When reading articles on digital innovation in the NHS audiences (and editors!) are finding that they need to update their editorial bingo ticket. Classics like culture change, interoperability or costs remain. But any self-respecting writer must now include something on how the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a greater impetus for digital transformation in primary care. And if you’re looking for a full house there should be some reference to the vital ways that general practice nurses (GPNs) are leading on digital transformation. A digital champion in a practice can help cultivate a permissive environment through use of patient and public involvement and engaging senior stakeholders. GPN digital champions recognise that digital delivery augments rather than replaces traditional approaches. And buy-in from stakeholders empowers GPNs, helping to build confidence and therefore momentum for change.Read More
Might a headlong rush to implement ICSs erode the trust that those who have to work in and implement ICSs have for those who drive this agenda? When there is such fragility and strain across an entire service, a natural pause in proceedings at this point may over the longer term, create lasting success.Read More
The effect of being stopped and searched by the police can be psychologically traumatic and leave one feeling scared, powerless and humiliated. I thought about my patients. A lot of patients I look after are black and I wondered about how negative interactions with police could affect their psychological health and wellbeing.Read More
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