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News round-up (March 26)

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26th March 2021 about a 3 minute read
This week Future Care Capital made the news with our CEO Greg Allen doing an interview with the Times for its tech supplement. In other news there was widespread coverage of the government’s ‘Project Gigabit’ broadband rollout and the announcement of which areas are to benefit next. And of course COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines with attention focusing on the EU and vaccine supplies, mutant variants and different countries and their experience of lockdown. Here's a link to the Times piece plus some of the other articles that caught our attention…

Tackling the challenge of social care

Greg Allen, Future Care Capital CEO, cropped up in this week’s Times newspaper Future of Healthcare supplement. 

On page 20 he talks about how the coronavirus pandemic could prove to be a catalyst for lasting change.

“The pandemic has opened the public’s eyes not only to the amazing care delivered in homes but that social care is not just about care homes” he says.

Mastercard, SoftBank and others call on G7 to create tech group

The FT reports that a group of leading companies including Mastercard, SoftBank and IBM have called on the G7 to create a new body to help co-ordinate how member states tackle issues ranging from artificial intelligence to cyber security. 

The Data and Technology Forum would be modelled on the Financial Stability Board created after the 2008 financial crisis.

Its remit would be to make recommendations on how tech governance can be co-ordinated internationally, rather than proposing firm regulations.

Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery

A new Government policy paper sets out the vision for supporting research as the single most important way to improve healthcare. 

It predicts the coming years will see an “explosion” in breakthrough technologies for preventing, diagnosing and treating disease, paving the way to tackling the most pressing health issues.

The paper says as the country begins to return to normality post-pandemic, bolstering the delivery of clinical research will be fundamental to improving patient care and addressing health inequalities, while also stimulating economic growth across the UK.

Experiences of mental health professionals supporting front-line health and social care workers during COVID-19: qualitative study

A Cambridge University Press paper published this week looks at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on mental health professionals.

The research team remotely interviewed mental health professionals working in roles supporting front-line health and social care workers (HSCWS).

They found that the interviewees were motivated and driven to develop new clinical pathways to support HSCWs they perceived as colleagues and many experienced professional growth. However, this also came at some cost, as they took on additional responsibilities and increased workloads.

New Knews channel zeroes in on science and technology innovation

Shanghai Media Group’s Knews launched a new channel focusing on science and technology innovation this week.

A joint effort with the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, the channel aims to provide “high-quality programming about new developments, achievements and trends in science and technology”.

The channel will partner with local high-tech parks, companies, institutions and laboratories to present programmes featuring scientists “interacting with viewers”.