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

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The coming together of community

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

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Shrinking NHS England issues £9m contract for digital ‘delivery partner’

A lack of digital ‘skill and resource’ has led NHS England to issue a £9m contract which will see an external supplier establish a ‘centre of excellence’ for the organisation.

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Trusts left with valueless company shares given in exchange for patient data

Several NHS trusts are reviewing their data-sharing agreements with a technology company after their shares in the firm were rendered currently worthless following its financial collapse

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Government plans new ‘regulatory levers’ to force pace of NHS’s digital uptake

Digital improvement will be added to the conditions which trusts and integrated care systems have to legally meet as part of their operating licence, the government has indicated.

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Four in five ICSs a long way from IT ‘convergence’

Four out of five integrated care systems are a long way off achieving the ‘convergence’ of electronic patient record systems sought by NHS England, HSJ analysis reveals.

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ICSs asked to ‘converge’ their electronic patient record systems

Integrated care systems have been asked to set out plans for a single or ‘converged’ electronic patient record by NHS England’s new transformation directorate, HSJ understands.

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Javid sets new targets for NHS digitisation

Electronic patient record systems must be implemented in at least 90 per cent of NHS trusts by the end of next year, the health secretary has announced at HSJ’s Digital Transformation Summit.

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Electronic decision support ‘to be the norm for all clinicians’ under NHSE plan

Electronic systems and clinical decision support software must become “the norm” for all NHS clinicians, under plans being drawn up by NHS England’s new transformation directorate, HSJ can reveal.


NHSE set to create new ‘transformation factory’ to redesign services

NHS England must build a ‘transformation factory’ to revolutionise ‘how it supports innovation in the delivery of care’, according to a new review of NHS tech leadership.

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NHS launches biggest central patient record programme since NPfIT

Seven trusts have been selected for a new centralised approach to buying major IT equipment in a bid to “accelerate” digitisation across the health service, HSJ has learned.


New national tech chief targets ‘broken’ use of data amid pointless ‘duplication’

The way the NHS collects and uses data is ‘not logical’, with ongoing work by trusts, integrated care systems and national bodies ‘overlapping considerably’ – according to a new NHS tech chief.

'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.