Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised for excellence in technology in a national awards ceremony; having been shortlisted for a fantastic six awards.
The national, innovative Health Tech Awards celebrate and showcase exceptional projects, teams, technologies and organisations across health and care that are making a real difference to their communities.
The awards were announced on social media last night; with the team crowned winners of one award and being highly commended in three further awards.
The team won the award for Impact of the Year for their work with the Inspira Group and Lancashire Enterprise Advisor Network to inspire the workforce of the future. This has included the team visiting high schools in the area and taking part in workshops with young people to give them an insight into working in health technology.
They were also highly commended in the following three awards:
- Health Tech Team of the Year for the implementation of Clinical Change Agents into the hospitals to combine clinical and IT skills and bridge the gap between clinicians and IT professionals, in order to maintain patient safety and positive patient experience.
- Best use of EPMA for Fluid Balance in EPMA (Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration) making Lancashire Teaching Hospitals the first hospitals to implement digital fluid balance alongside EPMA; the accurate measuring of fluid intake and output from a patient to monitor progress more effectively.
- Best Use of Data for the partnership work between the microbiology department and technical services team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Meantime IT to deliver a technical solution that supports the day to day activities of clinical teams through video technology to review patients remotely.
Saeed Umar, Head of Technical Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “It is important that we inspire young people to understand the importance of technology and digital skills in a wide range of industry sectors including health. Young people need to see the real application of technology across the health sector and the rewarding careers that exist within a clinical setting such as Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Ensuring that young people see a career within the NHS beyond doctors and nursing staff will allow the NHS to attract a highly skilled and digital savvy workforce ready for the NHS of tomorrow.”
Vikki Lewis, Chief Information Officer at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised in the HTN Awards this year! This showcases the positive impact of digitisation in the delivery of healthcare across a range of clinical services enhancing the lives of patients and supporting frontline clinical teams. Harnessing the power of digital technology is vital for the sustainability of high quality safe patient care.”