Secondary Care

NHS staff join Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme

CW Innovation, part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT’s (CWHFT) official charity CW+, has partnered with DigitalHealth.London to appoint 20 NHS staff members on to its latest Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme.

The programme aims to identify and nurture staff at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital through a series of innovation projects, with an aim to improve processes and patient services. 

During the programme, the twenty staff members will be given protected days to progress their projects across a range of areas including; implementing a patient-initiated follow-up pathway, the development of an early warning system for organ failure and digitising paper processes.

The 20 Fellows and their projects include:

  • Rachel Perfect, Macmillan Gynaecology Clinical Nurse Specialist, CWHFT, is focusing on implementing a patient-initiated follow-up pathway for patients with endometrial cancers.  
  • Natalie Nunes, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, CWHFT, is the West Mid lead for the Early Pregnancy Unit and is focusing on improving the experience for patients experiencing early pregnancy loss or complications.  
  • Jessica Williams, Senior Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), CWHFT, is aiming to have ODPs permanently on the resuscitation team.  
  • Simi Sebastian, Senior Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), CWHFT, is aiming to replace the few remaining paper documentation pathways to a digital format.  
  • Shivaani Kashuik, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist, CWHFT, is focusing on creating an educational platform for virtual training for school staff on caring for patients.
  • Rebecca Smith, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist and Paediatric Physiotherapy, CWHFT, is focusing on expanding the use of the existing Mother and Baby app used in maternity services.  
  • Dave Fokum, Data Warehouse Developer, CWHFT, is endeavouring to contribute towards the development of an early warning system for organ failure.  
  • Kimberly Forbes, Directorate Service Lead for Contraception, CWHFT, is aiming to scale up the implementation of online triage, booking and dynamic forum for user access to the Sexual Health and Contraception Services.  
  • Teresa Kua, Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist (Urology Cancer), CWHFT, is aiming to provide more personalised care for prostate cancer patients. 
  • Stephen Hughes, Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist, CWHFT, is working to develop an online portal recorded patient-reporting outcome measures relating to common infections. 
  • Megan Williams, Business Manager, Estates and Facilities, CWHFT, is focusing on optimal building management through the development of software.  
  • Natalie Cumins, Play and Youth Service Team Lead, Paediatric Therapies, CWHFT, is working on developing a play and youth service app.  
  • Hayley Fay, Specialist Occupational Therapist Hand Therapist, CWHFT, is aiming to produce a multi-level evaluation of the exercise prescription app “hand therapy” with patients and clinicians. 
  • Mohamad Iskandarani, Clinical Research Fellow, Planned Care Division, CWHFT, is aiming to digitalise Patient Reported Outcomes in the Colorectal Department. 
  • Katie Callaghan, Senior Health Adviser, Sexual Health London, would like to develop varied forms of information to support all service users with different learning needs.  
  • Ijuadi Jasada, Project Manager, Cardiology, CWHFT, is supporting the development of digital remote monitoring solutions to support multi-morbid patients in attending the cardiology service.  
  • Denise Watson-Tann, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Paediatric Orthopaedics, Paediatric Therapies, is helping to develop an app which will support and motivate children and their families to wear braces safely.  
  • Vanessa Ponnusamy, Senior Project Manager & App Lead, Maternity Transformation Programme, CWHFT, is the lead on two major projects: the Mum and Baby app and Perennial Pelvic Health Service Pilot across North West London.  
  • Bianca Parau, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian, CWHFT, is aiming to treat patients effectively with limited resources, and reduce the overall burden on the NHS due to avoidable co-morbidities.  
  • James Cleland, Nuclear Medicine Superintendent, CWHFT, is focusing on leading the Nuclear Medicine Department into the modern hybrid imaging era with the installation of a new SPECT/CT (a type of scanner) unit in 2022.

Chris Chaney, Chief Executive, CW+, said: “We are delighted to announce the twenty talented fellows from across the trust who have been accepted onto our new programme, which presents a fantastic opportunity to provide staff with the support they need to bring their innovation project ideas to life.” 

Bruno Botelho, Deputy COO & Director of Digital Operations, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Congratulations to our newly appointed fellows. We are committed to creating a culture of innovation, empowering our staff to drive forward their ideas is vital for better patient care.

To find out more, please visit the DigitalHealth.London website here.