•  5 May 2022
     12:30 - 14:00

The Digital Health Regional Networks Event programme is back, and kickstarted with our first event of the series which took place virtually, Thursday 5 May, 12:30-14:00, and focused on content from across the South West, South East, London

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.


Welcome and introductions
Hannah Crouch
– Editor, Digital Health

Becoming a National Health Service instead of a sickness service: Lessons from the Liver
Peter Cambouropoulos
– Digital Lead for Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services, Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Cirrhosis of the liver is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and is on the increase. In part this is because in the early stages, the disease is silent, but evidence suggests that patients may respond to intervention if caught early. Here we describe our intention to set up an entirely new service to find and treat symptomless patients in Hampshire, by applying intelligence to data that is already being routinely collected in primary care. We believe this could revolutionise our approach to treating this disease.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust advances digital-first strategy with a new EPR
Jane Saunders – Programme Director for EPR and Digital Transformation, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Discover how Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is making progress with its 10-year plan and progressing its digital maturity – centred around an electronic patient records system.  Hear how they rolled out the centre piece of their digital transformation project successfully and are realising immediate benefits for their patients and staff. You’ll also find how they worked in partnership with Allscripts, what the future roadmap looks like at Maidstone and how the system is simplifying their processes and enabling them to:

  • Get rapid and simple access to information, where and when needed, across clinical systems by providing a single point of access (including connecting the EPR Sunrise to the Kent and Medway Care Record).
  • Developing ward-based tracking boards with notifications to provide at a glance information to help improve clinical outcomes
  • See significant reduction in time taken, in some cases as much as eight hours per day, by reducing manual input of data and supporting more effective processes
  • Achieving a big bang go live in the context of major pandemic challenges, and create 4 million electronic documents to date reducing overall reliance on paper
  • Continued optimisation of the system and how competing priorities are managed whilst continuing to progress with the next phase of the EPR
  • Collaborate with other Allscripts sites across the region

Jane will also be able to talk about the Trust’s future plans, which include implementation of ePMA, electronic discharge notifications, and Sunrise Surgical Care.

Joint Q&A

Digitalisation of clinical trials
Dr Lenaic Williams – Project Manager (BRC Digital theme) and BRC Informatics Compliance Officer
Digital Services, The Royal Marsden NHS FT
Lisa Emery – CIO, The Royal Marsden NHS FT

With around 600 clinical studies open at any one time and about 170 new studies opened each year, the Royal Marsden Hospital is one of the top 4 cancer centres in the world. Together with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), RMH houses the only Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) dedicated specifically to cancer in the UK and operates across three clinical trial centres employing 400 FTE.

Faced with growing storage facility costs and needing to satisfy the audit demands of MHRA and FDA for a more efficient, more secure and more auditable process- the clinical research team at RMH decided to search for a digital system that also delivered easier working across sites, enabled remote working and provided capability for metrics. RMH teamed up with Hyland to design and create a solution based on the OnBase content management platform and have now gone live with electronic clinical trial management.

Helping community services articulate their value
Clara Gilfillan – Operational Lead for Community Nursing, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT

Moving more clinical care out of hospital and into the community is one of the main objectives of the NHS long term plan, but community services have often been overlooked by multiple funding initiatives as they are less visible than hospitals and primary care services.
Increasing numbers of patients are being referred to community nurses – the ward without walls – while the number of disillusioned district nurses are leaving the profession at an alarming rate with 48% fewer nurses in 2021 compared to 2010.

In addition, providing safe, efficient care has been additionally hampered by a lack of supporting technology, until now.
Clara Gilfillan has put community services at the front and centre of digital transformation at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT. By using e-scheduling software, Clara has helped:

  • Raise the profile of community nursing by becoming a data-driven service
  • Give system leaders visibility of capacity and demand across all their community services, and
  • Provide continuity of health and social care for patients who receive clinical care where they want to receive it – at home.

Joint Q&A

Closing remarks
Hannah Crouch – Editor, Digital Health

Our Speakers

Peter CambouropoulosPeter Cambouropoulos – Digital Lead for Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services, Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT
Peter is currently the digital lead for the Modernising Our Hampshire Health Services (MOHHS) programme. In the past he has led programmes setting up the Hampshire clinical information sharing platform, the Care and Health Information Exchange (CHIE), as well as running operational digital services in Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust and Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. Peter has a long-standing interest in using clinical data to improve health outcomes since his time in academic research in the late 90s.


Jane SaundersJane Saunders – Programme Director for EPR and Digital Transformation, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Jane has overall responsibility for the Sunrise EPR Programme at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) and leading on digital transformation to support clinical services. She has a keen interest in IT strategy and using the latest technology to support the organisation to enhance patient care and become more operationally efficient. Over the last 12months she has led the successful implementation of Electronic Patient Record across a large acute Trust covering ED, Paediatrics, Outpatients, Therapies, Order Comms and Core clinical documentation for all Inpatient adult areas. She is currently co-ordinating the introduction of EPMA, IProcedures (anaesthetic system) as well as the implementation of Sunrise Surgical care and overall EPR Upgrade in the next year.

Lenaic WilliamsDr Lenaic Williams – Project Manager (BRC Digital theme) and BRC Informatics Compliance Officer
Digital Services, The Royal Marsden NHS FT
Lenaic Williams is the Informatics Compliance Officer for the Biomedical Research Centre, which combines the Royal Marsden NHS Trust and the Institute of Cancer Research, both based in London, UK. Together, they represent one of the biggest cancer research centres in the world. Lenaic has over 10 years experience in the clinical research regulatory field and great enthusiasm for new technologies. Her role is to help bring digital solutions to the clinical research community and ensure that they meet the regulatory requirement of the UK regulator, the MHRA and the FDA.


Lisa EmeryLisa Emery – CIO, The Royal Marsden NHS FT
Lisa has been CIO at the Royal Marsden since August 2018, overseeing a comprehensive programme of digital transformation, having previously been CIO at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust from 2014. She started her career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist (Microbiology) before moving into a variety of technology roles within healthcare, including a stint in Dubai. Lisa is currently Chair of both the London CIO Council and the Digital Health CIO Advisory Panel.


Clara GilfillanClara Gilfillan – Operational Lead for Community Nursing, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT
I am the Operational Lead for Community Nursing, with responsibilities for Community Nursing, Tissue Viability and Continence and Urology in for East Suffolk. I have a keen interest in making effective links between health, social care and other services to ensure an integrated pathway of care for patients. In 2017 I was a finalist in the Health Enterprise East Innovation Awards: Develop & Adapt Malinko’s Automated Intelligent Scheduling System for NHS Organisations who deliver Community Services, then in 2018 was Highly Commended in the HSJ Partnership Awards: Best Workforce Innovation for working with Malinko to introduce Automated scheduling system in North East Essex Community Nursing as well as Highly Commended at the QNI’s Annual Conference for my poster presentation: How we avoided fines & got our nurses back to nursing. I am passionate about community care and was awarded the title ‘Queens Nurse’ in 2021 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) in recognition of my commitment to providing high standards of patient care and continually improving practice within the community setting