that up to 80% of amputations could have been avoided if faster access and better care were provided on the NHS. Diabetes UK assert that... Read more

  183. Code4Health to include patients

    A “patient empowerment programme” run by the NHS Commissioning Board is seeking to teach patients how to code and build apps. National Director of Patients and Information, Tim Kelsey, announced the move at the NHS Institute monthly webinar ‘Expert on Call’. A number of “patient empowerment”... Read more

  184. NHS criticised for “legitimising” junk food

    A cardiologist has criticised the NHS for their approach towards food, stating that hospitals are leading poor examples in the fight against obesity and that they “legitimise junk food”. Aseem Malhotra states that many hospitals still have fast food franchises on-site, and those that don’t have... Read more

  185. Birmingham launch real-time patient feedback App

    Anonymised patient feedback can now be given in real-time at an NHS Trust due to the development of a smartphone app. Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust allows patients and their families to provide anonymised feedback in real-time using a mobile hardware device such as a... Read more

  186. Leeds and York FT experiments with social media

    An NHS Foundation Trust (FT) is experimenting with their social media presence to expand into other platforms in the hope of engaging with a wider audience. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust states that the approach is being taken at both a corporate and clinical level, encouraging... Read more

  187. Bionic hand allows patients to “feel”

    The world’s first “bionic hand” which allows patients to feel sensations through the extremities of the limb is to be made available for use in humans. Previous developments have seen the creation of robotic limbs that are controlled into movement by the thought processes of individuals, however... Read more

  188. Penalties for NHS Trusts without EPR by 2014

    The NHS Commissioning Board has announced plans to significantly accelerate the adoption of Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Systems into NHS Trusts. The guidance is due to be published this June, and outlines a number of of “severe” financial consequences for Trusts without EPR systems. The NHS... Read more

  189. Journal calls to scrap NHS Coeliac Prescriptions

    A medical journal has called for the NHS to cease prescriptions of gluten-free food for coeliacs and those with dietary intolerances, stating that they are “costly and outdated”. The report from The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin stated that gluten-free food is now widely available in UK... Read more

  190. At-home Ultrasound Therapy for fracture healing

    A battery-powered ultrasound device has been developed which encourages natural healing mechanisms in the body, allowing treatment in the patient’s own home and potentially helping thousands to avoid surgery for a fracture. The “Exogen” device is the latest to be approved by Government... Read more

  191. “Dementia Friends” scheme launched

    The Alzheimer’s Society has launched an initiative aimed at people without dementia to explore the effects of living with the condition. The “Dementia Friends” scheme aims to reach one million people in the UK by 2015, with a number of celebrities and comedians pledging to front and promote the... Read more

  192. Trial could cut the wait for Dementia Diagnosis

    A government-backed trial of an assessment service has hoped to significantly cut the waiting period associated with the diagnosis of dementia. It is thought that diagnosis can take on average 18 months, whereas the trial hopes to reduce this to just 3 months. Current estimates state that of... Read more

  193. Stem cells may restore MS damage

    Researchers in the US have concluded that stem cells derived from the patient’s skin could be used to repair the damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). The study published in the journal Stem Cell used advances in stem-cell research to repair damage to myelin, the compound which insulates... Read more

  194. Improve Public Health by tapping into Online Communities

    Writing for The Guardian, Rachel Carrell states that tapping into online communities offers an innovative approach towards identifying and treating individuals with certain conditions. As Chief Executive of the online pharmacy and prescription service Dr Thom, Carrell states that managers in the... Read more

  195. Sunshine may reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis risk

    A US study has concluded that exposure to sunshine could reduce the risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. The study published in the journals Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases included over 200,000 female trial participants split into two groups. The researchers at Harvard Medical School... Read more

  196. “Encouraging” Telephone Physio despite concerns

    Plans to implement a telephone advice service for Physiotherapy in the NHS have shown encouraging results, despite fears that patients may be dissatisfied with the lack of direct contact. A number of organisations are trialling the approach which sees advice provided over the phone as opposed to... Read more

  197. Northumbria FT launch CiiX GP App

    An NHS Foundation Trust has developed an app for GPs aimed at providing them with quick and current information about local health services. The “Clinical Information Xchange” (CiiX) app has been developed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is available for deployment on iPhone... Read more

  198. OpenHeart wins Oxford NHS Hack Day

    An NHS Hack Day Event has been held in Oxford on the 26-27th of January, with the winning development being an open source electronic patient record (EPR) for cardiologists. The event brought together over 150 healthcare professionals and software developers who were invited to collaborate on... Read more

  199. Stem Cell Jelly repairs Cartilage in Arthritic Joints

    Researchers have trialled the use of a jelly-like substance formed from stem cells as an effective treatment for arthritic joints. The study involved the use of stem cells which were extracted from donated umbilical cord blood, a type thought to be far more abundant and “active” than adult stem... Read more

  200. Scotland develop Online Mental Health Platform

    Scotland is currently developing a mental health platform for patients to connect virtually to other individuals and healthcare professionals. The platform development is part of a collaborative project called “Ginsberg” which sees involvement from the Scottish Government, NHS 24 and New Media... Read more

  201. Patient Engagement to Improve Outcomes: A Challenge for the NHS

    Writing for The Guardian, Ewan King and Andy Mills state that engaging with the public could drive the NHS toward better quality patient care and outcomes. Ewan King is a Director of the Office for Public Management and Andy Mills is Head of Involvement and Patient Experience for NHS Cheshire,... Read more

  202. Innovation event awards £10,000 to healthcare technology entrepreneurs

    An event has been held in London for healthcare technology entrepreneurs to pitch for the chance of a £10,000 startup prize. The “Innovation Day” conference was held by business accelerator Healthbox in an attempt to support healthcare entrepreneurs. Nina Nashif, founder and chief executive... Read more

  203. SLT service cuts affect care for children

    An education expert has stated that front-line cuts to Speech and Language Therapy Services are leaving parents and children unable to access necessary care. Jean Gross commented on recent research which suggested 28% of parents found it hard to find support, compared with just 18% two years... Read more

  204. NHS must have EPR Systems by 2014

    It has been announced that NHS services must have Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Systems operational by 2014 in order to meet NHS Commissioning Board (CB) requirements. Tim Kelsey, the NHS Commissioning Board’s Director of Patients and Information, states that this requirement will aid data... Read more

  205. NHS Self-help Books lower Depression

    A study into the management of depression in the NHS has revealed that the prescription of self-help books could be used as an effective treatment. The research carried out at the University of Glasgow and published in the journal Plos One featured over 200 participants diagnosed with depression... Read more

  206. The NHS and Technology: a “Troubled” Relationship

    Writing for BBC News, Health Correspondent Nick Triggle comments on the relationship between the NHS and technology, calling it “troubled”. When forced to consider the advancement of technology in other areas of our personal and professional lives, the lack of progress made by the NHS is deemed... Read more

  207. PWC find £4 billion in extra potential NHS savings

    A report from PWC has stated that NHS organisations who are “ambitious” and “proactive” about their approach to IT could save millions of pounds annually as a result. Last May, the Department of Health (DoH) published the “Power of Information” strategy accompanied with an impact assessment that... Read more

  208. NHS funding needs dramatic rethink

    Writing for The Guardian, Eddie Chaloner asserts that the recent bout of changes to NHS services means that funding will need a dramatic rethink. As owner of the private practice Radiance Health, Chaloner states that directives from the Department of Health (DoH) have lauded “efficient” services... Read more

  209. Fast food linked to childhood allergies

    A study into dietary patterns has stated that eating fast food three times a week could increase the risks of allergies in children. Data was collated from over 500,000 children in 50 different children, and analysed by researchers in the UK and New Zealand. Dietary patterns were then linked... Read more

  210. Ageing population could overwhelm the NHS

    Writing for The Guardian, Dr Andrew Apps states that the state of our current society poses a significant risk to the NHS. A specialist registrar in cardiology, Dr Apps states that 2013 will be a “defining year” for the NHS as it will need to see a shift in the current models of healthcare.... Read more

  211. NHS savings “unsustainable” says NAO report

    A recent report has warned that efficiency savings made in 2012 by the NHS are “unsustainable”, and possibly threaten efforts to reach savings targets set out by the Department of Health (DoH). The “Progress in Making NHS Efficiency Savings” report from the “National Audit Office” (NAO) states... Read more

  212. Language Therapy benefits for older patients with Aphasia

    A study in Canada has unveiled that older patients suffering from Aphasia could benefit from targeted language therapy, improving their language in the long term. The study published in the journal Brain and Language was carried out at the University Geriatrics Institute of Montreal, and saw six... Read more

  213. London Connect event encouraging PHR use

    An event encouraging patients to become more involved in their personal health records is being held in London at the end of next week. The “London Connect” event will take place at the Wellcome Collection on the 19th January between 11am-3pm, and is free to entrants. It will give the public the... Read more

  214. New “Change4Life” healthy eating TV ads launched

    A number of Government-backed television adverts aimed at promoting healthier eating were launched yesterday. The adverts form part of the “Change4Life” campaign and have been created by Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit. The aim of the adverts is to raise awareness about the “hidden... Read more

  215. E-learning NHS Procurement Tool launched for SMEs

    A not-for-profit company is launching an e-learning tool to grant third party companies an insight into how procurement works in the NHS. The “Understanding NHS Procurement” is being launched by Health Enterprise East (HEE), and will be made available to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) this... Read more

  216. Leeds surgeons carry out first full UK hand transplant

    A patient has become the first in the UK to undergo a successful full hand transplant surgery. Following an eight-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary, the 51-year old recipient of the hand can now wiggle his fingers, although he has no sense of touch yet. It is hoped that with time he will... Read more

  217. Department of Health publish first “digital strategy”

    The Department of Health (DoH) have published their first “digital strategy”, outlining how it plans to work online and through social media. The “Digital strategy: Leading the culture change in health and care” document outlines the steps the DoH will take to become a “Digital First department... Read more

  218. Family Meals Encourage Better Eating in Children

    Researchers have suggested that the dynamics of dining together as a family ultimately improves the eating habits of children. The study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health surveyed just under 2,400 children at 52 primary schools in south London. Food diaries were... Read more

  219. NHS CB published new NHS guidance

    The NHS Commissioning Board (CB) has published its first planning guidance for the NHS, placing emphasis on outcomes and public data publication. The  ‘Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013-14’ guidance replaces the Operating Framework for the NHS in England that was published by the... Read more

  220. Scottish Technology Trebles the Shelf-Life of Food

    New technology developed in Scotland has proven to treble the shelf-life of food, reducing spoilage and increasing productivity as a result. The microwave process involves heating and cooling products in seconds, enabling the rapid pasteurisation of foods such as eggs and fruit juices. Despite... Read more

  221. More DNA’s for NHS appointments at the start of the week

    A study from Glasgow University has indicated that NHS appointments scheduled at the beginning of the week are more likely to be missed by patients. In an article to be published in the online journal PLoS One, the researchers analysed the attendance records for 4,538,294 outpatient hospital... Read more

  222. Mental Health app wins NI Hack Day

    Northern Ireland’s first NHS Hack Day event has been won by the developers of a mental health app. The first Health Hack Northern Ireland event brought together around 40 doctors, developers and designers over the course of a weekend. Whilst inspired by the NHS Hack Day 2012, the event was... Read more

  223. “Alert dogs” for the detection of Diabetes

    Dogs in the US are being trained to sense fluctuations in blood sugars levels, alerting sufferers of Diabetes and their parents to any potentially dangerous changes. "Alert dogs" have typically been used for guiding the visually impaired, detecting drugs and bombs, or providing mobility... Read more

  224. Interactive SLT oro-motor app launched

    A Speech and Language Therapy app has been developed to exercise the muscles of the face and mouth for patients suffering from neurological conditions, stroke or brain injury. “So2Speak” is an oro-motor app which allows Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) to design tailored programmes for... Read more

  225. Uncertainty over the future of the NHS PROMS programme

    Speakers at the PROMS Summit in Manchester last week have cast doubt over the future of the national Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) programme in the NHS. Professor Nick Black from the Department of Health National PROMS Operation Board said that once the NHS Commissioning Board takes... Read more

  226. Physiotherapists must offer 7-day Working for Stroke Services

    A national review of stroke services across the UK has recommended an extension to six or seven day working in order to see significant improvements. An audit by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) has revealed that whilst many services have been offering extended working days,... Read more

  227. Lingraphica Unveil 4 SLT Apps

    A US company has unveiled a suite of apps for the Apple iPad aimed at adults suffering from aphasia and apraxia. The TalkPath™ Suite of Speech Therapy Apps from Lingraphica was launched at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center... Read more

  228. CCG’s using Facebook to improve communication

    Writing for the Guardian, Dr Hamed Khan reveals how he has been tasked to improve the use of social media communication amongst clinical commissioning groups (CCG’s). Dr Khan is part of the communication subgroup of ESyDoc, a partnership of eighteen GP practices in south east Surrey covering... Read more

  229. Hunt calls for better NHS data to improve patient trust

    Writing for The Guardian, Jeremy Hunt asserts that better data capture and transparency in the NHS will lead to an improved healthcare system that is trusted by the public. Hunt states that the success of the NHS is rooted in the trust placed in it by members of the public.Trust however needs to... Read more

  230. CarFit OT programme for elderly drivers

    A nationwide initiative has been launched in the US in which Occupational Therapists help senior citizens to ensure that their cars are configured correctly for safe driving. The “CarFit” programme sees drivers being taken through a checklist that tests blind spots, seatbelts, emergency braking... Read more

  231. New “Ofsted-style” NHS rating system proposed

    The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has proposed a stringent rating system for hospitals and care homes in the UK. The “Ofsted-style” ratings have been likened the the grading system currently used for schools, and was announced by Jeremy Hunt in a speech at the King's Fund in London. Currently... Read more

  232. MSK Physio Director launches e-service for arthritic pain self-management

      The first Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal (MSK) services at the South London Academic Health Science Network is creating an online information service about the self-management of arthritic pain. Mike Hurley, a Physiotherapist and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, was appointed to the... Read more

  233. Nutrition Project to “revolutionise mealtimes” for elderly patients

    A project at Torbay Hospital is hoped will revolutionise mealtimes for elderly patients in hospitals across the UK. The radical nutrition project will see volunteers at the hospital assisting elderly patients and encouraging them to eat well. These “companions” will receive specific training... Read more

  234. Liverpool John Moores to develop SLT Android apps

    Liverpool John Moores University have announced that they will undertake the development of mobile Android game apps to help children develop their language and social communication skills. The collaboration will take place between the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMP) and the... Read more

  235. 1.8 million patients lost by NHS in a year

    Official figures have revealed that a minimum of 1.8 million patient records were lost by the NHS over a 12 month period, with many more potential security breaches going unreported. The figures were compiled from reports of Data Protection Act breaches filed by the Information Commissioners... Read more

  236. “Unleash patient data” to drive real change in the NHS

    Writing for the Huffington Post, Rachel Carrell states that the NHS should “unleash” patient data in order for the service to undergo a “data revolution”. Last week, Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information in the NHS, stated that he intended a “data revolution” to take... Read more

  237. Aquatic Physiotherapy study for MS sufferers

    Research is to be carried out which will attempt to determine the effectiveness of Aquatic Physiotherapy on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study will take place at  the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and will involve 100 individuals suffering from MS evaluated over a... Read more

  238. SLT Apraxia app released for Kindle and Nook tablets

    An SLT app aimed at children with Apraxia has now been released for Kindle and Nook Tablets. “Speech Therapy for Apraxia” has been developed by Blue Whale Apps, and has previously been released for the iPad, topping the Medical charts for 4 consecutive months. The app enables users to practice... Read more

  239. UK to introduce consistent food-labelling

    The government has announced that a consistent food labelling system will be launched in the UK next year. The front-of-pack labels will be comprised of guideline daily amounts, colour coding, and “high”, “medium” or “low” wording to indicate the fat, salt and sugar content of different foods.... Read more

  240. Exercise reduces brain shrinkage in older age

    A study published in the journal Neurology has stated that exercising in your 70's may stop your brain from shrinking and showing the signs of ageing linked to dementia. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh monitored the brain activity of 638 people over a three-year period. They found... Read more

  241. NHS Conference advises how to “do more with less”

    Writing for the Guardian, Judith Smith states that the key to achieving productivity in the NHS is to “do more with less”. As the Head of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, Smith partnered with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to host a one-day conference for Senior NHS managers,... Read more

  242. Mortality figures urge NHS weekend working

    A survey has been published which urges the NHS to move to seven-day working due to a significant increase in mortality at weekends. The report from Dr Foster Intelligence analysed official hospital data from 2010-11 provided for all conditions with more than 250 deaths. It was found that... Read more

  243. NICE fellowships and scholarships open for applications

    Health and social care professionals are encouraged to apply for fellowships and scholarships aimed at shape new quality standards for the sector. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) are now open for applications for the fourth year. The fellowships are intended to shape... Read more

  244. GP-led self-care reduced Physiotherapy waits by half

    A GP-led initiative encouraging patients to manage pain in their own home is thought can significantly reduce waiting times for Physiotherapy. The pilot project was carried out across 53 practices in the Wolverhampton area for patients presenting with back, foot, knee, neck or shoulder pain,... Read more

  245. Low Calcium levels thyroid risk for women

    A recent study has suggested that low levels of Calcium in the diet can increase women’s chances of developing a condition that causes bone fractures and kidney stones. The study published in the British Medical Journal states that low levels of Calcium may be linked to the development of... Read more

  246. Tomatoes could lower stroke risk

    A study published in the journal Neurology has revealed that a compound found commonly in tomatoes could significantly reduce the risk of having a stroke. The research carried out at the University of Eastern Finland followed 1,031 men aged between 46 and 55 in the the region over 12 years.... Read more

  247. Stroke levels rising in younger people

    Researchers in the US have stated that strokes are becoming more common in younger people as the result of “unhealthy lifestyles”. The study published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal followed 1.3 million people over the age of 20 in greater Cincinnati and North Kentucky over three... Read more

  248. NHS to be “paperless” by 2015

    Tim Kelsey has announced his commitment to a “paperless NHS”, stating that this objective could be achieved by 2015. The announcement came as Kelsey, the NHS Commissioning Board National Director of Patients and Information, spoke at the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo in London on... Read more

  249. NHS staff should learn to code

    A new initiative has been unveiled which is hoped will encourage NHS staff to learn programming techniques. The move is being spearheaded by Tim Kelsey, the NHS Commissioning Board’s first national director of patients and information. He asserts that teaching clinicians how to code will give... Read more

  250. Quarter of NHS Trusts to invest in EPR

    Responses to an eHealth Insider survey have indicated that a quarter of NHS Trusts estimate that they plan to invest in Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems. The survey was completed by 120 NHS IT directors, managers and users from Trusts across the UK. Whilst most responded that priorities... Read more

  251. SpeechHero iPad app for SLT

    A new iPad app has been launched which can help children and adults with speech and language difficulties to vocalise words and sounds. “SpeechHero” is the result of a collaboration between Speech and Language Therapist Aynna Lloyd and app developer Drew McKinney, owner of Bloomingsoft. Users... Read more

  252. Kinect motion-sensor Physiotherapy app launched

    A Physiotherapy app has been launched which utilises Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensor technology to monitor patients as they perform exercises in their own homes. The “Reflexion Rehabilitation Measurement Tool” (RMT) has been developed by The West Health Institute and is about to be used as part... Read more

