CfH poll reveals gaps in staff knowledge of NPfIT
Connecting for Health has announced the results of its own poll among NHS clinicians and managers and allied health professionals into perceptions, opinions and hopes and fears for the National Programme for IT, which has revealed there are still wide differences between clinicians and managers about the awareness of the programme. Front-line staff showed the […]
CfH business plan indicates delivery delay
NHS Connecting for Health has issued its first annual business plan listing the agency’s achievements and setting out a programme of work that remains heavy on infrastructure and light on the rich clinical functionality the service is looking for to help transform services. The plan is published almost three years after the establishment of the […]
NHS smart cards may be re-dealt
The current version of the NHS smart card, being issued to all NHS staff to enable them to access new computer systems under the £6.2 billion health service IT modernisation programme, is to be upgraded from 2006. At this stage it is not certain whether all the existing 65,000 smart cards issued so far will […]
A new era of choice?
Sean Riddell, deputy managing director of EMIS, examines the current climate five months after the DH announced it would allow GPs a choice of systems in CfH.
Over 1,000 new NHS IT systems deployed
Connecting for Health (CfH), the Department of Health’s IT agency, has said that just over 1,000 system deployments had been made in the NHS in England by the beginning of August. The headline figure appears, however, to be bolstered by the application of a very broad definition of deployment — including web-based applications and taking over the hosting of […]
National Knowledge Service aims high
Building a centralised electronic National Knowledge Service, that will deliver focused clinical knowledge to clinicians when they need it, has become the key aim of NHS Connecting for Health’s (CfH) new Knowledge, Process and Safety Directorate. The National Knowledge Service (NKS) will seek to ensure "that all decisions are based not only the best current […]
Course offers fast track to health fundamentals
A short course offering a rapid induction into the world of healthcare and the NHS has been designed by the University of Central Lancashire for IM&T workers taking jobs in the sector. The university hopes to run the five day Fast-Track Fundamentals programme in the autumn when the first cohort of participants has been recruited. […]
CfH to fund NHS clinician trips to India and USA
NHS Connecting for Health is urgently looking for experienced NHS clinicians, interested in ensuring that NHS IT systems are fit for purpose, to be flown out and work on assignment with clinical software developers in India or the United States. Both of the brand new clinical systems that Connecting for Health has contracted to be […]
Despite a bumpy start, the first booking made with IBS over Choose and Book in Wandsworth was a success, EHI Primary Care reports.
Nurses save most time with IT training
Based on a telephone poll Connecting for Health has claimed that staff who master basic IT skills under the NHS European Computer Driving License (ECDL) training scheme are helping the service save time and money. Connecting for Health, the DH agency behind the NHS IT programme, says that in a recent phone poll NHS staff […]