MAG Form 2022 Statement
We are delighted to advise our clients that we are now simply awaiting approval for our designs from NHS England so that we can push the new MAG version live in October. From our unique position on the NHS England working groups we have been allowed some influence on the changes and hope that they meet everyone’s needs in time for the next appraisal cycle.
Should charities use e-Learning to raise awareness?
Last month I was delighted to announce to The UK Sepsis Trust that the total number of licences requested by NHS, health, and education organisations within the previous six months for their e-Learning modules was now more than double than had been received during the preceding twelve months. This is a huge success story for the Education Department within The UK Sepsis Trust and one that seemed unattainable back in the summer of 2020 when the pandemic was restricting fundraising and potentially placing their e-Learning programme in jeopardy.
Medical Appraisal Guide 2022
A new Medical Appraisal template was launched on 8th June 2022 by NHS England and The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (published on AoMRC’s website https://www.aomrc.org.uk). Based on the Appraisal 2020 model which was built in response to COVID-19 and allowing a flexible restart to appraisals, although this was successful, the MAG 2022 template has been released as the format to now follow going forward.
Ever since I started work in the appraisal space, 9 years ago, the biggest struggle for any organisation and supplier is how to train thousands of users. There is nothing worse than users complaining they do not know how to use and get the most out of the system. This leads to infuriated, unengaged users who don’t want to use it.
The Importance of Relationships and Expectation
Over the last 15 years, I have had the pleasure of working with some brilliant companies both as a supplier and as a consumer. The companies that really stick in my mind though are the smaller organisations fighting for their market share and really caring on an individual level about how they are perceived and the value and application of their products.
Time to Plan for Better Job Planning
It’s almost two years since I took the plunge and started a job in the NHS. After four years of being an ‘outsider looking in’ (working for software companies supplying revalidation and job planning systems), I’d made a lot of assumptions as to how Trusts used the data our systems were providing them with.
We continue to receive great client feedback on our solutions; most recently for our workforce management system (Zebra) which is gaining traction.
This has been supported with several webinars and virtual events held to support our all-encompassing e-Rostering, service-led Job Planning and Acuity and dependency modules for attendees.
Current and prospective clients are amazed when we share the bi-directional ESR interface, interoperability and ease of use.
Sorry, I was on mute!
Advances in business technology have made it possible to work from plenty of places other than the office. As both staff and managers navigate these new remote work capabilities, benefits and challenges have emerged. One of the biggest challenges has proven to be how we manage our brilliant remote workers…
Real World e-Rostering & e-Job Planning Virtual Event
We are pleased to announce the Real World e-Rostering & e-Job Planning Virtual Event following the success of our first event titled 'Next-Generation Workforce Management Systems', join us for a fantastic afternoon with special guest speakers to talk about all things rostering including real-life examples and use cases.
Practical Guide to Effective Job Planning Virtual Conference
We are pleased to announce that Premier IT will be exhibiting at the Practical Guide to Effective Job Planning Virtual Conference which this year will be taking place virtually. The conference aims to bring together those leading and improving the effectiveness of Job planning to understand current issues and the national context and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice.
Digital Technology for Rostering & Job Planning: Truly Transformational or Just Hype? – Part 3
Zebra systems are built for Interoperability; whether the third-party systems you wish to link use industry-standard APIs or any other type of data exchange, Zebra provides excellent interoperability. Depending upon the technology readiness of third-party systems, the full suite of functionality can be integrated.
Digital Technology for Rostering & Job Planning: Truly Transformational or Just Hype? – Part 2
Zebra Workforce Technology was founded with a radically different vision. Zebra provides a cloud-born platform of secure, all-encompassing, configurable, modular, interoperable technology. The front end of each module provides respective functionality competing with the best in class and specifically designed for the ever-evolving needs of NHS...
Digital Technology for Rostering & Job Planning: Truly Transformational or Just Hype? – Part 1
A new set of vendors have entered the NHS workforce software market (rostering, job planning, etc) where only a small number of suppliers operated for decades. Arguably this is a triumph of NHSI’s major initiative to generate competition, higher standards and better value for the NHS...
