Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Trust receives windfall to improve patient care

Our Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH), are delighted to announce that after working closely with NHS England, NHS Digital, and colleagues at Wolverhampton clinical commissioning group (CCG), we have been awarded £439K to look at technological solutions to directly benefit patient care across the Black Country.

The bid has seen information technology (IT) colleagues across the two trusts working in collaboration to ensure that technological solutions can be implemented across both organisations as part of the local sustainable transformation partnership (STP) strategic objectives, and wider NHS digital roadmap (LDR) – a plan for setting out how we will achieve the NHS ambition of being paper-free at the point of care.

The projects are about standardisation of systems used to send important patient information. This will involve development of a ‘Documan hub’ that will enable clinical documents to be sent to health and social care providers across the Black Country STP enabling all clinicians to have access to clinical documents from mental health service providers.

Paul Assinder, Chief finance Officer and lead for IT services at BCPFT said, “Having worked jointly with colleagues across the Black Country in our bid for these funds we are delighted to receive this award. It will allow us to work towards providing a truly 21st century IT system that will ultimately be paperless at the point of care.

The digitisation of our traditional paper based records will allow for the sharing of richer mental health information that will not only provide real time access to clinical documentation to directly support patient care and clinical decision making, but will also have wider benefits such as better informing health population data.