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The NHS or National Health Service is the name used for the UK’s public health service. It was established in 1948 as one of the major social reforms decided after the Second World War. it was founded upon these main principles. That the services should be comprehensive, universal and free. UK residents are not charged for the treatment they receive. Citizens within the EU containing a European Heath Card can receive emergency treatment at no cost. Along with persons from countries with which the UK has reciprocal arrangements concerning health care.

Funding

The funding of the NHS comes 98.8 percent from general taxation and National Insurance contributions along with donations. The 2008/9 budget roughly equates to a contribution of £1,980 per person in the UK. When Launched the NHS budget was around £437 million however it received more than £100 billion in 2008/2009. 60 percent of the NHS budget is used to pay staff. With a further 20 percent paying for drugs and other supplies.

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What is the key to successful innovation in the NHS?

PinPoint Data Science Executive Chair, Dr Nigel Sansom, reflects on his experience of developing innovation in the NHS.

TRAILAR: Decarbonising the transport system in the NHS

TRAILAR is a British multi-award winning, transport innovation company that has been recognised as a key contributor to decarbonising the transport system in the UK and the NHS.
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Could volunteers help to tackle the problem with NHS waiting lists?

Recent figures show that the number of people in England NHS waiting lists has jumped to a record 6.8 million - but could this decrease with volunteers?
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Beating the NHS backlog: Supporting those waiting for an autism assessment

The growing waiting lists for NHS care across the UK have impacted people waiting to receive autism assessments, but could digital tools help with this? 
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Public and private sector cooperation is vital in controlling cybersecurity threats

The recent cybersecurity threats on the U.K.’s national health service (NHS) demonstrate the necessity for better national protection against cyberattacks.
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A view on the NHS becoming the first Net Zero healthcare system

James Bailey Managing Partner at Bruton Knowles, provides his view on the NHS becoming the first Net Zero healthcare system.
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The UK’s oral health needs levelling up

Balika Reddy, Dentist at Harley Street Specialist Hospital, argues that the UK’s oral health is a postcode lottery and is in dire need of levelling up The current NHS contract to deliver dental care, introduced in 2006 is currently presenting a number of big challenges. It is time for a...
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Leading the charge to net zero by electrifying the NHS

Connected Kerb exists to power the future of sustainable mobility for everyone. Here Vicky Evans explores the significance of making EV charging more accessible to the general public whilst also illustrating the importance of electrifying the NHS fleet.

AI in healthcare can help save time & brain

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, explains why AI in healthcare can deliver time efficiencies & better standards of care for patients.
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Improvements to NHS digital can deliver better patient access

NHS Digital has planned to merge with NHS England in January 2023 to increase support for patients online.
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Will the Labour Party win the next general election?

The Labour Party has achieved its largest poll lead in over two decades over the Conservatives; is this enough to win the next general election? 

Reducing falls and fractures with low-intensity vibration

MyBones explores the relationship between falls and fractures, and the importance of preventative care.
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Post-pandemic skills solutions can reset public sector innovation

How do we access the talent needed for public sector innovation? Attracting tech talent relies on a flexible environment that employees want to work in.
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21.5% more people accessing talking therapies through the NHS

The number of people accessing talking therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression via the NHS increased by 21.5% from 2020-21 to 2021-22, a new report shows.
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Talk therapy to improve mental health in dementia patients

Could talk therapy help dementia patients improve their mental health? Research suggests that it is beneficial for anxiety and depression.
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Achieving net zero: decarbonising the NHS and the public sector

In this Q&A with Simon Duncan, the Director of B2B Solutions at E.ON, he outlines the key considerations for decarbonising the NHS and the public sector.
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Precision radiotherapy: Our most effective cancer treatment

David Bloomfield, Consultant in Clinical Oncology Sussex Cancer Centre, argues that precision radiotherapy is our most effective cancer treatment and should be available to everyone with cancer, but workforce planning is failing our patients.

The Clinical Pathway DevOps Platform to help NHS staff efficiency

Nathan Moore, Director at Primum Digital Ltd looks toward helping NHS staff deliver the best care at a reduced carbon cost.
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A shot in the arm for supply chain emissions of CO2 (e)

Henry Waite, Managing Director of Blue Marble looks at strategies to reduce supply chain emissions.
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Building a sustainable medicines supply chain

Dr Nazneen Rahman, Founder and CEO of YewMaker and Sustainable Medicines Partnership (SMP) Director, describes why tackling wasted medicines is key to delivering a Net Zero NHS.

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