North East Trust receive National Digital Leader award

Colleagues with the Trusts GDE award

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has today been officially recognised for their contributions to the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme after initially joining the scheme over three-years ago.

Following the announcement last month that the organisation had been accredited as a national digital leader, NHSX and NHS Digital colleagues presented the accreditation during a virtual ceremony.

The NHS launched the Global Digital Exemplar programme in 2016 and the GDE accreditation recognises NHS providers who have successfully displayed improved quality of patient care with world-class digital technologies and service change.

Video stills displaying some of the achievements of the team

Over the course of the two hour event, the Trust showcased some of the many projects that have been led by the digital programmes team over the past three years – cutting edge work that has included the implementation of a pharmaceutical robot for drug dispensing, to an electronic prescribing administration module (EPMA) that allows clinicians to digitally track and prescribe patient medication.

Chief Information and Technology Officer for the Trust, Professor Graham Evans said:

“It has been really fantastic to be able to officially receive and celebrate our award from NHSX and NHS Digital, and to showcase just some of the many projects our staff have been involved in over the past three years.

“Our journey is by no means over, however, this official acknowledgement is a huge boost for our Trust and will help continue to inspire our drive towards even greater digital innovation.

“I’d like to thank our NHS Digital Programme Manager Karen Smith, and also to thank the members of NHSX and NHS Digital teams who virtually joined us to celebrate and present our award today.”

In attendance to present the award were NHS Digital Programme Manager Karen Smith, Associate Director Alex Chaplin and Head of National Operations and Delivery, Susan Thompson. From NHSX in attendance at the ceremony was Director of Frontline Digitisation, Dermot Ryan and Assistant Director of Commissioning and Commercial Standards Paul Bell.

Dermot Ryan, Director of Frontline Digitisation at NHSX, said:Colleagues who joined the presentation virtually

“The progress adopting and driving digital transformation at North Tees and Hartlepool over the past three years is to be commended.

“New technologies are improving the working lives of staff across the trust Trust and patients are receiving better and safer care.  Using technology such as Active Clinical Noting and electronic observations provides clinicians with immediate access to the latest information about their patients, supporting them in clinical decisions and reducing the potential of delays to treatment/care as well as reducing the Trust carbon footprint.

“I was delighted to meet Graham and his team and I am excited to see the next stage of their transformation journey.”

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