News in Brief

News in Brief: Shuri Network launch new fellowship, new app to support cancer patients, breast screening services get modernised and more

Here is our latest news in brief, and yet again, there has been lots going on in the health tech industry this week!

At HTN we’re busy working on our two-day online event taking place 20-21 June, focusing on electronic patient records, strategy, transformation and change. The deadline is also approaching to enter the Health Tech Awards 2022 – and we can’t wait to see your entries!

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NHS England opens applications for a digital nursing fellowship programme

The Shuri Network has collaborated with NHS England to launch a second digital fellowship programme for ethnic minority nurses and midwives. The fellowship will be established by 1:1 coaching and virtually shadowing digital and healthcare leaders.

Individuals taking part will be encouraged and supported with their careers, progression, to build relationships and get a deeper understanding into digital roles.

The fellows from the first programme came from clinical backgrounds in areas such as mental health, palliative care, and sepsis. Successful applicants of the fellowship have gone on to get places on the NHS HEE Digital Leadership Programme and much more.

For further details, please click here.

New app to support cancer patients

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has developed a cancer support app to help patients at ‘the touch of a button’ for the duration of their cancer experience.

It was co-designed with patient representatives, with the app enabling individuals to access support they may need. It also provides access to health and wellbeing support, such as diet and physical activity, as well as strategies to help manage emotions.

Condition specific information will include the effects of treatment, recurring symptoms and how to access clinical teams if there are concerns. The app is available to download through the App Store and Google Play – search CHFT Cancer.

Breast screening services get modernised

A review of Scotland’s breast screening programmes has been released and has made 17 recommendations to improve.

It recommends different ways to make the screening programmes easily accessible, sustainable and resilient, to make improvements and grant success to the delivery of services.

It includes expanding a single programme-wide workforce plan that will focus on training capacity, leadership for major developments, and much more. It also explores the potential of artificial intelligence in breast screening mammography and how they could adopt it.

For details, please click here. 

Barts Health virtual wards for heart patients 

The new technology will allow NHS clinicians to monitor patients at home, provide advice on how to prepare for surgery, and identify people that need to be treated sooner.

It has been rolled out to eight specialist heart centres in London, including at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Patients that will use the system will answer questionnaires and provide data that includes blood pressure to a virtual ward monitored by hospital clinicians.

Those who show deterioration will be offered a consultation, have surgery sooner and get them home as soon as possible.

New electronic prescribing system for Camden and Islington 

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has started its planning to introduce an electronic prescribing and medicines administration system across all its hospital wards.

Lucy Reeves, Chief Pharmacist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are excited to be bringing ePMA into C&I. Results from other NHS trusts has shown that ePMA improves patient safety and clinical governance, reduces prescribing errors, delivers improved productivity, and results in financial savings.

“Looking to the longer term, and with service user’s permission, through ePMA we will be able to share individual patient’s medicine requirements with NHS partners involved in their care and treatment in a safe and streamlined way.

“We will be running training sessions for clinical consultants, nurse prescribers and pharmacists throughout the summer with the introduction of ePMA planned for autumn 2022.”

8b and Above Online Symposium for Nurses & Midwives from Black, Minority Ethnic backgrounds & Allies Event

The third online event supporting nursing professional development is being help on July 6, 2022, with the aim of increasing representation of 8b and above black, asian and ethnic minority midwives and nurses by encouraging and inspiring confidence, highlight opportunities, offering support by working with and challenging leaders to deliver change.

The theme is “Action Now: Rising up and Leaning in” including keynote speakers such as Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England and Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England.

Click here to view the event.

British Patient Capital invests $12.5 million in global health technology platform Proximie

British Patient Capital has announced it is investing in Proximie – a global health technology platform working to digitise operating rooms around the world.

Proximie was founded by NHS surgeon Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram, with an aim to improve access to quality medical intervention globally. After seeing first-hand the discrepancies that can arise between geographies, Proximie was developed to allow clinicians to virtually ‘scrub in’ to any operating room in the world.

In turn, this global platform enables individuals to share best clinical practice in real time, to support continued medical education.


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