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Changes to staffing patterns at A&E could improve viability of smaller hospitals, research suggests

Press release 04/10/2018

Encouraging groups of clinicians to pool their capacity at the hospital ‘front door’ could help solve chronic workforce shortages and spiralling costs.

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Rethinking acute medical care in smaller hospitals

Report 04/10/2018Louella Vaughan | Nigel Edwards | Candace Imison | Ben Collins

Smaller hospitals are struggling with workforce shortages, spiralling costs and increasingly complex models of care for acutely ill patients. This major new report outlines a set of radical new approaches for running acute medical services in these institutions and suggests we should avoid assuming...

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Maths, baths and computer models: ways to make health services more efficient

Blog post 02/10/2018Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

Chris Sherlaw-Johnson looks at different approaches being used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services, and explains the value they could bring to the NHS.

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Acute medical care in England: Findings from a survey of smaller acute hospitals

Summary 13/09/2018Candace Imison | Louella Vaughan

This profile of smaller hospitals in England finds trusts struggling to recruit and retain acute medical staff. Services across the country are configured in a wide variety of ways, with little evidence of an 'ideal' model for acute medical care emerging from our research.

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Digital patients: myth and reality

Blog post 10/09/2018Sarah Scobie | Laura Schlepper

With technology in the health service always a talking point, Sarah Scobie and Laura Schlepper take a closer look at five common claims about the use of digital services in the NHS. Are some more true than others?

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Outpatient services: A more intelligent approach needed

Blog post 31/08/2018Nigel Edwards

Following our new briefing yesterday, co-author Nigel Edwards looks at the lessons that emerged from our recent work on outpatients – arguing that improving experts’ productivity without just making them work harder is the big challenge for many systems.

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Rethinking outpatient services: Learning from an interactive workshop

Report 30/08/2018Sophie Castle-Clarke | Nigel Edwards

Outpatient services in England have experienced a sharp rise in activity, leading to many STPs outlining ambitious plans to reduce activity and cut costs. This briefing, in collaboration with health leaders across the country, reveals opportunities to improve the design of services and challenges if...

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Clinician involvement vital to rethinking outpatient services

Press release 30/08/2018

A two-way conversation between GPs and consultants has the potential to treat more patients in the community and support clinicians in their decision making.

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Will a robot replace me as a GP?

Blog post 07/08/2018Dr Rebecca Rosen

Rebecca Rosen gives a GP’s perspective on adapting to new technologies, and explains why the professional judgement of the doctor is still vital.

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Improving care for people with MS: the potential of data and technology

Report 10/07/2018Sophie Castle-Clarke | Natasha Curry | Holly Dorning | Laura Wetherly

An MS Society-commissioned report mapping out what technology is already available for people with MS, what more could be done with what is available and how data and technology could be better exploited in future to improve MS health care.

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