Inspiration: Powered Clinical Trolleys for Drug Rounds

Inspiration: Powered Clinical Trolleys for Drug Rounds

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Organisation: Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Overview

This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

This project will deliver a versatile powered clinical trolley solution which will enable nurses in the acute setting to document clinical information about medicines they have or have not administered to patients during drug rounds, data that will be stored in the patients’ electronic medical record (EPR).

Brief Summary

The solution will store medicines securely in a highly portable trolley with a PC (and power supply) connected to the Trust wireless network to enable direct recording in the EPR system. The solution will be implemented in all clinical areas that currently use drug trolleys to store and administer medicines.

Primary Focus: Digital capture at PoC

Funds awarded: £512K

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

Links for more information

Nursing Technology Fund

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