08th September 2016

Image: Digital technology at the forefront.Plans have been unveiled this week by health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to fast track digital excellence and improve digital skills across the NHS.

The new plans will see the establishment of 12 digital exemplars who will pioneer best practice in digital skills and technology in a bid to improve patient care.

The 12 successful NHS organisations have been identified as the following:

  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

The selected organisations will each receive up to £10million of funding from NHS England to deliver pioneer approaches to digital services. The aim is to encourage a radical change to inspire other NHS organisations to use digital technology to improve the care of patients, with the 12 digital exemplars passing on their learnings and resources to other NHS organisations through networks.

This phased approach to digital implementation follows the recommendations of an independent review, published yesterday, by health IT expert Professor Bob Wachter on how the NHS can use technology to improve services.

New digital services will allow for patients to register with a GP and access their medical records via tablet or smartphone. Funding will also allow for the digital exemplars to invest in creating digital infrastructures, such as WiFi, within the organisations to deliver benefits to patients, and other NHS staff.

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said:” Digital technology is key to enabling the NHS to provide better care for patients, improve services and effectively create a more sustainable healthcare sector. The new plans unveiled this week present a formidable opportunity for the 12 exemplar organisations to trail blaze the sector into the digital revolution.

“At Skills for Health, we welcome the opportunity to work with organisations in developing a strategy around digital technology as we have always seen this as key to efficient working. As an organisation we work with the sector to provide key services around learning needs analysis, workforce planning, skills development, resource and training. We are at an exciting time for the sector to learn from each other and work together in order to ensure the whole sector is heading towards a sustainable future, enabled by digital technology.”

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