News story: Health and Social Care Secretary bans pagers from the NHS

first_imgNHS trusts will be allowed to keep some pagers for emergency situations, such as when wifi fails or when other forms of communication are unavailable.The WSFT pilot project used Medic Bleep, a messaging and calling system similar to Whatsapp, with enhanced data protection.The move to replace pagers with modern technology is the next step in achieving a fully digitised NHS – a crucial part of the tech vision and the NHS Long Term Plan.Digital services and IT systems used by the NHS will soon have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other across organisational boundaries and can be continuously upgraded.Any system which does not meet these standards will be phased out and the government will look to end contracts with providers which do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: WSFT medical director, Nick Jenkins, said: NHS trusts will be required to phase out pagers by the end of 2021. All hospitals will be expected to have plans and infrastructure in place to ensure this is possible by the end of September 2020.Staff will instead use modern alternatives, such as mobile phones and apps. These can deliver more accurate 2-way communications at a reduced cost.A pilot project at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) in 2017 saved junior doctors 48 minutes per shift and nurses 21 minutes on average.The NHS uses around 130,000 pagers at an annual cost of £6.6 million. More than one in 10 of the world’s pagers are used by the NHS.Most mobile phone companies have phased out support for pagers, leaving only one provider in the UK. This means a single device can cost up to £400.Removing pagers brings a number of benefits to NHS staff: Pagers only offer a one-way form of communication. The recipient is unaware who is contacting them, the reasons why, or the level of urgency. This can interrupt work, waste time, make the prioritisation of tasks difficult and the evidence trail of communications is limited. Pagers do not support the sharing of information between staff on the move. Mobile phones and apps are able to do all of this more quickly and at a reduced cost. Every day, our wonderful NHS staff work incredibly hard in what can be challenging and high-pressured environments. The last thing they need are the frustrations of having to deal with outdated technology – they deserve the very best equipment to help them do their jobs. We have to get the basics right, like having computers that work and getting rid of archaic technology like pagers and fax machines. Email and mobile phones are a more secure, quicker and cheaper way to communicate which allow doctors and nurses to spend more time caring for patients rather than having to work round outdated kit. We want to build a health and care service which is fully able to harness the huge potential of technology. This will save lives, support hard-working staff and deliver the cutting-edge care set out by our Long Term Plan for the NHS. As a global digital exemplar trust, we’re always keen to explore new digital opportunities that could improve experience for staff and patients. There is scope for Medic Bleep to be used for everything from arranging shift cover to sharing patient observations. For us, it’s about a digital tool helping our communications to become more efficient. Contact with other clinicians can be made much more easily than with a physical bleep, and responses are much quicker. All that time we save can be spent caring for patients, so we benefit, but more importantly, our patients benefit too.last_img read more


It’s Primary Day in Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s primary day in Indiana.Candidates made their final pitches around the state yesterday for what could be a make-it-or-break-it deal for the four.Donald Trump spoke to a packed house of supporters yesterday at the Palladium in Carmel, while Bernie Sanders spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd in Monument Circle.Ted Cruz made his final appearance at the State Fairgrounds, while Hillary Clinton and family support team Bill and Chelsea, traveled throughout the state over the weekend, ending with one last rally in Indianapolis on Sunday.Polls are open until 6:00 PM Eastern Time.last_img read more