  253. Innovation in the NHS: Follow-up to the Guardian Live Discussion

    Following the Guardian Healthcare Network’s live online discussion about the future of innovation in the NHS, a panel of experts have released their top tips for improving the service. 1. Leadership is criticalMiles Ayling, Director of Innovation and Service Improvement at the Department of... Read more

  254. Rehabilitation robots used for post-stroke therapy

    A study presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress has revealed how “rehabilitation robots” can be used to improve post-stroke therapy. 185 participants were included in the study - 87 who were recovering from a stroke and 95 who were unaffected by stroke. Rehabilitation robots were used in the... Read more

  255. Home Therapy Improves Recovery for Stroke Sufferers

    A project presented to the Canadian Stroke Congress has revealed how the home delivery of stroke rehabilitation could improve outcomes for patients whilst simultaneously saving time and money for healthcare providers. The "Early Supported Discharge" project which introduces stroke therapy into... Read more

  256. US researchers develop dissolvable “transient electronics”

    Scientists in the US have developed a range of ultra-thin “transient electronics” that dissolve inside the body. The study published in the journal Science has revealed that the components are composed of silicon and magnesium oxide, and placed in a protective layer of silk. The researchers used... Read more

  257. NHS standards of care could worsen after 2012

    Research from The King’s Fund has revealed that the NHS may have to make further cuts to it’s frontline services, and that it is unlikely the “Nicholson” savings challenge of £20 billion will be reached by 2016. The think tank conducted online questionnaires with 45 NHS finance chiefs, who... Read more

  258. Genetics key in causing back pain

    Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) have unveiled research which determines the effect of genetics on lower-back pain, stating that inheritance has a larger part to play than lifestyle. Genetics are thought to play a key role in “lumbar disc degeneration” (LDD), reportedly the number one... Read more

  259. Salt water could relieve the pain of arthritis

    Research carried out at the University of Manchester has found that salt water could relieve the pain of arthritis. Immersion in a saline solution, or “osmotherapy”, was found to reduce painful inflammation of the joints which is associated with conditions such as arthritis. The salt water... Read more

  260. Glasgow unveil the first Virtual Human Foot

    Researchers in Scotland have unveiled the world’s first virtual human foot which will be used to test a range of treatments for conditions afflicting the foot and ankle. The three-year study was carried out at by an international team at Glasgow ­Caledonian University (GCU) and Maastricht... Read more

  261. Innovation in the NHS: Live Discussion on the Guardian

    The Guardian Healthcare Network have announced they will hold a live online discussion today about the future of innovation in the NHS. Discussions will centre around the latest government proposals to publish information on how hospitals and Primary Care Trusts (PCT’s) are providing new... Read more

  262. Online SLT webinar for virtual schools

    An online Speech and Language Therapy provider are to hold a free web seminar to highlight the benefits of online therapy for virtual schools. PresenceLearning offer live, online “telepractice” Speech and Language Therapy to children in a virtual school setting. The free “Online Speech Therapy... Read more

  263. 3 Tips for Using Apps in Speech & Language Therapy (SLT)

    Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) Angela Desideri has recommended a number of tips that therapists should consider in order to most effectively integrate mobile hardware device use into their clinical practice. As the co-developer of SpeechTree, a research-based augmentative and alternative... Read more

  264. NASA “Anti-gravity” treadmill aids Physiotherapy

    A trial involving NASA “anti-gravity” technology has been used to aid clinical Physiotherapy in Belfast. The Regional Trauma Unit at the NHS Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland have been using the “AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill” in a trial which has spanned the last 3 months... Read more

  265. Early Physiotherapy study for intensive care patients

    An Australian study is being carried out to introduce exercise early for intensive care patients in an attempt to improve recovery and their quality of survival. Preliminary trials have already taken place on over 800 intensive care patients, the majority of which were not originally mobilised... Read more

  266. Olympic fever leads to rise in sporting injury

    Physiotherapists in the UK have reported a large increase in sporting injuries amongst individuals attempting to emulate the success of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Private health group BMI Healthcare report that they have seen a 20% increase in soft tissue injuries, neck pain, lower back... Read more

  267. Small-scale changes in school health environments

    A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has stated that the food environment in US schools has improved, although there are still large-scale dietary issues that need to be addressed. Surveys were carried out during the 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 school years by... Read more

  268. iPod PDA’s could increase employability for autism sufferers

    Researchers have provided individuals with autism spectrum disorder access to iPod Touch devices in an attempt to improve their employability. Sufferers of “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD) often experience difficulties in gaining employment due to difficulties related to cognition, behaviour,... Read more

  269. “Growing with Timocco” game for children’s Occupational Therapy

    A videogame has been developed which is being used as a therapeutic tool for children undergoing Occupational Therapy. The “Growing with Timocco” game is designed for use by therapists to assist in the learning and development of young children who suffer from conditions such as ADHD,... Read more

  270. New Physiotherapy guidelines for falls prevention

    New physiotherapy guidelines have been released from the University of Exeter aimed at preventing falls in older adults. The guidelines have been developed at the university’s Peninsula College of Medicine  and Dentistry (PCMD) in collaboration with Agile, the Chartered Society of... Read more

  271. Optic fibre “magic carpet” could predict falls and mobility problems

    Researchers at the University of Manchester have unveiled an optic fibre powered “magic carpet” that could predict falls and mobility problems in elderly and infirm patients. A mesh of customised optical fibres in the carpet detects movement as they are bent by pressure, changing the light... Read more

  272. CCG’s must improve data for PbR tariff

    The Audit Commission has stated that the tariff used by clinical commissioning groups (CCG’s) to pay for NHS services needs to be based on improved datasets. The “Payment by Results” (PbR) tariff system governs payments to hospitals by local NHS commissioning organisations. The annual report on... Read more

  273. Chocolate found to reduce stroke risk

    A study published in the journal Neurology has suggested that chocolate consumption could protect against a stroke. Carried out at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the study involved monitoring the dietary habits and health of 37,000 male participants over a decade. Individuals were divided... Read more

  274. Creating better websites for the NHS

    Writing for the Guardian, Jacob Dutton of the 383 Project states that the NHS need to take into account patients needs in order to create better websites for the health sector. He states that despite constant assurances that the NHS will enhance it’s web presence, previous online offerings such... Read more

  275. The merits of Kinesio tape for sporting injuries

    Writing for the Guardian, Patrick Barkham describes the boom seen in recent years of Kinesio tape for sporting injuries, and asks whether it should be regarded as an effective treatment. Kinesio Tex tape is a strong elasticated tape developed over 30 years ago by Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese... Read more

  276. DoH reveal 1 in 10 NHS appointments missed

    The Department of Health have released figures which indicate that 1 in 10 appointments for NHS services in the UK were missed last year by patients. The number of “Did Not Attends” (DNA’s) is reported to have fallen by 250,000 on the previous year, yet the DoH assert the figure is still too... Read more

  277. “Clot nets” to aid stroke recovery

    Two studies published in The Lancet have revealed how microscopic “clot nets” could be used effectively to extract blood clots from stroke patients, significantly improving recovery rates. Blood clots formed after a stroke can block blood vessels, which ultimately leads to the starvation of... Read more

  278. Obesity linked to decline in mental performance

    A study published in the journal Neurology has linked obesity in older-age adults to declining cognitive ability. The “Obesity phenotypes in midlife and cognition in early old age” study featured 6,401 participants (71% male) aged between 39 and 63 years in the UK, and ran from 1991 to the... Read more

  279. “Simplify, Shorten, Show”: SLT tips for parents and children at home

    Writing for the Huffington Post, Speech and Language Therapist Jamie Openden has identified a number of problems faced by parents and children with speech and language difficulties and recommends a number of tips that can be used at home. Problem: Over-complicated languageOpenden states that one... Read more

  280. Dark chocolate could lower blood pressure

    Researchers in Australia have unveiled findings that indicate dark chocolate could have a significant effect on lowering blood pressure. The study published in The Cochrane Library amalgamated the result of 20 studies which measured the effects of dark chocolate consumption by a total of 856... Read more

  281. Four steps to “co-production” between patients and the NHS

    Writing for the Guardian, Becky Malby has outlined four steps towards “co-production” to allow patients to become involved in service redesign within the NHS. As director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management, Malby states that service leaders should take the initiative to explore... Read more

  282. Yoga benefits for stroke patients

    Researchers in the US have unveiled a study which states that participation in group yoga sessions can have a significant effect on improving stroke recovery once clinical intervention is complete. The study published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke found that yoga improved... Read more

  283. Plymouth develop tech portal

    Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has developed an online portal for employees to discuss investments in clinical software technologies. The Peninsula Health Technology portal has been developed in collaboration with Plymouth University and is the culmination of a three-year project examining... Read more

  284. Dietetics graduates “thinking outside the box” with career choices

    Dieticians in the US are encouraging recent graduates in the field to find new and innovative ways in which to utilise their degrees. Whilst typically graduates have gone on to a position within the health service for diabetes or kidney disease treatment, the field is being greatly propelled by... Read more

  285. “Vegetable Variety” could improve healthy consumption

    A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has revealed findings that introducing variety could increase the intake of vegetables at mealtimes. The “Vegetable Variety: An Effective Strategy to Increase Vegetable Intake in Adults” study was carried out at... Read more

  286. Week-long SLT course could reduce stuttering

    A study published in the journal Neurology has found that a week-long intensive course of Speech and Language therapy (SLT) could help to significantly reduce stuttering. Figures from the National Stuttering Foundation state that approximately 20% of all children will stutter as part of their... Read more

  287. Isle of Man open-access Physiotherapy success

    GP’s on the Isle of Man have revolutionised Physiotherapy provision, stating that their new “open access” policy has greatly improved access for patients to an  “overstretched” service. Whilst musculoskeletal disorders are common and account for between 15-20% of all GP consultations, a shortage... Read more

  288. “Spray on Skin” for Chronic Leg Ulcers

    A study published in The Lancet has unveiled the development of “spray on skin” which could be effective in the treatment of chronic leg ulcers. The skin is formed of cells suspended in a blood clotting protein which is sprayed directly onto the wound. After application, the researchers state... Read more

  289. eHealth “Excellence Centres” to be set up in the UK

    Four centres are to be set up across the UK aimed at researching and promoting electronic health (eHealth). The “excellence” centres are being established by a partnership of 10 government and charity funders and an investment of £19 million. The centres in London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea... Read more

  290. 3D Electric Sprayer Could Mend Damaged Heart Tissue

    Researchers at the British Heart Foundation have unveiled an “electric sprayer” which is thought could mend damaged heart tissue. The 10,000 volt 3D electric sprayer currently in development fires out a stream of heart cells. As a result, thin sheets of beating heart cells can be created which... Read more

  291. Lack of Diabetic Foot Care in the NHS “appalling”

    Diabetes UK have revealed that an “appalling” lack of specialist services in the NHS has led to patients with diabetes at risk from an increased chance of amputation. Due to the effects of diabetes reducing the amount of blood reaching the feet, the condition can lead to loss of sensation,... Read more

  292. Two apples a day could cut stroke risk in post-menopausal woman

    Researchers at Florida State University have unveiled findings which state that women could significantly reduce their cholesterol levels by eating two apples a day. The study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that eating apples significantly lowered blood... Read more

  293. “Simple Physiotherapy” most effective for shoulder pain

    Researchers at the University of Ulster have unveiled a study which states that “simple physiotherapy” could be the most effective treatment for shoulder pain. The study has combined the results of previous clinical trials worldwide, with researchers coming to the conclusion that simple... Read more

  294. GB Olympic Team genetic testing for injury link

    A BBC Newsnight report has revealed that scientists are working with the GB Olympic Team to carry out genetic tests aimed at uncovering why some athletes are more prone to injury than others. “The Sporting Edge: What sets elite athletes apart?” details the work being carried out by scientists in... Read more

  295. Staffordshire Council pioneer early intervention Physiotherapy

    Staffordshire County Council have launched an innovative new strategy aimed at reducing the number of staff absences due to musculoskeletal problems. Sick days cost the economy an estimated £34 billion a year, with 30% of these thought to be taken as a result of back pain, nerve damage or muscle... Read more

  296. Self-management Computer Therapy for Aphasia

    A study carried out at the University of Sheffield has found that Stroke Patients suffering from Aphasia could self manage their condition using computer therapy to aid in recovery. Asphasia, a disorder ranging from difficulties in remembering words to a total inability to read or write, is... Read more

  297. “Egg therapy” for children with egg allergies

    A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine has revealed how “egg therapy” is being used effectively in the US to treat sufferers of patients with egg allergies. By slowly introducing miniscule amounts of egg into the diets of children with egg allergies, the researchers assert that... Read more

  298. NHS spend on Microsoft Office culled

    A report in The Register has revealed that the Cabinet Office is halting all but emergency purchases of Microsoft software in the NHS as it negotiates a procurement deal with the software giant.The crown commercial representative headed by Stephen Kelly intends to develop a commercial arrangement... Read more

  299. Could this be the tablet for the NHS?

    The ThinkPad Tablet is built for enterprise and so security and encryption are throughout the whole system including SD card encryption, lost device disablement and anti-theft software. The tablet ships with McAfee and features layered data security. All this amounts to a tablet with proper data... Read more

  300. Healthcare and the uptake of Social Media

    A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has investigated the uptake of social media by healthcare providers, revealing that only 21% of US hospitals use social media, versus 83% of adults online who search for medical information.The “How U.S. Hospitals Use Social Media” study... Read more

  301. NHS Future Forum may exclude IT

    The NHS Future Forum set up during the pause in the Health and Social Bill have asserted that it is likely it will investigate the use of IT in the health service as part of its next phase of work.The Forum set up by the government as part of its ‘listening exercise’ on the NHS reform is due to... Read more

  302. “Inactivity” leading to 5.3m deaths a year worldwide

    A report published in The Lancet has stated that inactivity is now attributable to as many deaths as smoking worldwide. Published to coincide with the build-up to the Olympics, the report estimates that approximately one third of adults are not doing enough physical activity, causing 5.3m deaths... Read more

  303. Technology aids Stroke recovery

    Stroke sufferers in the US are being provided with cuffs which are assisting those with limb paralysis following a stroke to regain feeling and limb function.The NESS H200 and NESS L300 technologies were released about five years ago  and use electrical pulses to stimulate nerves and activate... Read more

  304. Spinal “roller” disc to treat back pain

    Researchers at Brigham Young University in the US have developed a spinal disc which is thought could revolutionise the treatment of back pain. The minute artificial “roller” can be inserted into the spine to replace damaged discs and provide the same level of movement. The spinal discs help to... Read more

  305. Electric jolts help spinal patients regain hand function

    A new treatment that delivers tiny bursts of electricity to paralyzed muscles in people with spinal cord injuries appears to actually "revive" the muscles and restore hand movement. Researchers at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute were working on functional electrical stimulation (FES) when... Read more

  306. The failure of food “traffic lighting”

    Ahead of his latest BBC documentary, Jacques Peretti has unveiled how opposition within the food industry prevented Britain from implementing a compulsory “traffic lighting” system to indicate the health impact of foods. In “The Men Who Made Us Fat”, Peretti states that the food industry has... Read more

  307. The mysteries of digestion and the stomach’s “little brain”

    Ahead of the presentation of his new BBC programme, Michael Mosley has commented on that findings of new studies which reveals the “surprising” ways in which the human stomach can affect mood and appetite. As part of the Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach programme,... Read more

  308. TMS treatment improves Speech in Stroke and Parkinson’s patients

    Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia are developing a new treatment for patients with disorders of the nervous system. The treatment is aimed at patients who are left with Speech, Language and Communication disorders following a stroke or Parkinson’s disease. The technique... Read more

  309. Social Media sharing for Children with Disabilities

    Healthcare Professionals in Therapy Services are reporting that new forms of technology are dramatically improving the ways in which care is delivered to patients. Skype specifically is being utilised in Art and Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), which also allows clinicians to converse with... Read more

  310. “Smart T-Shirt” for Remote Monitoring of COPD patients

    A “smart t-shirt” has been produced that can remotely monitor vital signs in chronically ill patients. The t-shirt is to be trialled for the first time in the UK specifically for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease. Heart, respiratory and activity... Read more

  311. Telehealth could “redesign” the NHS

    Speaking at the recent NHS Confederation conference on the 20th-22nd of June, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley focused primarily on the area of telehealth, cited it’s ability to “redesign” the NHS. The Department of Health’s “Whole System Demonstrator” (WSD) programme has been run on a large... Read more

  312. 8 New Genes Linked to Arthritis Development

    Researchers at Newcastle University have conducted the largest ever study into the genetics of osteoarthritis, asserting that they have identified 8 genes which are directly linked to the condition. These common genes were found in the study to increase the chances of developing the condition by... Read more

  313. Brain scan communication for paralysed patients

    A study published in the Current Biology journal of Cell Press has revealed how a team have used brain scanning technology to enable paralysed people to speak through their thoughts. The study utilised functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology to track brain activity by measuring... Read more

  314. Immersive 3D for child rehabilitation

    Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle is the first to implement an immersive 3D experience for children requiring rehabilitation services. The system enables children to interact with 3D digital characters and copy their actions to enhance physiotherapy and other rehabilitation exercises... Read more

  315. “Patient List” success at NHS Hack Day

    The first prize at the NHS Hack Day event has been won by a team who produced an electronic task list within the 24 hour time limit. The event was aimed at “geeks who love the NHS”, and invited clinicians, developers and designers to collaborate on current problems or existing strategies for the... Read more

  316. 27% of NHS services “failing”

    A report from the Care Quality Commission has revealed that more than one in four health and social care providers in the NHS are failing to meet essential quality standards. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out unannounced inspections of 14,000 different care providers in the UK,... Read more

  317. Airedale amnesty returns £3000 of equipment

    Airedale Hospital Physiotherapy department have carried out an amnesty leading to the return of over £3000 worth of equipment. The month-long initiative carried out during February saw the return of nine wheelchairs, more than 200 walking frames and nearly 100 crutches and walking sticks given... Read more

  318. EEG detects autism in young children

    A team at the US Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a method which could detect autism in children as young two years old. The technique of electroencephalography (EEG) was used in the study in which electrical brain activity is measured using scalp electrodes. The study published in BMC... Read more

  319. NHS 24 reminder service reduces DNA by 27%

    Scotland’s telehealth and telecare service is to extend it’s implementation of their Patient Reminder Service following two successful pilots. NHS 24 are reportedly “providing exciting new services” to help improve quality and efficiency for patients according to Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish... Read more

  320. Royal Liverpool finalise “bring your own device” scheme

    The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is continuing to develop its IT infrastructure through the implementation of a “bring your own device” strategy. Plans for the scheme are currently being finalised, with plans to fully implement from autumn when Windows 8 software... Read more

  321. Launch of “GP Ratings” app

    An app has just been launched which enables patients to select their GP surgery based on scores from a Department of Health poll. The “GP Ratings” app provides information on all 8,344 GP surgeries in England by amalgamating the 11 million responses from last year’s Department of Health’s... Read more

  322. “New mindsets” needed for NHS IT

    Speaking last week at a joint Intellect DH event, head of the NHS Confederation Mike Farrar has stated that a “new mindset” is needed by NHS leaders to successfully bring about an information revolution. Farrar stated that the future success or failure of NHS organisations would depend upon on... Read more

