Clinical Care at home innovations recognised at Nursing Times awards
The Annual Nursing Times workforce summit and awards took place last week, with advancements in taking care out of a clinical setting dominating the nominations.
Despite the pandemic forcing a change in the ways of accessing care, as well as a number of digital initiatives by the NHS, only one category focuses on health tech. Best Use of Technology to Improve the Working Environment is fiercely competitive. This year, a theme emerged amongst the shortlisted cases that signals a new focus for investment in healthcare tech – facilitating care outside of a clinical setting. The nominations included:
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Use of e-scheduling in District Nursing
Cwm Taf implemented Malinko to automate the previously labour-intensive scheduling of home visits, which was keeping experienced nurses away from clinical activity for up to four hours a day.
The teams adopted the new software with enthusiasm and revolutionised the way they scheduled their activity. This resulted in efficiency benefits, patient and staff safety benefits, a boost to staff morale and as well as providing rich data to inform workforce planning.
The Experience Led Care Programme, Redmoor Health, NHS England and Improvement General Practice Nurse 10 Point Plan Team and Welsh Government, Spreading video clinics in England and Wales
Redmoor Health has a proven track record of delivering national programs, using technology to promote a more agile collaborative working environment and empower people to manage their health. Their training and support service enabled teams across the UK to go live with video clinics across a variety of services. This allowed care to safely continue for many through the pandemic.
By placing digital at the heart of healthcare, Redmoor Health says a “quiet revolution is taking place across the UK as part of a programme to develop a digital eco-system”.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Remote patient monitoring
St Vincent’s Nursing Home, Digital technology in a care home setting
In northwest London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s care home liaison team (known as the Frailty Team) incorporated Current Health’s monitoring solution to support their work during the outbreak.
Collectively, the insight provided by Current Health allowed the team to make informed decisions about residents’ care so timely interventions could be delivered in the care home instead of in hospital. This not only kept patients safer but saved the trust an estimated £62,500 in the first three months.
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