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South Tees reaches e-prescribing milestone in EPR journey

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken the next step in its modern, modular electronic patient record (EPR) programme with Alcidion, having gone live with electronic prescribing and medication administration (ePMA) system Better Meds.

The trust has deployed Better Meds to inpatient and outpatient areas, where it is already removing paper forms and manual

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The Metaverse: From Hype to Reality?

By Chris Hornung, Managing Director of Public Sector Business at Totalmobile

In recent months, there’s been a lot of hot debate about how the Metaverse is set to transform how we work, play, shop, socialise, transact, and more.

Featuring the confluence of multiple technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things, blockchain, virtual

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How City of Cardiff Council saved £5.7m in recruitment costs with Matrix

Transparency, cost control and fulfilling short notice staffing requirements in as little as 1-2 hours are just three of the main benefits City of Cardiff Council has accomplished since it started working with recruitment technology business Matrix in 2016.

Matrix, which specialises in the procurement of temporary, interim and permanent staffing solutions, provides a neutral

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Two leading CIOs join the Highland Marketing advisory board

Ian Hogan from the Northern Care Alliance and Neil Perry from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust have joined the forum that debates the big issues facing health tech and seeks to spread innovation for the future

Two of the NHS’ most dynamic chief information officers have joined Highland Marketing’s advisory board of NHS IT professionals

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Northumberland County Council Modernises Facilities Management Function with Totalmobile

NCC Replaces Paper and Spreadsheets to Digitalise Facilities Management Across 89 Buildings and Over 40 Schools

Northumberland County Council, serving over 2,000 rural square miles, has completed a successful pilot and is now deploying field service management solutions from Totalmobile to digitalise its facilities management

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Fuelling the Future of Electric Vehicles

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By Julian Boneham, Technology Practice Director – Data, at Node4

Following the biggest year of UK electric vehicle (EV) consumer market sales and the COP26 climate conference, 2022 is set to be a defining year for EVs.

Backed by the UK government’s ambitious emission-free measures, and a £1,500 plug-in-car grant for new

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Council publishes independent report into COVID-19 response

An independent review into the response to COVID-19 in Walsall has shown that partnership working was a dominant feature, essential to meet the challenges that were presented to the community during the pandemic.

The review conducted by the Institute for Community Research and Development at the

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Health Fabric and Sandwell Council secure Healthy Ageing Challenge funding to tackle health inequalities

Left to right: Satnam Bains, Lisa McNally and Ali Al-Osaimi (Lifestyle Improvement Programme Manager for Sandwell)

Public health experts will use the Unity platform to work with local communities on effective campaigns in many languages and deliver them through the Unity app

Digital health company Health Fabric is preparing to work with Sandwell Council

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Greater Manchester Police declares major incident following discovery of human remains in Oldham premises

Oldham Mill Fire @GPSJ

On Saturday 23 July 2022, human remains were discovered, by demolition workers, at Bismark House Mill, Bower Street, Oldham.

Detectives from GMP’s Oldham district and Major Incident Team have confirmed that, on Saturday 7 May 2022, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at the premises which was

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itelligent-i wins Durham County Council contract in deal to deliver data-driven, customer-led intelligence

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itelligent-i has been chosen by Durham County Council to deliver a corporate data and analytics platform to accelerate the delivery of meaningful insights across the council’s main service areas using its suite of Accelerator Analytics. The solution securely brings together data from multiple sources and delivers meaningful insights upon which the council will

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EQUANS pioneers a diversity charter for the Heat Network Industry

‘If we are to diversify how we heat our homes and buildings, then we must diversify our industry!”

Charlotte Large, Strategy, Policy and Innovation Director for EQUANS UK & Ireland

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, has led the introduction of a diversity and inclusion charter for the Heat Networks

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Why Legacy Systems Remain Critical in Modern, ‘Cloud Appropriate’ Hybrid Digital Transformation

By Sascha Giese, Head Geek™ at SolarWinds

The impact of budget cuts and austerity, Covid-19 disruption, and concerns about security have resulted in a hybrid of legacy and cloud technology in U.K. government and public sector bodies. The government’s 2013 ‘cloud-first’ policy has driven varying levels of successful cloud migration and little consistency. Critical business

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KnowBe4 Kicks Off Ransomware Awareness Month with Resource Kit

KnowBe4 launches a no-cost resource kit to help organisations fight the staggering impact of ransomware

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, announced the release of a resource kit for IT managers as part of a month-long effort in July to

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ENFORCEMENT CONDUCT BOARD ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The Enforcement Conduct Board, the new oversight body for the enforcement sector, has announced the appointment of four new Board members, following the announcement of Catherine Brown as Chair in March The new Board members include a former Vice-Chair of the Money Advice Trust and individuals with a wealth of experience across local government

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Car Benefits Schemes increasingly seen as more than just a perk by public sector employers

In today’s climate of competition among employers to attract and retain workforce talent, they are having to think beyond the traditional mainstays of salary and pensions to ensure they stay competitive and attractive for employees.

As salary sacrifice car benefits schemes offer staff access to new, safe, environmentally friendly and above all, affordable vehicles, they

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Annual Study: Hybrid IT Acceleration Has Increased Network Complexity and Lowered Public Sector Tech Pros’ Network Management Confidence

SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2022—Getting IT Right: Managing Hybrid IT Complexity examines the current state and areas of opportunity for public sector technology professionals managing increased complexity as hybrid IT accelerates The continued shift to hybrid IT drives increased levels of IT management complexity, but tech pros feel a lack of confidence in how

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ORCA Computing provides UK MoD with first quantum computer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

British quantum computer developer, ORCA Computing, is working with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to develop future data processing capabilities.

In a year-long programme of activity, MoD will use ORCA’s PT-1 model, the first computer of its kind to operate at room temperature and be based on-premises.

ORCA computing has developed

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Employers are underestimating personal safety fears of nearly 7 million workers

Nearly 7 million workers worry about their safety each week 57% of employers underestimate the level of concern felt by their staff 57% of employees are concerned about facing aggression from the public 22% of former lone workers and front-line staff said safety concerns were among the reasons they chose to leave their job

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Smart Cities: Taking a Security-Minded Approach to Open and Shared Data

By Sascha Giese, Head Geek™ at SolarWinds

In our increasingly crowded urban settings, delivering better, safer, and more sustainable environments for citizens is central to both short- and long-term national and local government strategies.

As a result, the accelerating development of smart cities is driving huge advances in technology and the use of data across

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Going waterless could cut public sector urinal running costs by more than half at the same time as slashing CO2

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Public sector organisations could more than halve urinal running costs, at the same time as slashing CO2, by switching to waterless urinals. The findings, announced by Smarti Environmental to coincide with Water Saving Week 2022 (23-27 May), show that savings of over £1,200 are possible for every three urinals

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