NHSX launches national patient video library

As part of the NHSX COVID-19 response, a national video library has been launched in collaboration with healthcare video provider, Health and Care Innovations.

The videos have been developed with NHS clinicians to work within care pathways to help patients; to help support a reduction in length of appointments, and to enable patients to better understand their condition and how to manage their care at home.

NHSX has procured the video library of over 600 patient information videos on a 6 month licence, to make it available free for users.

Natasha Phillips, Chief Nursing Information Officer, NHSX in a blog post said “Nurses and other clinicians are having to adapt to new ways of working to protect patients and staff.”

“Throughout the pandemic NHSX has been driving the delivery of digital solutions to alleviate pressures on clinicians and facilitate safer ways of delivering patient care. We’ve also seen innovators across the country making generous offers of digital products and services to support health and care systems, and we’ve been working to match those solutions to the needs of patients and staff.”

“One such innovative solution is the use of videos for patient information. At this time when patients are experiencing more remote interactions with health and care staff, patient information videos can be a useful tool to reinforce important information.”

“They can help by supporting patients with the self-management of conditions, reducing the number of appointments needed or preparing patients for remote or face-to-face consultations so that more time during the appointment can be spent on treatment and care.”

“These are tools that can be used to reinforce the vital education role that nurses play every day with patients, acting as a tool for information sharing as well as supporting a conversation with the patient about their condition.”

The company HCI (Health and Care Innovations) developed the library in partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS FT and is hosting a series of onboarding webinars to highlight examples of the use of video through a pathway and how videos have impacted other organisations.