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IOT TAKES CENTRE STAGE PAGE 9


THE FIRST CLOSE UP LOOK


AT VANGUARD VISIONS PAGE 13


AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SIMON


WORTHINGTON PAGE 6


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IS "DIGITAL MATURITY" STUNTING THE GROWTH OF A "PAPERLESS" NHS


The Government has completed the latest phase of its drive towards a "paperless"


NHS - but trusts´ own assessments show many are still a long way short of "digital maturity".


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ocal commissioners and social care partners have already formed themselves


into local digital roadmap "footprints" (see map). The second step has been for NHS providers within the footprints to self-assess the extent to which healthcare services in England are supported by the effective use of digital technology. The assessments - published on April 12th - are intended to help


identify key strengths and gaps in healthcare providers’ provision of digital services at the point of care and provide a picture of the current ‘baseline’ position across the country. Results published on MyNHS


show each organisation’s results for the three main themes of the self-assessment:


readiness,


capabilities and infrastructure: • Readiness: covers strategic


alignment, leadership, resourcing, governance and information governance • Capabilities: covers records,


assessments and plans, transfers of care, orders and results management,


medicines


management and optimisation, remote and assistive care, asset and resource optimisation and standards • Infrastructure: covers areas such as Wi-Fi, mobile devices, single-sign


on and business continuity. The work was developed


collaboratively between NHS England, UCL Partners and the NHS. Paul Rice, head of technology


strategy in NHS England´s digital technology team recognises the


findings highlight gaps in


providers´ digital abilities. "As local organisations pull


together to develop their digital roadmaps, their plan from getting from A to a paper free future, this Digital Maturity result provides a robust and candid reflection of the scale of the challenge," he says. "It allows the key strengths and


gaps in providers’ ability to be highlighted so that insight and lessons learnt can be drawn from those making greater progress for the benefit of everyone.


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TACKLING THE LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN HEALTHCARE – FUELING THE PIPELINE FOR THE FUTURE


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mproved training and support for leaders are combining with NHS cultural change to avert a leadership crisis in healthcare, according to


key stakeholders. The increasingly intense financial and


operational challenges the NHS faces have led to claims that health service leadership is "undoable" and that candidates are being deterred from applying for NHS leadership posts.


Research last year by The King´s Fund found


that the average tenure of an NHS provider chief executive was only two and a half years. And according to NHS Providers, more than 12 provider chief executives - 5% of the total - announced their departure last summer.


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2016 FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS FOR


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