This week’s HSJ transformation supplement looks at the changes and developments affecting the NHS today, and how trusts can maximise on the opportunities available without succumbing to the pitfalls.

It focuses on the workforce and technology, and includes case studies to illustrate ideas and innovation in action.

The first article explores the issue of investing in lower pay band staff. Daloni Carlisle looks at to engage healthcare assistants in proper training and offer them decent career paths. The case studies look further at the possible career progression open to HCAs.

The next article highlights how trusts can benefit from what is becoming known as “clinical IT maturity” − embracing technological developments and going paperless.