Digital workforce strategy will help bring NHS to ‘the next frontier’. An independent review exploring how digital transformation could change the training of health staff will help bring the NHS to “the next frontier,” according Dr Eric Topol. | Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust managed a 72% reduction in agency spend within 10 months on Liaison’s TempRE Bank. | Bigger role for nurses to cover shortage of doctors. Almost half of specialist posts in hospitals cannot be filled, the Royal College of Physicians warned.

NHS England is planning to make next year what may be “the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004”. | How technology will transform the NHS in the next 70 years. From robotic arms in surgery to DNA analysis that prevents disease before a child is born, the NHS is embracing the future. | The NHS’s upcoming 10-year plan will only succeed if it has local government’s expertise and a golden thread of preventing poor health running through it says PHE’s Chief Executive Duncan Selbie to the Local Government Association conference this week.

Local health leaders will be asked to devise another round of regional IT strategies, with NHS England warning it will block digital projects that focus on lone organisations. | Tech giant DXC secures a six year deal to deliver a major NHS Supply Chain IT contract. The deal is part of major project to transform the NHS’s procurement arm. The new supply chain “will deliver £2.4bn savings over seven years”, says DHSC. | Government warned NHS workforce gap could persist until 2027. The NHS Pay Review Body has warned…

The majority of urgent primary care services – including walk-in and urgent care centres – in England are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, a CQC report reveals. | The government has agreed to increase NHS England’s budget by an average of 3.4 per cent in each of the next five years. | Chief Financial Officer to leave NHS England. After 11 years with the NHS, Paul Baumann is to leave the Health Service in November to take up the post of Receiver General of Westminster Abbey.

Theresa May is planning to announce a big funding boost for the NHS next week, overriding Treasury concerns that much of the additional money will have to be found through higher public borrowing. | More than four in five people support a 3.9% spending increasing in social care, an NHS Confederation poll has found. | NHS groups have welcomed the decision to relax immigration rules to allow more doctors and nurses from outside of the EU into the UK.