Archived News: February 2005

Reid announces £95 million pound boost for e-booking & patient choice

GP's urge rethink on Choose and Book reports eHealth Insider.

NPfiT Confident of securing GP support

Patients in GP Surgeries access their electronic records by thumbprint developing work done which achieved an
earlier London Innovation Award

ISABEL launches new January 2005 version of their clinical decision support system

New LIFT web site offers a window on seven exciting projects in the North Nottinghamshire LIFT project

NHS needs cancer databases

10 organisations shortlisted for the 2004 Leadership in Health Informatics Accolade Scheme

Read the Department of Health's policy to support self care released in January 2005:
Self care - A real choice: Self care support - A practical option

Nurses - STILL TIME to have your say! The NMC are holding a consultation on a proposed framework for standards for Advanced Practice. There is a questionnaire and explanatory document - see Closing date 28thFebruary 2005

Unhappy with the way the Department of Health communicates with the NHS? Input your thoughts into their Questionnaire

Freedom of Information. Your right to know how to complain

Work in Mental Health? Chief Nursing Officer announces plans for new framework for mental health nursing also see Electronic mental health record goes live in Wirral

Work in paediatrics/neonatal care? Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has gone live with a new child health system supplied by McKesson that will provide detailed electronic health record for children plus Device to save premature babies uses technology to predict signs of distress and organ failure

Darlington opens new nurse led walk-in centre which is to be based around shareable electronic records reports eHealth Insider

Patients can stay off the NHS database reports the Guardian

See the news/events-press releases section at the University of York where a team of researchers from three universities is studying how nurses use IT when making clinical decisions - this includes Prodigy

Work in Wales? Thank you to all of you who have completed Contact Forms to date - keep getting in touch with us all of you nurses in Wales - see your updated All-Wales eHealth Nursing Group web page for the latest. Your co-ordinating committee continues to beaver away hard on your behalf. And don't forget there is still time to complete the All Wales Clinician Survey and do still get yourself registered with Informing Healthcare itself at

Work in England? see the Medix 08 - npfit response and read eHealth Insider's report on new clinical representative groups. Remind yourself of the current 'Who's Who' at NPfiT and CRDB and see the latest issue of 'Making IT Work' (from NPfiT) at Regular NPfiT operational situation updates (relating to SPINE, Network (N3), Choose & Book and SAP in England) now available on web site at