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Lancashire Care wins technology funding

Posted on the 15th April 2014

Community Mental Health Staff across Lancashire are now using mobile technology to update patient records whilst away from the office thanks to a grant from NHS England’s Innovation Fund.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is one of 75 Trusts in the country to benefit from a £30million Nursing Technology Fund Investment. NHS England launched the application process in 2013 and Lancashire Care was successful in its bid, receiving £358,000 for a project relating to the service transformation for adults with complex mental health issues.

The grant has allowed the teams to purchase mobile technology for all community staff treating mental health patients who require the most complex care packages across Lancashire. Staff will be able to use the devices wherever they are to view and instantly update observations, care plans, appointments and much more through the Trust’s Electronic Care Record (eCR) system. This also allows other clinicians to have access to the most up to date information relating to the patient’s care.

Dr Antonysamy, Clinical Director for the Adult Mental Health Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this funding. Providing access to the eCR system at the point of care will deliver significant benefits to patients, nursing staff and other clinicians. Currently, care records are updated manually on to the system when the staff are next able to return to their office. Being able to instantly update patient records whilst out in the community will greatly improve the quality of care provided and could also improve early detection of any issues in a patient’s condition prompting earlier intervention.”