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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.

NHS staff morale improves but too many facing abuse

​NHS staff say they are now happier and more likely to recommend their organisation as a place to work than last year, but too many still experience unacceptable abuse from patients and the public.

Report highlights ‘toxic’ risk of beta blocker to prevent overdose deaths

The toxicity of a commonly prescribed beta blocker needs better recognition across the NHS to prevent deaths from overdose, a new report warns.

New bill gives hospitals power to develop personalised treatment

NHS hospitals will be able to use personalised medicines for unique cancers and diseases, following the introduction of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill.

New consultant-led Medical Admissions Unit opens in London

The London Clinic, a leading private hospital and charity on London’s Harley Street, has opened a new consultant-led Medical Admissions Unit in central London that offers GPs and healthcare specialists an alternative to sending people with urgent medical care needs to an A&E service at an NHS hospital.

PHE highlights vital role of post-discharge surveillance in tackling SSIs

Pauline Harrington, National Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance manager, Public Health England, has warned that, despite significant improvements in MRSA and MSSA infections, Enterobacterales have increased and now make up the largest proportion of causative organisms across all surgical categories [30.0% in 2018/19].

National Medical Director calls for increased focus on infection prevention in fight against AMR

To tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), there must be an increased focus on infection prevention, healthcare leaders warned at NHS England's IPC AMR conference. However, it will require a more 'integrated approach' between hospitals and the community...

Interfurn appoints Area Sales Manager for North of England

Interfurn Medical Systems has announced the appointment of Brent Hopper in the role of Area Sales Manager - North to drive forward the company’s next phase of growth and strategic development.

Nursing applications still 25% lower than bursary-era figures

The RCN has reiterated its calls for urgent investment to build the nursing workforce, as nursing degree applications remain far below what is required for staffing for safe and effective care.

Chief Nursing Officer calls for boost to nurse apprenticeships

England’s most senior nurse has called on NHS organisations to boost the number of nursing apprenticeships they offer to local people, to help deliver the health service’s Long Term Plan to improve patient care.

Digital transformation leaders debate priorities at Digital Health Rewired

NHS technology leaders are to kick off the Digital Health Rewired Conference and Exhibition on 3-4 March at the Olympia National, London. The much-expanded show, which will see a host of new tracks and events, is set to welcome thousands of key digital health leaders.