South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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Patients needing scans to be ranked on risk of becoming disabled

Patients awaiting a diagnostic test are to be assessed according to risk of becoming disabled as the service tries to prioritise in the face of huge backlogs.

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How we are addressing waiting lists and social inequalities at scale

Nigel Foster on the need to not just restore services and reduce backlogs but to tackle potential inequalities in access, experience and outcomes

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Beating the backlog: why tech is key to supporting recovery in the NHS

New technologies that propel better patient care and streamline processes will be essential to bringing the NHS back on track, writes Tim Weil

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Digital can help unclog your elective care back-log

New digital solutions that support asynchronous communication between clinicians could transform elective care and aid in tackling the expanding waiting lists

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How can greater use of IT help the NHS meet the challenges ahead?

With a huge backlog of elective work to tackle, a panel of experts explored the role of digital in not only dealing with delayed care, but in transforming the patient journey. Alison Moore reports

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Supporting your Trust to implement Covid-19 recovery

Jonathan Wedgbury says collaboration with a private sector partner could help trusts deliver the speed of execution required and return to pre-pandemic activity levels

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Bold action and courageous leadership required to recover elective pathways

With a need to drive up productivity through optimising every element of the pathway, the key to a successful covid recovery plan lies in local relationships

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Building back momentum with antigen testing

Large-scale antigen testing can play a key role in helping to prevent the spread of the virus in all settings, notes Peter Harrison

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Antibody testing in the setting of vaccination

Clinical antibody testing can support the prioritisation of vaccine resources and could help inform the long-term UK vaccination strategy, writes Peter Harrison

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Digital can help patients take control of their own healthcare

Technology can be used to empower citizens to better manage their own wellbeing and healthcare needs, writes Nicole Allan

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Early cancer detection and the pandemic

The NHS has committed to getting the number of cancers diagnosed in stages I and II up from 54 per cent to 75 per cent by 2028, but GP referrals tumbled and screening programmes came to a virtual halt as the service was hit by covid-19.

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The ethics of health passports: we need them

Health passports can protect the wellbeing of citizens, restore the economy and release NHS and social care resources to meet other pressing challenges. By Christine Macqueen

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Switch directory functionality saves junior hospital-based doctor hours

Research held by Induction Switch reveals the average switchboard wait time plus the number of calls being made per day.

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What now constitutes effective performance on elective care?

An HSJ webinar, run in association with Acumentice, brought together a small panel to consider how the context of a continuing pandemic – and the suspension of elective activity during its first wave – has affected approaches to managing waits. By Claire Read

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Roundtable report: Enabling patient-centred care by maximising digital and AI tools – what works and what could be improved

An HSJ roundtable explored what collaboration and progress on digital has meant for the ability to deliver patient-centred care. Claire Read reports

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Why outpatients are a mountain of risk and a land of opportunity during the pandemic

The UK’s most well-regarded waiting list expert Rob Findlay joins HSJ’s performance lead James Illman to tackle one of the NHS’ most pressing challenges: the colossal outpatient backlog.

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Managing cultural change in a crisis

Executive leaders can drive improvement by focusing on developing an organisational culture, building up staff in an open, just, and empowering environment, thereby enabling organisations to meet the challenges of the new and uncertain healthcare environment.

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Rise of the Scalable Workforce

GRI CEO, Andrew Preston, addresses the need for a clear strategy to tackle workforce challenges in the NHS, to ensure the agility and flexibility to maintain and improve performance and manage the long-term impact of coronavirus.

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Bridging the primary care capacity gap: digital healthcare in the age of covid

Digital health solutions can help deliver additional capacity and resilience for primary care during the vaccination programme and the covid-19 expansion fund would benefit from its specific provision, writes Juliet Bauer.