News, Policy & Media

Jan 21, 2021
NHSX, in collaboration with the AHSN Network, is inviting contributions to a survey which aims to provide a snapshot of AI development and implementation in health and care, including the impact of the NHS AI Lab. NHSX have produced the attached comms pack to support the release of the 2021 survey, expected to run for five weeks. The survey went live on 13 January. Your support with dissemination through your own channels would be much appreciated.
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Jan 18, 2021
NHS Test and Trace reached more than one million people over the New Year week, advising them to self-isolate due to either a positive test result or close contact with an infected person. These are record levels for the service as they endeavour to get in contact with positive cases and trace those who were in recent close contact with them to isolate the virus and prevent further transmission within the community. During the first week of 2021, NHS Test and Trace reaching 92.7% of contacts, an...
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Jan 14, 2021
An Imperial College-led study has found that the adoption of new technologies into the health and care environments has benefited both patients and staff. 2,200 workers were involved in the global study across six countries that found improvements in the way employees work and are able to treat their patients. Access to healthcare has also been boosted through the use of video technologies for patients.Digital and data tools such as online portals and video consultations have been used more and ...
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Jan 13, 2021
The trade section of the Office for Life Sciences has published a comprehensive Q&A document, including answers or links to guidance for every question on exports and Brexit regulation noted down from the webinars undertaken with the sector over the last few months.Topics covered include Medical Device Regulation, Chemicals, REACH and tariffs. You can find the briefing note attached below. 
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Jan 12, 2021
The Government has announced a wider roll-out of rapid COVID-19 across England. There will be a community testing regime initiated this week, covering all 317 local authorities. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that rapid lateral flow tests will be used, providing a positive or negative result within 30 minutes. He said that he hoped such a move towards rapid COVID-19 testing will break transmission rates within communities and lessen the skyrocketing number of cases in England. Governmen...
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Jan 08, 2021
DnaNudge has been announced as a finalist for the XPRIZE Rapid COVID-19 Testing Competition. The company is one of the top 20 performing businesses globally, and the award has been directed to the CovidNudge test. The test provides results in 90 minutes and, importantly, does not require any lab processing, pipettes or manual sample pre-processing in its operation. A study published in The Lancet Microbe journal found that the test’s average sensitivity was 94.4% compared against standard ...
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Jan 07, 2021
£149m has been allocated by Government to support increased rapid coronavirus testing in care home settings. Due to the severe vulnerability of care home residents and the need for avoiding staff-patient virus transmission, care homes have been identified as a key priority in the Government’s COVID-19 testing strategy. Staff will now be asked to undergo two rapid virus tests per week, this is in addition to the present once-a-week PCR test they complete to detect potential COVID-19 i...
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Jan 07, 2021
A new programme leader has been confirmed for the Government’s project of building 40 new UK hospitals by 2030. Natalie Forrest, a registered NHS nurse with a wealth of construction, health and project management experience, will head up the construction initiative. Forrest worked most recently as the Chief Executive of Chase Farm Hospital and has 30 years experience working within the NHS. Recently, she led the rapid construction and operationalisation of the NHS Nightingale facility in r...
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Dec 17, 2020
The amount of people waiting more than one year for routine hospital care is now 100 times higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Alarming figures from NHS England show the number waiting 12 months for hospital care to start had increased from 1,305 in September last year to 139,545 this September. The data provides a clear picture of the knock-on effect of halting many non-emergency procedures for patients during the first wave of the virus in Spring 2020. Royal College of Surgeons President...
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Dec 17, 2020
The MDCC have released a new presentation and related Q&A on trader readiness for the end of the transition period. Members can find both documents attached.
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