The digital skills behind a more efficient NHS

The UK Government is investing £4.2 billion into NHS IT as part of grand plans to transform the way health and social care are provided. A key part of this digital transformation is to drive efficiencies through the use of technology. But where do you start transforming the digital assets of such a large organisation and what skills does it take to make such a significant change?

In order to provide a more patient-centred form of care by 2020, the NHS will be introducing improved Clinical Patient Administration Systems (PAS). Investment will also be made to protect patient data by enhancing cyber security measures. Threats to cyber security are becoming increasingly common and only this month, the health records of several high profile sports stars were hacked from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) administration and management system. Having robust security systems in place within the NHS is vital for the protection and privacy of health records of everyone in the UK.

The digital transformation will also involve internal systems including improved eProcurement systems to promote clinical engagement and standardisation and new business intelligence platforms to increase performance management.

These enhancements will rely on a range of IT skills, as Lawrence Talmage, Department Manager (NHS), Networkers, explains:

“Each system upgrade or implementation will require a dedicated project team that includes Project Management, Business Analysts, Developers, Subject Matter Experts, Testers and Trainers .”

“Having supported a number of national Electronic Patient Record (EPR) projects, Networkers has a track record of delivering the digital skills needed for each bespoke system. After the increase in demand for expertise within Cerner, Lorenzo and SystmOne, we have been able to find and retain professionals with the quality skills needed to implement these systems. We’re also in dialogue with customers to provide an end-to-end solution for key technology projects which will be beneficial to reduce direct agency spend and increase risk assurance within the NHS.”

The latest technology available to the NHS will be showcased at the UK’s largest one day healthcare event, HETT 2016, in London on Wednesday 28 September. The event sees around 4,000 healthcare professionals come together to hear about and discuss the latest technology as well as the related policies, frameworks and guidelines affecting the healthcare sector.

As a Crown Commercial Service approved supplier to the Non-Clinical and Non-Medical framework, Networkers will be exhibiting at the event to meet with key decision makers such as Heads of Procurement, HR directors, CFOs, Heads of Digital Transformation and Directors and discuss how we can help fulfil their digital recruitment needs in a cost-saving environment.

Lawrence is one of four  Networkers specialists attending: “Networkers is exhibiting at HETT for the first time. We see the event as a great opportunity to see demonstrations of the latest technology and meet face-to-face with senior decision makers and budget holders from the NHS, CCGs and the wider healthcare sector. With our track record of framework compliance for contingent labour, which promotes assurance, safety and value for money, we can offer a range of staffing solutions that will help the healthcare sector achieve its ambitious efficiency targets.”

For more information about public sector jobs and our recruitment solutions, please contact Lawrence Talmage on 0208 315 9520 or by email

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