Today we have been officially recognised as a digital leader for our contributions to the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme after initially joining the scheme over three-years ago.
Last month we announced that we had been accredited as a national digital leader. Now NHSX and NHS Digital colleagues have presented our accreditation during a virtual ceremony.
The NHS launched the Global Digital Exemplar programme in 2016. The accreditation recognises NHS providers who have successfully displayed improved quality of patient care with world-class digital technologies and service change.
Over the course of the two hour event, the Trust showcased some of the many projects that the digital programmes team have led over the past three years. This cutting edge work includes:
- The implementation of a pharmaceutical robot for drug dispensing
- An electronic prescribing administration module (EPMA) that allows clinicians to digitally track and prescribe patient medication
Professor Graham Evans is Chief Information and Technology Officer for the Trust. He 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. It will help continue to inspire our drive towards even greater digital innovation.
“I’d like to thank our NHS Digital Programme Manager Karen Smith. I’d also to thank the members of NHSX and NHS Digital teams who virtually joined us to celebrate and present our award today.”
Digital leader award presentation
In attendance to present the award were:
- Karen Smith, Programme Manager, NHS Digital
- Alex Chaplin, Associate Director, NHS Digital
- Susan Thompson, Head of National Operations and Delivery, NHS Digital
- Dermot Ryan, Director of Frontline Digitisation, NHSX
- Paul Bell, Assistant Director of Commissioning and Commercial Standards, NHSX
Dermot Ryan said: “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 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.”