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Princess Alexandra Hospital boss explains why they spent £58,000 on business trip to Las Vegas

Health / Thu 4th Jan 2024 at 03:31pm

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital has issued a statement explaining why and how they spent £58,000 on a business trip to Las Vegas in the United States.

Phil Holland, chief information officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust said: “We are making a significant investment in a new electronic health record called Alex Health, which will be an integrated digital record of a patient’s care, and will draw information from multiple systems that store patient data and bring them into one platform. This will be one of the biggest transformation programmes our hospital has ever seen. 

“The funding for the conference in Las Vegas, which was attended by other NHS Trusts also and comes under the broader NHS England’s broader digital strategy and innovation agenda, was committed to in the Alex Health Business Case, and is funded from a separate budget. It did not come from frontline staffing, operational or healthcare budgets.

“The conference provided us with an opportunity to see Millennium –  our solution for Alex Health – being used by other hospitals; and for us to better understand the functionality and capability of the product. A multi-disciplinary team attended to enable us to capture insights from over 400 sessions that were taking place. This annual conference was the only opportunity to access all parts of the system, its developers and future developments under one roof.”

YH understands that fourteen members of staff went on the business trip.

We believe the Las Vegas-based conference was called Cloudworld 2023 and was organised by Oracle.

A company called St Vincent Consulting were there.

The posted the following message on LinkedIn.

“Our team had a blast discussing the latest tech trends, connecting with friends old and new at Oracle as well as Phil Holland, Joanne Eley and Linda Machakaire at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

“They even fought the jet lag to explore the nightlife in Freemont Street, where life comes at you fast”.

Amongst the fourteen members of staff who attended were:

Phil Holland is the chief information officer at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Joanne Eley is the Chief Nursing Information Officer at PAH.

Linda Machakaire is the Director of Midwifery, Gynaecology & Assistant Chief Nurse at PAH.

Our original story is below.

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37 Comments for Princess Alexandra Hospital boss explains why they spent £58,000 on business trip to Las Vegas:

RL
2024-01-04 15:56:32

"and is funded from a separate budget. It did not come from frontline staffing, operational or healthcare budgets." How much is in this separate budget fund? Attempting to justify £58,000 on a trip is obscene, and quite frankly an insult. This £58,000 would have been really helpful in fixing the issue that causes raw sewage to collect on the floor of the basement emitting a putrid smell throughout the hospital. Or the plumbing issue in the main building which causes wards to flood when it gets backed up. Or maybe, just maybe; it could have been used to provide the staff with adequate parking facilities. But Vegas, baby! "Managers at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, said a growing maintenance backlog is affecting services." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-64582018

Guy Flegman
2024-01-04 16:11:49

I though what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Emelyn Story Biddle
2024-01-04 16:30:47

Not 58,000 pounds worth!

John
2024-01-04 17:23:04

This doesn’t explain it all, only that it was from “another” budget.. and that it was to attend a conference.. but surely that doesn’t cost 58,000 pounds?? What else was it spent on, and what else was purchased? Let's wait for the itemised explanation? And at the end of the day, it might have come “another” budget but that budget is still funded from the taxpayer, correct?

Mark
2024-01-04 17:31:35

Attempting to justify £58,000 on a trip is obscene, and quite frankly an insult.

Jo
2024-01-04 17:38:52

I get corporate events can costs 1000s but this is a liberty. I worked here for many years and the management team are so distant from the staff.

Janis Whiddett
2024-01-04 17:49:47

That is our money, it’s a disgrace when patients appointments and operations are routinely cancelled. Typical NHS waste by senior managers on a jolly.

Alderman Durcan
2024-01-04 17:50:40

It may be a separate budget but it’s still NHS public money.

Adam
2024-01-04 18:03:38

Pull the other one, what anything answer. Hiw many went? What class did they fly ? What actions and knowledge resulted from the conference? Were attendees accompanied by family ? D

Luke Burton
2024-01-04 18:11:01

Fine - but provide the public with an itemised expenses claim for each attendee.

Havingalaugh
2024-01-04 18:22:47

That money probably was spent on an orgy with Stephen hawkin.

voteforme
2024-01-04 19:26:31

Other NHS trusts attended-just how much was spent? it came from a separate budget-what, non tax payer funded? Hasn't the NHS wasted millions on useless systems in recent years, why did the suppliers who will presumably be making a decent return not pay, or better still do it in the UK. Hang on, I use Microsoft, can I have a trip to California. Sorry Phil, I am not convinced

Pedro
2024-01-04 19:38:20

The NHS is a massive wasteful money pit the sooner we stop looking at it as a "sacred cow" and firstly stop throwing good money after bad and secondly face the reality that a part private part public health service and a requirement for everyone to have some kind of healthcare insurance is the way forward.

David
2024-01-04 21:42:20

Phil Holland didn't want too give away too many details when questioned - However, his repost, from quieter times, on Linkedin gives a bit more detail and some photos of the trip! - It says 'Our team had a blast discussing the latest tech trends, connecting with friends old and new at Oracle as well as Phil Holland, Joanne Eley and Linda Machakaire at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. They even fought the jet lag to explore the nightlife in Freemont Street, where life comes at you fast.'

