Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

New Lawtech Sandbox increases the UK’s offer on tech innovation

Connect to protect: TEC solutions for the COVID-19 crisis

How Technology is changing the way we work

Welcome to techUK’s Data Analytics Week!

Introducing the NHS COVID-19 Text Messaging Service

Versatile defence software helps to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

New £150,000 fund to help digital firms develop technology to combat coronavirus

North West HealthTec Cluster first anniversary

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service

Computer coding in scientific research must be professionalised to restore trust – BCS

International supercomputer pact set to fire up UK COVID-19 research

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Case study

Throughout the UK public sector, ISDN has rapidly been overtaken by far superior VoIP technology. In 2018, the IT team at Epsom and St Helier University NHS Trust decided that VoIP was the only way to go... but where to start?

In this respect, the Trust was well placed. Its Head of Telecoms, Simon Owen, also serves as joint chair of the National Performance Advisory Group, a national working group dedicated to driving efficiency and innovation throughout every facet of the NHS, including telecoms and IT. This has given him an unusually broad insight on the market place.  After a searching evaluation Simon and his colleagues chose Gamma. 

The new system now handles very large call volumes, many to and from patients and many being dealt with by the trust’s own call centre, delivering savings of 40% on call costs.

Find out more and read the full case study from  Epsom and St Helier University Trust.

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

6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping

Test and Protect rolled out nationally

Dame Louise Casey calls on community partners to help with COVID-19 rough sleeping crisis

Psychosexual therapy by Whatsapp video

Selected NHS patients to access coronavirus treatment remdesivir

Government significantly boosts UK PPE supply with more than 100 new deals

NICE recommends treatment for type of small-cell lung cancer

NHS Confederation - Home-produced PPE will be a significant step towards a more secure supply

CBI response to NHS Track and Trace

Welsh Government announce new £20 million fund to transform homelessness services and ensure no-one need return to rough sleeping

NHS Confederation - Test, track and trace detail extremely welcome

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

CBI responds to the Government's £283 million investment in UK transport

£50 million boost to support the recovery of our high streets

Non-essential retailers to open from mid-June

Retail sales remain depressed, but decline expected to ease

CBI responds to the latest CBILS and BBLS finance figures

How to manage a global team working from home

Summary of COVID-19 Business Support Measures – Update

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

£47m in overdraft refunds to bank customers after CMA action

PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown

Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

National Lottery £3.3 million helps connect communities across Scotland

More than £1million funding creates jobs and helps communities

Will working with agility be the new norm now?

Lockdown begins to ease in Phase 1

Leicestershire Police Custody - Respectful detention focusing on individual needs

A duty to prepare: vital infrastructure must be ready for the future, finds Commission

European Commission publishes updated Work Programme

Hundreds of arrests and deal lines closed as police crackdown on county lines gangs

Schools re-opening guidance

ServiceNow releases apps to help employees return safely to workplaces

Government to publish code of practice with commercial sector in boost to high street

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.


 More contributions to the Brexit process

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UK statement following the meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Specialised Committee on the Protocol on Gibraltar, 27 May, via video conference

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Data protection and coronavirus information hub
Our information hub will help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during this unprecedented time. 

Blog: Information Commissioner sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond
Last month, as the ICO set out its regulatory approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, I spoke of the importance of regulators applying their authority within the larger social and economic situation.

Blog: Combatting COVID-19 through data: some considerations for privacy
There’s an often quoted line about knowing the past to understand the present.

Blog: Video conferencing: what to watch out for
Ian Hulme, the ICO’s Director of Assurance gives business owners, employers and managers advice about how to safely roll out the latest video conferencing technology

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