•  24 November 2022
     12:30 - 14:00

The Digital Health Regional Networks Event programme is back, with our third and final virtual event in the series taking place, Thursday 24 November, 12:30-14:00, with a focus on content from across the East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England

The Regional Networks Event series is dedicated to NHS IT leaders, focused on sharing digital best practice, latest updates, developments, and implementations underway in a particular region. The benefits to Network Members attending these events is having the opportunity to learn from peers across the region, share their wins, seek out answers, learn from Network Sponsors on their latest products, services and client activity, and network with fellow members.

This programme of events is only open to our Network Members which include, digital health leaders from across the NHS, public sector, charitable sectors, academia, and our Network Sponsors.

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Welcome and introductions
Jon Hoeksma, CEO, Digital Health


Digital review clinics using ePROMs for patients on systemic anti-cancer treatment
Alison Large – Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Alison Large is an ePROMs (electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures) Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Nottingham University Hospitals. She has been an oncology CNS with a background of colorectal oncology for 8 years, and has now been in the ePROMs role since June 2021. The role involves implementing and expanding digital clinics using ePROMS for patients on systemic anti-cancer treatment, continuing on the work from the My Online Care project at NUH, to reduce the need of face to face and telephone appointments for monitoring patients on cancer treatment. She has recently completed her degree in Leading and Innovation in Nursing.at Nottingham Trent University, completing her dissertation on “Can we improve patient experience and safely reduce the requirement for telephone and face-to-face reviews, for patients on systemic anti-cancer treatment (SACT), by the use of electronic patient reported outcome measures (ePROMs)?”


Birmingham and Solihull’s Local Assurance Framework
Kate Thomas – Digital Primary Care Programme Lead, NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB
Dr Damien Williams – GP, Hall Green Health & Clinical IT Lead, NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB

Birmingham and Solihull ICB had a vision to give practices ownership of their own virtual budget, for them to have the ability to choose and use what systems are important to the practice, patients and the business needs. In order to achieve that vision a risk assessment process (Local Assurance Framework) was developed to look at the Clinical Safety, Information Governance and Cyber Posture of a product before a practice could purchase it.




Cancer Pathways 2.0 – Clinical Pathways, A to B but faster
Dr Mark Bailey – Speciality Doctor in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Informatician, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT

Of the actively treated lung cancer patients in Gloucestershire there is a 38% breech rate of the national 62-day referral to treatment deadline. There is a large cohort of evidence that shows that longer treatment times leads to worse prognosis. When you look into the complexities of this pathway it becomes apparent how this cancer pathway can take longer than the almost 9 weeks deadline. The Gloucestershire lung cancer pathway is made up of 34-87 individual steps, utilises 14 different clinical systems and requires 15 different specialities to effectively communicate with each other. Our group have been looking at how to simplify the whole of the lung cancer pathway through digitisation and automation. We are also using open source and modular designs so that other disease sites and trusts can benefit and collaborate. You can read more about this work at www.spiritumduo.com


Benefits of an end-to-end care navigation platform
Justin Wilkinson – Senior Project Manager, Lakeside Healthcare Group
Vicky Ward – Head of Nursing, Lakeside Healthcare Group

Tim Ferris recently said ‘the single most important connection that needs to be made is between primary and secondary care’ when discussing how the NHS must learn from itself.

In that vein, Vicky and Justin can demonstrate the benefits of a care navigation platform at a group of GP practices in the East Midlands and explore the applicability of the technology to other settings, most notably when integrated with other solutions in secondary care.

Since the digital platform was introduced at Lakeside Healthcare, there have been significant improvements to the delivery of services, patient and staff satisfaction, and workforce planning. The introduction of online clinical triage at the first point of contact with the surgeries has shown that less than 10% of patient requests actually need to be addressed by a clinician. It means that patients are routed to the right professional from the outset, and it’s freed up doctors’ time to see patients in greatest need. Patient satisfaction rates are consistently above 90%, and the real-time dashboard has improved our demand and capacity modelling, helping practice managers roster staff more accurately each week.

Vicky and Justin will explain how these benefits began to be realised from day one of go live and have increased since. They will talk about where there is scope for other providers to benefit from this end-to-end model of triaging, communicating with, and treating patients, as well as managing workforce capacity, all from one platform.




Closing remarks
Jon Hoeksma, CEO, Digital Health

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