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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NHSE to create ‘innovation greenhouse’

Integrated care systems will have easier access to the latest technology under NHS England’s plans to refresh its flagship purchasing vehicle, which is used by trusts to buy technology services.


‘Smart’ pump overdoses spark national safety probe

A national safety investigation has been launched into the NHS’ use of so-called ‘smart pumps’ after three patients received an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

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Trusts to get ‘cutting-edge’ cyber security upgrades after £40m deal

NHS Digital has signed a £40m deal with a multinational technology company in a bid to improve NHS trusts’ cyber security with “cutting-edge technology”.

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New £250m fund marks dawn of artificial intelligence for NHS

Millions of pounds will be invested in a so-called National Artificial Intelligence Lab for the NHS to deliver quicker breast screening results and improved predictions for drug and bed usage.

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Leak reveals NHSX’s scope and structure

A special projects unit named “NHSX skunkworks” is set to be launched within the service’s new overarching tech organisation, a leaked document has revealed.


FAST inventor wins innovation role

A consultant stroke physician who developed the well-known face arm speech test – or FAST – has been elected vice chair of the Academic Health Science Network.

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Stevens pledges funds to ‘substitute’ some clinical tasks with AI

NHS providers will receive additional funding to use artificial intelligence to replace clinicians in some services, Simon Stevens has said.


IT boss at trust praised by Hancock leaves over 'excruciating' NHS tech

The chief digital information officer of a trust praised by the health and social care secretary for its IT has left for a private sector job, saying the situation in NHS IT was “excruciating”.

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Minister announces new national innovation 'unit'

A new national “unit” is being established, with its own “chief executive”, to oversee innovation and medicines, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

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NHS app to be mandatory for GPs – NHS England

Connection to the NHS app will become mandatory for all GPs, including those already providing similar digital services, according to NHS England’s digital 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.