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NHS Trust to receive £300,000 to fund new electronic prescribing system across the region

NHS Trust to receive £300,000 to fund new electronic prescribing system across the region
30 November 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a local NHS Trust will be one of the first 13 trusts in the UK to receive a share of £78 million to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA).

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has secured £300,000 of funding for ePMA following a successful bid and interview process with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The Trust provides a mixture of acute, mental health and community services to over 800,000 people across Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire.

Seeking to improve patient safety, the new electronic systems will help trusts move away from handwritten prescriptions, reducing potentially deadly medication errors by up to 50 per cent when compared with the old paper systems and helping to build up a complete electronic record.

Quoted in the government’s announcement, Andrew Davies, Director of Hospital Pharmacy, NHS Improvement said: “There is evidence that electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems will improve safety for patients, reducing the risk of harm and ensuring high quality efficient patient care which is as safe as possible.

“I’m delighted so many trusts have submitted successful bids to accelerate the introduction of these systems to provide safer, better quality patient care.”

Speaking of the impact ePMA will have in the Humber and Yorkshire region Medical Director John Byrne said: “This is a positive news story for staff and patients as it will enable us to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of our prescribing.

“Being chosen as one of the first trusts at a national level, particularly as a multi-speciality community provider is a positive endorsement of the improvement work that the trust has participated in at local and regional level.”

Chief Information Officer Lee Rickles said: “Ensuring our patients receive the best quality of care is a key requirement for any NHS organisation. We see electronic prescribing as a key enabler to provide continuous improvement of our services and improve patient care.

“As a Trust, ePMA is part of our Digital Delivery Plan with our clinical and informatics teams working hard on integrated solutions for over a year.  

“We’re delighted that this funding will work alongside our electronic patient records to enhance information sharing and access the right information at the right time to provide care to patients.  

“With ePMA implemented we will have the final piece of our plan and be in a very good position to benefit from the Yorkshire & Humber Local Health Care Record Exemplar work which is in progress in our region.”

Like to find out more? Watch our video below whereMedical Director John Byrne discusses the Trust's successful bid for ePMA with Chief Pharmacist Liat Chong.



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