  323. Belfast fined £225,000 for data breach

    Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is to receive a large fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following an incident where photographs of patient and staff records appeared on the internet. According to the ICO, the information published on the internet included sensitive... Read more

  324. “Urgent need” to increase activity in Primary School children

    A study published in the journal PLoS One has stated that there is an “urgent need” to increase activity levels in children of Primary School age in order that they can avoid a suite of health problems in later life. Researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde and Newcastle who jointly... Read more

  325. 90% of PCT’s rationing treatment

    A study carried out by GP magazine has found evidence that routine operations are being “rationed” by 90% of local health trusts. The study was carried out under the Freedom of Information Act, and revealed that the proportion limiting access for at least one type of operation was 91%, according... Read more

  326. Stem Cell success for Stroke Patients

    Pioneering research is being carried out to investigate the use of stem cell technology in stroke, with early results indicating that test subjects have already shown signs of significant improvement. The trial is being carried out by Surrey-based biotech firm ReNeuron at Glasgow’s Southern... Read more

  327. Advice ahead of CSP “Workout at Work” event

    Ahead of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) annual Workout at Work Day tomorrow, Chartered Physiotherapist James Rind has issued some advice, warning that we are not active enough in modern life. Rind attributes the suite of modern labour-saving technology to a depletion in exercise... Read more

  328. Virtual Assistant at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt FT

    An NHS Trust is the first to implement a “Virtual Assistant” to guide patients through their reception area. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have implemented the system into their new £2.7 million reception area. It is hoped that Tensator’s system will... Read more

  329. Southampton develop Kinect system for stroke home recovery

    Researchers at Southampton University have developed a system using Microsoft’s Kinect technology to assist in home rehabilitation for stroke patients. By utilising the Kinect motion controller, the researchers have been able to create a system that tracks hand joint angles and individual finger... Read more

  330. Mood app to help manage stress

    Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have unveiled an app which can prepare people to receive good or bad news. Created by a team at the University of Portsmouth's School of Computing, the app distinguishes good messages from bad and neutral ones, and colour codes them accordingly. Users... Read more

  331. Myrddin causes “significant disruption” for Aneurin Bevan

    Implementation of the Welsh national Patient Administration System (PAS) has lead to “significant disruption to normal service” within Aneurin Bevan Health Board. The “Myrddin” PAS system has been implemented amongst five other Welsh health boards, with Aneurin Bevan coming onto the system in... Read more

  332. Virtual Reality Physiotherapy for children

    An interactive rehabilitation system utilising “green-screen” technology to assist children in undertaking physiotherapy. GestureTek’s “Interactive Rehabilitation and Exercise System” (IREX) uses immersive video gesture control technology to place patients into virtual sport or gaming... Read more

  333. Walsall pilot dementia app

    An app has been developed to test for the early signs of dementia which is to be piloted in NHS Walsall. The “CANTABMobile” app by Cambridge Cognition is a seven to ten minute assessment that gives health professionals a clear idea of whether a patient should be referred for dementia testing. It... Read more

  334. “EatRight Radio” launched for dietetics advice

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has launched an online radio station aimed at broadcasting public service announcements (PSAs). “EatRight Radio” has been developed by a group of registered dietitians who will use the announcements to encourage healthier eating. The PSAs will cover a... Read more

  335. GP Surgery scores published on NHS Choices

    The NHS Choices website is soon to publish online the results of a survey rating patient satisfaction with 8,000 GP practices in the UK. Scores out of 10 will reflect a variety of measures including how easy it is to get an appointment and how well doctors and nurses explain conditions. It is... Read more

  336. Over half of “shin splints” wrongly diagnosed

    A report from the College of Podiatry has revealed that thousands of people are being wrongly diagnosed with “shin splints”, leading to the wrong course of treatment being taken. Researchers assert that the generic “shin splints” diagnosis actually covers 31 different conditions for which... Read more

  337. SLT Consequences App for Autistic Children

    A new Speech and Language Therapy app has been unveiled aimed at helping autistic children understand the concept of consequences. The “Tell a Story with Tommy: Consequences” app has been developed by the US company Listen.Talk.Draw who develop software for children diagnosed on the autistic... Read more

  338. HANDI network for healthcare app development

    A support network has been set up for developers and clinicians who are interested in developing apps for health and social care. The “Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation” is a not-for-profit venture aimed at encouraging the development of new healthcare apps. A series of... Read more

  339. Kinect technology used in Operating Theatres

    “Touchless” Kinect technology is being trialled in London surgeries to access key information whilst carrying out delicate keyhole procedures. The technology, akin to that used in motion-controlled games consoles, allows surgeons to manipulate images with their voice and hand-gestures rather... Read more

  340. Exploration with Plurals app launched for iOS

    An app has been released for Apple’s iOS operating system aimed at improving the pronunciation of plurals in children. The “Exploration with Plurals” app has been developed by speech and language therapists (SLT) for nursery children to practice regular (e.g., cat/cats) and irregular plurals... Read more

  341. DoH to push Choose and Book use

    The Department of Health (DoH) is launching a new initiative to revive the failing “Choose & Book” system for patients to book hospital appointments directly through their GP. The “Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me” consultation paper states that the DoH are working to... Read more

  342. Artificial sweeteners safe for consumption

    A study published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has revealed that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for consumption, and recommends the benefits of their use in a balanced diet. The "Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of Nutritive and Non-nutritive Sweeteners"... Read more

  343. “Electronic skin” can monitor vital signs

    Researchers in the US have unveiled their “electronic skin” invention which wirelessly monitors the vital signs of patients and could transmit them to a clinician. The patch is reportedly the thickness of a human hair so would not be noticeable once attached to the body. It also naturally... Read more

  344. “Buddy” SMS service for NHS mental health

    NHS services across the UK are signing up to the “Buddy” service to support the delivery of mental health and talking therapy services. “Buddy” is a text messaging service which allows patients to record a “daily diary” of what they are doing and how they are feeling. This information is then... Read more

  345. NHS unveil “friends and family” test for service improvement

    Ministers have today announced an “friends and family test” initiative in an attempt to improve the standards of care in NHS services. Patients undergoing treatment in the NHS will be quizzed as to whether they would recommend the service to a friend or family member. The answers will then be... Read more

  346. 3D scanning could revolutionise orthotics

    Research being carried out at the University of Delaware into foot measurements is thought could revolutionise the field of orthotics. Work is currently being carried out to develop a sophisticated computer scanning device to capture thousands of precise measurements, generating a 3D image of a... Read more

  347. DoH unveil new Information Strategy

    A new NHS Information Strategy has been published which instructs the NHS to utilise online technologies, and place patients at the centre of health and records strategies. “The power of information: putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need” report places has a... Read more

  348. Naming app launched for SLT

    In interactive naming-card app has been launched for adults with speech and language difficulties on iOS (Apple’s phone and tablet operating system). Speech Remedy’s “SR-Naming” app is an adult-focused interactive app for building receptive and expressive language and word finding skills. Based... Read more

  349. “Circus Challenge” games for stroke patients

    Neuroscientists at Newcastle University have created a library of interactive “circus trick” games which could be used to help stroke patients regain their independence. The “Circus Challenge” games encourage players to try to master a host of skills such as lion taming, juggling, plate-spinning... Read more

  350. NHS to hold “Hack Day” on 26-28th May

    The first “NHS Hack Day” event is to be held in London on the 26-28th May in an attempt to create “disruptive solutions to problems in the health space.” The event is described for “geeks who love the NHS”, and is inviting clinicians, developers and designers to collaborate on current problems... Read more

  351. Thought-controlled robotic arm for paralysis patients

    A study published in Nature has detailed how paralysed patients in the US are amongst the first to trial the use of a robotic arm which is controlled using thoughts. A minute sensor is implanted onto the surface of the motor cortex which translates electrical signals from the brain into commands... Read more

  352. Award-winning Virtual Treatment for Pulmonary disease

    An Edinburgh based Physiotherapy team have been presented with an award for their work delivering virtual care to patients. The East and Midlothian Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team picked up the Improving Quality accolade at the Advancing Healthcare Awards. The team delivers pulmonary... Read more

  353. 20% of Britons miss five-a-day target

    A poll carried out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has revealed that only 20% of Britons are consuming the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Despite the launch of the Department of Health’s “five-a-day campaign” first launched in 2003, the survey of more than 2,000 UK... Read more

  354. NHS struggling due to Community cuts

    A report compiled by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has stated that cuts to NHS Community Care mean that clinicians and nurses in these services are facing job cuts, rising workloads and a reduction in face-to-face patient contacts. The RCN assert that despite pledges by Ministers that NHS... Read more

  355. NHS unable to cope with multimorbidity

    A study published in The Lancet has revealed that the NHS is struggling to co-ordinate care for people with multiple conditions. Approximately 1.75 million people in Scotland were analysed in the study, of which it was found that nearly a quarter had "multimorbidity", meaning that they suffer... Read more

  356. Wirral to roll out iPads in SLT

    Wirral Community NHS Trust have announced that they are to incorporate iPad apps into their patients’ rehabilitation treatment processes as part of their IM&T strategy. The speech and language therapy (SLT) team at the new community Trust are currently selecting existing apps from the iTunes... Read more

  357. One in Three use Social Media for Health information

    A survey by PwC has revealed that one in three people are now turning to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to access health information. The Health Research Institute arm of PwC surveyed over 1,000 consumers and 124 healthcare executives in the US, monitoring their social media... Read more

  358. Kinect cameras to detect early signs of Autism

    Kinect motion-sensor cameras are being utilised in the US to spot early symptoms of Autism, with the hope that this could lead to effective early diagnosis. Microsoft’s sensor was originally developed for gaming in conjunction with their Xbox console, but is now being combined with... Read more

  359. 80% chance of NHS becoming IT world leader

    The current Head of IT in the NHS has stated that the service has an 80% chance of being the world leader in health IT within the next 10 years. Kate Davies made the announcement whilst speaking at the 2012 Health Informatics Congress in London yesterday. Whilst stating that “definitely” having... Read more

  360. Organ donor registration now available on Facebook

    Facebook users are now able to register themselves as organ donors using their profiles in a scheme designed to encourage participation from younger individuals. A “health and wellbeing” button is to be implement on the site's timeline which will enable people to share their thoughts on organ... Read more

  361. Bilingualism improves brain function

    Researchers at Northwestern University have published a study citing the benefits of bilingualism, believing that it can “boost” cognitive abilities. The findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides "biological" evidence of how speaking two languages can... Read more

  362. “Bed-blocking” cost NHS £18.5 million last month

    Department of Health data has shown that the number of patients who are being delayed in their discharge from hospital is continuing to increase. It is thought that “bed blocking” is occurring more frequently due to lack of support by Social and Community Services for vulnerable patients. There... Read more

  363. Free online advice for Podiatry patients

    A US Podiatrist has launched a free online podiatry website for people suffering with foot disorders. The site features an educational library which will give patients greater access to information about conditions and possible treatment options. It contains a full list of potential foot... Read more

  364. CSP to hold physiotherapy benefits event

    Welsh therapists have this week launched an initiative to highlight both the cost-effectiveness and the patient benefits that can occur from physiotherapy. Representatives from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) aim to highlight the effectiveness of treatment from traditional disorders... Read more

  365. Microscopic scaffold could repair nerve damage

    Researchers from the University of Sheffield have created microscopic computer-generated implants that are thought could help restore feeling in severely damaged limbs. The tiny scaffold designed to help nerves in the limbs reconnect after they have been damaged. The honeycomb-like device... Read more

  366. Successful CCGs will have the best IT

    The chair of the NHS Commissioning Board has said that the best clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be those that have invested in the best IT systems. The statement was made by Malcolm Grant speaking at a ‘CCG leaders’ conference, an event intended to determine where CCGs will obtain IT,... Read more

  367. Nottingham Physios launch depression study

    Physiotherapists at the University of Nottingham are launching a new study to test the effects of physical exercise on depression in adolescents. Researchers in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy are in the process of creating a new exercise programme aimed at a group of young... Read more

  368. Audit Commission call for new PbR datasets

    The Audit Commission has criticised the way in which patient data is collected in the NHS, stating that new datasets will be required which accurately reflect the standards and outcomes of patient care. The announcement comes following the watchdog’s review of data definitions and their use in... Read more

  369. Pocket-sized “Lightwriter” assists communication

    A pocket-sized communication aid is being launched which enables patients with speech and physical difficulties to communicate quickly others. The “Lightwriter Swift” communication aid can be used to aid spoken and written language, and can supplement or replace speech as necessary. As a... Read more

  370. 27% of patients exceed 18-week RTT target

    The latest figures concerning wait times in the NHS have revealed that the number of patients exceeding the 18 week “referral-to-treatment” (RTT) target has risen to 27%. A total of 26,417 people in England waited more than 18 weeks to be treated in February this year compared to 20,662 in May... Read more

  371. Hospitals overcharging for short-stay patients

    The Audit Commission has reported that the NHS is losing large amounts of money by hospitals wrongly charging short-stay patients. The NHS spends £6.8bn a year on short-stay patients, equalling 17% of the overall hospital budget. These patients are defined as those whose treatment lasted less... Read more

  372. Innovative 3D imaging software launched

    A report published in The American Journal of Pathology has revealed the development of simple 3D imaging software for tissue reconstruction and examination which can be directly used by clinicians. By allowing examination of tissues at a microscopic scale, the system is thought to be able to... Read more

  373. Quiet revolution in peer-to-peer healthcare social networks

    Writing for the Guardian Professional, Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli asserts that there is a significant change in the way that patients and clinicians interact online. As the founder and CEO of Patients Know Best, Dr Al-Ubaydli says that the revolution has been made possible by the growth of social... Read more

  374. Self-Referral to revolutionise Isle of Man Physio

    The Isle of Man is revolutionising it’s physiotherapy services by introducing a self-referral system in an attempt to make them more efficient. The self-referral system means that patients can book themselves directly into physiotherapy services without the need to be seen or referred by a GP... Read more

  375. South London Trust loss of 630 patient details

    South London Healthcare Trust has admitted to two separate incidents in which unencrypted memory sticks containing patient information were lost by employees. The first incident was the loss of a device containing the details of 600 maternity patients, and the second contained the names and... Read more

  376. Elsevier publish Clinical Key resource for clinicians

    A “Clinical Insight Engine” is being launched which aggregates information and guidance from medical textbooks and journals into one online resource for Healthcare Professionals. “Clinical Key” is currently being produced by the scientific publishers Elselvier who assert the resource will cover... Read more

  377. “Explosion” in healthcare technology expected

    An “explosion” in healthcare software and technology has been predicted by a primary care IT specialist over the next few years. Dr David Jehring, chief executive of Black Pear Software, says that he predicts the migration of healthcare technology towards cloud-based solutions and app technology... Read more

  378. Online resource launched for Parkinson’s sufferers

    Parkinson Society Canada is collaborating with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to launch a new resource for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The “Physical Activity and Parkinson's Disease” resource will showcase the benefits of regular exercise and activity in helping manage... Read more

  379. Implant cure for Foot Drop Paralysis

    A device the size of a matchbox has been launched which could solve the form of foot paralysis commonly referred to as “foot drop”. Foot drop occurs from a weakening of the muscles used to flex the ankle and toes. This causes sufferers to drag the front of the affected foot while walking, and... Read more

  380. “Bring your own device” scheme for Liverpool clinicians

    Alder Hey Children’s and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust are trialling a scheme which encourages clinicians to bring their own portable hardware devices to work. The “bring your own device” scheme hopes to target tablet users to utilise Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Acer Iconia tablets... Read more

  381. “Our Health” website promotes clarity in NHS services

    A website is being launched which will give patients greater accessibility and clarity on how their local NHS services are performing. The Our Health website launched by NHS services in the south-east provides local information about stroke and dementia services, including previously unpublished... Read more

  382. Brain stimulation to assist stroke patients

    A form of brain stimulation is being hailed as a superior method of improving speech, memory and numerical abilities in patients suffering from a Stroke. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, inexpensive and pain-free method of improving the cognitive abilities of... Read more

  383. 3D surgery for Manchester surgeons

    Surgeons at Manchester Royal Infirmary are the first in the UK to use 3D projection during surgery. The procedure to remove the prostate of a patient was viewed by surgeons and assistants wearing 3D glasses onto a 3D projection. Using this method in conjunction with robotic technologies,... Read more

  384. Asthma inhaler training video game

    An asthma inhaler training device has been released which takes the form of an interactive video game and relays real-time feedback on breathing to a clinician. The device was inspired by computer game platforms such as the Wii, which incorporate effective wireless technology. The “T-Haler”... Read more

  385. Questions over NHS progress to £20 billion savings

    The King’s Fund has raised doubts over government claims that the NHS are making significant progress towards their £20 billion savings target. Figures released this week by the Department of Health suggested that an “encouraging” £5.8 billion had been saved in the last financial year. If this... Read more

  386. Welsh Smartphone App for AHP’s

    An app launched by Cardiff University is being used to highlight the importance of the Welsh language in areas such as health, education and social care. The “App Iechyd Da” app includes information about a variety of Welsh language-specific initiatives such as demographic trends, political... Read more

  387. DoH launch £2million innovation competitions

    The Department of Health has announced the launch of two competitions worth a combined £4 millon aimed at innovation in healthcare. The competition is aimed at proposals that will “change people’s behaviour and attitudes in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases.”... Read more

  388. Choose and Book referrals dropping significantly

    The Department of Health have revealed that their Choose and Book e-booking system has experienced a significant fall in usage from patients wishing to select their own appointments. Recently, Choose and Book experienced highs of 50-57% usage, although this been seen to fall to around half in... Read more

  389. Wii Training Device for Hip Surgery

    A training device based on the Nintendo Wii is being used to train surgeons in the NHS. The handheld device allows trainee surgeons to simulate the use of a surgical drill when training for surgery on hip fractures. It incorporates a Wii remote, a webcam, and a table tennis ball. The motion of... Read more

  390. “Bionic arm” aids recovery for stroke sufferers

    A “bionic arm” is being used in some NHS services to aid in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from a stroke. The upper limb rehabilitation service at Colchester General Hospital is utilising the device to aid patients who are suffering from neurological impairments following a stroke... Read more

  391. CQC report reveals variation in Children’s Disability Services

    A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has stated that there is considerable variation in the quality of care provided to disabled children in the NHS. The review looked at the views and experiences of disabled children and their families plus survey data from commissioners and acute... Read more

  392. NICE release app for mobile guidance

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has just launched a new app which gives clinicians instant access to their recommendations and guidance. The “NICE Guidance” app is a free download that is now available on the iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones. The app... Read more

  393. Online tools to help the NHS integrate AHP’s into care

    A new series of online tools launched today will help the NHS to identify how Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) can better integrate themselves into patient care to improve outcomes whilst yielding cost savings. The AHP toolkits highlight how physiotherapists, occupational therapists,... Read more

  394. Communication app for patients with speech disorders

    An app has been launched which can assist patients suffering from speech and language problems to communicate more freely. The “Proloquo2Go” app enables patients to enter words and phrases directly on a portable hardware device such as a smartphone or tablet which are then read out by the... Read more

  395. NHS should change their approach to telehealth and telecare

    Paul Burstow, the Care Services Minister, has stated that he would like the NHS to explore new and innovative methods of utilising telehealth and telecare without needing large amounts of capital investment. Speaking at the King's Fund International Congress on telehealth and telecare, Burstow... Read more

