Free talk on NHS Technology: helping our doctors connect better with patients’ health - 25 August

Free talk on NHS Technology:  helping our doctors connect better with patients’ health - 25 August
Free talk on NHS Technology: helping our doctors connect better with patients’ health - 25 August
29 July 2015

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is hosting a free talk for the general public and its members about how their doctors and nursing staff are using information technology to provide better services and patient care.

The event is open to patients, the public, Trust staff and members and will be held at the Post Graduate Medical Centre at North Manchester General Hospital (opposite A&E) on Tuesday 25th August, 2 – 3 pm.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to learn more about recent innovations including ‘Evolve’ – an electronic document system which is helping the Trust to move away from paper records – as well as the recently implemented electronic prescribing and medicine administration system to name just a few. 

The Trust is in the process of rolling out a new Trust-wide multi-million pound electronic document record management system (EDRMS) after securing £4.2m of funding from NHS England last year to implement the new system. The new system is a major change for the Trust and will revolutionise and improve the way thousands of patient records are stored, managed and viewed by doctors, nurses, health professionals, ward clerks and medical secretaries.

The roll-out of the system is being led by acting medical director Dr Anton Sinniah. He said: “Evolve is an important development that will revolutionise the way in which we access patient records.  Having case notes available electronically across the organisation when and where they are needed will make decision making and treatment planning faster and ultimately improve the quality of care we provide for our patients. Our clinical and non-clinical staff will have immediate and timely access to patient records electronically at the touch of a button.”

The Trust’s new e-prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system also uses IT software which has helped improve the management, legibility and safety of medicines recorded within the Trust. Doctors use the system to prescribe drugs to patients and manage discharge prescriptions. A clinical review worklist helps doctors respond to enquiries from pharmacy and nursing staff without actually having to be on the ward. Nurses use the Medchart system to record the administration of drugs to patients and the system helps them to plan and organise their drug rounds with legible prescription information.

The free event will be led by Libby Woodcock, EPR Training & Implementation Manager for the Trust’s IT department. Libby has worked for the Trust for 17 years and manages a team of trainers that have proved instrumental in supporting staff with the new systems and technology. 

Libby said: “Over recent years there have been significant changes in the way our clinical staff work and provide patient care.  The rollout of our ePMA electronic prescribing and medicine administration system to 97 of our wards across our hospitals and the implementation of the Handover of Care Communication sent to GP practices have proved both a challenge and rewarding in terms of improving patient care.” 

So far, over 12,000 people have signed up to become FT members. To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk

PICTURED: doctors and nurses using the new Evolve electronic document management system.