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Media Monitoring: April 25 – May 1

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Virtual wards: We are in danger of being eclipsed by our European neighbours

  • Great progress has been made in extending virtual wards across the NHS in England. It is leading the way on virtual ward provision. However, there is a risk of being eclipsed by other European countries on the use of remote monitoring for wider health care.
  • We can avoid this by focusing on five priority areas for digital home care going forward:
  • Continue to grow our virtual ward, increase tech-enablement, remote monitoring for emergency care, remote monitoring for elective recovery and beyond virtual wards into long term condition management.


Collaborate to innovate: learning from NHS, charity and life sciences industry experience to build a culture of research and innovation in the UK – report

  • In recent years the UK has fallen behind in research, which means the NHS, healthcare professionals and the UK population risk reduced access to new treatments, diagnostics and state-of-the-art care.
  • Although signs of recovery are starting to emerge, combining the resources and expertise of NHS, charity and life science industry partners is essential for changing this trajectory.
  • This report, based on a roundtable discussion between the NHS Confederation, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (APBI) and health charity leaders, explores practical ways to boost UK research and engender a culture of innovation.


‘Unsustainable’: UK predicted to see 50% spike in strokes by 2035

  • The number of people in the UK experiencing a stroke will increase more than 50% to 151,000 a year by 2035, costing the NHS and the economy £75bn in healthcare and lost productivity, stark new projections suggest.
  • Worsening physical health, rising alcohol consumption and low exercise levels among an ageing population as well as a failure by ministers and the health service to do more to prevent ill health are blamed for the predicted spike in strokes.
  • A new manifesto published by the charity says stroke will cost the UK about £43bn this year, with 100,000 new stroke hospital admissions a year.


Ethnic minorities in England ‘need more GP visits’ before cancer diagnosis

  • Ethnic minorities and young people require more visits than other people to the GP before being diagnosed with cancer, according to new analysis.
  • On average, one in five people across England require three or more GP interactions before being diagnosed with cancer. But for people from ethnic minority backgrounds, the figure rises to one in three, according to analysis of the NHS cancer patient experience 2022 survey by QualityWatch, a joint programme from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation.
  • For young people aged between 16 and 24, about half needed at least three GP visits before being diagnosed, with 20% needing at least five visits. Despite this, young people were still more likely to be diagnosed at an early stage in their cancer.


i.AI and NHS England sign Collaboration Charter to support the use of AI in the NHS

  • The Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI), an elite team of technical experts at the heart of government, and NHS England (NHSE) have today signed a first-of-a-kind Collaboration Charter to support the use of AI in the NHS.
  • The Charter also sets out to draw on the benefits of AI to improve staff experience and drive greater NHS operational efficiency. Under the new agreement, specialists from i.AI will work to identify opportunities where technology could be used to support the NHS, and deploy responsible AI-driven solutions.
  • The Charter primarily focuses on non-clinical AI solutions and does not intend to develop new AI based medical devices and products.


April MedTech regulatory reform update: international recognition, IVDs and AI

  • Laura Squire, Chief Healthcare Quality & Access Officer at MHRA, provides her monthly update on the state of regulation.
Ben Kemp