£2bn of set-aside announced by DH to be “invested in one-off expenditure that supports and enables the achievement of quality and productivity improvements” which means redundancy payments to you and me. We don’t object, the profligacy in the NHS has included vast over-recruitment of paper-clip managers but there are two caveats:
1. All NHS trusts should be required to demonstrate their redesigned patient pathways which show not only how unnecessary some of these extra staff were, but how thought has been given to intelligent patient care and treatment journeys.
2. This will not be sustainable without sorting NHS IT – and we simply refer you here to our report – reviewed as ‘absolute common sense’!
About Julia Manning
Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry.
Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council.
Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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