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Tackling the backlog: solutions and strategies

Tim Bryant discusses the challenges presented by the elective backlog and offers an insight into how technology can help hospitals manage the recovery process – through effective management of operating theatres and patient flow.

The digitally-enabled health ecosystem

Graham Kendall, director of the Digital Healthcare Council, outlines the Council’s thoughts on digital health innovators and its strategy to support NHS Trusts with their strategic digital healthcare opportunities in the wake of COVID-19.

The new health and care landscape

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the Health and Care Bill and what it will mean in terms of healthcare delivery – from integration of care systems to new ways of working.

Surgical smoke: the microbiological risks

In this expert opinion statement, Professor Richard James, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, University of Nottingham Medical School, considers the microbiological risks presented by inhalation and direct skin contact with surgical smoke

COVER STORY: Driving high standards in decontamination

Isopharm iLearn provides staff of all levels with full details of the decontamination processes undertaken by sterile services and endoscopy departments and is helping to shape the future of ongoing CPD, and staff development in decontamination.

Elective recovery plan unveiled

The Government has set out a blueprint to address backlogs built up during the COVID pandemic and tackle long waits for care with increased expansion in capacity for tests, checks and treatments. CSJ highlights the key pillars of the strategic plan.

Future proofing diagnostic testing

A specialist NHS laboratory, hosted by Newcastle Hospitals, is helping to accelerate the development of new, cutting-edge COVID-19 tests, as well as technologies that could give an early warning of virus threats

Testing times: detecting COVID in hospitals

Efficient point-of-care testing for COVID is critical to managing admissions and infection control for hospitals, particularly during Winter peaks. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals have implemented a solution that is capable of speeding up detection of respiratory viruses – delivering a result in just a few minutes.

Decontamination: exploring the challenges

A new event, launched by two major NHS Trusts, will provide valuable insights into decontamination and infection prevention – from protein removal, and water microbiology, to ventilation and automated room disinfection.

Boosting green innovation in the NHS

SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England & NHS Improvement initiative, has awarded £1 Million to a number of pioneering innovations to support the delivery of a net zero NHS.

Calls for global investment in TB research

World TB Day, which falls on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world. While TB was surpassed by COVID-19 as the world’s deadliest infectious disease, the disease still kills around 1.5 million people annually.

The digital future of surgery

In a recent presentation at the Future Surgery show, Professor Prokar Dasgupta, professor of surgery, King’s College London, considered the ‘digital future of surgery’. He highlighted some key innovations coming to the fore – from an octopus-inspired robot with a sense of touch, to technology that enables clinicians to remotely “scrub in” to the OR.

Overcoming the NHS’ interoperability challenge

Justin Hassall, transformation director, Informed Solutions, calls for patients and clinicians to be placed at the heart of digital health services design and highlights the challenges around interoperability

HealthTech innovation at Arab Health

Exciting innovation took centre stage at Arab Health’s UK pavilion – from live robotic surgery demonstrations to discussions with a NASA astronaut on how space technology can find its way into pioneering health applications.

Calls to tackle variation in maternity care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has highlighted continued concern about the variation in the quality and safety of England’s maternity services and a confidential enquiry into maternal deaths found that women from Black ethnic groups are four times more likely to die in pregnancy than women from White groups.

Surgical smoke inhalation: staff fear infection risk

Despite extensive evidence highlighting the risks associated with surgical smoke exposure, healthcare employers are still not listening to the concerns of healthcare workers and failing to provide adequate protection. Faced with a backlog of patients, are staff under pressure to ‘just get the job done’ – even when it means putting their own health at risk? Louise Frampton reports.

The Paterson Inquiry: what can we learn?

The Paterson Inquiry investigated a healthcare scandal involving ‘17 counts of wounding patients with intent’ and highlighted many more accounts of distressing treatment at the hands of a ‘rogue surgeon’. So what can we learn from the Government’s long-awaited report and how should we identify and challenge misconduct in the future?

Patient satisfaction in the era of COVID-19

With a backlog of elective surgery, long waits in A&E, as well as in ambulances, and difficulties in obtaining GP appointments, how has the pandemic impacted confidence and satisfaction in the NHS? CSJ looks at some of the latest patient surveys.

Tackling the backlog of unmet healthcare needs

It has been suggested that it may take the NHS up to a decade to clear treatment backlogs with concerted action. But what exactly are the strategies being put in place? Kate Woodhead discusses the role of innovation and new technology in tackling the backlog, including the implementation of ‘surgical hubs’.

Transforming the patient pathway

Mr Srinivas Chintapatla provides an insight into how the York Abdominal Wall Unit (YAWU) has put the patient at the centre of decision making, transformed the care pathway, and improved outcomes.

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