Ian Dalton, President, BT Global Health

Changing times at Health and Care Innovation Expo

By Ian Dalton, President, BT Global Health

The NHS must change if it is to survive and remain sustainable.

That was the message from NHS England’s chief executive, Sir David Nicholson, at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014.

The NHS needs to change because of the challenges it is being asked to overcome – increasing demand, escalating costs, a tightened financial environment and increasing patient expectations. [Read more…]

Bob Quin, Head of Marketing, Global Health, BT Global Services

Constant Change: NHS Change day & Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014

By Bob Quin, Head of Marketing, Global Health, BT Global Services

Change. Some of us thrive on it. Some find it scary. All we know is that in today’s world, it’s a constant.

For care organisations, change is something that is needed to transform the service to be sustainable in the future. To transform to put the patient at its heart. To rethink care and find ways to empower people, improve efficiencies and provide higher quality care at lower cost.

NHS Change Day seeks to harnesses the passion, commitment and innovation that is seen every day to challenge the status quo and try something simple but different to improve patient care.

This year, NHS Change Day coincides with Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014. [Read more…]

N3 Mobile Health

One access route, many services

By Martin Vokes, Business Manager for General Adult Mental Health Services and Technical Lead, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

One in four people will suffer some form of mental health illness over the course of a year and ten per cent of children experience problems with their mental health at any one time, according to the Mental Health Foundation. However, spending on mental health services has fallen in England in the past two years, resulting in a strong focus by mental health trusts such as mine, the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), on streamlining services to increase efficiency and improve care.

LPFT provides specialist health services to a population of 735,000 people across Lincolnshire for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol problems. We’re placing greater emphasis on prevention, increasing independence and providing more care at home while reducing admissions and average length of stay. [Read more…]

Public Service Network

PSN and public service transformation in 2014

In 2013, the Public Services Network (PSN) helped deliver significant savings in the cost of public sector communications networks. But that was only the beginning. By connecting together hundreds of different organisations, PSN has the potential to deliver a much greater prize; improving collaboration, increasing efficiency and enabling better public services.

As the New Year gets underway, it’s time to be pouring thoughts into the PSN strategy for the months ahead. In the latest Public Technology article from Jason Hall and Neil Mellor, they’ve highlighted four trends to accelerate in 2014. These are areas where progress will be repaid by greater PSN enabled transformation. [Read more…]

Grant Anderson

The future’s smart

By: Grant Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager, BT Global Services, Government and Health

It’s no secret that the world’s population is growing at a concerning rate. Scotland in particular, has a population that is due to increase by ten per cent by 2030 alone. This poses a number of challenges for city and regional leaders, as they will need to monopolise on this growth and make sure that their areas don’t become marginalised.

These higher numbers of people will add to the general pressures on public services to ‘do more with less’, and so economic growth is fundamental to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. Smart cities, or smart communities, are needed here. Leaders need to prioritise their best growth opportunities, while at the same time being environmentally savvy. [Read more…]