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  1. Content Article
    This document has been developed to support providers of mental health inpatient services that are considering, actively implementing, or who are already advanced in use of vision-based patient monitoring systems (VBPMS) to create or update their protocols, policies, and governance arrangements to support safe use for the benefit of patients and staff. Its aim is to support individual healthcare providing organisations in their current or future use of VBPMS to standardise implementation approaches across the country and provide a platform for sharing learning. Particular attention has been pa
  2. News Article
    Ministers are considering the use of body cameras within mental health units as part of the government’s response to NHS abuse scandals, The Independent has learned. Senior sources with knowledge of the conversation between the Department for Health and Social Care and the NHS have raised concerns about the plans. There are fears that using the technology in mental health units could have implications for human rights and patient confidentiality. One senior figure criticised the proposals and said: “The DHSC are all talking about body-worn cameras, closed circuit TV, etc... The whole
  3. News Article
    At least half of integrated care systems (ICS) lack plans for responding to cyberattacks, at a time of increasing cyber risks, HSJ can reveal. The findings also come at a time when the threat posed by cyber attackers is “constantly evolving”, and in the wake of a recent high-profile attack on a supplier to several trusts. In August 2021, NHS England published a framework – What Good Looks Like – to set out what ICSs and member organisations must achieve to be considered digitally mature. Requirements included that all ICSs should have a system-wide plan for “maintaining robust
  4. News Article
    The South East Coast Ambulance Service declared a Critical Incident last night. The NHS Foundation Trust - which serves Kent, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex and part of north-eastern Hampshire around Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet and Yateley - is urging the public to only call 999 in a 'serious emergency'. This is because of IT issues which have resulted in the loss of its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. In a statement issued on social media at around 9pm, the Ambulance Service said: "We have tonight (10 November) declared a Critical Incident following IT issues which resu
  5. News Article
    “Failing” IT systems in the NHS are a threat to patient safety. medics have warned. Doctors and nurses should not “tolerate problems with IT infrastructure as the norm”, according to a new editorial, published in The BMJ. Experts from Imperial College London and University College London point to an incident in which IT systems at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – one of the largest hospital trusts in the country – went down for 10 days. The outage, caused by the July heatwave, led to procedures and appointments being postponed for a number of patients. The new ed
  6. News Article
    Patient care is still being undermined at NHS mental health trusts and social care providers that were hit by a major cyber attack in August, doctors have warned. Three months after the major attack wiped out NHS systems, patients’ records are missing, safety has been compromised, and medication doses are at risk of being missed amid ongoing “chaos”, i News has been told. Dr Andrew Molodynski, mental health lead at the British Medical Association, said the prolonged systems failure has damaged care because records are “integral to patients’ safety”. Mental health patients’ recor
  7. News Article
    NHS England has ordered the collection of identifiable patient data from hospitals by US data firm Palantir, for a pilot scheme aimed at accelerating recovery of elective waiting lists. The regulator has instructed NHS Digital, with which it will merge in January, to use Palantir’s Foundry platform to collect data about patients’ admission, inpatient, discharge and outpatient activity at acute hospitals. Identifiable data such as patients’ NHS numbers, date of birth, and postcode will be collected through Palantir’s software. Patients cannot opt out of having their data collected.
