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December 2009
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Vendor-neutral consultancies with low-risk fee structures are compromise the NHS needs

VENDOR-NEUTRAL consultancies offering low-risk fee structures may be the compromise between long-term sustainability and the need for immediate savings in the NHS- de Poel. […]

NHS recognises value of recruitment outsourcing

COST-SAVINGS, increased human resources support and reduced bureaucracy, have been recognised by the NHS as positive results of outsourcing recruitment processes. A new scheme launched by NHS Employers is one of several offering organisations the chance to save millions of pounds by taking on some of their recruitment hassles and CRB checks, freeing up money, time and resources for other things. […]

Knowsley appoints Christine to push smoking pledge

One of the UK’s most prominent stop smoking campaigners has joined Knowsley Health & Wellbeing to head up its work in helping locals to kick their smoking habit. […]


Food producers and suppliers are today offered the chance to capitalise on the growing local food goldmine following publication of a new feasibility study. The study, produced by Bidwells Agribusiness on behalf of the South East Food Group Partnership, establishes the growing demand for regional food at both a consumer and buyer level, and the difficulties that impact on suppliers and customers undertaking more business together. […]

National Programme for IT

How the UK manages its medical data has been the subject of heated debate recently, and the more solutions that are suggested, the more tangled the issue seems to become. In the last few months Christine Connelly’s NHS National Programme for IT has turned out to be an idealised and unrealistic project, and the Digital Britain Report has recommended a Government cloud computing approach to share information. […]

Home Access programme

A substantial number of children in the UK still do not have a computer at home, and a third of families lack access to the internet. That is a real challenge for policy makers, local authorities, our education system and UK plc, as we look to prepare our next generation as they move into the workplace or continue their learning. […]

Another Fine Mess?

The recent announcement that CCTV images can now be used as evidence in the issuing of parking fines is of consequence to every local authority. Colin Forrest, Mail Creation Product Manager, Pitney Bowes discusses the extra burden that this ‘remote enforcement’ will place on councils. […]

Reducing energy usage across IT

Organisations of all sizes are being affected by rising costs and constrained budgets. While some commentators are seeing potential for recovery on the horizon, most businesses are still battening down the hatches and looking to make cost savings where they can. […]

NHS Borders

The NHS Borders cover a large rural area in Southern Scotland. The Trust is centred on Borders General Hospital, Roxburghshire, which employs over 1,000 people and serves as a community hospital for the central Borders, with a catchment of some 100,000 resid […]

Nottingham County Council Strengthens Commitment to Skill's E-learning

Nottingham County Council (NCC) has made the decision to substantially increase its investment in online learning from SkillSoft, a leading provider of on demand e-learning and performance support solutions, in order to deliver more training to a wider range of employees, but at less cost than traditional classroom training. […]

Newham NHS Trust improves efficiency with outsourced transcription service through Dictate IT

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust is an Acute Hospital Trust based at Newham General Hospital (Plaistow), with some outpatient services located at the Shrewsbury Health (Forest Gate) and the Appleby (Canning Town) Centres. […]

Diabesity – Consuming Excessive NHS Resources

Diabesity – the increase in obesity-led type-2 diabetes- is demanding ever greater resources from health services globally. Whilst the NHS objective is to increase the management of such conditions in the community, the serious complications associated with diabetes result in numerous hospital admissions and out-patient appointments, whilst also reducing patients’ quality of life. […]

ESRI (UK) Launches New Version of CrimeAnalyst

ESRI (UK) has just launched the latest version of CrimeAnalyst, a complete Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis software package for policing and crime prevention. Developed with direct feedback from users, CrimeAnalyst 2.0 enables analysts to manage the increasing demands placed upon them by automating routine tasks and providing new powerful tools that allow them to conduct more in-depth analysis. […]

Intelligent Clinical Leadership in Mental Health

Dr Alex Horne, medical director at North East London NHS Foundation Trust examines why high quality business intelligence is critical to meeting the unique set of challenges being faced by Mental Health Trusts and to creating future clinical leaders […]