  396. Self-Help Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) Group for Stammerers

    A specialist self-help group has been set up to help the 17,500 adults in Northern Ireland who suffer from a stammer. The Northern Ireland Support Group for Stammering and Dysfluency has reportedly arisen due to a lack of support from NHS services. Whilst local health trusts state there are... Read more

  397. £48 Smartphone device for Diabetes management

    A diabetes monitoring device has just been launched which allows patients to monitor their condition on-the-go using a smartphone. The “iBGStar” device attaches to the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and allows sufferers to check their blood sugar levels at any time. The device is accompanied with... Read more

  398. Sign Language Translator App Currently in Development

    Scientists in Aberdeen are working towards the production of technology that can translate sign language into text. Work towards the “portable sign language translator” (PSLT) is currently underway, and the researchers state that it is intended to translate the movements into text which can be... Read more

  399. NHS DNA rates significantly cut by “simple” measures

    A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has stated that a number of simple and cost-effective measures can be taken to significantly reduce the number of appointments missed by patients. Patients who do not attend (DNA) appointments cost the NHS approximately £700... Read more

  400. NHS “neglecting” care home patients

    A review published by the British Geriatrics Society and the Care Quality Commission has warned that elderly patients in care homes around the UK are being “neglected” by NHS services. Data on the healthcare provided to residents was collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has the... Read more

  401. Interactive Metronome Therapy for Head Injury Patients

    A form of therapy known as “Interactive Metronome” therapy is being used to treat patients with autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, stroke, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disorders. Following a head injury, disease or behavioral disorder, the synchronized “cranial clock” in the brain is... Read more

  402. TKR implant evidence “lacking”

    Research published in The Lancet has stated that evidence on the long-term safety, patient satisfaction and effectiveness of total knee replacements is “lacking”, and more needs to be done to determine whether the procedure should continue to be carried out. Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery... Read more

  403. Child and baby only SLT group launched

    A speech and language therapy group has been set up in Chester specifically for children and babies to assist in developing their communication skills. Elena Potter, a Speech and Language Therapist, created the group after noticing a significant lack of services which specifically met the early... Read more

  404. Free text helpline for private physio patients

    A private physiotherapy clinic in Greater Manchester has launched the first free text helpline for patients suffering from injuries outside of working hours. David Roberts Physiotherapy state that the majority of sporting injuries occur during weekends,  meaning that people currently have to... Read more

  405. 29% of parents not influencing SLT skills in children

    Research from the National Literacy Trust’s “Words For Life” campaign has revealed that approximately a third of parents do not read to their children as they believe they have little influence on their speech and language development. 29% of parents polled think that they are not the primary... Read more

  406. “ActiveMe” app for ME and CFS sufferers

    An iPhone application has been launched which helps patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) to keep track of their energy levels. The “ActiveMe” app was created through a collaboration between the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS... Read more

  407. Occupational Therapy for “finicky feeders”

    A newly initiated program by the College of Health and Human Services called “Finicky Feeders” aims to pair Occupational Therapists with families in an attempt to help selective eaters. Problems with selective eating can arise for children with sensory processing problems or intense sensitivity... Read more

  408. Clinicians “ethical duty” to engage in social media

    Speaking at the  HIMSS12 conference last week in Las Vegas, Dr Wendy Swanson stated that clinicians have an “ethical duty” to use social media channels to communicate with patients. Dr Swanson stated that use of alternative communication channels should extend beyond face-to-face contacts in... Read more

  409. 6 keys areas to improve productivity for the NHS

    Writing for Guardian Professional, Geoff Mulgan states that he has identified six key areas where the NHS can innovate and increase productivity. 1. More effective use of existing institutions Mulgan asserts that by wisely using the resources and space available to the NHS, efficiency gains... Read more

  410. “Transparency Pilot” for North West NHS

    Hospitals in the North West of England have begun a scheme which provides staff and patients with current views and opinions on NHS services. The “North West Transparency Pilot” will see NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire start to collect individual views. The pilot... Read more

  411. Online OT journal to be launched

    Western Michigan University (WMU) are moving forward with their plans to launch an online Occupational Therapy (OT) journal. The inaugural issue of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy is due to be published in Autumn 2012. It is thought the journal will be the first open-access publication... Read more

  412. GP’s overpaid for 950,000 “ghost patients”

    A report by the Audit Commission has stated that GPs have been overpaid for thousands of “ghost patients” on their lists who have moved practice, died or been forced to leave the country. Their report identified more than 95,000 patients who were unnecessarily existing on GP lists in England and... Read more

  413. 1.9 million m2 wasted space could save £2 billion for NHS

    A report has stated that the NHS is currently wasting 1.9 million square metres of unused space, which could equate to £2 billion in savings if utilised properly. The 1.9 million square metres, which equates to 264 football pitches, is comprised of underused, abandoned and empty properties in a... Read more

  414. Video-conferencing for COPD patients

    A new video-conferencing trial is enabling patients in Scotland suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to take part in Physiotherapy in their own homes. Physiotherapists lead a small group of patients via video-link, and patients can then support one another as they practice... Read more

  415. Smartphone apps to be prescribed on the NHS

    The government has today announced new plans to encourage GP’s and clinicians in prescribing the use of smartphone apps to allow patients to manage a range of conditions. The Department of Health (DoH) has compiled a list of approximately 500 recommended apps which will be recommended to... Read more

  416. Dance Movement Psychotherapy for AHP students

    A project at Queen Mary University is encouraging students to adopt a new placement initiative in care homes to improve the mobility of elderly patients. Allied Health Professional (AHP) students in their first year of University are now to study Dance Movement Psychotherapy alongside their... Read more

  417. Only inefficient services need to fear NHS competition

    Researchers at the London School of Economics have published evidence stating that competition in the NHS has yielded demonstrable positive effects on the health service. The study of two million patients found that when NHS hospitals are made to compete with one another for treatment, they... Read more

  418. “Tele-rehabilitation” home recovery for knee replacements

    A “tele-rehabilitation” device has been launched which allows patients recovering from total knee replacement surgery to recover at home. The “Rehabitic” product utilises wearable wireless sensing technology for patients that would traditionally require a long stay in hospital and extensive... Read more

  419. Patient ratings related to NHS quality outcomes

    Researchers at Imperial have published a study on patient ratings of NHS services, stating that comments on the NHS Choices websites are a reliable indicator of treatment standards. Patients have had the ability to to rate hospitals on the NHS Choices website since 2008, and it is often argued... Read more

  420. Cold water immersion could relieve muscle soreness

    Researchers at the UK Cochrane Centre have published a study which states that taking a cold bath soon after exercise could help to soothe aching muscles. The idea behind submerging the muscles in icy water, known as “cryotherapy”, is to reduce swelling and the associated stiffness and soreness... Read more

  421. “One-stop” clinic improves recovery for hip and knee replacements

    Conquest Hospital in East Sussex is pushing forward with their “one-stop” clinic to help improve the service for patients undergoing hip and knee replacements. A scheme was originally introduced at the hospital as part of a programme of short-stay joint replacement operations, but it has now... Read more

  422. £30m spent annually on NHS FoI requests

    The Foundation Trust Network (FTN) has claimed that NHS staff are spending a significant proportion of their time responding to freedom of information (FoI) requests, which is reportedly distracting them from their patient duties. The FTN, which represents more than 200 NHS providers, stated... Read more

  423. Injection to thaw out “frozen shoulder”

    A new injection has been developed that could relieve the symptoms of “frozen shoulder”. Frozen shoulder or “adhesive capsulitis” occurs when the joint capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and stiff. Any inflammation of this watertight sac that encloses both the joint and the... Read more

  424. Paper indicates 10 year rise in NHS productivity

    A new paper published in The Lancet has stated evidence that productivity in the NHS has significantly increased in the last 10 years as a result of additional funding. Primarily, the paper focuses on increased productivity, which counteracts claims by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley.... Read more

  425. NHS missing out on the benefits if telehealth

    A report from the Department of Health (DoH) has stated that the NHS must embrace telehealth on a nationwide scale, asserting that it is the most efficient and cost-effective way to treat long-term conditions. The report followed the DoH’s Whole System Demonstrator results which were announced... Read more

  426. “Pocket Physio” app aids surgery recovery

    An independent healthcare provider to the NHS has today launched a physiotherapy app had today targeted at patients undergoing major hip and knee surgery. The “Pocket Physio” app created by UK Specialist Hospitals (UKSH) is the first designed by an orthopaedic provider specifically to help... Read more

  427. Technology Champions stunted in the NHS

    The Guardian’s “Patient from Hell” has published an article about technology champions in the NHS, stressing that IT-literate staff are not supported to push technological initiatives into clinical practice. The focus of the article are the “digital natives”, staff who regularly use myriad... Read more

  428. PAC reveal £15.7bn bill for clinical negligence claims

    A report by MP’s disclosed yesterday has revealed that the NHS is facing £15.7 billion in clinical negligence claims. Last year, the report stated that more than 8,500 clinical negligence claims were received by the NHS, an increase of more than 30% on 2009/10. The resulting £15.7 billion cost... Read more

  429. AHPs to assess whether patients are “fit for work”

    A new scheme developed in conjunction with ministers means that from next month, a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) will be able to make independent assessments of patients' fitness for work. It is thought that by extending these responsibilities to Therapy Services such as... Read more

  430. NICE launch Public Consultation on Outcomes Framework

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on potential indicators for the 2013-14 Commissioning Outcomes Framework. NICE says the  Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) will be used to measure the health outcomes and quality of care... Read more

  431. DoH call for standards around EPR

    Health and social care organisations are calling for a new body to be set up which can work towards the development of clinical record standards to support the development of electronic patient records. The Department of Health (DoH) requested the creation of a joint working group, who yesterday... Read more

  432. Committee warns of NHS “salami-slicing” cuts

    MP’s have warned today that the NHS may be unable to make the long term measures needed to reach the efficiency savings target, with cuts being targeted to vital services. The Commons’ Health Select Committee reported that the NHS is resorting to “salami-slicing” in an attempt to deliver the £20... Read more

  433. iPads assist learning and SLT for autistic children

    Students at schools in the US are being given access to iPads to assist children who are diagnosed with autism and learning difficulties. The iPads are being provided to students at Pace School, a centre for children who are facing behavioral or emotional disorders who have been diagnosed on the... Read more

  434. NHS called to invest in IT for integrated care

    The director of Care Informatics Consulting has urged the NHS to invest in IT systems, stating that information sharing has the potential to greatly improve patient care, but this can only come as a result of co-ordination and data access. Julian Todd asserts that an integrated care model is... Read more

  435. 70% of Welsh GPs on e-referral system

    Nearly 70% of GP practices across Wales are now able to send hospital referrals electronically via the Welsh Clinical Communications Gateway. 300 GP practices connected to the system, with plans for the remaining practices to go live with the system by March. Figures suggest that Welsh GPs refer... Read more

  436. Further loss of 160 unencrypted patient details

    A care provider is reported to have lost a memory stick that held sensitive personal information about patients from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. It has been revealed that the material contained within the memory stick was unencrypted, but contained sensitive information relating to... Read more

  437. Edible microchips monitor vital signs for patients

    An edible microchip has been unveiled that could be used to monitor the vital signs of patients including temperature and heart rate in addition to their reaction to different treatments. The “Helius pills” contain a soluble microchip which patients take alongside their usual medicine. It reacts... Read more

  438. UKChip urge NHS to register informatics professionals

    The chair of the UK Health Informatics Council has advised the NHS to register staff who deal with sensitive medical information to register themselves as informatics professionals. Tony Eardley, chair of the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKChip) warns that dangers could arise... Read more

  439. Future Forum calls to appoint IT “champion” clinicians

    The NHS Future Forum has recommended that every NHS organisation identify and appoint a clinician responsible for gathering and using information to support better patient care. A second phase report was published by the forum on Tuesday which outlined the progression of an “information... Read more

  440. NHS must appoint “neurology tsar” to improve services

    The Neurological Alliance has warned that the NHS is facing a "neurology timebomb" as the demand for services to manage conditions such as Parkinson's and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) increases. The organisation, which represents more than 70 charities, has accused the government of having its... Read more

  441. Ministers warned over SLT cuts

    The Government’s communication champion has warned ministers that front-line cuts to NHS therapy  services are leaving children with speech and language problems struggling to get access to the care they need. Two years ago, 18% of parents polled stated that they found it difficult to obtain... Read more

  442. NICE launches consultation on the 20 QoF indicators

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on 20 potential new indicators for the 2013-14 Quality and Outcomes Framework. The public consultation was launched on Monday and will run until the 6th of February. NICE has invited anyone with an... Read more

  443. The benefits of martial-arts based physiotherapy

    An Edinburgh based-physiotherapy centre is seen to be significantly cutting back pain and waiting times for patients by mixing traditional therapies with martial arts-inspired treatments. Launched in February, the Korean Physiotherapy Clinic uses the ‘Ki-Gong Hands-On’ method, which combines an... Read more

  444. Reversed ageing-associated decline in MS mice

    A study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell  has highlighted the possibility of reversing ageing in the central nervous system for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients through a study of mice. MS affects approximately 100,000 people in the United Kingdom, 400,000 in the United States and several... Read more

  445. Patient and staff views on NHS services to be published

    The government has announced that it will soon become a formal requirement of NHS organisations to publicly publish new data on staff performance and patient views on their service. The initiatives, announced by David Cameron, come as part of the government’s plan to improve nursing services.... Read more

  446. Delays to penalties from “hidden” waiting lists

    A Government plan to tackle the growing number of patients on “hidden” NHS waiting lists which was announced in November has reportedly been hit with delays. The announcement made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, said that hospitals would face a clampdown on the number of non-urgent patients... Read more

  447. DoH and Intellect to create “healthy and vibrant” IT market

    The Department of Health Informatics Directorate (DHID) and Intellect have published a formal outline of their plans to reconfigure IT in the NHS, stating how they intend to create a “healthy and vibrant” IT market. The outline was published following consultation on a draft plan that was... Read more

  448. £2.5bn NHS savings from QIPP

    The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that the NHS saved £2.5 billion in the first six months of the financial year under the government's efficiency savings programme. The Quality, Innovation, Productivity, and Prevention (QIPP) programme was intended to guide Trusts to improve the... Read more

  449. North Bristol to move away from the “outdated hospital model”

    North Bristol NHS Trust has announced a proposal to close one of its acute hospitals as part of a reconfiguration of its health services, instead changing to a new hospital model and the creation of a “health and social care campus”. The proposed “campus" will instead include a community... Read more

  450. “Clarity” needed for NHS IT in 2012

    A recent survey has revealed that the primary focus of the NHS in 2012 should be on creating “clarity” around the roles and responsibilities of local organisations in order to make the most of the government’s latest round of reforms. Participants in the eHealth Insider survey felt that in the... Read more

  451. Merry Christmas from Pathway Software

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Pathway Software! The office will be closing at midday Friday and we'll be back on Tuesday the 3rd of January. Happy holidays and we'll see you all next year! Read more

  452. NTAC Tool for accelerated NHS technology adoption

    The NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) has launched a new online tool enabling proven medical technology to be more efficiently adopted into the NHS. The Generic Adoption Process (GAP) provides a clear and detailed roadmap for implementation, along with the required tools to enable proven... Read more

  453. Experimenting with User-Lead Service Redesign

    Under the latest round of budget cuts, one mental health charity is bringing about service redesign by asking service users to have more input into how changes to the NHS are carried out. The National Survivor User Network (NSUN), a charity which supports mental health service users, report that... Read more

  454. Simple swallow screening test for SLT’s

    A tool has been developed which immediately identifies stroke patients with swallowing difficulties at their bedside. The simple test, which can be performed at the bedside by nursing staff, could now be implemented across the whole of Wales in an attempt to help the NHS hit Welsh Government... Read more

  455. Insufficient and Ineffective NHS care for Neurological disorders

    A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed that care for Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and MS has largely failed to improve despite large scale investment from the Department of Health (DoH). The report investigated the effect of the DoH’s framework for long-term... Read more

  456. ICO request compulsory audit powers

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has submitted an official request to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the right to carry out compulsory data audits of NHS and local government authorities in order to help prevent data breaches. The announcement comes as the government released data... Read more

  457. Additional £2.5 billion for NHS services

    The government has announced today that an additional £2.5 billion funding boost will be given to NHS services in 2012-13, making up an overall 2.8% increase. Following the increase, Andrew Lansley said that a total of £91.6 billion will now go directly to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). £87.5... Read more

  458. NPfIT systems cost up to “three times market price”

    An MP for the Public Accounts Committee has stated that Trusts are being vastly overcharged for IT systems procured under the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), reporting instances of Trusts paying over three times the market price. Richard Bacon MP, an expert on the programme, stated that the... Read more

  459. 24,000 “avoidable” Diabetes deaths per year

    An audit has revealed an “incredibly alarming” estimate of 24,000 annual deaths from Diabetes due to failures in healthcare, meaning that many are unable to manage their condition properly and die “avoidably early”. The figure is though to stem from a large scale failure in the promotion of... Read more

  460. Digital dictation benefits for Birmingham Trust

    Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have reported a dramatic reduction in the time taken to produce documentation and GP letters following the introduction of digital dictation technology. The wait time between letters being dictated and then submitted to the referring... Read more

  461. “Bed blocking” costs NHS £500,000 per day

    “Bed blocking” in the NHS which leads to thousands of elderly people being kept in hospital beds when they should be discharged because of a growing shortage of space in care homes is reportedly on the rise and costing £500,000 every day. NHS figures state that instances of “bed blocking” have... Read more

  462. Social Media Guidelines for NHS Managers

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a set of guidelines around the use of social media in healthcare, saying that managers must take the initiative to be better informed about the use of networking sites in order to handle misuse cases at a local level. Andy Jaegar, Assistant... Read more

  463. The importance of online feedback for the NHS

    An article by Patient Opinion has stated that the attitude the NHS takes towards online patient feedback is changing. James Munro, director of research and informatics at Patient Opinion and author of the article, stated that until recently health service staff have been cautious in embracing... Read more

  464. Case Management: a future strategy for the NHS?

    A report has been published stating the benefits of “case management”, an internationally accepted approach to healthcare which is thought could prove highly effective and cost-efficient. Nick Goodwin, a senior fellow at The King's Fund who co-wrote the “Case management: what it is and how it... Read more

  465. AQP and GP data opened up for patient choice

    Two new tools have been created to help patients make informed choices around GP’s and local health services in an attempt to improve patient choice. GP practice data and an interactive map of the local health services that will be opened up to the “any qualified provider” (AQP) incentive has... Read more

  466. “Industrial scale” telehealth roll-out could benefit 3 million

    Plans announced by David Cameron have stated that the NHS is to rollout telehealth technologies on an "industrial scale" which could ultimately be of benefit to over 3 million patients. The government's new Life Sciences prospectus is aimed at developing a "world-leading system in technology... Read more

  467. Survey predicts “revolution” in mobile technologies

    A study of how the UK health sector is introducing mobile working has predicted that implementation of such technologies is on the rise, and that the market is on the verge of a “revolution”. The survey which received responses from 40 healthcare workers with a majority of healthcare IT... Read more

