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News shots …. 18 May 2016



Natural England publishes monitoring data

Natural England, the Government’s advisory body on the natural environment, has published its Long Term Monitoring Network (LTMN) vegetation data on

The organisation uses the LTMN, which takes in 37 sites, to understand the effects of climate change, air pollution and land management on the environment. It involves measurements of weather, air and soil chemistry, and surveys of plant and soil communities and bird and butterfly populations.

Vegetation surveys are carried out every four years to monitor changes in plant communities.


Adobe and Amazon launch cloud CMS

Adobe has made its Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) content management system available to the public sector as a managed cloud service powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

It pointed to the Canadian Government using AEM to renew its central website, condensing more than 1,500 agency and departmental sites into a single web platform.

The company said that, with AWS soon to launch a regional operation in the UK, it will provide more options for the Adobe suite of services for the public sector. It is using AWS to provide a cloud portfolio.


Sentinel Housing upgrades Capita software

Sentinel Housing Association has upgraded its housing management system to Capita’s OPENHousing solution. It will obtain a fully integrated system with the full range of business functions for its housing strategy, management and property development.

The organisation, which manages 10,000 homes across north Hampshire, has been using the company’s earlier software for the past 12 years.


Student nurses use Patientrack

Student nurses in Manchester have begun to use a vital signs observations technology named Patientrack in the first weeks of their classroom teaching. 400 at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work have been taught to use the software on iPads, and have taken part in simulations of treating a deteriorating patient.

Carol Wilde, clinical skills tutor at the school, said: “As the NHS becomes paperless, we need to give students a real feel for the systems they will use. Introducing Patientrack into the classroom was the only way to do this, something no other nursing school has done.”

The software makes it possible to capture vital signs digitally, then calculates the patient’s early warning score and, if necessary, calls doctors to intervene.


Picture from GOV.UK, Open Government Licence v3.0

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