Innovation News and Resources

The latest healthcare innovation news and resources and a series of innovation webchats


Networks nurture the growth of great frontline ideas

The role of AHSNs in bottom-up change


Remove the glass ceiling for undervalued staff

Why the NHS must do more to close the gender gap


Ten ways to get the most from your IT system

A look at why IT projects fail and how to realise the benefits

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Live Q&A: integrated care

Post your questions for experts from the King’s Fund and National Voices

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Human behaviour and innovation in the NHS

Why new ways to promote innovation in the NHS are essential

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Best of 2012: long-term conditions

Long-term conditions is the subject of this selection of best practice content

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Paper-lite and beyond

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust is a pioneer in the shift from paper-based to electronic records


Using telecare as a catalyst for change

How to bring technology to the mainstream


Going digital

The NHS is driving digital in order to improve public services

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The race to get the NHS online

Online records and electronic appointment booking are goals of a patient-empowered NHS

The coming together of community

The movement of data is key to service improvements in the community

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Trusts ‘unlock radical ambitions’ with move to same EPR

More than half of the acute trusts in a single region are set to move to the same electronic patient record system, a shift one of their CIOs described as a “serendipitous” opportunity for sharing staff and other resources.

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Trusts dispute NHS England’s ‘benefits’ claim over FDP pilot

Five trusts have contradicted NHS England’s claim that they are “actively realising benefits” from pilots of the Federated Data Platform.


Medical directors endorse controversial data platform ahead of £480m contract award

Medical directors at 14 NHS trusts have backed NHS England’s proposed £480m ’federated data platform’ as part of efforts to demonstrate clinical support for the controversial project.


£480m data system ‘critical for NHS’s future’, says new NHSE transformation director

The controversial ‘federated data platform’ which NHS England is poised to purchase is ‘absolutely critical for the future of the NHS’, its new national director for transformation has said.

Matthew Trainer Chief Executive

Every acute in ICS to use the same EPR after £44m deal

One of the last trusts in London to move away from paper records has named Oracle Cerner as its preferred electronic patient record supplier in a 10-year deal worth £44m.

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£35m contract to keep controversial ‘data platform’ safe advertised by NHSE

NHS England has launched a search for a provider whose role will be to protect data privacy and security on its controversial ‘federated data platform’.

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AHSNs face cuts and uncertainty despite ‘relaunch’ and renaming

The 15 academic health science networks have been renamed ‘health innovation networks’ and given a new five-year ‘licence’ by NHS England, but face further review and uncertainty.

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More than half of ICSs lack ‘crucial’ health management systems

More than half of integrated care systems do not have a fully developed population health management system, despite this being a ‘core aim’, HSJ  can reveal.

Matt Whitty, chief executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative.

NHSE chief to depart for Middle Eastern tech firm

The NHS’s director for innovation and life sciences is leaving his job for a role with an Israeli technology firm, HSJ  has learned.

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NHSE names new tech chief amid ‘difficult’ merger

A former director of the government’s medicines regulator has been appointed as the NHS’s interim chief information officer, he has confirmed.

'The NHS needs a relentless focus on improving quality and productivity, with innovation and prevention connecting and driving them'

NHS chief executive David Nicholson

Innovation Webchat

Innovation webchat

HSJ and the DH hosted a free webchat, led by innovation guru Charles Leadbeater.

Read the transcript to find out about tools for spreading change quickly at low cost.