Inspiration: Releasing nursing time while providing safer care

Inspiration: Releasing nursing time while providing safer care

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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

This project will enable nurses/midwives to capture observations at the bedside in real time as part of early detection of patients at risk through the use of dashboards and alerting.

Brief Summary

The solution is based on Cerner CareAware VitalsLinks, which connects mobile vital sign monitors to the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) enabling the patients’ observations into the EPR and calculate NEWS. The bid is to fund the purchase of the VitalsLinks monitoring devices and associated software/hardware to support calculation of NEWS. This allows early alerting and detection of patients at risk of deterioration through integrated handover pages with sepsis alerting.

Primary Focus: Digitally enabled obs

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

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