  468. NHS cost savings can be “unlocked by technology”

    Chris Skidmore, the MP for Kingswood and a member of the Health Select Committee, says that if used effectively, data collected by the NHS could drive forward medical research and innovation and lead to significant cost savings. The debate over how patient data collected by the NHS could be best... Read more

  469. 60 NHS Outcome Measures announced

    The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced plans today which will see NHS Trusts and  clinicians judged against a set of 60 new goals to assess treatment success based on the quality of care patients receive. The 60 benchmarks that will replace the current system of targets are designed to... Read more

  470. PROMs and Outcome Measures - what could you be doing?

    Following feedback from our Expert User Meeting, the resounding feeling from NHS managers and clinicians alike was that the climate surrounding outcomes and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) was a very uncertain one. Despite this lack of clarity, all NHS Trusts are being asked to be... Read more

  471. Universal Access to Patient Notes

    In order that health professionals from a multitude of services can collaborate as effectively as possible over patient care, it is important to ensure quick and easy access to all aspects of the patient record. To assist in this process, we have created the “Therapies Viewer”, a simple web-based... Read more

  472. Informed Feedback from the Expert User Meeting

    We recently held the first Expert User Meeting for Trusts which have implemented and are extensively using our Therapy Manager Electronic Patient Record (EPR) System. Directors, Heads of Service and Clinicians from Betsi Cadwalladr University Health Board and Chesterfield Royal Hospital... Read more

  473. SLT benefits for young offenders

    Research carried out by a London-based Youth Offending Team (YOT) has revealed that Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) can have significant benefits for young offenders. The two-year research project was led by Ealing YOT and Ealing Hospital NHS Trust with funding from the European Commission. A... Read more

  474. NHS Operating Framework focus on outcomes and efficiency

    The NHS Operating Framework for 2012-13 has placed greater focus on outcomes and efficiencies despite an increasing number of financial challenges. It is thought that the NHS will face major challenges next year, with the government stating that the health service needs to take bold, long term... Read more

  475. NHS Direct promote online services during strike action

    NHS Direct is encouraging patients to use its online health symptom checker to get advice about non-urgent problems today as many NHS services, including their telephone line, will be affected by industrial action over pensions. A spokeswoman for NHS Direct reported that they were unsure of how... Read more

  476. NHS urged to consider electronic equipment systems

    The former Health Secretary and Chair of Health Select Committee says that better use of IT will help eliminate waste in the NHS, and that the service must seize opportunities offered by new technology. Stephen Dorrell stated that he believes making better use of IT is key to eliminating... Read more

  477. Mobile Health Worker project progresses for community staff

    The Department of Health’s (DoH) Mobile Health Worker Project is being rolled out to cover entire community services across the UK. The Mobile Health Worker Project initially comprised eleven separate pilots across a variety of individual Trusts and was launched in 2010 to gather data on the... Read more

  478. Derby implement radio-frequency equipment tracking

    Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has implemented a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system to improve how it goes about tracking equipment. To support the tracking software, the Trust has purchased a suite of hardware tools including mobile personal digital assistants (PDAs) with radio... Read more

  479. Success for A+E Waiting Times App

    A recent “appathon” which gave students 48 hours to create an app using Government data has produced a “waiting list time” app which has been given an award by the Prime Minister. The competition was part of an annual initiative called “Silicon Valley comes to the UK”, which sees a 30-strong... Read more

  480. Preventing winter sports injuries for skiers and snowboarders

    Physiotherapists at BMI Bishops Wood Hospital are urging patients to take greater care whilst travelling abroad for winter sports, reporting a great demand on the service from skiing and snowboarding related injuries. It is estimated that this winter more individuals are likely to hit the slopes... Read more

  481. Connecting for Health and Intellect collaborate for NHS IT

    Representatives from NHS Connecting for Health and Intellect have written to the Guardian stating how they want to establish a collaborative effort between suppliers and NHS IT users in order to improve healthcare. Peter Dyke, Head of Industry Liaison for NHS Connecting for Health and John... Read more

  482. Early access Physiotherapy urged for sick workers

    A report published today recommends the creation of a new independent assessment service (IAS) to provide assessments to individuals once they have experienced a sickness-related absence in excess of four weeks. The IAS proposed in the report is thought to have the potential to transform the... Read more

  483. “Talking plate” trials to aid NHS weight loss

    The NHS has launched trials of a “talking plate” which has been successful in treating eating disorders in an attempt to support patients in the process of losing weight. The device termed the “Mandometer” monitors the amount of food on a plate and the speed at which people are eating it. If the... Read more

  484. Campaign for patient POA Flags

    Dr Foster Intelligence have announced they are to launch a campaign to promote “present on admission” (POA) flags to give a clearer picture of the care patients receive before and after hospital admission. The campaign would see hospitals using a new clinical code to signify when a condition... Read more

  485. Patient portal looks for Microsoft collaboration

    The company behind the Howareyou? patient portal is in discussions with Microsoft about creating an extensive health social network for patients in the UK. Howareyou? enables patients to communicate with other individuals in their network, share information about their experiences and receive... Read more

  486. CCG’s to invest in GP data sharing

    Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) are pioneering the use of tools to compare data amongst GP practices and share it with secondary care services, stating that this should be prioritised by the NHS for IT investment.A survey conducted by EHI Primary Care found that 75% of CCG’s believed that... Read more

  487. Pathway Software win "New Business of the Year" Award

    The fifth annual Halifax Courier Business Awards saw Pathway Software taking home the “New Business of the Year” Award. The judging panel said “Pathway are an innovative software company which has, in a short space of time, successfully brought it’s product to market. We felt it was a firm that... Read more

  488. Crackdown on “hidden” NHS waiting lists

    Ministers have ordered a crackdown on "hidden" waiting in the NHS in England in an attempt to clear out the backlog of patients waiting over the implemented target time. The current “referral-to-treatment” (RTT) target for non-urgent patients implies that hospitals must provide treatment within... Read more

  489. Calls for information on NHS elderly care

    The NHS Confederation, Local Government Group and Age UK have collaborated to examine solutions to neglect and abuse of older people in homes and hospitals.The commission has been established in light of a series of reports on dignity and compassion for elderly patients in the NHS which found... Read more

  490. Call for improvements to health IT safety

    A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded that the safety of health IT in the US is “not acceptable” and that the government should intervene to regulate interactions between industry and healthcare organisations in order to promote transparency. The new ‘Health IT and Patient... Read more

  491. NHS “best practice” failures in Orthopaedic care

    A survey carried out by Which? has revealed that one in ten patients who have received hip or knee surgery in the NHS did not think the process was well managed, with concerns that this could lead to overall wasting of NHS funds. This report was supported by evidence from healthcare information... Read more

  492. NHS Wales campaign to save essential SLT services

    The Welsh NHS has launched a major campaign to safeguard Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) services during a time of real-term cuts to NHS funding.   Almost 20% of the UK population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives. In adults, stroke is the most common... Read more

  493. NHS Chiefs who “ration” care may face redundancy

    Health secretary Andrew Lansley is to announce that NHS bosses who attempt to save money by rationing treatments or extending wait times for operations could face redundancy. It comes as a response to the July report by the Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), which accused primary care... Read more

  494. The A to Z of Healthcare IT

    The landscape of IT can often be a confusing one due to the number of different acronyms and jargon. Here we clarify our A to Z of all the most important healthcare IT terminology. A: ASCII - The American Standard Code for Information Interchange is a character encoding system which represents... Read more

  495. Social Care Cuts affect Community Physio, SLT and OT services

    A investigation from the Pulse has revealed that dramatic cuts to social care budgets are placing practices under mounting pressure, with GP’s being forced to refer patients into hospital care due to the lack of capacity in primary and community services. The services most affected are... Read more

  496. Potential IT Investment Vacuum in Allied Health Professions

    Since the Summer we have noticed a marked change in the responses we have received from clinical decision makers (in Therapies) when talking to them about Therapy Manager. In all but a few circumstances decision-makers appear to be reluctant to make the distinction between headcount-related... Read more

  497. DoH and Intellect plan to improve NHS IT

    A new joint plan resulting from collaboration between the Department of Health and trade body Intellect says that the NHS needs to harness IT and informatics in order to see improvements in patient care. The initial announcement of the government beginning to partner with Intellect came in... Read more

  498. NHS Informatics must “wake up”

    Andy Kinnear, the Head of Avon IM&T Consortium has stated in his speech at the EHI Live 2011 Event at the Birmingham NEC that health informatics and analytics services need to “wake up” and become more competitive if they are to survive in the new NHS environment. Kinnear said that most... Read more

  499. Cold Weather NHS Plan will “save lives”

    The NHS and Social Services are attempting to introduce winter weather alerts aimed at helping vulnerable patients to stay safe during cold snaps. The NHS will receive alerts from the Met Office and will put in place a plan to ensure that people are safe in their homes. Four alerts will be... Read more

  500. Yoga success for lower back pain treatment

    A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that yoga proved to be more effective for lower back pain than conventional treatments, with patients showing greater improvements in their ability to perform everyday physical tasks and mobility as a result of the exercise... Read more

  501. NHS Weight Loss programmes “less effective” than Weight Watchers

    New research published online in the British Medical Journal has revealed that diet programmes such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley are cheaper and far more effective than those run by the NHS. Traditional NHS programmes comprised of counselling from specially trained... Read more

  502. NHS staff breach data confidentiality daily

    A recent report has revealed that NHS staff breached data protection policies five times a week on average over the past three years, with some posting patient information on Facebook.The privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch used Freedom of Information Act requests to  reveal at least 806... Read more

  503. Social Media to prevent Mid Staffs tragedies

    The public inquiry into a scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has heard that social media could potentially be used to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.The concerns stemmed from the Trust reportedly having much higher death rates than would have been expected... Read more

  504. “English diet" could save 4,000 lives

    A study by Oxford University published in BMJ Open has stated that eating like the English could save 4,000 lives a year in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The study asserts that people in England consume more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing the incidence of heart... Read more

  505. Complying with Patient Rights to Access their Clinical Letters

    The implementation of the NHS Plan means that patients now have the rights to request copies of any communication that occurs between their clinician and referrer. The Department of Health has identified the following potential benefits: More trust between patients and clinicians, reducing... Read more

  506. Reducing Security Breaches of NHS Information

    Examples of security breaches of protected NHS information are rarely far from the news, whether they concern electronic or paper patient records. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently criticised the NHS over the latest round of data losses, which saw misplaced, unencrypted memory... Read more

  507. Outpatient Appointment Scheduling for the Next Calendar Year

    Winter often results in an increased caseload in Therapies and consequentially it places extra strain on Outpatient clinics and the systems used to manage them. It’s also typically the time of year when Capital budgets are being considered for next Financial Year. As such, it is an opportune... Read more

  508. Communicating Seasonal Advice to Patients in Therapy Services

    Cold weather and winter holidays can often lead to a peak in demand for NHS Therapy Outpatient and Inpatient services. In an attempt to reduce the number of seasonal issues that could potentially affect patients, Trusts could consider turning to alternative or social media channels as early as... Read more

  509. The first “Paperless” NHS Trust

    Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) is taking the move to become one of the country’s first “fully digital” hospitals by 2012 by removing all paper notes and records in an attempt to improve patient care.Al information from the NOC’s surgical operations, Outpatient appointments and diagnostic scans... Read more

  510. Failed FT Managers will be “removed”

    Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has issued a warning to NHS managers, stating that those who fail to prepare hospitals adequately to become Foundation Trusts (FT’s) by the 2014 deadline will be "removed and replaced".In a speech to policy makers, NHS experts and private healthcare executives in... Read more

  511. One in Five Bed Losses for NHS Wales

    The Welsh Secretary of the British Medical Association yesterday warned of an imminent winter beds “crisis” as it emerged Wales has lost almost one in five of its hospital beds in the past decade.Dr Richard Lewis called this an “unacceptable” reduction in the number of available beds, and stated... Read more

  512. NHS must prepare for the “Genetic Revolution”

    A report from the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health has stated that the NHS needs to "urgently" develop the tools and expertise needed to take advantage of a revolution in genetic testing.The report argues that new technologies could soon dramatically change the climate of care for... Read more

  513. NHS urged to change attitudes to technology

    A recently published report from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has stressed the importance of the use of IT in the NHS, and urges health services to prepare to radically improve their overall use of information.NHS IT managers are urged to focus on changing staff attitudes, cutting back on... Read more

  514. Scan delays due to NHS Inefficiencies

    An inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee into NHS use of expensive scanning equipment has revealed that patients are facing long waits due to service inefficiencies, and has called on the Department of Health (DoH) for a re-examination of the use of MRI and CT scanners. Their report has... Read more

  515. The 4 key future strategies for hospitals

    A report from the American Hospital Association Committee on Performance Improvement has identified four key strategies that hospitals should prioritise as major initiatives in the coming decade.The four stated objectives in the report come as a result of responses from hospital and health system... Read more

  516. Robotic skeleton for paraplegic patients

    An article in The Telegraph has today reported that a paraplegic woman has been fitted with a robotic suit which has helped her to walk again.The device was demonstrated on Friday at the London International Technology Show for the first time in Europe. The Ekso device helps the wearer walk of... Read more

  517. Chief Executives should improve IT Knowledge

    The Financial Times has published an article stating that the lack of IT knowledge from Managers and Chief Executives is worrying, and recommends that those in a position of leadership take time to familiarise themselves with new developments in IT and technology in order to aid decision making... Read more

  518. Bats used for Speech Therapy Research

    Research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology has revealed that study of voice-raising in bats raise could lead to improved speech therapy for patients suffering from Parkinson’s.By studying how the bat brain controls the sounds of its voice, researchers have started to gain insight... Read more

  519. Criticism as NHS Managers recruit Efficiency Expert

    Hospital staff and unions today criticised managers at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals for taking on an “efficiency” consultant to help them achieve financial savings.Steve Leivers, who is Director of Transformation at Aintree, has joined Lancashire Teaching Hospitals for six months to help them... Read more

  520. Importance of a Healthy Workforce for Business

    As “Healthy Living Week” begins in the UK, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) have released a survey, the results of which indicate the huge savings that could be made to businesses from ensuring that health problems and sickness-related absence in the workforce are targeted. Employee... Read more

  521. NHS Referrals to Private Providers Dramatically Reduced

    New Department of Health (DoH) figures seem to indicate that NHS GP’s are repressing patient choice as it was revealed that NHS referrals to the private sector through the extended choice network has come to an end.Management Consultancy firm Candesic obtained the figures under the Freedom of... Read more

  522. NHS Telehealth Opportunities Missed

    A new report by Audit Scotland has revealed that Telehealth systems which have the potential to save the health service hundreds of thousands of pounds are being under utilised by the NHS.Telehealth services are designed to provide remote electronic healthcare to patients with long term... Read more

  523. NHS Complaints Handling under fire

    The Health Service Ombudsman has warned that the NHS needs to improve the method in which they deal with complaints, citing evidence that some GP’s are striking badly behaved patients off practice lists without the required warnings.The ombudsman said the NHS was failing to adequately deal with... Read more

  524. 50 NHS Trusts Struggling Financially

    The National Audit Office has found that almost 50 NHS Trusts are struggling financially, with many having to consider merging with others to survive and a handful branded “unviable” in any form.The study of the 113 non Foundation Trust (FT) Trusts revealed that many hospitals are weighed down by... Read more

  525. Whole Body “Cryotherapy” Pod Unveiled

    The UK’s first whole body medical “cryotherapy” pod was today launched at The Garden Hospital in London which attempts to target a host of problems traditionally treated by physiotherapy.The pod located in the physiotherapy department will offer patients, across a wide variety of medical fields... Read more

  526. Mortality Rates could fall as a result of NHS Competition

    An analysis of NHS mortality figures by the TaxPayers' Alliance has suggested that mortality rates are unnecessarily high because the NHS is "too centralised, overly–managed by politicians and too insulated from competition”.Their report stated that there were almost 12,000 extra deaths in... Read more

  527. Healthcare Facebook for Patients

    A Cambridge healthcare portal that puts patients in charge of their own treatment and is hailed as the “Facebook” of healthcare is in talks to be fast-tracked into global markets. The founders of are engaged in talks with technology and healthcare funders and commercial... Read more

  528. Increase in NHS Patient Choice

    Health Minister Simon Burns has this week announced that it possible for the first time for patients to choose not only where they are treated, but which consultant–led team treats them.Burns states that this is part of an important shift in health care decision–making, putting patients directly... Read more

  529. Rationing Physiotherapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    A survey by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has revealed that Physiotherapy services for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis are being "rationed" despite the NHS failing to provide the care it should. The research revealed that a... Read more

  530. NHS Competition not harmful to patients

    Researchers from the University of York’s Centre for Health Economics have studied the effect of the pro-competition reforms introduced in the 2000s by the Labour government on local communities, stating that the results imply that competition had not negatively affected the NHS. Similar to the... Read more

  531. NHS Chiefs to Webcast Board Meetings

    Health Chiefs in NHS Lothian are planning to broadcast their board meetings on YouTube in an attempt to boost interest in the work of the Trust.The move comes as the organisation have revealed they are desperate to increase public involvement and is attempting to find ways to encourage more... Read more

  532. Mobile Users Suffer from Text Neck

    Chiropractors have warned of a new condition dubbed "text neck" which is on the rise due to the amount of time people spend hunched over their mobile phone and tablet computer screens.The affliction, caused by flexing the neck for extended periods of time, can be a forerunner of permanent... Read more

  533. Stem Cell Cure for Diabetes

    A study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine has uncovered a treatment for Diabetes which utilises the patients' neural stem cells to overcome the shortage of insulin-producing cells without the need for gene transfer.Research from the AIST Institute in Tsukuba has revealed how harvesting stem... Read more

  534. Got a research idea that could improve productivity in Therapies?

    We’re interested in talking to you.Science, Medicine and Engineering Graduates are being invited to apply for several £80,000 grants which will help to pay salaries and fees for three years. The Fellowships are awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and are aimed at Graduates... Read more

  535. 27 Week Wait for NHS Physiotherapy

    A new report focusing on access to NHS Physiotherapy has revealed that some patients are facing waits of up to 27 weeks, far exceeding the informal 18 week “referral-to-treatment” (RTT) target.The audit of 115 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England using the Freedom of Information Act found... Read more

  536. NPfIT stunted NHS IT

    Katie Davis, the Managing Director of NHS Informatics, has said that the defunct National Programme for IT (NPfIT) has “stunted” the growth of the NHS IT market. In order to deliver the government’s “connect all” strategy, Davis said that success will depend on reversing this trend and... Read more

  537. Talented Developer? Pathway Software needs you...

    Pathway Software is not like many other companies in the Healthcare technology space. We are a small, fast-paced, highly responsive business that develops simple software for Therapists in the NHS. We take a “lean innovation” approach to help us deliver software that clinicians really want to use... Read more

  538. ICO state Security Breaches are “Plain Daft”

    Speaking at Tuesday’s Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo in London, Jonathan Bamford, Head of Strategic Liaison at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that NHS staff should be more aware of data security risks as patient confidentiality "is at the heart of what they... Read more

  539. Highlights from HETT (Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology) Expo

    Yesterday we attended HETT. We thought we’d share our thoughts and findings in case you didn’t have chance to get there. The Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo opened to senior figures from the NHS, Department of Health, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector in the... Read more

