Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay told the House of Commons that his department is going to develop a Major Conditions Strategy to address the six conditions that cause around 60% of disability adjusted life years in England. The NHS Confederation said it hoped this would lead to a genuine focus on reducing health inequalities and moving towards a preventative model of care.
Trusts rolled out a Nervecentre EPMA, integrated the Accurx platform into Rio, and tried out new communications platforms and apps. Plus: another chance to read two great blogs on why SMEs and international companies should work with a health tech agency on PR and marketing.
Strikes in the NHS continued everywhere except Scotland, where unions are negotiating with the devolved government. NHS England opened a voluntary redundancy scheme to help cut its headcount by 40%. People who worked for NHSX and NHSDigital appear to be covered by the first wave.
Health minister Will Quince seems to be getting serious about DTAC compliance. NHS England is pushing ahead with its NHS@Home scheme. And there was speculation about whether Devon and Cornwall will end up with a single EPR. Plus: read our new blogs on how we can support international clients and why start-ups should invest in marketing.
Ambulance staff in England and Wales struck again, as union relationships with the government deteriorated, and unions refused to submit evidence to the NHS’ pay review bodies for the coming year. Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay announced that £200 million would be spent on buying additional beds from care homes to try and ease the discharge crisis without addressing its underlying causes.
NHS England pushed ahead with plans for a Federated Data Platform, despite doubts about its efficacy and the provider of the predecessor Covid-19 Data Store, Palantir. And trusts rolled out apps, virtual wards – and robotic penguin helpers.