NHS England issues 48-hour tender for online primary care consultations

19 March 2020

NHS England has issued a confidential 48-hour tender for the immediate provision of online primary care consultation to help the health service cope with patient demand in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Millions of patients could have face-to-face GP appointments replaced by phone or video in a major drive to slow the spread of the coronavirus

10 March 2020

Millions of patients will be urged to see their GP by phone or video in a major drive to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

GP practices across the country have been told to ramp up the number of remote consultations to reduce the risk of infected patients turning up at surgeries.

It means face-to-face appointments will be replaced with examinations by video, phone, or online wherever possible.

GPs urged to go digital to prevent spread of coronavirus

10 March 2020

GP practices across the country have been advised to assess patients online or via telephone and video appointments to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus.

GPs told to switch to digital consultations to combat Covid-19

06 March 2020

Millions of patients will have face-to-face appointments with their GP replaced by telephone or video consultations under NHS plans to respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus.

Digital services ‘no substitute’ for GPs but will aid patient access

03 December 2019

Digital solutions have previously been pegged as a solution to ease patient demand. The DHC has called for future policies to encourage the adoption of digital technologies, adding that simply “pedalling faster” to keep up with demand was unsustainable.

Changes to out-of-area GP rules ‘would be burdensome’ to CCGs’

13 September 2019

Proposed changes to out-of-area GP registration rules will be “burdensome” if NHS England focuses on organisational boundaries rather than a patient-centre approach, the Digital Healthcare Council has said.

The Digital Healthcare Council’s design principles for digital health

The Digital Healthcare Council has set out four key design principles that are essential to create a vibrant and sustainable digital health ecosystem that works for patients.

DIGITAL HEALTHCARE COUNCIL RESPONSE TO NHS ENGLAND DIGITAL FIRST PRIMARY CARE CONSULTATION

The following document has been produced by the members of the Digital Healthcare Council (DHC) in response NHS England’s Digital First Primary Care consultation. 

These documents were submitted to NHS England on 23 August 2019 and are currently being reviewed, along with all other responses. NHS England have informed that a general response will be published in due course.

In the meantime if you have any questions about this document please email digitalhealth@zpb-associates.com

STANDARDS FOR IDENTITY CHECKING FOR ONLINE PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS

The following documents have been produced by the members of the Digital Healthcare Council (DHC) and providers who are not members of the DHC in response to the introduction of the NHS Digital Standard DCB 3051 and CQC’s subsequent requirement to consider this standard within the inspection of digital providers.  These documents set out an approach to implementing the standard in context of risk of specific activities providers may be undertaking.

These documents have been considered by CQC through their provider engagement groups and inspection teams are using this as a reference document.

This is not inspection guidance but should act as a helpful reference for providers when considering how they implement the NHS Digital Standard.

In the meantime if you have any questions about this document please email digitalhealth@zpb-associates.com

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It’s time to measure performance on patients’ priorities

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A digital (state of care) mind

Last week, the Care Quality Commission published its annual state of care report. Among the usual rhetoric of “the NHS is improving but there’s still a lot we need to get right,” it was interesting to see how much they have focussed…

We attend and speak at a variety of conferences and events throughout the year, but also host our own webinars and member meetings. Find out more about our activity for the upcoming months below:

February

24 February

  • Webinar – Paul Mears, former CEO at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
March

4 March

  • Alex Kafetz, DHC’s Director of Insight and Strategy, will be speaking at The Patient Information Forum advising how digital tools can used to maximise the effectiveness of health information.
  • We will be attending Digital Health REWIRED – if you are also joining and would like to meet with one of the team, then please get in touch.

5 March

  • Webinar – John O’Brien, Project and Commercial Director at ConfedExpo

17 March

  • Graham Kendall, Director of the DHC, will be speaking at the AI&ML Convention in Birmingham.

18 March

  • Graham Kendall and Alex Kafetz will be speaking at the Future Health Global conference in London.

25 March

  • We will be attending WIRED Health – if you are also joining and would like to meet with one of the team, then please get in touch.
April

21 April

  • Matt Campbell-Hill, Pharmaceutical regulation: Interaction with NICE and MHRA. Should you and how can you help?
May

13 May

  • DHC bi-annual member meeting
June

24-25 June