  540. More Patient Data Losses

    East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has admitted losing a memory stick containing the confidential medical details of 800 patients.The unencrypted device went missing from the Trust in September 2010 and has yet to be recovered. The loss came to light in the NHS... Read more

  541. Personal Health Budgets

    Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that he will be “truly putting patients at the heart of the NHS” as he announced personal health budgets for 50,000 people.He stated his commitment to the NHS, asserting that he will never allow the service to... Read more

  542. IT to drive NHS Savings and Efficiency

    The Director of IT for Newton Europe has published an article in Healthcare Global looking specifically at how the NHS is using IT systems to meet necessary savings targets laid down by the government.With £20 billion of savings to be made over the next four years, the NHS is under increasing... Read more

  543. Success from Individual Back Pain Treatment

    A new study published in The Lancet’s Online First has found that targeting back care according to the individual person’s needs is far more effective can currently used generic physiotherapy methods.The STarT Back trial study led by Professor Elaine Hay, looked at whether a stratified approach... Read more

  544. Google+ For Clinicians

    As social media becomes increasingly more influential in the NHS, patients will demand access to reliable health content and clinical advice at the touch of a button. Whilst social networking sites such as Facebook may cause concern over accurately drawing the line between professional and... Read more

  545. Monitoring Progression in Therapies

    The use of outcomes as a method of monitoring the effectiveness of a treatment or service is fast becoming an NHS standard. In order that Trusts can align themselves in an increasingly competitive environment, they should provide clinicians with the tools to not only compare outcome scores at the... Read more

  546. Mapping resources and skills to case complexity

    When allocating resources to a patient within Therapies, it may not be as simple as determining the availability of clinicians, but may also need to take into account the complexity of the patient journey. The challenges surrounding patient complexity can include: Determining availability by... Read more

  547. Adoption of Mobile Technologies in Therapies

    As the NHS moves away from traditional paper based processes in the quest to reach the savings challenge of £20 billion within the next four years, it is essential that cutting-edge and fit-for-purpose technologies are used to complement new electronic working practises. Mobile hardware is... Read more

  548. Green Approach to NHS IT

    The ICT Operations Manager at Newham University Hospital Trust (NUHT), has published an article in The Guardian explaining how the Trust has made significant energy savings without disrupting the work of frontline staff.Shaun Jeffery asserts that effective use of IT is crucial to the public... Read more

  549. Web Chats for Mental Health Therapy

    Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Foundation Trust has built an online mental health support and treatment service following the discovery that almost half of it’s patients would be suitable to be prescribed online therapy.The Foundation Trust (FT) which provides mental health and learning... Read more

  550. Major Errors in NPfIT Report

    The Cabinet Office has published its Major Projects Authority’s (MPA) review of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS following the announcement of it’s dissolution this week, but it has been observed that this report contains a significant number of factual errors and omissions. The... Read more

  551. CCGs Advised on Data Use

    NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will need “good information” if they intend to shift from commissioning by volume to commissioning for outcomes, Dr Foster Intelligence has said in its annual Intelligent Board report.The organisation says that emerging CCGs will need to think about their... Read more

  552. Huge Savings from Smart Procurement

    The government has stated their hopes that smarter procurement could help the NHS in England to save more than £15 billion over the next three years.Ministers are urging Trusts to use common sense to save between £15 and £20 billion from the NHS budget in England over the next three years, with... Read more

  553. Patients want Improved Consent

    A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has revealed that in more than 70% of legal disputes about informed consent, patients say the doctor or surgeon didn't adequately explain the risks of complications potentially inherent in their treatment. The findings suggest that to avoid... Read more

  554. Prescribing Rights for NHS Physios

    A Department of Health (DoH) consultation exercise has suggested that Physiotherapists in the NHS could soon be given the rights to prescribe medicines to patients.At present, Physiotherapists can only prescribe medication when working with the written authority of a doctor. The directive follows... Read more

  555. Therapies Waiting List Challenges for NHS Managers

    Health Bosses in the Gwent region of Wales have stated that keeping waiting times for Therapies and Diagnostics low as the key to sustaining overall targets for treatment are proving a challenge.Diagnostic and Therapy Services for NHS Wales are no longer subject to formal waiting times, but... Read more

  556. DoH and Intellect collaborate to stimulate NHS IT

    The Department of Health (DoH) is to collaborate with Intellect in order to stimulate the market for NHS IT following the announcement that the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is to be scrapped. A press release issued by the DoH this morning says that the new partnership will explore ways to... Read more

  557. “Robot Legs” for Stroke Patients

    Scientists in the Netherlands have engineered the use of robotic legs to try and improve the movement of stroke patients.The “Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton” (LOPES) device is currently in it’s prototype stage, and functions by training the body and mind of a patient to recover a more... Read more

  558. NHS Data Insufficient for Tariff

    The Audit Commission has warned that some of the data used for NHS contracts is of such poor quality that it should not be used to extend national pricing to more services.The warning comes following the watchdog’s annual report on it’s Payment by Results (PbR) assurance programme. It was... Read more

  559. NHS to overhaul NPfIT

    Following a review of the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT), the government has announced that the project will be scrapped, allowing hospitals to choose their own computer systems. Health secretary Andrew Lansley, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and NHS chief executive Sir... Read more

  560. In-patient Waits on the rise

    The third annual report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that waiting times for individuals needing Inpatient hospital treatment in England have increased after a long period of stability.In the report on the state of health and social care in England, the CQC also raised... Read more

  561. NHS Lancashire and Cumbria implement Telestroke Technology

    A number of hospitals across the Lancashire and Cumbria have gone live with a large-scale telestroke service which allows consultants to assess patients for thrombolysis treatment via video-link.Fifteen consultants will access the system via laptops in their own home that link to a specially... Read more

  562. NHS Orkney brings iPads into Board Meetings

    NHS Orkney has introduced iPads for members to use at board meetings, estimating it will help save about £28,000 a year in printing and associated costs.The health board has reported that the move has almost entirely eliminated the need to use paper during board meetings, and that the principle... Read more

  563. How to fix NHS IT

    Writing for IT Pro, Tom Brewster has outlined 5 key steps that could help to fix some of the problems surrounding the state of current NHS IT.Following the failure of large and nationally implemented directives such as the £11.4 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT), there is still... Read more

  564. Greater Rise in NHS Waiting Times

    Department of Health (DoH) figures have shown that the number of patients still waiting to be seen at a hospital more than a year after being referred for treatment by GP has risen by 40% since January.It has been revealed that there were 19,939 people still on an NHS waiting list in July having... Read more

  565. Shock Treatment for Stroke Victims

    Researchers from the University of Oxford have unveiled a treatment which could help stroke patients suffering from brain damage to recover more quickly by applying a small current to a specific part of their brain.The technique, termed “trans-cranial direct current stimulation”, or TDCS, sees... Read more

  566. More cost-saving directives needed in the NHS

    The Foundation Trust Network (FTN) has voiced concerns over the lack of dialogue surrounding cost savings within the NHS, telling hospitals that long-term planning will be required in order to successfully achieve service reorganisation.The FTN has reported that there appears to be no convincing... Read more

  567. NHS cutbacks boost the Private Sector

    A recent survey of industry figures has revealed that private healthcare firms are experiencing an increase in business caused by the financial squeeze across the NHS in England.101 influential industry figures were surveyed including Chief Executives, Investors and Advisers. 34% of respondents... Read more

  568. Mapping out Speech Therapy

    A collaboration between Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh and Edinburgh University has lead to the development of innovative ultrasound technology to help treat children with speech problems.The technique allows children who have difficulties forming words to see on a computer screen... Read more

  569. Warnings over Referral “Rationing by Stealth”

    The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has claimed that the "rationing by stealth" phenomenon is affecting the NHS after official figures were released showing a dramatic reduction in recent hospital referrals by GP’s.Department of Health statistics showed that the number of hospital referrals made... Read more

  570. Savings from Remote ECG’s

    GP’s in the Manchester area are reported to have saved local hospitals £4 million in the past year through the use of a telemedicine style electrocardiogram (ECG).Every Primary Care Trust (PCT) in the Greater Manchester area is now using the telemedical ECG service from Broomwell Health Watch to... Read more

  571. NHS criticised for data losses

    The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after the personal details of 87 patients were lost.The data breach occurred when a student on placement at the Trust copied patient data onto a personal,... Read more

  572. iPads relieve Hand Surgery Stress

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has pioneered the introduction of iPads to individuals undergoing hand surgery which is said to have significantly alleviated stress and anxiety levels.The concept was created by anaesthetics assistant Mark Leonard who theorised that giving patients iPads to... Read more

  573. Alzheimer's Test transformed into Mobile App

    A mobile application to test patients for the early signs of Alzheimer's disease has just been made available for trial by clinicians.The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) was originally developed at Cambridge University 25 years ago as a standard method of diagnosing... Read more

  574. £3,000 NHS Saving for each Mobile Clinician

    The Department of Health’s (DoH) launched National Mobile Health Worker project has concluded that mobile working by community staff could save £3,000 per clinician per year.The National Mobile Health Worker Project was set up by the DoH last summer to capture quantifiable evidence to support the... Read more

  575. Children’s back pain on the rise due to heavy school bags

    Physiotherapists in South Wales have warned that the number of referrals for children into the NHS due to back pain is rising, and states the figure could be linked with heavy school bags. Research published by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board surveyed pupils across the Neath Port... Read more

  576. FT’s fail to submit Complaint Data

    The latest data from the NHS Information Centre has revealed that the number of Foundation Trusts (FT’s) not submitting data on NHS complaints has risen in the last year.Wednesday's report looked at just over 148,000 written complaints about the health service in 2010/11 which indicated that... Read more

  577. NHS years behind on Innovation Benefits

    A documentary broadcast by BBC Radio 4 has stated that the NHS is taking too long to adopt innovations, with advances in heart disease care taking an average of 17 years from research funding to providing benefits to patients.“An Unhealthy Wait” stated examples of currently existing technology... Read more

  578. London hospitals switch to Electronic Discharge

    London hospitals are replacing the traditional faxed discharge summaries with a secure email system in an attempt to boost efficiency and help patients to leave hospital promptly.Under the old system, patients being discharged that needed on-going care required a ‘package of care’ document to be... Read more

  579. The Cost of Failed IT projects

    Researchers from Oxford University have examined the number of failed IT projects across both the public and private sector, stating that business could be liable to collapse as a result.The study states that IT projects are 20 times more likely to run out of control than any other business... Read more

  580. Personalised NHS care to benefit long-term conditions

    The Department of Health (DoH) is highlighting a scheme in West Yorkshire as providing a way forward for reducing the cost burden on the NHS of the 15 million people suffering from long-term illnesses.Patients suffering from long-term conditions conditions account for an estimated 70% of the... Read more

  581. DoH call for Healthcare Apps

    Health secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a competition for new ideas for health apps to help patients make informed decisions about their care.The invitation is open to healthcare professionals and app developers and and urges patients and clinicians alike to submit ideas for apps and health... Read more

  582. Northern Ireland implement “telepresence robots”

    A Northern Ireland Health Trust is rolling out “telepresence robots” which allow intensive care specialists to remotely assess patients between different hospitals. The robot can transmit heart and breath sounds, and allows examination of patients without the need for patients or clinicians to... Read more

  583. SNOMED healthcare terminology becomes NHS standard

    The Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB) has officially approved the SNOMED Clinical Terms (CT) healthcare terminology as a “fundamental standard” for use in the NHS. SNOMED CT is an internationally recognised set of numerical, machine readable codes and human readable... Read more

  584. Analysts urge Trusts to adopt Mobile Technologies

    Frost and Sullivan have produced a white paper urging the healthcare sector to adopt mobile technologies in order to improve patient care.The American business research and consulting firm has asserted that mobile devices can transform the healthcare experience, but states that the sector has... Read more

  585. NHS Trusts to move away from NPfIT

    NHS Trusts in the South have already begun drafting specifications for systems that may replace those supplied under the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) project.They are being aided by the Department of Health (DoH) to  formulate their specifications ahead of a major announcement over the... Read more

  586. Efficiency Criteria for GP Commissioning

    The Department of Health has revealed that GP’s will be assessed on their former delivery of NHS efficiency savings before they are handed full commissioning responsibility by the NHS Commissioning Board. A draft Government document, “Developing clinical commissioning groups: Towards... Read more

  587. The Cost of Physiotherapy for Non-Athletes

    An article in Healthcare Global has asserts that while an athlete's main focus is diet and fitness regimes, their physiotherapy treatments should be considered to be of the highest importance. It states that the occupational hazard of injury that accompanies an active lifestyle can often be... Read more

  588. Harness IT to boost Public Sector efficiency

    With the Government increasingly looking to trim public sector expenditure, the CBI has called on the Government to harness the potential of information technology to transform public service efficiency.In a new report “System Reset: Transforming public services through IT”, CBI says that making... Read more

  589. Virtual Clinic Success for Cancer Patients

    A virtual clinic set up for prostate cancer patients who are no longer required to physically attend hospital for follow-up appointments has proved a huge success.The virtual clinic is suitable for prostate cancer patients whose  disease has been deemed “stable” two years after their radiotherapy... Read more

  590. ‘Tattoo’ to monitor vital signs

    Researchers at the University of Illinois have created a minute wireless patch which can adhere to the skin to monitor a patient’s vital signs such as temperature and heart rate.The device had been likened to a ‘temporary tattoo’ in the way it is worn on the skin, and eliminates the bulky wiring... Read more

  591. Savings to be made from improved NHS transport

    Audit Scotland has stated that greater coordination of transport for health and social care could lead to significant improvements and financial savings.In a report titled “Transport for Health and Social Care”, Audit Scotland states that badly planned transport results in unnecessary journeys,... Read more

  592. Growing financial pressures for NHS despite efficiency savings

    The Audit Commission has found that whilst the NHS made £4.3 billion of efficiency savings last year, financial challenges are continuing to increase.In its report on the 2010-11 financial accounts of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), NHS trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, the commission says... Read more

  593. Robot Physiotherapy for Stroke patients

    A study published in Clinical Rehabilitation has found that robot-assisted physiotherapy may improve stroke patients' mobility more than when compared with standard therapy methods.Researchers assigned 10 stroke patients to robot-assisted therapy, and 10 to a more traditional physiotherapy... Read more

  594. Competition thought to save lives

    Research published in an The Economic Journal suggests that the number of deaths avoided across the health service as a whole is likely to be “significantly higher” since patients were given more choice and managers more freedom. Zack Cooper from the London School of Economics who wrote the... Read more

  595. Occupational Therapy to treat “bitter feelings”

    Researchers at Concordia University have suggested that administering Occupational Therapy in an attempt to combat people's “negative” and “bitter” feelings directed towards other individuals could potentially be key to boosting a patient's physical health. The research examined the relationship... Read more

  596. Mobile Technology for the NHS

    Jim Chase, Managing Director for Advanced Health & Care, has urged the NHS to maximise their use of mobile technology in order that it can be best prepared to cope with the demands of an increasingly ageing population, saying technology remains key to driving substantial efficiency savings.He... Read more

  597. NHS IT plan set for Autumn reveal

    The Department of Health (DoH) has revealed that it hopes to unveil a new structure for NHS IT which will be published in “the autumn”.A DoH spokesperson has confirmed an announcement will shortly be made concerning the future of informatics within the health service and the form it will take to... Read more

  598. Steroid Injection Therapy success for Physiotherapy patients

    Physiotherapists working in Scotland assert that patients are demonstrating a vast improvement when receiving “steroid injection therapy” in conjunction with more traditional methods.Steroid injection therapy is used as a treatment option in many physiotherapy departments for those with... Read more

  599. PAC warns against renewing CSC contract

    The Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned the government not to let the Department of Health (DoH) award a new contract to CSC on the grounds that it would grant the company “an effective monopoly” in the North Midlands and East of England.The recent report published by the PAC... Read more

  600. Pressure to balance FT books

    The economic regulator Monitor revealed on Wednesday that England’s flagship hospitals are under mounting pressure to balance their books as spending on the National Health Service remains flat.It asserts that for Foundation Trusts (FT) to remain financially viable over the coming years,... Read more

  601. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date alerts in Therapies

    A recent report concerning Compliance indicated that there were large-scale failures in complying with important patient safety alerts. The report suggested that some Trusts and Health Boards have less than 50% compliance. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date patient alerts can often be... Read more

  602. Efficiently dealing with complaints and negligence claims in Therapies

    Data recently released by the NHS Litigation Authority shows that more than £1bn of costs were settled during 2010-11. Whilst much of this expenditure is related to legitimate claims it is an unfortunate consequence of our increasingly litigious society that there are also an increasing number of... Read more

  603. Delivering Therapies through alternate channels

    With the challenges facing Therapy Services departments up and down the country perhaps it is time to consider how alternate channels could be used to communicate and interact with patients. What do we mean by alternate channels? Text messaging Email Facebook Twitter Text Messaging The... Read more

  604. Technology in Healthcare to grant ‘Patient Empowerment’

    Lygeia Ricciardi, Senior Policy Advisor for Consumer e-Health at the US Department of Health & Human Services has stated that her goal is to transform complex public health goals into easy-to-use, Internet-ready "patient empowerment" tools.Ricciardi asserts that she is working to bridge the... Read more

  605. Managing Annual Leave in Therapies

    During the summer months in particular, managing Annual Leave for clinicians in a manner that has the least impact on patient care can often prove challenging. The most common problems that Administrators and Managers encounter when attempting to co-ordinate Annual Leave are: Arranging cover... Read more

  606. Wales to restructure Rural Healthcare

    Welsh health professionals are urging politicians to support proposed changes to rural working practises, saying that reforms to community health services are “necessary and unavoidable”.Welsh NHS Confederation director Helen Birtwhistle said political leaders should “use their extensive... Read more

  607. PASC Criticises Government IT Failures

    The Commons’ Public Administration Committee (PASC) has voiced it’s concerns over the lack of governmental IT skills and systems, additionally labelling their over-reliance on a few large contractors as a “recipe for rip-offs”. A report published by the committee comments on the government’s... Read more

  608. Virtual Patients to Revolutionise Health IT

    A European-wide project is aiming to develop the technology to enable the prediction of health, disease and therapy outcomes for individual patients using computer modelling based on their individual genetic and physiological make-up. The IT Future of Medicine (ITFoM) programme has been granted... Read more

  609. “Anti-Competitive” Behaviour from NHS managers

    An investigation by the independent Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has revealed that NHS bosses are pursuing anti-competitive practices.The official review highlighted a range of tactics it had concerns about, stating that resistance to enter into the increasingly competitive climate of... Read more

  610. NHS seeks QIPP help to deliver savings

    The NHS Top Leaders programme representing 800 leaders has begun a contract to provide expertise in enabling the service to deliver improvements as part of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) transformation programme. The QIPP aims to improve the quality of NHS services... Read more

  611. NHS urged to improve reporting standards

    A new report by the NHS Information Centre has highlighted the need for clinicians to improve the quality of their hospital data.The 'Hospital Episode Statistics (HES): Improving the quality and value of hospital data' report highlights how improvements to the collection and use of hospital data... Read more

  612. Mobile Computing Saves Time for Community Services

    A study by Reading University has demonstrated that clinicians working in community services could potentially double the contact time spent with patients by utilising mobile computing solutions.Researchers worked with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust in an attempt to analyse the... Read more

