Digital programme - April 2019

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Digital update from Stuart Lea, Programme Director

Funding from the NHS England General Practice Nursing (GPN) 10 Point Plan has enabled the programme’s Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) project to train 36 GPNs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to become digital champions. As champions, these nurses are using their training and experience to provide at least two modes of TECS as usual care in their practice (e.g. video consultation, apps, social media and telehealth) and share this learning with colleagues.

The project is also leading on rolling out a further 12 digital upskilling action learning sets for 120 GPNs in different areas of the country thanks to an additional £300,000 of national money having been awarded from NHS England. The TECS team is working with the Royal College of General Practitioners on evaluating this exciting initiative, which runs until June prior to being evaluated by September 2019. The digital upskilling programme underpins the GPN 10-Point Plan set out in the national General Practice Forward View; specifically, ‘All our health’ behavioural change.

The digital primary care transformation programme is progressing well with developing 24 digital champion practices and 32 digital exemplar practices across the patch. Practice teams will utilise the new digital shared care record for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, which will link NHS and local government organisations more closely than ever before in order to provide the best possible care. The benefits of this include:

  • Patients avoiding having to repeat information to different health and care professionals, or having to undergo unnecessary duplication of tests – leading to fewer delays in receiving the right care
  • Empowering patients to have greater control of their care by enabling them to view their patient record online
  • Enabling health and care professionals to be able to access an individual’s record wherever they are based

In terms of the digital shared care record itself, the procurement process of the project is nearing completion following an evaluation and the identification of the successful supplier. The project team continue to engage with stakeholders and have commenced designing a mobilisation plan which will commence once contracts with the supplier are finalised.

Finally, we’re looking forward to the national Digital Primary Care Transformation Conference which the TECS programme team are organising in London at Facebook’s HQ on June 19. The event will showcase examples of local good practice as well as national case studies with key speakers from government, professional and healthcare organisations.