Masters 2018: Rory McIlroy’s ‘Most Disappointing Day’ at a Major

first_imgFor McIlroy, this was his most disappointing day at a major – more so, even, than blowing the four-shot Masters lead he took into the final round in 2011.Then he was a callow golfing youth, yet to learn the art of controlling his emotions under the unique pressures demanded by the majors. He acquired them swiftly enough, winning the first of his four majors to date at the very next outing, the US Open at Congressional.Now he is a seasoned world-class performer capable of winning almost any tournament in the world. But “almost” is the key word because the Masters still stubbornly refuses to fall into McIlroy’s grasp.And it is not as though he lost a tight tussle last Sunday, pushing hard the eventual champion. As the colour-coded monitors graphically showed, this was a day where he simply did not turn up.He was a non-factor in an otherwise thrilling denouement. “I just didn’t quite have it,” the crestfallen McIlroy admitted.It was a stunning collapse because it appeared he had done everything right to reach the point of contending in the final pairing on the Sunday of the one major he has yet to win.McIlroy had mapped out a plan for this moment all the way back to last autumn when he decided to take off the rest of 2017. He wanted to be fit and strong, without concern for injury, for his Augusta assault.This policy allowed him to embark on a busy tournament schedule over the first three months of the year, ensuring he would not be undercooked when he arrived in Georgia.Again he accomplished this mission in style, rediscovering his putting touch thanks to chats with former US Ryder Cupper Brad Faxon. It brought him a brilliant win at Bay Hill in his final strokeplay outing before the Masters.The jigsaw was coming together and the final pieces were seemingly in place when McIlroy covered the first three rounds in 11 under par. There was serenity, maturity and certainty as he stayed firmly in Reed’s wing mirrors before the final round.And then Sunday arrived. It was as though someone had vigorously shaken the tray upon which this carefully constructed jigsaw lay.Bit by bit the pieces fell apart – the wild tee shot on the first, the missed eagle putt on the next, the bogeys at the third and the fifth. Even though Reed was struggling, McIlroy proved incapable of holding it together.When he missed his short birdie putt at the ninth it was clear he had no feel or touch for the demanding Augusta greens. He still lacked the qualities demonstrated by dashing chasers such as Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.And McIlroy could not summon the bloody-minded will of Reed who, despite several errant shots, could still hole the putts that made him a Masters champion.“I’ll sit down and reflect over the next few days and see what I could have potentially done better,” McIlroy said.“Just wasn’t quite as trusting as I was in the first few days. That made a big difference.”He ended up signing the winning scorecard and saw first-hand how Reed held his nerve to edge over the line to land his first major.The new Masters champion does not fit the identikit profile of the leading gang of American golfers and is not a member of the Spieth-Fowler-Justin Thomas-Daniel Berger group who holiday together and pull for each other at the biggest tournaments.Reed is a relative outsider despite his Ryder Cup heroics, following a chequered college career and overt confidence that has occasionally been regarded as arrogance.But he has proved himself to be a heck of a golfer and is a Masters winner at the age of 27. He is a year younger than the frustrated McIlroy.It is reasonable to expect Reed will feature on many more major leaderboards and there is no reason to believe that McIlroy will not do so as well. He is too talented and too committed not to.But the career grand slam remains elusive for the Ulsterman and that challenge has just become that little bit more difficult. This was the perfect opportunity, the groundwork had been laid and conditions on the final day could not have been better.“I’ll be back. And hopefully I’ll be better,” McIlroy said. He will need to be.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Green was not the desired colour on the Augusta National scoring monitors. It was all about finding red and the verdant 74 next to Rory McIlroy’s name was a shocking exception on the final day of the Masters.The Northern Irishman’s fourth-round score was surrounded by rivals’ sub-par totals which were highlighted in vibrant rouge.His miserable two-over-par round stood out as comfortably the worst among the top 15 contenders in a fascinating and compelling tournament so courageously won by Patrick Reed.last_img read more


