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Saturday, June 30, 2007

NHS SDO call for the investigation of The impact and implications of new technologies on the workforce

The NHS Service Delivery Organisation this week put out a call for proposals (Ref WRK240) related to current issues for the health and social care workforce.

They are seeking applications for
innovative proposals related to the following topics:
* The effectiveness of multi-professional team-working
* The contribution of the health and social care workforce in maintaining patient dignity
* The impact and implications of new technologies on workforce reconfiguration and the educational and training needs of managers and professionals
* The impact of staff motivation and wellbeing on patient care
* The public health workforce

Topic 3 "The impact and implications of new technologies on workforce reconfiguration and the educational and training needs of managers and professionals" looks particularly interesting, with the recognition that the management and delivery of care is being heavily influenced by the introduction of new technologies. The call suggests that there is a "lack of diversity in the sources of high-quality evidence regarding the impact of new information technology on workforce issues including the resources required for staff training (such as time and skills) and workflow redesign."

Proposals will need to address one or more of the following questions:
• What is the impact and what are the implications of new technologies on workforce reconfiguration and planning processes?
• What are the education and training needs of managers, professionals and users in the use of new technologies?
• How can the NHS develop appropriate decision-support tools using new technologies?
• How can the barriers to adopting new technologies be overcome?

If anyone might be interested in collaborating in putting together an outline proposal, please get in touch.

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