Celebrating General Practice Nursing Teams Virtual Conference
Celebrating General Practice Nursing Teams Virtual Conference - Join us for a fantastic afternoon with special guest speaker Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Searle MBE, our own Managing Director Simon Monkman and workshop sessions covering a wealth of hot topics.
This conference will also include the launch of our revalidation system, HeART, at Frimley Training Hub.
Open to all General Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants working in East Berkshire, North East Hampshire & Farnham, and Surrey Heath.
To download the full agenda, visit https://frimleytraininghub.co.uk/event/celebrating-general-practice-nursing-teams-virtual-conference/
e-Rostering for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
We are delighted to extend our partnership with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust by introducing our e-Rostering solution.
Gateshead’s challenge was to introduce an interoperable and configurable platform for their Senior Medical Staff & Junior Doctors and key to the success of the project was to enable an integrated e-Rostering and Job Planning system based on the much publicised NHSI specification and levels of attainment.
During our engagement, it became clear that the platform exceeded the needs of the project; for example, Gateshead quickly realised the benefits of the bi-directional ESR interface and interoperability.
Cortex for the Metropolitan Police
As well as having market-leading software for the NHS, Premier IT’s Cortex product is also making waves in the learning and development sector. Our recent ongoing projects with the largest police force in Britain (London’s Metropolitan Police) have been well received and a welcome expansion of our offerings further into the public sector and blue light industry. Whether they are wearing scrubs or a helmet we feel incredibly privileged to be working with this country's incredible key workers during this continued difficult period of unrest and uncertainty.
Our work with the Met is around delivering two of their key force-wide projects of up to 55,000 staff. To do this the Met have put our Cortex system and our organisation through incredibly rigorous and stringent security testing and we are proud to say we have passed with flying colours. Along with our collaborative partners for e-Learning and programme management, we are already finding more and more opportunity to replicate projects like the above in other parts of the world. Why not book a demo with us today and see if Cortex can be the brains of your operation?
Tips for choosing the best Learning Management System – Part 2
Last week I posted a blog to share tips for selecting the best LMS. Choosing the right LMS can be the deciding factor in whether a training programme is a success, so organisations should invest time in assessing different products and confirming which is the best fit for their individual needs. In today's blog I'm sharing my final 7 tips for LMS success.
Tips for choosing the best Learning Management System – Part 1
Before an upcoming blog on positive changes that administrators can make to the set-up and structure of their Learning Management Systems (LMS), I thought it was worth going back to basics for those considering either considering procuring an LMS for the first time or changing to a different supplier and/or product.
Choosing the right LMS can be the deciding factor in whether a training programme is a success, so organisations should invest time in assessing different products and confirming which is the best fit for their individual needs.
Is e-Learning truly controversial?
Is e-Learning truly controversial? This is the question I found myself asking and indeed answering at an NHS conference recently. I was working my way around the event stands, when one of the sponsors asked me what I did. When I mentioned that I worked with healthcare clinical and training leads to create bespoke e-learning content, the sponsor replied “Ooh … controversial”.
Walk for Sepsis 2019
On Saturday the 27th Of July I joined the escalla team and braced the rain, brambles, nettles and 1,000 metres of climbing to complete a 26.2 mile marathon walk in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust.
Premier IT were proud to be one of the headline sponsors of the event so it was only right that we laced up our boots and joined in too. The walk took in the wilderness of Surrey, following the winding trails of the Greensands Way and ending up at the top of Leith Hill, the second-highest point in the South East of England.
Premier IT awarded place in UK Government G-Cloud 11
Premier IT awarded place in UK Government G-Cloud 11 Digital Marketplace. G-Cloud 11 is a UK Government marketplace that allows UK public sector bodies to select and buy form 3 frameworks; Cloud hosting, cloud software and cloud support. The frameworks simplify the purchasing process and aim to help the UK Government make their procurement process more transparent.
Don’t work hard, work smart!
