New Nurse-led IT project launched

We are very excited to have received a grant of £44,090 to launch a new Nurse-led IT project thanks to the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  

This innovative project began in January 2022 and over the next 12 months the project will train Nurses and others in the patient-facing Clinical Team to better use IT to support patients. Eirian Levell, Head of Community Services, will have oversight of the project while Rachael Findlay-Geer, a Registered Paramedic who has worked at the hospice since January 2020, will manage the day-to-day running of the project in her new role as Digital Health Project Lead. 

‘This is the first time Clinicians have led on developing new IT resources for the hospice,’ said Eirian. ‘I am delighted to be leading this project which will support our nursing staff across all hospice areas to enhance patient and carer outcomes.’ 

The project will include additional training on using current IT resources plus three new innovations: 

  • A patient symptom app allowing patients to diarise their symptoms to ensure we are more responsive to their changing needs. 
  • A pressure sore app to better recognise the different stages of pressure sores and provide more effective treatment. 
  • A virtual consultation system which will improve patient care by allowing remote consultations with patients who are unable to come into the hospice. 

‘We live in a world where IT is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace and I’m excited to be involved in such a fantastic project. There is always scope to enhance the way we work in order to deliver excellent patient care,’ Rachael told us. 

‘I am looking forward to advancing the concept of digital health, from introducing new IT platforms to encouraging staff to embrace technology, and to create an education programme which I hope will benefit our patients and the community that we support.’ 

To find out more about the project, please contact Rachael at digital.health@stwhospice.org

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