Our apologies for the unforeseen break in service last week and with our regular Editor currently in hospital and awaiting an operation, we’ve migrated to the ‘lite’ version of WGPlus until normal service can be resumed after the Easter break. 

Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

RUSI: Crypto in the Hermit Kingdom: Understanding the Objectives of the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference

DFID: UK supercomputer to combat Africa’s worst locust outbreak in decades

NCSC: Consumers urged to secure internet connected cameras

ICO: International airline fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data

CH: The Future of Democracy in Europe: Technology and the Evolution of Representation

SOCITM: 2020’s technology trends: predictions from other people

WG: Technology increasing subject choice for pupils in rural Wales

HO: Five Countries and tech firms agree groundbreaking principles to keep children safe online

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust provides a wide range of essential services to over 580,000 people throughout Worcestershire and further afield with 6,000 employees and over 800 volunteers.

The Challenge:  One of the most pivotal challenges faced by the Trust was procuring technology that would securely offer remote access whilst efficiently supporting the needs of both patients and clinical staff. Recently, the Trust needed to replace an aged, out of support Microsoft system that would enable medical staff to complete critical activities, from viewing and updating patient records to coding clinical data without being at the hospital.

Outcomes & key benefits to date: Improved patient care, reduction in direct costs, travel time and expenses (as well as carbon emissions!), combined with all-important advanced security – every file and application audited, providing granularity beyond what was previously in place. 

Find out more and download the full case study.

Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

SG: 16 year olds will no longer need to apply for PIP in Scotland

DHSC: Faster access to cannabis-based medicines as import restrictions are changed

CA: Domestic abuse survivors have lost over £7 billion as perpetrators intercept their post, Citizens Advice warns

NHS England: NHS 111 Online To Help People With Coronavirus

DHSC: NHS prescription charges from 1 April 2020

DHSC: Public information campaign focuses on handwashing

NHS England NHS action saves 3,000 more babies’ lives

DHSC: False fears preventing smokers from using e-cigarettes to quit

CMA: Over £3m in fines and £1m for NHS in CMA pharma probe

SG: Public encouraged to stay informed on coronavirus

KF: Sharp increase in hospital admissions related to homelessness

LGA: LGA responds to State of Child Health 2020 report

DWP: Sick pay from day one for those affected by coronavirus

DfE: £1 million for innovative student mental health projects

NHS England: Mental health crisis services rolled out across England

DHSC: SACN consolation on lower carbohydrate diets for people with type 2 diabetes

DfID: PM announces new funding in fight against spread of coronavirus

DHSC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) listed as a notifiable disease

CBI: Extension of sick pay rights now required - CB
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

ICO: Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls

CBI: CBI responds to proposals to lift block on onshore wind competing in CfD auctions

WG: Mid Wales businesses pioneering electric car innovation

SG: ‘Reckless’ approach to US trade talks

TUC: Workers in the UK put in more than £35 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year - TUC analysis

DfIT: Growing global appetite for British food and drink exports

6.3 million employees are still without a workplace pension

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

WG: Wales calls time on low cost, high strength alcohol

IEA: Minimum alcohol pricing in Wales will simply push shoppers across the English border, says IEA expert

HO: Forces awarded extra funding for Taser

LGA: Mandatory mattress recycling needs imposing on manufacturers to reduce fly-tipping

NCFE: Six ways to boost your CV for career success

DfT: New era of green fuel set to clean up Britain’s roads

WG: Launch of Climate Change Coffee Partnership to help farmers and producers in the developing world tackle the climate emergency

IOPC: IOPC decision relating to Caroline Flack

TfL: TfL marks 20th anniversary year with Royal visit to London Transport Museum

LGA: £5 billion national discounts threatening future of Right to Buy

IFG: Government must make reforms to avoid another Carillion

EH: Six New Blue Plaques For Women In 2020

MHCLG: Windrush Day 2020 launches with £500,000 for communities

WG: First Minister of Wales ‘shares a story’ with local schoolchildren for World Book Day

FSA: Food Standards Agency tighten controls on production of raw drinking milk

DEFRA: Government sets out next phase of strategy to combat bovine tuberculosis

10DS: PM appoints new Special Envoy for Girls’ Education ahead of International Women’s Day

RLA: Landlords invited to free conference this March

IA: Liverpool innovator named NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow

NIC: New technologies could offer cheapest route to a net zero electricity system

NCFE: Celebrating women in business – International Women’s Day 2020
SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Click here to find out more.

Fuse Telecom

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

PCPE: EEA-EFTA Separation agreement drawn to the special attention of the House

PCPE: EU Committee reports on the EU's negotiating directives for UK-EU relationship

FCO: UK Government allocates £3 million to support UK Nationals in the EU


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Consultation on right of access guidance
Combining privacy and innovation: ICO Sandbox six months on
It’s been an exciting, interesting and challenging first six months for the ICO Sandbox
One week left to submit ICO Grants Programme applications
One week left to submit ICO Grants Programme applications
Applications are now open for the third round of funding from the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) grants programme.

International airline fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Cathay Pacific Airways Limited £500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data.

Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined CRDNN Limited with the maximum £500,000 fine for making more than 193 million automated nuisance calls.

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