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  • New nursing apprentice role announced

    Posted in News on Dec 02, 2016

    Aspiring nurses can soon enrol on a new on-the-job apprenticeship role, the government says. From September 2017, up to 1,000 NHS staff will be able to take up the training without having to go down the conventional university route to get a nursing degree. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it complements the nursing associate role announced a year ago. Both initiatives aim to offer flexible routes into nursing in England. They might also give students an affordable way to train, since ministers plan to scrap student bursaries for nurses in September 2017. Student nurses at university are cur...

  • Mitie withdraws from healthcare as it issues second profit warning

    Posted in News on Nov 28, 2016

    Outsourcing group’s shares fall 18% in early trading as £128m write-off drives it to £100m pre-tax loss for half-year Lady McGregor-Smith, Mitie chief executive, announced soon after the first profit warning that she would step down. Mitie has published its second profit warning in two months after the outsourcing company’s customers continued to reduce spending due to rising costs and economic uncertainty. The company also said it would withdraw from its healthcare business, which provides home care for the elderly. The £128m cost of writing off the business drove Mitie to a £100m pre-tax lo...

  • NHS partners with Google's DeepMind AI to improve healthcare

    Posted in News on Nov 24, 2016

    The partnership between NHS and Google's DeepMind AI has raised privacy concerns regarding patient data. Google has revealed that its AI engine Deep Mind is currently using NHS data to aid doctors and health care professionals diagnose patients, which has raised concerns over patient privacy. The company's AI has been employed by doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London, who claim that the technology can help free up over half a million hours per year spent on paperwork and the extra time could be allotted to treating patients. DeepMind is used at the hospital to send alerts to doctors wh...

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