Skip to main content
Skip to main navigation
Skip to footer

by Roy Lilly
Published on 29 November 2017

All of us, at the Academy of Fabulous Stuff, are delighted to benefit from the support and encouragement our friends at Cerner have given us, once again, for our annual awards ceremony at London’s O2.

At the Academy, we have one purpose; to be the centre for the collection and sharing best practice across the NHS.

Facing unprecedented pressures in terms of demand and funding, still challenged by the impact of austerity in the wider economy, the NHS’s own plan for its future, up to 2020, depends heavily on new models of care and innovation.

Curiously, there was no central repository of best practice across the health service. Today the Academy fills that gap; the go-to place for sharing ideas and new ways of working.

Based on the management science of ‘positive deviance’, the Academy recognises in any community, there will be people whose uncommon, but successful behaviours or strategies, enable them to find better solutions to a problem that their peers, despite facing similar challenges and having no extra resources or knowledge.

Somehow, some people just seem to be able ‘to do it’.

The Academy provides the place where the best practice, good ideas and solutions can be shared, compared and developed.

Since the beginning the Academy has been able to encourage the work of system designers, improving flow through A&E, help solve the huge problems of safe discharge and share simple solutions like ‘twiddle-muffs’… to help calm dementia patients, without the use of drugs.

Every week scores of ideas are shared and added to the collection of thousands of solutions, all carefully tagged, indexed and accessible, free. Millions of searches on the web-site, from the NHS in England the wider UK and internationally, attest to the relevance, importance and preeminence the Academy has achieved.

Under the guidance of the Academy Director, Dr Terri Porrett, next year the Academy is to be replicated in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The Awards are unique in that they are voted on by the community of users. No back-offices, no winner chosen by judges, in secret. Our awards are transparent and chosen by peers. People who know what good looks like and want to share and celebrate it, vote to tell us what they think is the best of the best.

We are proud to share our pursuit of excellence with Cerner. We feel we are fellow travelers. We are grateful for your support at the awards and during the year; supporting the meetings of our 150 Academy Ambassadors, on their professional development programmes.

Unlike so many national awards, the Fab Academy’s are free for supporters to attend; we couldn’t do that with the support of Cerner.

So, a big ‘thank you’ to everyone at Cerner, a company, like the Academy, who know what being fabulous is all about.

Roy Lilley

Cerner selected for NHS framework to support integrated care and population health

by Cerner UK
18 September 2018
Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) aim to deliver the best possible quality of health and care, shift to value-based care and proactively improve outcomes for their populations. These transformation initiatives can now be more easily supported by sourcing a range of innovative services and technologies through NHS England’s new Health Systems Support Framework (HSSF). Cerner are proud to have been selected for all six of our submitted ‘lots’ on the new framework.

Battling sepsis on World Sepsis Day and beyond

by Jennifer Yang-Meslet
13 September 2018
This World Sepsis Day, over 20,000 people will die from the condition, including 120 in the UK, and according to the Dr Foster research unit at Imperial College London, more deaths from sepsis are being reported. However, when drilling down further into the data, the main reason for the increase is improved awareness of sepsis. Doctors and nurses are recognising deteriorating patients earlier and are coding sepsis cases more accurately. This has led to a rise in coding for sepsis, and a subsequent increase in known sepsis-related deaths.

St. George’s Committed to a World Without Medical Error

by Cerner UK
13 July 2015
In 2012, St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust UK made a commitment. This commitment was to leverage the use of technology to eliminate common medication errors in the short term, with a global aim of having a single comprehensive medication record.

Going live with Cerner in only 3 months!

by Cerner UK
22 May 2015
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Cerner have been working together to implement Cerner Millennium Maternity functionality in a RECORD TIME! It took only three months from the start of the project to its "go-live"! This is a first in the UK!