National : Tulsa player wears number of deceased friend

first_img Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm After George Clinkscale passed away Sept. 21, Curnelius Arnick approached Clinkscale’s fiancee with an idea.He wanted to honor his friend and former teammate at Tulsa by wearing his No. 8 jersey.Arnick received her blessing and took the field for Tulsa against North Texas on Oct. 1 — the day of Clinkscale’s funeral — donning his fallen teammate’s number. Arnick could not put into words what it felt like running onto the field for that game. He simply wanted to give Clinkscale, a former linebacker, the chance to be on the field one last time.‘For the rest of the season I’m trying to dedicate the season to him,’ Arnick said. ‘Just play how I know he would want me to play and just make him proud.’The gesture for Clinkscale — who died at age 24 after participating in an unsanctioned boxing match — proved that Arnick has not only grown as a player in his senior season at Tulsa, but he has also grown even more as a person. Arnick has stepped up on and off the field to honor his friend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a year marred by a change in defensive scheme under a new coaching staff and the death of his former teammate, Arnick has stayed strong and provided a sense of unity in the Golden Hurricanes locker room.Through it all, he has transformed into one of the nation’s most dynamic defensive playmakers under first-year defensive coordinator Brent Guy. With 74 tackles through six games, Arnick is fifth in the nation in tackles per game. The linebacker is also pushing to break Tulsa’s single-season record of 165 set by Chris Chamberlain in 2007.Coming from a large public high school in Dallas, Arnick had to adjust to the culture of private college like Tulsa.‘He’s grown a lot as a person,’ Guy said. ‘He’s a world changed from where he grew up, what he knew, to where he came to a private school, just culturally. Guys respect him for seeing what he’s gone through and the changes that he’s made.’For Arnick’s transformation to take place he had to adapt to a new coaching philosophy. Seven out of the 10 coaches on the Tulsa staff, including Guy, are in their first season with the team.Arnick had to find his niche in Guy’s new 4-3 defensive scheme. Arnick was inserted at the Mike linebacker position, and he has flourished as the quarterback of the defense. Guy said Arnick’s nose for the football and ability to dissect the defense rapidly makes him an effective leader of the defense.His play is very similar to the way Clinkscale played during his time at Tulsa.‘He was always going to be there,’ Arnick said. ‘He was going to make the play, and if he wasn’t making the play, he was doing what he needed to do to help his teammates or his fellow defensive players. He always supplied the team with a spark and a passion.’Arnick was one of the few members on the team that got the chance to play side by side with Clinkscale for two seasons before the former linebacker graduated in 2009.Arnick and the upperclassmen on the team were the deeply affected by Clinkscale’s passing. But many of the freshmen and sophomores did not know who he was, and following Clinkscale’s death, the Golden Hurricanes seemed to be divided by varying levels of heartache.But Arnick took it upon himself to rally his teammates to honor a member of the Golden Hurricanes family. He spoke with the team’s captains and each player donated their per diem, or cash allowance, for one week — a total of $1,800 — to Clinkscale’s fiancee.For junior defensive end Cory Dorris, that gesture brought the team closer together. The younger players may have seen Clinkscale on the sidelines as a spectator, but many of them didn’t know what he meant to the program until they saw the older players’ reactions following his death.‘Even though it’s not something they can relate to because they didn’t know him,’ Dorris said, ‘it’s something they can see us and see our heartache, and with that they can respect that, and they can come together with us.’The loss of Clinkscale shows how quickly life can take a sharp turn. For Arnick, the memory of Clinkscale will serve as inspiration for the rest of the season. And for the team, his death is a constant reminder of what it means to play for Tulsa.‘I think for them it’s a real reality check,’ Guy said. ‘And for the opportunity when you’re out here sweating and it’s hard, it’s tough, and you want to think about doing other things, you think about, ‘Hey, George didn’t have much time on earth, I better make the best of it.”[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more


Pochettino will lose £12.5m if he quits Spurs amid Man Utd and Real interest

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO would kiss goodbye to £12.5million if he walks out on Tottenham.But it is looking like the best way for him to follow his dream of managing one of Europe’s top guns.2 Pochettino has overseen a disappointing start to the season at SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsBayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all keen on Poch becoming their next boss and keeping their fingers crossed Spurs sack him so they do not have to pay the North Londoners more than £30m in compensation.But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will only axe the Argentine as a last resort as he does not want to pay him the £12.5m he would be due for being given the boot.Spurs are 14th in the Prem after mustering just three top-flight wins.Pochettino has failed to win a trophy since taking over at Tottenham in May 2014, but remains highly-rated and in-demand after guiding them to four successive top-four finishes.He also led them to the Champions League final for the first time in their history last season when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Madrid.And, despite their poor start, Spurs are on the verge of qualifying for the group stage of Europe’s elite competition again this time.2LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearPochettino, who signed a new five-year deal worth £8.5m in June 2018, had threatened to quit if Spurs had lifted the trophy.Jose Mourinho is believed to be one of the candidates to replace Poch if he goes.But if Pochettino wants to engineer his exit from N17 it seems he is going to have to either quit and forego his massive pay-off or negotiate a “mutual consent” departure. Tottenham would be crazy to sack Pochettino despite form slump, insists ex-boss Harry Redknapplast_img read more



first_imgFinn Valley’s pole vault specialist Tori Pena just keeps getting better and better.Earlier today in Kelvin Hall she set a new national record after clearing 4-31.The Donegal athlete just missed out on Kate Dennison’s championship best performance of 4.35 after she just missed out on clearing 4.36. However the event will give Tori great confidence going into the European Championships in Paris next weekend.EndsTORI PUTS IN GREAT PERFORMANCE BEFORE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS was last modified: February 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more