Date of release: Wednesday 2nd July, 2014
Systems which saved £600,000 of nurses’ time by improving IT, reducing paperwork and streamlining patient admissions have earned The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) a place on the shortlist for two prestigious national awards.
The partnership between the Trust and efficiency specialists Newton Europe is in the shake up for the Workforce Efficiency and Value and Improvement in Patient Information Management titles at the 2014 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.
The successful initiative was launched after an assessment of the efficiency of nursing services at the Trust identified opportunities for Improvement including freeing up thousands of hours of community nursing time.
A new IT system was implemented to help speed up and better manage the patient admission process.
At the same time, workshops were held with staff to work out the best way to reduce a mountain of paperwork, which was taking up to 20 per cent of community nurses’ time.
The most significant benefit was a hugely reduced patient assessment document, which has already saved around 6,500 hours of nursing time.
The new document, slimmed down from a hefty 17 pages to just two, reduced the time clinicians spent filling on new patients’ paperwork from 73 minutes to around 22 minutes.
The new forms are more relevant and personal to individual patients, with an easy-to-use, more meaningful design.
Trust Chief Executive David Loughton said: “Both staff and patients have experienced huge benefits from the extensive savings realised through the new IT system and the paperwork reduction effort.
“The optimisation of staff time is having a direct effect on patient care, reducing time spent tackling administrative tasks and allowing more time to deal directly with patients’ needs.”
For further information please contact Adult Community Services Group Manager Resham Kuhn-Kuhn, telephone 01902 307999