Tag - NHS Digital

NHS App being rolled out across England

NHS App being rolled out across England Credit: NHS Digital The NHS App is now being rolled out across England, NHS England announced this morning, following private testing between September and December with over 3,000 patients from 30 GP practices. Improvements were made to the app ahead of the national rollout, based on feedback from patients and practice staff, looking at the online registration process and the information patients see before they can access their GP medical records. NHS England said individual GP practices needed to review some of their system settings before going live, [...]

Record numbers of NHS staff quitting due to long hours

Record numbers of NHS staff quitting due to long hours. Number of nurses leaving the service almost triples – at a time of more than 40,000 nursing vacancies Many NHS staff report routinely working beyond their normal hours just to get all their tasks done. Photograph: Getty Images Record numbers of burned-out NHS staff are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough with their families, research reveals. The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of [...]

DHSC creates NHSX to lead digital healthcare

DHSC creates NHSX to lead digital healthcare. A new unit is to be set up in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to set national policy, standards and a lead in procurement for NHS England in its use of technology. Image by Free-Photos (Pixabay), CC0 via Wikimedia Commons Named NHSX, it will involve experts in technology, digital, data and cyber security working with NHS organisations and the digital economy to support the development of new services. Although none of its members [...]

Electronic prescription service to include controlled medication

Electronic prescription service to include controlled medication. Pharmacies in England will now be able to dispense controlled drugs via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) following a successful trial. The decision means patients will be able to have their prescriptions sent electronically from their GP to their pharmacy, rather than having to carry a paper copy. Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs, excluding oral liquid methadone, will now be available electronically. More than 90% of GP practices and pharmacies are already live with the [...]

Exclusive: Government overruled concerns with 999 IT system

Exclusive: Government overruled concerns with 999 IT system. HSJ investigation reveals coroners link 11 deaths to flaws in 999/111 software In three cases, concerns were raised before the patient died but changes requested were not made NHS Digital says there were no flaws in software, and blames 999/111 providers for failures Patients have died after the government overruled multiple safety concerns raised about an IT system used to triage 16 million NHS patients a year. An HSJ investigation has uncovered at least three instances where patients triaged [...]