Inspiration: Improving Clinical Care through Mobile Solutions

Inspiration: Improving Clinical Care through Mobile Solutions

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Organisation: Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Overview

This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

This project will provide digital solutions to enhance clinical care in community and community maternity settings. Mobile technology including digital pens, laptops and tablets will improve the timeliness and quality of data capture and provide visibility of the whole patient record enabling greater coordination of care.

Brief Summary

The current duplication of documentation whilst in the patient home / clinic and again at staff bases leads to inefficient use of staff time. This will be significantly reduced allowing increased patient contact and productivity; in addition using mobile solutions will enable improved communication between and with community based staff.

Primary Focus: Mobile access

Funds awarded: £713K

Background on the Nursing Technology Fund
In October 2012 the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Nursing Technology Fund to support nurses, midwives and health visitors to make better use of digital technology in all care settings, in order to deliver safer, more effective and more efficient care.
The funding was to be allocated to providers following an application and evaluation process. The first round, for £30M, and the second round for £35M of capital funding has been awarded.

Second round outcomes
276 applications were received, and 62 organisations have been awarded funding totalling almost £35M. The successful applicants include 7 voluntary / community / social enterprises. The highest individual award was £1M. A list of successful applications is available to download. There may be an opportunity to fund a small number of further applications in FY15/16.

The funded projects represent the full range of geographies and care settings, and beneficiaries include nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants. The range of projects covers the following technology-enabled capabilities (in order of popularity):

  • Digitally-enabled observations management
  • Mobile access to digital care records across the community
  • Digital capture of clinical data at point-of-care
  • Safer clinical interventions
  • Real-time digital nursing dashboards
  • Smart workforce deployment
  • Remote face-to-face interaction
  • Digital images for nursing care

Area of work

In relation to the four foundations of our declaration, this project aims to:

  • Care is about me
  • Working as one team
  • Happy staff with the right skills

Links for more information

Nursing Technology Fund

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