Inspiration: Community Palliative Care Enhanced Data and Communication

Inspiration: Community Palliative Care Enhanced Data and Communication

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Organisation: St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow, Middlesex)


This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

The project will equip Community Palliative Care Nurses with mobile devices, improving communication and collection of patient and carer data linked to an online dashboard.

Brief Summary

Capabilities include: mobile access to digital care records, capturing clinical data and observations at point of care, real-time digital nursing dashboards, safer clinical interventions and smart workforce deployment.

Clinical workflows will be enhanced through electronic assessments; care planning, delegated specialist care and audit.
Expected impacts include faster and better informed decision-making, increased quality, accuracy and efficiency in recording and managing data. Improvements in risk profiling, patient safety and patient/carer experiences.

Primary Focus: Digital capture at PoC

Funds awarded: £249K

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:

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

Links for more information

Nursing Technology Fund

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