Cambio Healthcare Systems hosts a session with
NHS Trusts on the role of technology in the NHS

Cambio Healthcare Systems, has been collaborating with Nursing Times on a series of initiatives to raise the profile of technology in healthcare. In September we helped bring together trusts from around the UK to discuss 'How leveraging technology can deliver the priorities for Nursing'.

When Sue Horbury joined Oxleas Foundation Trust, she was given a very clear mandate. "I was specifically recruited to look at how we could use technology to mobilise our workforce, and how we could support getting them away from paper and having to come into the office in the morning," reports the clinical transformation lead at the south east London trust.

Four years later, and technology is now a day-to-day part of life for many nurses at the organisation, which provides community, mental health and learning disability services. Some 1,300 clinicians have iPads, and direct access to the clinical system.

At a recent Nursing Times roundtable, Ms Horbury suggested it was a move that had been nothing short of "transformational". The roundtable, held in association with Cambio Healthcare Systems, brought together a panel of experts from across the country to discuss nursing and technology.

The main question on the agenda: could technology, and the data it gathers, help nurses offer safer, better, more efficient care?

The panellists from Oxleas were far from the only ones to answer in the affirmative. Sara Nelson, programme lead for children and young people at Healthy London Partnership and registered nurse member for Bromley CCG, said she knew of another community trust with a similar mobile working setup.

The main question on the agenda: could technology, and the data it gathers, help nurses offer safer, better, more efficient care?

Not only was it increasing efficiency and nurse safety – by making it possible to know where individual staff members were – but it was also helping workload management. "If you get a call to say this patient needs help, you can see which nurse is the closest and who can respond most appropriately."

The roundtable discussion dispelled any notion that greater use of technology solely benefits community nursing, however. At Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, an electronic patient record was implemented in 2014, and all paper done away with.

Louise Roberts, a senior sister at the organisation, admits that it represented a "big, big change for everybody" but told fellow panellists "we would never go back".

"Just for simple things, like drug charts are all there online; if you run out of a drug you click a button and that sends a message to pharmacy, so you've got no more of this running backwards and forwards to departments to get drugs.

For the full article read on Nursing Times website and have a listen to the thoughts that came out of the session in the video below.