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MacMillan vMDT project

logoWe are pleased to announce our recent collaboration with the MacMillan Cancer Support and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the provision of a new secure on-line advisory forum.

Following cancer treatment, some people require long-term support which can be complex in nature.  In order to provide expert advice from a range of specialists, the MacMillan virtual multi-disciplinary team (vMDT) platform has been created to facilitate this.

The new vMDT platform developed by Asckey Data Services is a secure, user-friendly online forum providing healthcare professionals quick and easy access to multi-specialist advice for patients with complex or severe chronic symptoms following cancer treatment. The aim is to improve the outcomes and quality of life for people experiencing these issues. Read More

Hunts Post Business Awards

hunts-post-bus-awardsThe awards have been in place since 1997 and since their conception, they have become a leading event.  Recognising and rewarding innovation and best practice within the Huntingdon business community, the Gala awards ceremony earlier this month at Burgess Hall, St Ives was attended by a wide range of local businesses who’s hard work and dedication had been recognised by the team of judges from the local business community.

Asckey were finalists in the Innovation Award catagory for fmfirst® PLACE mobile, a mobile application that simplifies the NHS PLACE data collection process. Replacing the former Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) inspections, PLACE is the new system for assessing the quality of the patient environment. Read More

A Digital NHS

Briefing paper from the King’s Fund gives an introduction to the new agenda for a Digital NHS (in Health Care) and plans for implementation.


In recent years, the digital agenda in health care has been the subject of an array of promises and plans, ranging from the Secretary of State’s challenge to the NHS to ‘go paperless’ to the commitment set out in the NHS’s Five Year Forward View to ‘harness the information revolution’. But have expectations been set too high? And is there sufficient clarity about the funding available to achieve this vision?

This report looks at the key commitments made and what we know about progress to date, grouped under three broad themes:

  • interoperable electronic health records
  • patient-focused digital technology
  • secondary use of data, transparency and consent.

It identifies barriers to further progress and opportunities for delivering on the digital agenda. Read More

ISO success

Asckey successfully completed the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 27001:2013 recertification and interim audit in 2016.  The audit was successfully completed with no non-conformities identified.

ISO 9001:2008

UKAS IMS ISO 9001ISO 9001:2008 requires organisations to have a robust quality management system.  This must demonstrate a consistency in  providing products and services that meet both customer and relevant statutory and regulatory requirements. Compliance ensures increased operational efficiency, improved documentation, fewer customer complaints, and greater employee awareness.

It enhances customer satisfaction through effective systems application, including processes for continual improvement and the assurance of system conformity. ISO 9001:2008 requirements are generic and applicable to all organisations, regardless of type, size and product/service provided. Read More

NHS funding challenges champion

New BMA deputy pledges to highlight funding crisis

Health Business magazine this month reports that David Wrigley, the British Medical Association’s (BMA) newly elected deputy chair of council has assured that he will use his position to hold the government to account over the challenges facing the NHS.  Read the full article.

CAFM Summer News

Discover the hottest CAFM news in the fmfirst Summer 2016 newsletter.

Is your current system meeting your needs? Find out the very latest developments in CAFM with PLACE survey, Asbestos, Legionella and Waste Management tools and more.

Alternatively, contact us to arrange your free CAFM system review today!

New NHS funding route

Future imageNHS England announces the launch of a new funding programme for NHS focused medtech innovations.

The plan aims to accelerate the update of new medtech devices and aps for patients with chronic health conditions.

Read full NHS funding article

Uniting the GG&C

Southern General smlThe successful integration of CAFM software system fmfirst® estates and facilities with the Facilities Monitoring Tool (FMT) across the whole of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board (GG&C) has seen significant operational improvements.

fmfirst® estates and facilities is now installed in all sites across the entire GG&C, forming one of the largest health sector CAFM software installations in Western Europe. New integration technology from Asckey now means that the FMT and fmfirst® estates and facilities are seamlessly combined, realising significant improvements in: Read More

Choosing the right IT

Article in this months edition of Health Business outlines the importance of choosing the right IT technology to ensure maximum return on investment for your oganisation.

The fmfirst® product suite has been developed through the active input of NHS staff in order to ensure that functionality meets the needs and realities of today’s NHS.  Our dedicated support team are on hand to provide advice and guidance to ensure your IT system delivers maximum benefits.