Kirito
2024-01-05 09:08:38

The senior management is so out of touch with the ‘slaves’ that work beneath them. The whole EPR programme is a shambles where they have cut corners and taken the ‘cheapest is the best’ approach for implementing this new EPR. The programme is understaffed and being rushed to meet eccentric deadlines of Go Live. I am sure a zoom call would have sufficed for attaining the ‘learning’ for this conference. They could have used this money to fund for 2 extra roles to support this deployment. Shambles from the very top to bottom. Story of the NHS, sadly where senior management abuse it daily.

Alan Salsbury
2024-01-05 09:53:05

Before retiring I attended many overseas conferences. 3 day conference staying at the venue hotel £750. Flights £2500 subsistence £150. How did they spend £58k ? I want to see the receipts.

Kt
2024-01-05 13:57:05

I work in pah can I have an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas

Ronnie
2024-01-05 15:01:35

Alan Salsbury, they probably overlooked booze, roulette and ladies of the night. Put those in and 58 grand will vanish in a few nights!

Jerry
2024-01-06 09:22:23

Essex County Council are just as bad as NHS wasting money, they all went on a junket to the US and we still don't know why. Its so easy to spend money when you know you're not paying the bill.

Dp
2024-01-06 09:53:08

They should be made to pay back any money over and beyond what was needed to reasonably do the trip. It’s a terrible waste of money and still hasn’t been explained. Looking at the what has been provided that “explains” the cost there is no explanation provided as to why the trip cost so much. They could have met online easily and saved a small fortune.

John Clark
2024-01-06 13:41:25

If it was a business trip for a company to sell to NHS why has the potential customer stumped up this amount of money . Typical quango no idea how business works or to control a budget. Looked at this amount as chicken feed and not what good each pound saved should have improved the front line service.

Colin
2024-01-06 14:58:13

Hopefully with the records all in one place I'll get to see my cardiologist at the correct time and not a telephone call also with up to date echo reports instead of one's which are a year old and of no use whatsoever Fat chance of it happening though

Luke Burton
2024-01-07 14:58:55

Oh dear god they paid money to go to an Oracle conference?

David keaton
2024-01-07 15:40:42

We now have the tech to discuss and decide via video link such matters, covid proved that, yet another miss managed scenario. Same old nobody ever learns ever and so the greedy selfish train will keep chugging along ...happy 2024

David lee
2024-01-07 15:41:08

We now have the tech to discuss and decide via video link such matters, covid proved that, yet another miss managed scenario. Same old nobody ever learns ever and so the greedy selfish train will keep chugging along ...happy 2024

Alex
2024-01-07 17:02:13

Pedro. Get lost

Frustrated digital
2024-01-07 21:23:54

This biggest crime is wanting to use an Oracle based system. Absolutely garbage and so restrictive. The NHS should get rid of red tape and allow services to be built to the needs of the users.

Sean
2024-01-07 22:21:37

I'll para phrase for everyone, it's what's known as "a jolly up"!!!!

Jane Young
2024-01-09 00:10:21

This story in The Sun says 14 staff went. So was it 3, or 14? Would be so interesting to hear how many of the 400 sessions they attended between them but they would never publish that info. My disabled mum who can’t stand on her own was made to sit in a chair, attached to a drip, unaccompanied, as I wasn’t allowed with her in the pre-admittance ward for over 16 hours last May. I’m sure this software will help that kind of thing never happen again. Who are these people accountable to? Anyone?

DT
2024-01-09 07:57:48

Can't wait for the staff briefing later on today... Lance McCarthy, your staff are angry and have lost faith in YOU.

DP
2024-01-09 07:58:38

Can't wait for the staff briefing later on today... Lance McCarthy, your staff are angry and have lost faith in YOU.

ANLY
2024-01-09 11:38:26

Absolutely disgusting! Regardless of what budget this £58,000 came out of it was not an essential trip, it could have been done online or if it was that important the supplier should have funded the trip after all they are selling their services. It is amazing how all Management think that where they spend money and what they claim in expenses is none of our business. We are just the idiots that fund this sort of behaviour via our PAYE Tax, NI etc.. Having worked in a Corporate environment have seen the abuse of position countless times. Senior Managers get all expenses paid no scrutinisation of expenses. Junior member of staff puts in expenses and it is examined to the last degree often rejected for a cup of coffee too much. How/why was this trip approved and by whom? Someone needs to be held accountable!!

PV
2024-01-10 08:34:08

https://www.digitalhealth.net/2023/04/nhs-should-never-treat-eprs-as-it-projects-says-oracle-cerner-uk-vp/ Royal Free seems closer than Vegas leaving £50k spare

DT
2024-01-11 12:52:54

Never seen a person looking more smug than Mr Holland. (PAH staff brief, Youtube) Send in the NHS auditors!

Elaine Fone
2024-01-12 21:51:10

Absolutely disgusting! PAH needs a total shakeup! I object to the taxes I pay being used in this way. Please explain what improvements to the hospital has this made - for instance has it brought the obscene waiting lists down?

bill
2024-01-20 19:17:46

I work at PAH and all my colleagues on a much lower banding ,have to struggle at work battling sewage leaks all over the hospital while these so called experts,have to go to LAS VEGAS to learn new information .Why cant they have used facetime and gather information without this disgusting waste of money.This typifies the way that PAH management totally disregard their colleagues on much lower banding.This is inexcusable ,but at least they saved some money in not having to put their heating on at home unlike the rest of us.

Lyndsey
2024-02-05 10:04:56

Never heard of Skype Teams Zoom all ways of communicating overseas! It’s inexcusable, I also work at PAH, monitors not working, not enough wheelchairs sewage the list goes on. A total disregard for the staff.

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