Slack, M. | 2018 |Royal College of Surgeons| Realising the full potential of minimal access surgery
“A key field of innovation is minimal access surgery (MAS). Patients across the UK currently get great care, but we have yet to achieve the full potential offered by minimal access surgery,” says Dr Slack.
He outlines there is growing evidence that MAS can reduce complications, the length of time spent in hospital and accelerate a patient’s convalescence. Despite this only 30-40% of surgical procedures are performed laparosopically. Slack underlines the urgency to deliver MAS to patients, particularly as technology ‘becomes more complex, integrated and consistently beneficial to surgical care.’
Minimal Access Surgery (MAS) offers significant benefits to patients, with lower surgical site infection rates, reduced pain and less blood loss, resulting in a shorter recovery time and quicker return to normal life. Yet despite these benefits, it has arguably failed to achieve its full potential, reaching fewer than half of the patient population. Given the significant benefits MAS offers patients, this event will explore why after 30 years of use in surgical practice this remains the case, and whether this creates a dilemma for the profession?
An expert panel will debate how the uptake of minimal access surgery can be increased and examine the barriers and opportunities to adoption of the latest innovations in the NHS. The surgical event takes place at the Francis Crick Institute, London this evening (20 March 2018).
This report from the Local Government Association includes case studies from across England to consider how digital technology has been used, as well as ten top tips to utilise digital technology to improve the public’s health. This publication provides guidance for local authorities, highlighting that digital public health is about so much more than apps and social media. It provides examples throughout England wherein councils have been working with their partners – both public and private – to innovate and pilot new ways of working.
One example outlined in the report, is a pilot in London where pharmacies used a handheld mobile device to test for irregular heartbeats which has reduced the time from testing to treatment from 12 weeks to under three.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), in partnership with NHS Digital, and the Building a Digital Ready Workforce Programme, is launching a UK-wide consultation to hear about the digital challenges faced by nursing staff. The consultation seeks to learn more about adapting to digital technologies, and the opportunities available to improve patient care.
The RCN will ask nurses across the country, working in different sectors:
What will the digital future of nursing look like?
What will help us to get the best out of the data and technology available?
What are the things that might stand in our way?
What are the great examples where things are working that we should share?
The results will support the RCN’s call for improved education, training and development on digital literacy. The aim is that by 2020 “evey nurse will be an eNurse” – that is every nurse will be able to use technology and data to maximum effect for patients, carers and service users.
Further information on the Digital Ready consultation is available from the RCN’s website
Register now to join the conversation; the online workshop will run until 15 February 2018 link here.
As part of this, an implementation plan on securing data and cyber security was published. This set out how the department plans to deliver key data and cyber security actions. All actions set out in that plan have either been delivered or are in progress. This document summarises these actions.
Reform has published Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS. This report illustrates the areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. It also highlights the main barriers to the implementation of this technology and suggests some potential solutions.
Aligning the publication days of official statistics – NHS Digital’s statistical publications are currently released on any working day of the week except Monday. NHS Digital is deciding whether to rationalise the days on which it publishes official statistics or continue to publish as it does now. Closing date for comments: 16 February 2018.