April passed without a social care paper being published; missing the latest deadline to be floated by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock. The green paper, originally promised for summer 2017, is seen as essential to solving the funding crisis in local authority-run care and reducing demand on the NHS. Hancock did give a speech on workforce, calling for the creation of a compassionate culture and more flexibility to improve working lives. London Ambulance Service trialled the use of the NHS Identity Service as a way for medics to access the Summary Care Record on iPads without using N3 or a smartcard.
As the country broke up for the Easter break, the Commons public accounts committee issued a worried report about the financial sustainability of the health service; highlighting deteriorating local finances and the ongoing staffing crisis as cause of particular concern. NHS England and NHS Digital launched the National Events Management Service that will publish information about child health milestones into IT systems and services, including the eRedbook. And the PRSB asked for views on a core information sharing set.
Also this week: why should IT companies want to go sailing? Highland Marketing chief executive Mark Venables explains why teams should sign-up for the Silicon Cup.
As the latest Brexit deadline came and went, the Health Foundation published a report showing the scale of capital to revenue transfers in the cash-strapped NHS and the impact this is having on maintenance, investment in medical devices, and spending on IT. Microsoft announced that it was closing its HealthVault personal health record, once touted as the future for health care records in both the consumer and public sectors. And NHS Digital published an evaluation of the NHS App.
Also this week: Highland Marketing is supporting the Moore Blatch Silicon Cup; the largest sailing regatta for the IT industry. Find out how to sign-up in September.