The local NHS in Liverpool scooped two awards for digital innovation this week at the e-Health Insider (ehi) awards.
This included an award for ‘Best Nursing Technology’ for the development of the GATE tool with Community Care Teams, and an award for ‘Best Global Digital Exemplar’ for The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) in partnership with the Healthy Liverpool programme for the development of Digital Liverpool.
This is a significant achievement Liverpool as a whole, which is being recognised for the cutting-edge digital work that is taking shape in the NHS across Liverpool and improving patient care.
Digital Liverpool is a strand of the Healthy Liverpool programme which aims to transform digital care for staff and patients, building significant digital investment and capability across the city.
Dr Simon Bowers, Chair and Digital Clinical Director of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“I’m incredibly proud that Liverpool has won best Global Digital Exemplar of the year and finalists in a number of national EHI awards. Digital Care and Innovation is critical to both enable and transform care delivery for our patients through Healthy Liverpool. The achievements to date place Liverpool firmly on the map as a leading city in digital transformation.
“I am confident that with our plans, we will continue to develop, innovate and grow from strength to strength making a difference for our population. I would like to extend a huge well done and thank you to all involved.”
One brilliant example of the innovative digital work developed as part of Digital Liverpool is E-Sepsis, which uses electronic systems and advanced technology to improve patient safety by alerting teams of the dangerous symptoms of sepsis, which when identified early, can save lives.
Part of the Digital Liverpool programme will also soon introduce electronic patient records at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Aintree University Hospital and Liverpool Women’s Hospital and will give healthcare professionals across the three trusts the ability to access the same electronic patient record to improve patient experience.
In addition, a partnership between Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool City Council, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Informatics Merseyside, also scooped an award in the ‘Best Nursing Technology’ category.
This accolade was for the development of a new information gathering and patient assessment tool known as ‘GATE’, which is supporting local Community Care Teams to deliver a more proactive model of care for vulnerable patients in Liverpool.
The GATE tool (Generic Assessment Tool and Evaluation) allows Community Care Teams – including GPs, District Nurses, Community Matrons, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Therapists and other specialist nursing teams - to identify those at a high risk of a hospital admission, and proactively provide support to keep them safe, well, and able to remain at home.
The approach is already contributing to a reduction of avoidable hospital admissions across the city, with local performance figures showing that avoidable emergency admissions are down by 10% compared to the previous year (2015/16), bucking the national trend of 4% increase.
The annual awards ceremony is the UK’s only event dedicated to recognising innovation and achievements in the healthcare IT industry.