  8. News Article
    Five promising technologies that could help improve symptoms and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease have been conditionally recommended by NICE. The wearable devices have sensors that monitor the symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease while they go about their day-to-day life. This information may more accurately record a person’s symptoms than a clinical assessment during in-person appointments and help inform medication decisions and follow up treatment such as physiotherapy. Parkinson's disease is an incurable condition that affects the brain, resulting in pr
  9. News Article
    A new report published by the NHS AI Lab and Health Education England (HEE) has advocated for training and education for providers in how they deliver and develop AI guidance for staff. The report, entitled ‘Developing healthcare workers’ confidence in AI (Part 2)’, is the second of two reports in relation to this research and follows the 2019 Topol Review recommendation to develop a healthcare workforce “able and willing” to use AI and robotics. It is also part of HEE’s Digital, AI and Robotics Technologies in Education (DART-ED) programme, which aims to understand the impact of advances
  10. Content Article
    The research follows the Topol Review (2019) recommendation to develop a healthcare workforce able and willing to use AI and robotics, and is part of Health Education England’s Digital, AI and Robotics Technologies in Education (DART-Ed) programme to understand the impact of advances of these technologies on the workforce’s education and training requirements. Supporting healthcare workers to feel confident in identifying when and how to use AI is a main objective of the NHS AI Lab, and a key component of its vision for the safe, effective, and ethical adoption of AI technologies across health
  11. Content Article
    This research, which comprises two reports, is a collaboration between the NHS AI Lab and Health Education England. Its primary aim is to explore the factors influencing healthcare workers’ confidence in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and how these can inform the development of related education and training. The research follows the Topol Review (2019) recommendation to develop a healthcare workforce able and willing to use AI and robotics, and is part of Health Education England’s Digital, AI and Robotics Technologies in Education (DART-Ed) programme to understand the impact
  12. News Article
    Peter Duffy warned that there is a growing risk of electronic patient records and NHS staff communications being exposed to tampering efforts in disputes with managers and executives. The surgeon, who now practices on the Isle of Man, made the comments during talks given in September – to the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) in Dublin. He told audiences that “there is increasing potential for electronic tampering” of NHS IT records, holding serious implications for patient safety reporting and disputes with government and he
  13. News Article
    Patients up and down the country are set to benefit from innovative new treatments and improved delivery of health and care services following significant funding to support ground-breaking experimental medicine research and advance the UK’s response to patient safety challenges. £790 million to support breakthroughs in new treatments, diagnostics and medical technology to improve patients’ lives and bolster the economy. £25 million for research on patient safety to improve the safe delivery of health and care and better address health challenges, such as cancer treatment and red
  14. News Article
    An IT failure has left clinicians at ‘a number of trusts’ which use the Cerner Millennium system unable to access patient records or write discharge summaries, according to an internal trust email seen by HSJ. The email, sent to staff at Barts Health Trust this afternoon, said there was a “performance issue” with Cerner PowerChart which was affecting “a number of other trusts”. The Powerchart programme is the part of the Cerner Millennium electronic patient record system used by clinicians to process document notes, request tests, view blood tests and scan reports. At least 13 t
  15. News Article
    Recent years has seen a large, and rapid, growth in the availability of digital mental health tools. Do an online search for 'NHS Mental Health Apps' and an abundance of options will appear. These online tools can be helpful for people experiencing mental health problems, however, the Medicines Health and Regulatory products Agency (MHRA) said, they "present regulatory challenges" - such as clarity around whether they are medical devices and, if so, which risk classification they fall under. "Digital mental health tools offer millions of people vital support and guidance to explore a
  16. News Article
    NHS England has revealed it is no longer planning to meet a long-term plan maternity digitisation target, because of a change of approach. Under the heading of “empowering people”, the 2019 long-term plan promised to extend digital access to maternity records to the whole country by 2023-24. This was in addition to digitising the so-called red book, which is used to track the health of babies and young children. It followed a recommendation in the 2016 Better Births report, led by former health minister Baroness Julia Cumberlege and commissioned by NHS England. It was intended to red
  17. Content Article
    My daughter Bia has been living with type 1 diabetes for 11 years. In many ways, we all have—she was only five when she was diagnosed, so it affects the whole family. To begin with, she was taking multiple daily injections of insulin—we'd take a blood sugar reading by doing a fingerprick test, which involves sticking a needle into one of her fingers to get a drop of blood out. We'd know from this whether her blood sugar level was too high or too low, and would then take the appropriate steps to get her levels back in range. At this time, Bia was on a fixed dose of insulin with each meal, but a