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


Watchdog says major NHSE finance project ‘appears unachievable’

Delivering NHS England’s £300m all-encompassing HR, payroll, finance and procurement system ‘appears to be unachievable’, according to a government watchdog.

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Government halts controversial GP data sharing scheme

The government has indefinitely halted its GP data sharing scheme, with a minister today admitting mistakes in the way the project has been run.

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'Realistic' for NHS trusts and systems to be carbon neutral by 2030 says sustainability chief

The NHS’ chief sustainability officer has told HSJ trusts and integrated care systems can ‘absolutely’ achieve carbon net zero emissions by 2030.

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Revealed: NHS tech bodies wrangle over patient data sharing

Health officials have discussed giving NHS Digital more visibility over patients who opt out from having their data shared, HSJ has learned.


Ministers seek greater powers over NHS patient data

Ministers will legislate for more power over how identifiable patient data is collected and stored, as well as imposing a ‘duty’ on NHS organisations to share patient information, a new strategy outlines.

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ICS prescribes Amazon’s Alexa to patients

An integrated care system has piloted prescribing patients Amazon devices to act as digital health assistants.

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UPDATED: Simon Bolton appointed NHS Digital CEO after Treasury pay row

NHS Digital has confirmed Simon Bolton as its new interim CEO, after the appointment was held up following a dispute over pay with the Treasury.

Laura Wade-Gery

Three new directors join national NHS board

NHS Digital’s interim chair has had her appointment extended by 12 months, despite initial plans to appoint a permanent candidate to the role this month, and is joined by three new non-executives.

SImon Bolton

Test and Trace chief in line to take CEO role at NHS agency

The chief information officer of Test and Trace is in line to become the new interim chief executive of NHS Digital, HSJ has learned.

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NHSE/I rows back on ordering trusts to provide remote appointments

NHS England and Improvement has watered down plans to force all trusts to offer remote appointments to patients booking consultations, after providers raised concerns it would be a ‘significant burden’.

'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.