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RWT Shortlisted for HSJ Award 2020

RWT Shortlisted for HSJ Award 2020

Date of release: 18 November 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award recognising the innovative use of technology within critical care outreach services.  

An annual celebration, the HSJ Awards looks to recognise best practice, improved patient outcomes and drivers of better service, and today, HSJ have acknowledged RWT for its achievements around mobile working and data analysis.

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The critical care outreach team (CCOT), supported by IT services and key partners, has been shortlisted in the category ‘Driving Efficiency through Technology Award’ with their clinical IT project: ‘Improving patient care through the digital transformation of the critical care outreach service’. To see the official shortlist, see HSJ Award - Shortlist 2020.

The project was developed with a goal of reducing administrative duties so that CCOT staff can be freed up to spend more time directly caring for patients, while data can be collected in a centralised way that’s both quick and paperless.

This was particularly important when going about their day-to-day tasks – such as facilitating transfers to, and discharges from, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), supporting patients so that they do not need to be admitted to the unit unnecessarily and caring for patients who are septic or deteriorating.

Alongside increasing the digital skills of the workforce, this new IT system, which operates on tablet computers, enables health records to be completed in real time at the time of assessment, and this means increased efficiency of reporting; plus the documentation is legible, accurate and easily accessible for the relevant professionals / response teams. 

Yat Li, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, is the lead for the project.

He explained: “The right technology used in the right way has the potential to greatly improve patient care and it is an honour that the Trust has been recognised and shortlisted for this award. 

“This technology has truly transformed the service by crucially releasing more time to care for patients while also supporting the Trust in audit and continuous quality improvement. This has all been possible because of the dedication and enthusiasm of the critical care outreach team to embrace digitalisation; the belief of the management and executive team; and the support of IT services who have all been central to its success.”

Professor Sultan Mahmud, Director of Innovation, Integration and Research for RWT, said: “The NHS Long Term Plan is very much focused on the digital enablement of healthcare professionals, as the use of technology will no doubt improve operational and clinical efficiency. 

“The Trust has changed the way it delivers services in recent months and is committed to finding smart solutions - this project is a great example of how, by being forward-thinking and open to new ways of working, staff can ensure that data is captured - and treatment is given - in a timely manner. 

“A big congratulations to the team who worked on this project – best of luck for the final result.”

The team will make a further presentation on Wednesday, January 27th 2021 followed by the awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 17th 2021

Good luck!

To find out more about the awards, visit the HSJ Awards website

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