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Biomaterial discovery enables 3D printing of tissue-like vascular structures

An international team of scientists have discovered a new material that can be 3D printed to create tissue-like vascular structures.

Sharp rise in NHS negligence claims for lack of informed consent

Negligence claims against the NHS due to failure to inform patients before they consent to procedures have spiralled up since a landmark legal ruling in 2015, a new study has found.

Association For Continence Advice (ACA) Annual Conference Postponed

The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) Executive Committee has announced the postponement of the 2020 Annual Conference, which was due to take place on 18th - 19th May in Bristol. The official statement reads as follows:

NICE publishes guideline on diagnosis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms

Publication of the new guideline on the diagnosis and management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) follows an extended period of stakeholder engagement. In particular, NICE has looked at the use of a technique for repairing unruptured aneurysms called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).

Technology leaders expand alliance to advance integrated operating rooms

The 4 Medical IT Alliance has announced the appointment of Fulbourn Medical as the official supplier of its integrated operating room and video imaging, workflow management and surgical display systems to hospitals in the UK and Ireland.

Gut bacteria implicated in bowel cancer

A common type of bacteria found in our guts could contribute to bowel cancer, according to research funded by a £20 million Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge award and published in Nature.

CQC halts inspections in wake of COVID-19

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that it will be stopping routine inspections from today, Monday 16 March.

HEE launches MedTech innovation programme

Health Enterprise East (HEE), a leading NHS Innovation and Technology Consultancy, has been awarded a £1m grant to deliver the MedTech Navigator programme with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

New guidance on prolonged disorders of consciousness

New guidelines from the Royal College of Physicians and endorsed or supported by a further 15 health bodies offer updated guidance on the diagnosis, assessment, care and management of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness.

Mobile lung screening set to save lives

A new mobile lung screening unit is set to carry out up to 54 lung health checks every day, in Hull, as part of an initiative to save lives through earlier diagnosis of cancer.

Strategic collaboration announced by NICE and Health Technology Wales

A strategic partnership between the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Health Technology Wales (HTW) will increase collaboration between the two agencies on planning and information sharing over the assessment of medical technologies.

Prisoners missing out on hospital treatment

Four in ten hospital appointments made for prisoners are cancelled or missed, they receive around a quarter less hospital care than expected compared to the general population, and there are signs of lapses of care within prison for certain groups.

Calls to improve diversity to build better technology and healthcare cultures

​Ahead of her keynote speech at the Rewired 2020 conference, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, president of techUK, has emphasised how diversity and inclusion is required to build better technology, teams and cultures in healthcare.

Royal College of Physicians urges MPs to address NHS workforce crisis

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has written to MPs in the West Midlands to highlight the shortage of consultants and higher specialty trainees (HSTs) in their area and call for them to put pressure on the Government to urgently address the NHS workforce crisis.

University of Leeds project to develop new treatments for heart failure awarded Heart Research UK grant

A research project at the University of Leeds aiming to identify new drug treatments for heart failure patients has been awarded a grant of almost £150,000 by national charity Heart Research UK.

Overstretched NHS respiratory departments are hit by mounting pressures

In November 2019, the British Thoracic Society (BTS) ran a survey which found that for many respiratory departments across the UK, the increase in number of patients requiring hospital admission typical of the winter months, known as winter pressures, had started as early October or, in some cases, had never stopped since the Winter of 2018.

Call for action following latest 'never events' report

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) is calling for action to be taken after a recent report suggests little progress has been made to prevent errors within the perioperative environment.

EU-funded project launched to tackle heart attacks

A new project, CoroPrevention, has nearly €20 million of Horizon 2020 funding to discover the lifestyle improvements and medications needed by individual patients with coronary heart disease to prevent another cardiovascular event.

UV technology eliminates 96% of pathogens in operating theatres

A new study suggests that UV technology could significantly improve the decontamination of operating theatres.

NHS must tackle gap in technology skills, warns EBME expert

The NHS is currently in a ‘technological meltdown’ as a result of decades of under-investment in technology, warns Dr. John Sandham, chairman of the EBME Expo.