Inspiration: The Connected Nursing Project

Inspiration: The Connected Nursing Project

Back to the map | Contact the project lead

Organisation: Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Overview

This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

The Connected Nursing project will deliver, for the MCNS for the first time: mobile access to digital care records; digital capture of clinical data at point of care; capture digital images for nursing care; and, enable smarter workforce deployment through the use of resource scheduling software.

Brief Summary

The Marie Curie Nursing Service (MCNS) has around 2,000 nurses in the UK, delivering palliative care to 31,800 (2013) patients in their homes. Currently 70% of this care are visits delivered by one or two nurses overnight with one patient and is co-ordinated by The Marie Curie Referral Centre using a Customer Relationship / Patient Information system called Patient Connect.

The remaining (and quickly growing) 30% of the care is for visits involving one or two nurses caring for multiple patients, day and night, in one shift and is co-ordinated by local regional teams using white-boards, spread-sheets and other manual methods.

Information about patients and visits is communicated to all nurses via telephone. This is recorded on paper by the nurse.

The Connected Nursing project will deliver, for the MCNS for the first time: mobile access to digital care records; digital capture of clinical data at point of care; capture digital images for nursing care; and, enable smarter workforce deployment through the use of resource scheduling software.

Primary Focus: Mobile access

Funds awarded: £1000K

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:

  • Happy staff with the right skills
  • Make London healthier and happier

Links for more information

Nursing Technology Fund

Comments are closed.