Team up for award

Members of Blackpool Hospitals Trust's Informatics Team receive their award at the NDL awards ceremony.
Members of Blackpool Hospitals Trust's Informatics Team receive their award at the NDL awards ceremony.
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WORK by a hospital team to help transform patient care and save money and man-power has been recognised with a national innovation award.

The community informatics developments team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust scooped the Innovation in Health Award at the national NDL Awards.

It was awarded for the team’s work adapting an electronic administration system which will speed up patient referrals and increase patient data safety.

The team clinched the honour against competitors from across the country at a special presentation ceremony held at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

The new AWI system will potentially save £60,000 a year, as well as hundreds of hours in administration time, allowing patient information and referrals, without the need for forms and paperwork.

It means orders for new equipment for patients in their homes, such as grab rails or bath seats, can be done electronically by staff while they are with the patient.

Darren Kirmond, system development manager at the trust, said: “The new system will bring major benefits for staff by creating an electronic information system which will allow much quicker access to patient information, quicker referrals and ultimately better care for patients themselves.