07 September 2016
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (L&D) was named today as one of 12 NHS national leaders that will pioneer the use of information technology in healthcare provision, transforming care for patients.
In his announcement today, the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, outlined how the twelve ‘digital exemplars’ who are currently the most advanced in their use of information technology, will be supported to go on to become world leaders and inspire others to harness digital technology to deliver more efficient ways of working and better patient outcomes.
The 12 successful NHS Trusts will receive up to £10million and will be expected to deliver pioneering approaches to digital services and help others in the NHS to learn from their experience. These Trusts will be partnered with an international organisation of their choice, to take full advantage of their expertise.
Alongside investment in technology and infrastructure, the funding will be used to improve training for staff and will also encourage a new generation of Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs) to drive forward advances in digital technology. The L&D’s own innovative CCIO, Consultant Urologist Mr SanjeevTaneja, has been instrumental in the Trust’s digital transformation, building on many years of dedicated clinical support and drive, in partnership with Patient Safety Lead Nurse, Anne Thomson, who has been integral to the development and deployment of the systems used to deliver enhanced patient monitoring across the hospital.
Mark England, Director of Re-engineering and Informatics at the L&D, said: ” Our digital success is based not only on the digital maturity and ability of the highly skilled IT team, but is underpinned by the superb clinical engagement of our staff, and their willingness to innovate and lead the business change for the projects. Our Chief Information Officer is also a clinician by training, and this has supported our collaborative approach to clinical and digital transformation.
He continued: “We are delighted that our progress has been recognised and relish the opportunity to further demonstrate and build on our digital maturity. We see digital progress as intrinsic to delivering sustainable services of the highest clinical quality with operational excellence.”
The L&D is looking to make maximum use of this new initiative by working with partners across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to deliver enhanced NHS digital services for patients.
For more information on the twelve digital exemplars visit the NHS England website.