• Guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing for health and social care

    22 January 2018

    National guidance has been published, setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data off-shoring to store patient information.

    The guidance will ensure that organisations know how to use these solutions safely and securely. It has been timed to appear as NHS organisations face tighter restrictions on the processing and transfer of personal data when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in May.

    The document also highlights the benefits for organisations choosing to use cloud facilities.

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  • NHS continuing healthcare funding failing the people who need it, say MPs

    22 January 2018

    NHS continuing healthcare funding intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society is not reaching people who need it. That’s one of the conclusions of the latest parliamentary report which describes a complex process beset with delays and poor-quality assessments.

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  • Revised never events policy and framework

    22 January 2018

    NHS Improvement has published a revised policy and framework for avoiding never events. The document clarifies who may be involved in identifying, investigating or managing never events. CCGs should note the removal of financial sanctions from the NHS standard contract in relation to never events. The updated 2017-19 NHS standard contract is to be used from 1 February 2018. Providers are asked to ensure their local policies and procedures align with the revised national policy framework.

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  • Making sense of accountable care

    22 January 2018

    Accountable care is the latest health policy buzz phrase. But where did it come from and what does it really mean? The King’s Fund is promising to explain all with a short briefing that promises accountable care in a nutshell and a long version that goes into more depth.

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  • Consultation on research in the NHS

    22 January 2018

    On 30 November 2017 NHS England launched a consultation to support research in the NHS. The consultation sets out proposals to manage excess treatment costs better and to improve commercial clinical research set-up and reporting. We are inviting stakeholders, including NHS commissioners, to share views on these proposals. The consultation ends on 1 February 2018. For further information, contact england.research@nhs.net.

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