As we travel around the UK implementing our software solutions it has always amazed me how common an answer “we’ve always done it that way” is. If we are hearing this comment however it is at the point at which the users have already decided to implement new solutions and are therefore open to changing and updating their processes.
Next Generation Revalidation Webinar
Join us for a free webinar, titled Next Generation Revalidation, with Dr Simon Harrod, RO for Barts Health and Medical Director for the Royal London Hospital.
Learn how Simon improved his appraisal engagement rates from 70% to 94%.
Learn anything, anytime, anywhere… does this phrase ring true?
This is a phrase that is much bandied about in learning management circles, but is it actually adopted with the same vigour that it is promoted? I set myself a challenge for a month to record whenever I had a learning need and what were the steps I took to acquire the knowledge required.
What’s ‘APPening at Premier IT?
What’s ‘APPening at Premier IT…?
It may seem pretty easy to build an app nowadays – everyone is doing it, aren’t they..?
Trouble is, and as we found out early on, its one thing to build an app - it is another to create something useful that works, not just on my phone – but yours.
Webinar series – Professional development in the digital age
Welcome to our September webinar invitations. This month we are sharing nearly 20 years of experience with you via a choice of two webinars, with a selection of dates and times to help fit in with your diary.
Our Managing Director Simon talks you through the webinars to help you decide if joining them will add value to you.
Bridging the gap
Leading on from Coral’s exploration of xAPI in her July “Learning happens everywhere” blog, sharing how professional learning is changing, we thought we’d look at some other aspects of how technology enhances the value of professional development and learning within a workforce.
PReP User Forum
We are pleased to announce that we are holding our next PReP User Forum on Wednesday 4th July 2018 in Taunton, Somerset.
To date we have had excellent feedback and are keen to ensure that all our clients benefit from these events. The aim of the forum is to provide clarity and updates on existing roadmap functionality, facilitate an open forum for clients to discuss PReP and gather expectations and suggestions for future development.
Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 10am to learn how to get involved in the modernisation of community care operational IT. Premier IT invite you to take part in the roll out of new technology finally providing much needed support in three critical operational areas of providing care in the community:
An elephant never forgets
Following on in our series of NHS IT Elephant blogs (well why not?) we explore “An elephant never forgets” so the saying goes.
Surviving harsh environments where food and water are spread across huge areas has no doubt tuned elephants memory, survival of the fittest "and all that". Recent research also shows they remember smaller things related to harm and also bear grudges, for a long time. So, whilst one might argue that elephants probably can forget, they do have great memories, that’s why they are still around, let’s hope efforts to keep them here prevail.
The elephant(s) in the room – Part two
So now you’ve met our first elephant in the room, the untapped resource that is the IT salesperson, allow me to introduce you to the second elephant in the room. With a focus on the healthcare sector our second elephant in the room is in fact an attitude, rather than a person; it’s the attitude towards IT suppliers in general, not only at a local level but a national one too.
The elephant(s) in the room – Part one
Welcome to the first of a three-part series of blogs with an elephant theme, exploring software in the NHS. We’re starting with the “Elephant in the room” or elephants, in this case, just two, so it isn’t going to get too crowded.
Let’s meet our first elephant, the IT salesperson who’s always sending you newsletters, product updates, case studies, filling up your inbox, calling you after hours hoping to catch you as you are always in meetings during the day (how did they get your mobile number?), trying to come and see you and sell you something. OK, luckily not all IT salespeople are like this, but it is probably the stereotypical view and must be based on something, right?
Interoperability starts at home
As a supplier to the NHS I am personally very proud to be working with an organisation who offer what is said to be the gold standard of clinical care. It has to be said that it is this level of care commitment to making the NHS work which fuels Premier IT as a business, and we are nothing but eminently grateful that it exists. Having said this when I put on my systems hat and look again I can’t help to think that there has to be a better way. I visited a trust last week and was dismayed to hear that they had over 200 different IT systems. This was perplexing on its own but to then hear that very few of the systems actually talk to each other was the real resonating point.