  613. Diet Changes Could Affect Alzheimer's

    A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center published in Lancet Neurology has indicated that changes to diet and lifestyle could potentially see the number of Alzheimer's cases drop by more than half.It was revealed that low education, smoking, physical inactivity, depression,... Read more

  614. Digital Pens benefit Wolverhampton

    Due to it’s recent implementation of Digital Pens across it’s community services, Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT) has seen a reduction in the time spent by staff inputting data by 75%.The pens were implemented in November following the signing of a contract between the PCT and Destiny... Read more

  615. Speech system developed for mobiles

    A computer system has been developed to help people without speech or full movement to communicate through mobile technology.The JayBee system enables patients to construct sentences and then transforms these sentences into speech. The system helps individuals with a wide variety of illnesses and... Read more

  616. PAC to publish third NPfIT report

    The Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is expected to publish their report on the National Audit Office’s (NAO) third investigation into the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS during the Parliamentary recess.A Spokesperson for the PAC confirmed the report will be published during... Read more

  617. Smartphones used to deliver telehealth

    NHS Bristol is implementing mobile technology to deliver a new telehealth service to patients with long-term conditions.600 patients with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure issues are to be issued with smartphones loaded with a health application. The... Read more

  618. How the NHS can follow the Unipart model of efficiency

    John Neill, Chief Executive of the Unipart Group has outlined in his keynote address to the NHS Confederation conference what the NHS could stand to learn from the “lean thinking” mechanisms used to transform Unipart into a highly efficient logistics company.Neill states that the drive for... Read more

  619. Tongue technology for Speech and Language Therapy patients

    A device which tracks the motion of a user’s tongue as they speak is being heralded as the latest breakthrough in Speech and Language Therapy in the US, dramatically improving speech for patients with speech disorders.The custom-fit electronic palatometer was devised and engineered by Samuel... Read more

  620. IT pivotal for Women’s Health Services

    The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issued a report last week which calls for better IT systems and more data captured around Women’s Health with the aim of improving outcomes.The RCOG report outlined a vision of a "managed Women's Health network" which would amalgamate... Read more

  621. A new era for healthcare

    Writing for The Guardian, previous editor of HSJ Richard Vize has commented on the controversial health reforms, saying that they have created doubts about the viability of free health provision and that the shape of the NHS will be dramatically different if it survives the current climate.Vize... Read more

  622. Virtual rehabilitation improves Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapists (OT’s) at two skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Las Vegas have begun offering virtual rehabilitation as an effective tool for elderly patients. The OmniVR system implemented by the OT’s uses a 3D camera and specialised tracking software that captures a... Read more

  623. Hospital waits on the rise

    Recent NHS figures have revealed that the number of patients waiting for hospital treatment has continued to rise following the reinstation of the 18 week “referral-to-treatment” (RTT) target.Official data revealed that there are currently 236,155 patients on the waiting list who have waited in... Read more

  624. E-Health framework produced for clinicians

    The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has produced a competency framework for practising clinicians involved in e-health.The EHealth Competency Framework defines the knowledge, skills and behaviour that are required by clinicians who have a role in e-health at a local, regional or national level,... Read more

  625. Managers fears for the NHS

    The new Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, Mike Farrar, has warned that if the NHS is to survive in the current climate then it is essential the government support large-scale restructuring of the service.To highlight the issue, the NHS Confederation has published a survey of the opinions... Read more

  626. Success of technology for Occupational Therapists

    Research at Sydney’s Royal Rehabilitation Centre has revealed that the use of smart technology and applications by Occupational Therapists (OT’s) can have a positive influence on helping patients recover from brain injury.The research found that the use of tablets, smartphones and other... Read more

  627. Early Physiotherapy can aid surgery recovery

    Research published in the British Medical Journal has indicated that access to early physiotherapy can improve the recovery of women following surgery for breast cancer.The study has great implications for breast cancer sufferers, as present statistics indicate a 77% chance of survival for at... Read more

  628. NHS must improve healthcare analytics

    Independent analysts at Information Builders have asserted that key IT decision makers in the NHS are not prioritising healthcare analytics despite the advantages this can deliver.John Backhouse, Regional Programme Director for Healthcare at Information Builders that the link between the NHS and... Read more

  629. Strategic Approach taken to Innovation in the NHS

    A review of innovation within the NHS has been launched by NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson.The review will be carried out by veteran manager Sir Ian Carruthers, the Chief Executive of NHS South West. He has begun by communicating with industry, academic, scientific, representative and... Read more

  630. Merging social media into healthcare

    A blog by Dr Bryan Vartabedian has outlined what he views are the steps towards the successful convergence of social media and healthcare.In a post last year, Dr Vartabedian gave a vision of how current social media concepts will merge with existing electronic medical record (EMR) technologies to... Read more

  631. Google decommission Google Health

    An announcement on Google’s official blog has stated that as of the 1 January 2012, the company will no longer continue to provide its “Google Health” online personal health records service.The company has cited “limited usage” for the decision to abandon Google Health, with adoption of the... Read more

  632. Reducing the cost of lost and misplaced equipment in Therapies

    Within Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy we often hear about the cost of equipment that is lent to patients and not returned. Obviously, the scale of this “loss” varies from Trust to Trust but a recent initiative by Bradford Teaching Hospitals revealed that annually £100,000 worth of... Read more

  633. Effective Class Management in Therapies

    BackgroundThe current NHS climate can mean that often multiple patients will have to be seen simultaneously within the same window of time, with equal care and consideration given to each one. This can prove to be a demanding process, so how can you ensure that classes are being managed to the... Read more

  634. Simple Tools for Community Staff

    Clinicians working in Community settings often have to deal with a number of similar issues: Long-distance travel between distant clinics and Home Visits Physically locating out-of-the-way areas Time wasted taking inefficient routes Misjudgment of travel times and distances Accounting... Read more

  635. Simplifying Waiting List Management

    Most of our discussions about 18 week “referral to treatment” RTT with Heads of Service and Administrative Managers in Therapies suggest that there is a lack of clarity around RTT and increasing frustration regarding the tools that you are required to use to produce RTT stats. Following the... Read more

  636. NHS failing to record patient Alerts

    A report concerning compliance in some Welsh Trusts has indicated large-scale failures in complying with important patient safety alerts.The report indicates that some health boards have less than 50% compliance with concerns being raised over the use of blood transfusions, oxygen cylinders and... Read more

  637. Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed

    A study by researchers at Newcastle University has found that administering an eight-week diet of a maximum 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 Diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease.The Diabetologia study indicated that the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and... Read more

  638. Microsoft introduce Kinect to healthcare

    Speaking at the Pacific Healthcare Summit in Seattle, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, demonstrated how medical providers could use Kinect technology to improve healthcare.Mundie asserted that Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing game controller could function equally... Read more

  639. Campaign to appoint Chief Clinical Information Officers

    eHealth Insider today launched a major campaign calling for every NHS provider organisation to consider appointing a Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO).The CCIO campaign began with an open letter to health secretary Andrew Lansley asking for his support and and urging him to recommend that... Read more

  640. NHS must cater to “digital natives”

    The Chief Technology Officer for the NHS has urged the NHS to develop digital tools to meet the expectations of the upcoming generation of “digital natives” using and working in the health service.Speaking at the Smart Healthcare Live Conference in London, Paul Jones voiced concerns that the NHS... Read more

  641. Calls for better NHS care of Cerebral Palsy sufferers

    A group of parents of children with Cerebral Palsy have started a campaign urging the NHS to provide better support for sufferers of the affliction.The children of the campaign group members have all sought treatment in the US via a form of micro-neurosurgery called “selective dorsal rhizotomy”... Read more

  642. NHS pilot cloud-based shared health records

    A pilot scheme is currently underway at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to speed up communication between patients, consultants and GP’s by using cloud computing to grant NHS patients control over their medical records and giving them the power to decide who has access to their data... Read more

  643. East Lancashire invests in digital dictation

    East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is investing in a digital dictation package in an attempt to improve efficiency and reduce delays in the distribution of documentation to GP’s and other healthcare professionals.The package, which includes digital dictation, voice recognition and document... Read more

  644. NHS struggles with size of diabetes burden

    The Guardian has reported that recent cuts to the NHS are being blamed for a lack of specialist care as cases of diabetes soar to a level that the service is unable to cope with.The article reports that concerns are rising over the fact that diabetes care is thought to be affected by the... Read more

  645. Telemedicine for Stroke treatment

    Over 30 acute Trusts have adopted a Telemedicine system developed by the NHS East of England and East of England Stroke Networks to deliver fast and appropriate treatment to stroke victims.The Telemedicine system enables consultants to communicate with patients using video and audio links, view... Read more

  646. Hospital waits still rising

    Official NHS figures show that the number of areas in breach of hospital waiting time limits in England has more than doubled in the past year, with a third of Trusts missing the target for 90% of patients to be seen within 18 weeks.The NHS overall is however still meeting the 90% target because... Read more

  647. Culture barrier for mobile working

    A speech by the head of the Avon IM&T Consortium at the Smart Healthcare Live conference has revealed that the biggest problem standing in the way of mobile implementation within healthcare is not the lack of technology, but the mindset of the clinicians using it.Andy Kinnear was quoted as... Read more

  648. Rapid Recovery for knee replacements following Physio

    The Rapid Recovery programme implemented by clinicians in North Wales has led to halving the time orthopaedic patients spend in hospital following major surgery such as knee replacements.North Wales has become one of three centres of excellence for Orthopaedic Rapid Recovery in Britain, and the... Read more

  649. QIPP lead urges NHS reorganisation

    The Department of Health's clinical lead on the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme has asserted that it is essential that the NHS look to reform around long-term conditions.Speaking at the Guardian News & Media's Smart Healthcare Live conference in London,John... Read more

  650. The link between speech problems and young offenders

    A recent study carried out by the Health and Probation department in Jersey has suggested that over a third of young offenders suffer from some form of speech and language difficulties.The data revealed that 38% of young offenders studied had been referred for Speech Therapy at some point in... Read more

  651. Health reforms to be relaunched

    Following the “pause” in the Health and Social Care Bill, David Cameron will unveil wholesale changes to the controversial NHS reforms before they are to be relaunched.The Bill was paused following an independent review which criticised many of its key proposals, with plans to increase... Read more

  652. NHS urged to use barcoding

    The Department of Health (DoH) has announced it that it wants all products supplied to the NHS to carry barcodes compliant to the GS1 UK standard by the end of next year in a bid to standardise equipment costs.Health Minister Simon Burns has announced that the government will run a central... Read more

  653. NAO call for ambulance data measurement

    The National Audit Office (NAO) are insisting that ambulance services in the NHS develop a data infrastructure and set of standard operating procedures quickly in order for organisations to collect and share information to measure performance which is not currently available.The Transforming NHS... Read more

  654. OT's could lead to early diagnosis of child ADHD

    A recent study published in Clinical Neuropsychologist has demonstrated a link between the brain development of preschool children and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.The study states that occupational therapists may be able to spot ADHD in young children earlier by... Read more

  655. 18 week RTT target revived

    In a speech given to NHS staff yesterday, David Cameron has reinstated Labour’s target of a maximum 18 week ‘Referral-to-Treatment’ target for treatment, and pledged that health spending will continue to increase in real terms even if inflation rises faster than expected.Cameron said he would be... Read more

  656. iPhone app cures stammer

    An iPhone app has enabled a man to cure his own chronic stammer to in time to speak at his daughter’s wedding.Mark Wilson, from Churchill in North Somerset, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 52 which left him unable to work and had a detrimental effect on his speech, developing... Read more

  657. Intellect call for NHS IT debate

    Intellect is utilising the “listening exercise” aspect of the pause in the Health and Social Care Bill to emphasise the need for a nationwide debate on the role of IT in the NHS and it’s potential to support services.Intellect, an organisation who represent the interests of the technology... Read more

  658. NHS staff share responsibility with Trusts for maintaining standards

    Managers in the NHS are urging staff to consider that compliance and risk-management in the NHS are not tick-box procedures and that employees have as much responsibility as the trust to maintain standards. This is particularly pertinent in the newly formed Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT)... Read more

  659. Supplement could protect against pre-eclampsia

    Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that providing pregnant women at high risk of pre-eclampsia with a dietary supplement could potentially reduce the likelihood of the disease occurring.The supplement contains specific amino acids and antioxidant vitamins which researchers... Read more

  660. Lost equipment “amnesty” for Bradford hospitals

    In an attempt to recover some of the annual £100,000 worth of lost or misplaced equipment, hospital bosses in Bradford have announced a three month equipment ‘amnesty’.The Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust is urging former patients to check their homes for equipment they may have received as part... Read more

  661. Patients seek advice from social networks

    A report from the Pew Research Center has revealed that despite a plateau in the number of people using the Internet to find health information, social networking is becoming increasingly popular as an information tool.The Social Life of Health Information 2011 report reveals that approximately... Read more

  662. Further predicted cuts to IT spend

    According to the government’s latest figures, the Health and Social Care Bill has outlined the directive that IT budgets in the NHS will be cut by at least 10%, with many healthcare workers fearing that individual Trust cuts could even exceed this figure.eHealth Insider Primary Care’s latest... Read more

  663. Orthotics cuts lead to unnecessary amputations

    Critics in Canada are criticising the Provincial Government over cuts to some healthcare services which they claim to have led to severe pain for a number of patients patients and even amputations in some more dramatic cases. In a cluster of modifications to healthcare services in March 2010,... Read more

  664. Reforms should be outcome focused

    A professor at the University of Oxford is urging the population to question the reforms outlined in the Health and Social Care Bill, and consider whether they will actually increase the quality of care provided by the NHS.David Kerr, Professor of Cancer Medicine at the Nuffield Department of... Read more

  665. Ford strive for in-car medical monitoring

    The Ford Motor Company has announced they will be looking towards in-car health management as a method of opening up a new area in mobile health. The company has revealed that a health alert and monitoring service is currently in production with input from three separate mobile health companies... Read more

  666. Why did the NPfIT fail?

    Following a a report issued last week by the National Audit Office concerning the many problems with the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), speculation has begun about the factors contributing to it’s failure to be implemented nationally. The NAO report stated that the original vision of the... Read more

  667. NHS Direct goes Mobile

    NHS Direct has launched an application enabling people to access its health advice via their mobile, which is currently available for Android smartphones with the iPhone release likely to be scheduled for next month. The apps can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace for free and once... Read more

  668. Fears over the cost of health reforms

    The Commons Public Accounts  Committee (PAC) has voiced concerns that the government’s plans to turn every hospital into a freestanding business could lead to large amounts of money being wasted.As outlined in the Health and Social Care bill, the coalition has set a target for all hospitals to... Read more

  669. King's Fund report calls for integrated care

    The King’s Fund has issued a report that calls for a new model of integrated care, where they state that information sharing with patients and professionals should be a statutory duty for all NHS providers and commissioners. The “Where next for the NHS reforms? The case for integrated care”... Read more

  670. Success of pioneering treatment for paralysis

    A man who was completely paralysed below his chest following a hit-and-run accident has been able to stand and take his first steps on a treadmill after pioneering treatment to stimulate his spine electrically according to research published in The Lancet. The treatments came in the form of... Read more

  671. NHS job losses as efficiencies bite

    Changes to the NHS in England following the government’s health reforms are already beginning to affect services and patients at a local level by leading to a number of redundancies, the BBC reports.Leicester Royal Infirmary is one hospital cited as an example, where the efficiency drive means... Read more

  672. Streamlining Community Care in Therapy Services

    With the push to move care out into the community we have seen a significant increase in the number of Trusts considering how to deploy clinicians into a variety of community care settings (Home, Nursing Home, GP clinic etc.) whilst not compromising on quality, safety and performance. The key... Read more

  673. Efficient working with third-parties in Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapists are required to work with an ever increasing number of agencies both in the private and public sector. This often presents a number of operational challenges: Differing systems or a mix of paper and electronic systems Recording dialogue with third-parties to the... Read more

  674. Reducing travel costs for Therapists across Rural areas

    With the current round of re-structuring that is occurring within the Acute and Primary sectors Therapy Services team are often required to provide services over a wide geographical area. This can give rise to a number of issues which can often prove unnecessarily costly. Where the costs are... Read more

  675. Patients trial iPad health tracker

    Patients at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital are trialling the UK’s first online health tracker. The iPad-based system allows patients to record live online their recovery following spinal surgery, and transmits that information back to clinicians so that over time they can assess the... Read more

  676. Competition to benefit the NHS

    Dr Stephen Black, a health management expert at PA Consulting, has written to The Guardian  stating that contrary to The Royal College of GPs warning that more competition could "unravel" the NHS, encouraging it could potentially be beneficial, generating both quality improvement for patients and... Read more

  677. NPfIT “does not represent value for money”

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has issued a report on the delivery of integrated care records by the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS which states that patients are getting "precious little" out of the nationwide IT system. In its third report on NPfIT, the NAO examines the... Read more

  678. NHS urged to re-consider managerial cuts

    A report published by the King’s Fund on Wednesday warns that ministers should re-consider “arbitrary” plans to cut NHS management costs by a third, saying that the policy is more likely to lead to financial failure rather than having any positive implications for patient care. The plans to cut... Read more

  679. Derbyshire’s Digital Pen success story

    Due to implementation of digital pen technology into Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it is estimated that currently around 85% of the Trust’s data is now entered on the same day by over 800 staff members. Destiny Wireless, Pathway Software partner, has rolled out its Digital Pen to... Read more

  680. Private providers to stop ‘cherry picking’ NHS

    David Cameron has said that private providers of NHS care will potentially face a “training levy” to help ensure they do not “cherry pick” patients in ways that will destabilise existing NHS hospitals.In a speech assuring the government’s intention to continue on with the existing health reforms,... Read more

  681. No data to produce Cost of Care reporting

    A report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and the Audit Commission has revealed that commissioners have made little or no progress in calculating Cost of Care pathways over the past decade. In the report, accountants revisited previous research into how patient-centred care... Read more

  682. Prompt stroke therapy to cut disease burden

    A research paper published in The Lancet has emphasised the importance of therapy in stroke rehabilitation, saying that secondary prevention could potentially more than halve the risk of recurrent strokes. Previous research has indicated that the burden of stroke to the NHS will continue to rise... Read more

  683. ‘Any Willing Provider’ damaging to patient care

    Phil Gray, Chief Executive of the CSP, has responded to a letter in today's Daily Telegraph from the heads of newly-formed GP consortia by saying that the worst excesses of competition are already proving damaging to patient care. Gray says that despite claims by GP’s that the Government's... Read more

  684. NICE Guidance follows Electronic Pathways

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched an online tool for health and social care professionals which amalgamates all of its connected guidance into a simple electronic flowchart.The new NICE Pathways provides quick access to an entire raft of guidance,... Read more

  685. Even tougher savings targets for the NHS

    Monitor has warned the NHS in England that they could face having to recoup even higher savings than those already demanded by ministers, perhaps by as much as 50%.There are a number of factors contributing towards these predictions, namely an increase in inflation and tougher financial penalties... Read more

  686. Breathing computer games for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers

    Breathing-driven computer games are being heralded as the solution for persuading children with Cystic Fibrosis to complete their physiotherapy.As Cystic Fibrosis leads to the build-up of thick mucus in the lungs, physiotherapy comprising of various breathing exercises is used as a method to... Read more

