Transformation blog posts 2018
Read about how NHS Digital and NHS England are working together, and with partners, to transform health and care. These are the blog posts from 2018.
Working with the voluntary and community sector to empower people to manage their health and care digitally
Nicola Fulton, stakeholder engagement and communications lead for Empower the Person, which is part of the Digital Transformation Portfolio, discusses how forging a strong strategic relationship with the voluntary and community sector will make a real difference.
How digital apps are helping to realise personalised care for people and deliver real savings for services
Read how Richard Pantlin is co-ordinating the work of digital initiatives for NHS England's Personalised Care Group and using apps to improve self-care and produce better health and well-being outcomes.
Improving help for patients with type 1 diabetes on the NHS website
The National Diabetes Audit found that only 30% of people with type 1 diabetes have stabled blood sugar, compared to 68% of people with type 2 diabetes. This means a higher risk of things like A&E visits and complications. A team of us at NHS.UK looked at how we can help people with type 1 diabetes.
A nurse's take on how digital technology has transformed patient care during her career
NHS Digital clinical specialist Jane Smith began her nurse training in 1985. The world looked very different then. Here she writes about some of the biggest changes technology has brought about transforming patient care.
Call the midwife – the past, present and future of innovation in maternity services
Digital midwife and clinical advisor at NHS Digital, Jules Gidgeon on how ultrasound is the digital innovation with the biggest impact on midwifery during the NHS' 70 years, and how new technology is constantly making delivering new babies safer.
The past, present and future of innovation in nursing
Caron Swinscoe, Senior Clinical Lead at NHS Digital, is a registered general nurse who spent the first 18 years of her career at the patient’s bedside before moving to nursing leadership in 2000. Prior to joining NHS Digital, she worked as Chief Nurse of Health Informatics and Head of Clinical Engagement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The past, present and future of innovation in hospital and secondary care
Michael Folan, clinical and business informatics team lead at NHS Digital, reflects on the major innovations which have impacted on hospital and secondary care in the past 70 years and looks ahead to developments set to transform the NHS still further.
The past, present and future of healthcare data innovations
Professor Daniel Ray, Director of Data at NHS Digital, reflects on the three major milestones in data and technology that have impacted on the NHS and looks ahead to three significant developments that could transform the NHS still further.
A Design Sprint: learning at pace
We’ve recently been looking into how we can help manage the impact of urgent prescription requests on the NHS 111 service. By supplying NHS 111 clinicians such as nurses, pharmacists and GPs with additional information about patients’ existing electronic prescriptions, we hope they will be able to make quicker, more informed decisions about whether or not to prescribe urgent medication.
NHS WiFi: Connecting patients to digital services
The NHS WiFi project continues to move at pace. In just 12 months, over 3000 GP practices are now offering free NHS WiFi to over 25 million patients. Most of our 16 ‘high priority’ trusts who received funding in August have now rolled out Wi-Fi across their estates and the remainder are expected to do so before the end of February.
Sharing knowledge in the pursuit of better health care
This month the NHS hosted a visit with colleagues from the Swedish health industry to share our experience of assessing apps. Karina Tellinger McNeil at SALAR gives her highlights and an insight into the work around digital health taking place in Sweden.
NHS Choices social care discovery – an update
A few months ago we started a ‘discovery’ – a 12-week period of intensive research – looking at adult social care information and advice on NHS Choices and elsewhere. We’re almost at the end of this phase of our work, which feels like a good time to share some of the things we’ve found.
NHS e-Referral Service Paper Switch Off
My first job in the NHS in 2003 was working on the procurement of the first national electronic referral service for GP to first outpatient appointments (known then as Choose and Book). I can still remember the jubilation when we got our first ten bookings completed and now, its successor the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) handles 50,000 patient referrals a day. But despite the proven benefits to patients and clinicians, we’ve collectively missed the opportunity to maximise the technology investment with utilisation rates hovering around 52% for several years – until now.
NHS.UK Product Manager’s Manifesto
Led by our new Head of Product, Marc Heasman, the Product Managers working on NHS.UK recently created a manifesto to describe our commitment to the ways in which we believe we should work. This is the first version of our product team manifesto, and we’ll continue to work on it.
Winding down Register with a GP
'Register with a GP' has been trialed in private beta. This helps us learn about the usability of our service in the real world. In this post I’ll share what we learned, some of the challenges we faced, and what led to our ultimate decision to stop working on Register with a GP.
Our plans for social care information on NHS Choices and the findings from our research
We recently completed a discovery – a period of research – to understand what social care information we should feature on NHS Choices, and how we can make that information easy for people to find and use. In this post you can find out a little bit more, download pretty much everything we learned, and discover what’s next for social care information on NHS Choices.
Working with stakeholders to develop a guide to digital inclusion
As part of its Widening Digital Participation programme, NHS Digital and NHS England are now producing a guide to digital inclusion for local health and care organisations. In September we wrote about the discovery phase of this project.
The role of CCIOs in Digital Transformation of the NHS
Ayesha Rahim, Perinatal Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director/Chief Clinical Information Officer at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust reflects on her role as CCIO and talks about how the NHS Digital Academy has helped her to do her job more effectively.
How apps and wearables can support patients with epilepsy
Consultant neurologist, CCIO, CSO (clinical safety officer) for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Rupert Page, talks about how apps and wearable devices can support patients with epilepsy. Staff at all levels need to be engaged in driving change through digital if we are to succeed.
Scaling up: delivering a national 111 online service
NHS 111 online - 111.nhs.uk - is now available across the majority of England, and digital uptake is rising month on month. In this blog, Debbie Floyd, from the NHS 111 online programme at NHS Digital, reflects on what she’s learnt from being part of delivering a large scale, digital change programme across the NHS.