New barcode technology to improve patient care is nationally recognised

The Trust has been recognised for its work completing the first stage of a national programme to transform care by using new technology to be able to track and trace every part of a patient’s treatment.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been officially accredited for work its carried out to roll out Scan4Safety.

The Trust’s Scan4Safety team have successfully completed the initial project to implement the use of GS1 barcode standards to allow them to track and trace patient care.

This is together with PEPPOL standards, which is an electronic transaction tool which streamlines how the Trust pays for goods and services.

The recognition follows two years of dedication and perseverance, which included a full audit of the Scan4Safety project at the start of the year.

Jane Hawkes, Scan4Safety programme lead, said: “We can now proudly announce that the Trust is officially an accredited Scan4Safety site, which means that we are recognised by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England as a centre of excellence for improving patient safety and care.

“Scan4Safety is embedded across the Trust and its partner North Tees & Hartlepool Solutions LLP as part of our day-to-day business-as-usual activity.

“You may not be able to see this, however, every day the GS1 barcode standards for products are in use within our purchasing, inventory and pharmacy activities. PEPPOL standards are also being used to transmit our purchase orders and receive invoices in the pharmacy department and work continues in this area for the Trust and its suppliers through the North Tees & Hartlepool Solutions LLP.

“All of this allows us to purchase and pay for goods and services more effectively, manage stock better and ensure that we are able to conduct rapid product recall should the need arise.

“There is more work going on behind the scenes. We are working with our clinical colleagues to develop point of care scanning technology, known as CareScan+, so that we can improve patient safety in our hospitals. We are already piloting this in a number of ward areas.

“This technology is designed to capture the full patient journey, scanning people and products during patient care. This will allow us to know what products were used on which patients and when, offering a better patient experience, improved patient care and improved analysis of patient needs.”

Caption: From left to right, Robert Toole (Managing Director(Interim) of North Tees & Hartlepool Solutions LLP), Tracey Cramond (Scan4Safety Lead) Jane Hawkes (Scan4Safety Programme Lead) and Chris Tulloch (Scan4Safety Clinical Sponsor) are proud to accept the Scan4Safety site plaque on behalf of the Trust.

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