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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Asymptomatic people will have to self-isolate after contact with covid-19 cases

People will be asked to self-isolate for two weeks even if they are asymptomatic after coming into ‘high-risk’ contact with a person who has tested positive for covid-19 – a testing chief has told NHS executives.

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Trust chief joins covid-19 ‘test and trace’ top team

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh will lead the government’s ‘test and trace’ programme along with a council boss, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.


Pandemic spurs NHS to ‘urgently’ speed up elimination of pagers

NHS technology chiefs want to accelerate the elimination of pagers in the NHS due to the impact of covid-19, it has emerged.

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NHSI chair to lead covid-19 test and trace programme

Dido Harding has been appointed chair of the government’s test and trace programme, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.


Government counts mailouts to hit 100,000 testing target

The government changed the way it counts the number of covid-19 tests in order to hit its target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April, HSJ can reveal.

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Apology after NHS sends thousands of dead people covid-19 warnings

NHS Digital has apologised to families after sending letters to more than 10,000 deceased patients, warning them they were at extra risk of covid-19.

Innovation and technology

First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.

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Ex-Ministry of Sound MD appointed health minister

The government has appointed a health minister in the Lords, who will lead on innovation and life sciences.

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Select group of trusts to pilot Hancock’s new tech scheme

A small number of trusts will pilot Matt Hancock’s new plan for improving technology in the NHS, HSJ has learned.

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Tech chiefs pledge £40m to end staff’s ‘ridiculous’ login problems

NHSX will spend £40m on improving login times for staff across the health service, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

'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.