Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is one of NHS England’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Fast Followers, after securing funding of £3 million to become a forefront of digital technology to enhance patient experience.
The Trust is just one of seven acute mental health Trusts to be given the status, and is the first in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.
What is a Global Digital Exemplar?
A Global Digital Exemplar is an internationally recognised NHS provider delivering improvements in the quality of care, through the world-class use of digital technologies and information. Exemplars will share their learning and experiences through the creation of blueprints to enable other trusts to follow in their footsteps as quickly and effectively as possible.
NHS England is currently supporting selected digitally advanced mental health, ambulance and acute trusts, to become Exemplars. These trusts are partnered with international healthcare organisations to help ensure they learn from those that have already achieved significant benefits from employing digital technology.
GDEs Trusts are supported by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care funding, matched locally and enabling GDEs to establish proven models that can be rolled out across the NHS more broadly. In some cases this could include sharing software or a common IT team. For others it could mean adopting standard care pathways, methodologies and processes.
A message from Dr Michelle Webster, Chief Clinical Information Officer:
“GDE projects are not about simply replacing paper-based methods with digital ones. They are an opportunity to re-think how we do things and to use the opportunities that data brings to make real efficiencies in the way we work to improve patient care and the patient’s journey through our services. This means we can deliver better access to our services, more efficient and coordinated care, more choice for our patients and provide proactive treatments that can be targeted to an individual need. Digital approaches supported through the GDE programme will also improve patient engagement and empowerment, bringing opportunities for patient self-management and symptom monitoring.
“The digitalisation and sharing of our health care systems through our GDE programme will enable clinicians to have more timely access to a patient’s health care records, giving them more accessible accurate information to help inform a patient’s care plan and better coordinated care between our health and social care partners. The re-imagining and streamlining of processes will reduce admin time, avoiding the need for duplication to give ‘more time to care’, something which is always at the top of any clinician’s wish list. “
The results of the Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Record (ICR) survey have now been published. The survey asked for people’s views on the ICR. If you’d like to know what was said, you can find out by reading the engagement campaign report.