  687. No secondary care clinicians on consortia boards

    An investigation by HSJ has found that patients and other health professionals are being excluded from the “closed shop” of GP commissioning consortium boards. Details were obtained of the board arrangements for 51 of the 335 emerging consortia across England. GP’s and practice managers... Read more

  688. Thousands of referrals delayed by ‘resourcing’ problems

    An investigation has been launched after almost 2,000 referrals to two London Trusts were delayed from processing to “resourcing issues” at a primary care trust (PCT).NHS Enfield turnaround consultant lead Margaret Blackett confirmed a “backlog” of approximately 1,500 patients referred to Barnet... Read more

  689. Concerns over ‘risky’ reforms

    The Commons' Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned that the "risky" reorganisation of the NHS could potentially distract from the imperative for the health service to recoup £20 billion in savings over the next four years.It has also warned that the Department of Health’s (DoH) £1.4 million... Read more

  690. Making the leap to Electronic Systems

    When implementing and Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system, the focus is often on the details of how the software will function, so much so that the process of transitioning from paper to a digital platform may not be considered until unnecessarily late.The challenge of making the process... Read more

  691. Immediate treatment improves back pain recovery

    New research has indicated that patients suffering from lower back pain will experience an improved recovery if they are able to receive treatment by a physiotherapist immediately as opposed to being placed on a lengthy waiting list.The study carried out by physiotherapist Lena Nordeman, of... Read more

  692. Crafting superior Business Intelligence

    The current perceptions of Business Intelligence (BI) as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for data reporting may have contributed towards it’s improper use and failure of users to act on the information it provides, implying that many businesses are not maximising it’s true potential.It is reported... Read more

  693. How full scale IT adoption leads to safer healthcare practice

    Dr Paul Shannon, a medical director for CSC UK Healthcare, has published an article in HSJ outlining that the time is ripe to fully exploit IT in the NHS, believing this will lead to a safer and improved method of working.He argues that while IT is transforming UK healthcare practices and... Read more

  694. NHS Finance bosses miss productivity targets

    Less than a month into the financial year, NHS Finance Directors are already warning that their plans to improve productivity in 2011-12 may not be met.According to a King’s Fund analysis published yesterday based on the opinions of a panel of 26 Finance Directors including Primary Care, Hospital... Read more

  695. Government Information Strategy draft scrapped

    The Department of Health (DoH) has revealed that the government’s information strategy has been delayed by around three months following the dissolution of its draft document.The chief information officer of the DoH, Christine Connelly, told the Patient Information Forum Annual Conference that... Read more

  696. Scale of IT and job cuts revealed

    The scale of cuts and job losses being demanded by acute trusts was revealed in an eHealth Insider survey published yesterday. Just over a third of respondents said their trusts were looking to make savings of more than 20% of their total budget, with another four out of ten saying trusts were... Read more

  697. 'Any Qualified Provider' guidance to slow NHS market expansion

    Forthcoming guidance on the “Any Qualified Provider” (AQP) policy will see competition phased in more slowly than expected and lead to the creation of a national register of private providers who have been authorised to bid for NHS work. The guidance is being drawn up amid concerns from... Read more

  698. NHS cuts targeting vital Physiotherapy

    Despite claims by the coalition that frontline care is being protected under health reforms, a number of bodies are reporting that patients with chronic illnesses such as Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Severe Asthma are at risk due to having their NHS physiotherapy services cut.The... Read more

  699. Success of emergency services efficiency tool

    All urgent care providers are being urged by the Department of Health (DoH) to adopt an audit tool that has demonstrably cut acute emergency spending in half at a London Trust.The Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Audit Toolkit monitors interactions between patients and staff across different... Read more

  700. Consortia responsible for PCT savings

    Under the new health reforms, it has been been revealed that Primary Care Trust’s (PCT’s) with some of the toughest financial challenges will relinquish the responsibility of their huge savings targets to pathfinder commissioning consortia. The analysis of the quality, innovation, productivity... Read more

  701. Lansley to expand NHS IT market

    Health secretary Andrew Lansley speaking at a Health Informatics Congress event yesterday promised to take steps to create an open market in NHS IT systems.In a keynote speech at HC2011 in Birmingham, Lansley said that the previous system where the Department of Health was awarding... Read more

  702. Government to review health reforms

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg have today launched a two month review of the coalition’s health reforms which could potentially lead to a significant rewrite of the plans and place new controls on the private sector’s involvement in the NHS. Clegg reported legitimate concerns about the role of the... Read more

  703. New approach to Public Sector IT to save millions

    The Cabinet Office yesterday published a new strategy which is projected will save the millions which is currently wasted on Public Sector IT.The strategy promises to end large and all-encompassing solutions, breaking up predominant hold over the NHS by a few large businesses supplying government... Read more

  704. Access for all to SCR by 2013

    The Department of Health (DoH) has revealed a directive that would enable every patient in England to have a Summary Care Record (SCR) by 2013. The new target has been set by the DoH as it strives to inform patients about the SCR and encourage nationwide uptake. In an attempt to raise awareness,... Read more

  705. Inflation figures suggest £857 million cut to NHS

    Inflation forecasts outlined in the last budget have suggested that Department of Health (DoH) funding will drop by £857 million in real terms in the next year compared with the previously predicted 2010-11 spending.King’s Fund chief economist John Appleby said that by measuring against the... Read more

  706. £140 million cost to Wales NHS by obesity and alcohol

    A study by Swansea University has suggested that obesity and excessive drinking are directly costing the NHS in Wales more than £140 million each year, with indirect costs potentially being even higher.Chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell said both were preventable health issues and that as a... Read more

  707. How to accurately deliver and use Cost of Care in Therapies

    Background   In today's performance oriented climate, the ability to accurately capture the cost of treatment in Therapies is becoming an operational imperative. But getting your hands on accurate cost data in a timely manner is often a challenge. In this article we discuss: What is Cost... Read more

  708. NHS is 'flying blind' on Finance

    The chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trusts (FT’s) Dr Gareth Goodier has criticised the method by which the NHS handles its finances, saying that only about a dozen hospitals have a detailed handle on patient level costings, therefore reducing their capacity of the... Read more

  709. Criticism for NHS IT and Appraisal Data

    A recent BMA survey has revealed that the majority of clinicians within the NHS say their trusts are unable to provide them with sufficient data on their performance to carry out appraisals and have heavily criticised the IT system piloted for the ‘revalidation’ process. The opinions of 4,000... Read more

  710. Commissioners curtail soaring referral numbers

    Recent figures relating to referrals has revealed that outpatient appointments are set to rise by just 1% this year, which is being cited as proof that commissioners have finally curtailed the spiralling number of new referrals.     The analysis published in HSJ indicates that outpatient... Read more

  711. Many consortia to equal PCT area

    Almost half of Primary Care Trusts (PCT’s) in England are expecting a single commissioning consortium to span the same geographical area that they currently cover. 335 emerging consortia have now been identified which will cover a 45 million population - around 90% of England - and including... Read more

  712. Wide variations in GP service quality

    An inquiry into primary care quality by the King’s Fund has uncovered wide variations in performance and the quality of care provided to patients, and added to the increasing pressure to publish information about productivity and outcomes within health services. The report showed that the... Read more

  713. No cost-savings for 37% of NHS managers

    The recent NHS Confederation survey of senior healthcare managers found that whilst 63% of respondents reported that making cost savings was one of their top three concerns, focus should be directed towards the remaining 37% about their working practices. Department of Health Director General of... Read more

  714. Early warning test for diabetes

    A team of Harvard researchers have discovered a simple blood test which could be used to identify diabetes up to 10 years before the first symptoms of the disease occur. The paper published in Nature Medicine reported that the discovery was made by monitoring the levels of five different amino... Read more

  715. NHS urged to publish performance data

    A report from the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery has suggested that the NHS undergo a culture change and begin to publish performance data in order to improve services to patients. Leading clinicians in the field of heart surgery are the first to make their performance data public, and have... Read more

  716. NHS must increase productivity ahead of health reforms

    The public accounts committee has said that falling NHS productivity must be urgently reversed before the implementation of the government’s planned health reforms which will cause a major restructuring across the service. MP’s delivered the warning to health ministers in a report on Tuesday... Read more

  717. NHS direct gets appy

    NHS Direct has announced that it will launch a series of apps for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones over the next month. Mathew Garrood, associate director for NHS Direct said the move would direct the organisation towards becoming increasingly web based as opposed to primarily... Read more

  718. Competition to increase patient choice

    Patients have been promised more choice in where they are treated as a result of the recent controversial health reforms which could result in greater levels of competition in healthcare. Dr David Bennett, head of the economic regulator Monitor, has said that he expects to see an increase in... Read more

  719. Redundancies insufficient to deliver QIPP savings in Trusts

    The national director for improvement in, Jim Easton has warned Trusts that the Department of Health (DoH) will be increasingly discriminating between those that find genuine efficiencies and those that simply cut the number of posts. Speaking at last week’s Healthcare Innovation Expo, Mr Easton... Read more

  720. Performance based pay for public sector executives

    Radical proposals outlined in a new government-commissioned report suggests that executives in the public sector should have 10% of their pay held back and awarded only through good performance at the end of the year within the next four years. The ‘Fair Pay Review’ also called for greater... Read more

  721. Reforms vital for ageing population

    The NHS will not be able to meet the demands of the increasing number of individuals with long-term conditions without successfully implementing it’s drastic reforms says health secretary Andrew Lansley. Mr Lansley said if the NHS is to cope with the growing numbers then it will undoubtedly have... Read more

  722. The future for Therapies in Wales

    Therapists and Allied Health Professionals have launched their manifestos for the National Assembly elections in May outlining their requirements for the next wave of Welsh politicians. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s manifesto emphasises the contribution of physiotherapists across the... Read more

  723. Budget cuts could cause FT organisational failure

    A recent letter by the Foundation Trust Network has warned that tougher than expected budget cuts mean Foundation Trust’s (FT’s) could face serious financial stress, potentially leading to organisational failures and thousands of job losses. Directed to NHS deputy chief executive David Flory,... Read more

  724. SLT reforms for young offenders

    The government is facing pressure from MP’s to review and overhaul the “outdated” method by which young offenders are assessed to ensure that any speech and language issues are quickly and accurately identified. Coming under fire in the latest parliamentary debate on youth offending was the... Read more

  725. Therapies key to managing the ageing population

    A recent document about Wales’ increasingly elderly population has indicated that much of the praise for helping those that live longer due to medical advances albeit with complex health problems  should be directed towards clinicians working within Therapies, which has wider consequences for the... Read more

  726. Growing concerns over NHS spending cuts

    A warning issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has indicated that the pressure to save funds wherever possible in the NHS is affecting the quality and safety of care, with more patients allegedly being forced to wait  for operations in pain. In the current climate, the NHS has to find... Read more

  727. Maternal diet linked to diabetes

    Scientists have reported a mechanism linking a poor diet during pregnancy and an increased risk of offspring developing diabetes in later life, emphasising the importance of a healthy diet was important during the earliest developmental stages. Their research has indicated an imbalanced diet in... Read more

  728. NHS managers focused on cuts not reforms

    The focus of senior managers within the NHS is on the challenges of finance and spending cuts as opposed to implementation of the government’s health reforms according to the latest NHS Confederation survey has found. The survey polled the opinions of 279 senior healthcare managers to list the... Read more

  729. Government IT requires new approach

    A new report into government IT failures has warned that previous problems may have stemmed from placing the focus on inappropriate ‘best practice’ instead of looking for alternative and superior approaches. The Institute for Government’s ‘System Error – fixing the flaws in government IT’... Read more

  730. Further reductions to SCR Scope

    The Department of Health’s (DoH) initiatives to reduce access and content of the Summary Care Record (SCR) has meant that plans to allow hospitals and patients to contribute to it have now been shelved. A revised scope document for the SCR, published by NHS Connecting for Health, makes it clear... Read more

  731. Government amends controversial health reforms

    The government has just announced an amendment to its controversial Health and Social Care bill which will remove the previous reference to the tariff being the “maximum” price charged for NHS services. The amendment, outlined by health minister Simon Burns today removes the references to the... Read more

  732. Concerns over hospital waiting times

    Hospitals have been reminded not to neglect monitoring of waiting times following the dissolution of the 18 week 'referral-to-treatment' (RTT) target amid concerns that standards could slip. NHS Chief Sir David Nicholson said there seemed to be 'misunderstandings' within hospitals since... Read more

  733. Breaking through

    Bob Bond, Director of Pathway Software, talks with Health Investor about the challenges of developing an early-stage business in the Healthcare sector. 'Frosty conditions and a background of dramatic reform can’t keep the entrepreneurial spirit down in the healthcare sector, finds Nikki Allen... Read more

  734. £100 cost for every DNA appointmentRecent figures have revealed a cost of £1.5 million to the local NHS as a result of patients who ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) scheduled appointment. A reported 15,000 people failed to show up to their hospital appointments across in just three months in the Southampton area alone. These government figures estimate that each missed hospital appointment costs an average of £100 in wasted resources, including hire of specialist equipment, translators and wasted clinical time waiting for patients who fail to attend. Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust as an example had 3,855 recorded instances of DNAs, which has since informed patients who miss their appointments without informing the hospital that they will not automatically be offered another one. Consequently, there has been an active effort made at trusts such as Southampton General and Princess Anne Hospitals, who were subjected to 10,972 DNA’s alone in the 3 month reported period. In addition to the launch of an online cancellation form, selected departments can now send text messages to patients to remind them about scheduled appointments. Migration towards more electronic forms of contact it seems should enable hospitals to keep up with the hectic schedules of many patients, making them more accessible and better informed about patient requirements. These figures place further emphasis on the need to be able to accurately record and report on all different types of clinical scheduled time, with DNA rates being amongst them. Accurate and reliable figures cannot be produced without capturing this data in an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system such as Therapy Manager, which also produces the desired outputs surrounding the true costs of DNA’s. Original Source The Southern Daily Echo About Pathway Software Pathway Software ( specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals. Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, isan Electronic Patient Record (EPR) specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

    Recent figures have revealed a cost of £1.5 million to the local NHS as a result of patients who ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) scheduled appointment. A reported 15,000 people failed to show up to their hospital appointments across in just three months in the Southampton area alone. These government... Read more

  735. The next generation of Therapy Manager

    Pathway Software have released the new generation of their Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system Therapy Manager with an innovative new system for managing In-patient activity and an enhanced reporting engine reflecting the true costs of care.What’s new for In-patient?   Inpatient scheduling... Read more

  736. NHS should expect surge in clinical negligence claims

    The NHS has been told by the chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority that it will face a dramatic increase in clinical negligence claims this year.Last week, Stephen Walker reported to a Commons health committee inquiry that the number of claims received by the authority’s clinical... Read more

  737. Hospitals must adapt to new world

    The chief executive of the NHS following the health reforms, Sir David Nicholson has said that to ensure all hospitals survive the shake-up of the NHS, a certain number of fundamental changes must be made including private sector take-overs, mergers and more community-based care. Whilst the... Read more

  738. Dealing with Fraud in Orthotics

    Background The number of fraud cases investigated in the NHS has risen by 37% in the last three years, official figures show. NHS Counter Fraud Service figures showed the number of cases of potential fraud detected and investigated rose by 37% between 2008 and 2010. How does this impact... Read more

  739. PCT’s fail to reach half of savings targets

    Recent data has revealed that primary care trusts (PCT’s) are predicting they will miss their savings targets by up to 56% this year. In addition to this news, it has also recently been revealed that 25 PCT’s had overspent their budgets by a total of £145 million at the time of their last... Read more

  740. Meeting SFI requirements in Orthotics

    Challenges Among the many challenges facing Orthotics and Surgical Appliance departments in the NHS is compliance with Standing Financial Instructions (SFI). In many trusts there is limited collaboration or integration between Orthotics and Finance departments resulting in: wasted time and... Read more

  741. The moment has come for health IT

    The giant US health IT conference and exhibition HIMSS11 opened today in Orlando, Florida to a record 31,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors who were told their opportunity had come to use technology to transform healthcare. The US Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)... Read more

  742. How to develop Outcome Measures in Therapy Services?

    Does this concern me? All practitioners and service providers need to be aware of how the measurement of quality – or quality metrics is evolving. AHP’s will increasingly be feeling the impact of the push towards the measurement of quality and outcomes for patients. Measurement may be... Read more

  743. NHS failing to comply with safety alerts

    Recent Department of Health data has indicated that there have been 654 documented cases of NHS trusts not complying with patient safety alerts within set deadlines across 205 trusts. The figures for January are a 50% reduction from those released in August, but Action against Medical... Read more

  744. Competition could drive NHS Innovation

    Bill Moyes, the former executive chairman of Monitor has spoken about the opportunities presented to the NHS following the government’s dramatic health reforms, and has moved the emphasis away from the risks and on to the possible benefits. It is believed that with GP’s now at the heart of... Read more

  745. National uncertainty still surrounding pathfinders

    News about the NHS’s new commissioning system is surfacing across the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, reflecting discussions across England. In Leeds for example, H3Plus, Leodis and Calibre which are three separate commissioning groups have been recognised as a single “pathfinder”... Read more

  746. NHS hospitals cut over 1000 frontline staff despite government pledge

    The government's repeated pledges to protect frontline NHS services have been dramatically undermined by the announcement that two London hospitals are to cut almost 1,000 jobs. The first to be affected, St George's hospital in south London announced that it was shedding 500 personnel... Read more

  747. U.S. medical practitioners charged with $225m Medicare fraud

    Today 111 doctors, nurses and physical therapists were charged with Medicare fraud exceeding in $225million in false billings, with the case being described as the largest crackdown on health care ever. The individuals concerned were charged with various crimes including conspiracy to defraud... Read more

  748. Improving clinical notes across In-patient and Community Care

    Challenges Clinicans covering In-patient wards and those operating in Community Care often have similar needs: Access to clinical notes/assessments/patient history (while mobile) Ease of capturing clinical notes and the ability to do so retrospectively Unencumbered movement between... Read more

  749. Dozens of hospitals at risk from ‘low-priority’ treatment cuts

    Recent economic modelling by the Department of Health has suggested that in excess of 50 trusts face being unable to cover the costs of entire inpatient departments. Entire departments across 58 Trusts will cease being able to cover their costs if commissioners succeed in cutting “low... Read more

  750. Calls for consortia to involve non GPs

    One of England’s most senior GP commissioning leads is calling for consortia to recognise the value of potential contributions that other health professionals could make towards individual boards. Paul Zollinger-Read, the East of England director of GP commissioning has stated his wishes that... Read more

  751. Telehealth technology: enhancing the quality of national healthcare

    Currently, healthcare is plagued with issues such as demographic and social changes in the general population alongside financial and resource constraints which make it increasingly difficult to treat the elderly and long-term ill. Redesign to improve efficiency and implement innovative,... Read more

  752. Reducing staff sickness could save the NHS £290 million

    A new report by the Audit Commission has predicted that if NHS trusts are able to reduce staff absences due to illness then major savings of up to £290 million could be made. The Audit Commission estimate the savings of £290m could be achieved if all PCT’s, NHS trusts and foundation trusts... Read more

  753. Quick win efficiencies in Therapy Services

    Catalyst In the past few weeks we have seen a number of key developments regarding the provision of IT to the NHS culminating in the DoH’s decision to scrap the NPfIT in favour of a more localised approach. So, what can you do with this new found IT freedom? Get focused, get specific... Read more