Staff ideas lead to £400k 'win' to improve care through technology at Devon Partnership
Devon Partnership NHS Trust is one of 75 organisations across the country to have benefited from the Government’s £100m Nursing Technology Fund, securing almost £400k to support work that will use new technology to improve patient care. The bid was submitted as part of the Trust’s Listening into Action (LiA) work, following feedback from nursing staff about the potential benefits of using new technology to help them in their jobs.
Funds from the first of the Trust’s successful bids will see 136 iPads distributed to learning disability teams. They are complete with specialist ‘apps’, providing easy-to-read information and pictorial guides about care that can greatly reduce patients' anxiety and distress.
Vanessa Moir, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Learning Disability Services, who is currently leading her second LiA pioneer team said: “Being able to communicate clearly is fundamental to the relationships that we have with the people we support. Having already used it, and been very impressed, I know that this technology will radically improve the care and support that we are able to provide to people with learning disability needs.
“What started out as the mission of one LiA team now has a much wider impact which will benefit many more people. LiA gave us the opportunity to trial a small change and use the proven benefits to put in this bid for funding. It has been a really positive experience which has given us greater opportunities to support the people we care for.”