The Future of Nursing and Technology Conference and Exhibition (London)
Healthcare is becoming more technology focused. In October 2012, David Cameron promised £100 million for a new Nursing Technology Fund, with the aim of enabling nurses to have the most up to date technology at their disposal. However, criticisms have arisen among senior health figures because, as of 2015, £35 million has been removed from this funding in order to alleviate winter pressures on staff – taking away a significant proportion of the investment that was originally pledged. Therefore, the technology is not reaching nursing staff at the rate the government had first proposed.
The Future of Nursing and Technology Conference will explore what progress has been made in integrating technology into the health service to assist nurses. The future holds uncharted waters for the NHS, with the original proposed funding not guaranteed. This conference will address how through using modern technologies, the multiple needs of patients can be successfully met, both now and in the future.
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|Karol Sikora||Dean of Medicine, University of Buckingham|
|Mark Holmes||Team Leader for Long Term Condition Nurses, Stapleford Care Centre|
|Dawn Jankowicz||Specialist Midwife, Maternity Information System, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
|Richard Cox||Matron, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
|David Hopkins||Business Change Manager – Health Community Programme, NHS Wales Informatics Service|
|Lee Minall||Regional Sales Director, EMEA Spok|
|Paul Jackson||Director of Sales, Ascom|
|Dr Phillip Miller||Knowledge Translation and Evaluation Researcher, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network|
|Clare Green||Senior Product & Business Development Manager, Workflow Solutions, Elsevier (previously NHS Resuscitation Officer)|
“This [Nursing Technology] fund will allow nurses and midwives to develop new, more modern ways of working that will benefit staff and patients.” - Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, 2014
The NHS is facing ever increasing demand, with people expecting higher than ever healthcare standards. Technological solutions are already in place to eliminate repetitive and mundane tasks, accomplish regulatory work, provide more efficient use of space, improve the environment of care, provide access to resources, and thereby improve safety and efficiency. For example, patients provided with remote monitoring equipment in their homes can track their own symptoms, which in turn will alert nursing staff. The benefits are obvious; the patients feel empowered, and can remain where they are comfortable, meaning nurses are only involved when they are most needed.
In 2014, NHS England announced that 75 trusts would receive part of a £30m government fund for nurses, midwives and care staff. This would allow funding to be invested into buying technology such as digital pens, tablets and clinical software to support nurses and midwives to use modern practices to perform their duties more effectively. Modern technology – such as telephone health advice, text messaging, web-based support and remote monitoring of patients’ vital signs – are facilitating individuals, families and communities to improve their health and well-being. For example, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust received equipment such as laptops and tablets to enable easy access to clinical and corporate systems cutting down on administration work.
Technology has the capacity to revolutionise the delivery of care by nurses. However, with funding reduced from the initial £100 million to £65 million, The Royal College of Nursing suggest the Nursing Technology Fund has been subject to ‘stealth cuts’. According to Spectralink, two thirds of nurses and medical staff continue to rely on handwritten notes and corridor conversations to communicate crucial patient information. With the right tools and technologies, nurses can have instant access to the patient data they need to make the best decisions for the patient. Opponents of the government argue that without the injection of these kinds of funds into the NHS, it will miss opportunities to make significant changes to the lives of nurses and the service they deliver. This allows nurses to not be consumed by administrative burdens, enabling the NHS to become more focused – thereby allowing staff to spend more time with patients.
Technology is integral to the future of nursing care, it means nurses spending more time caring for patients, not administrative work. New technology can make this happen. This is a positive step for nurses and patients too, who will get swifter information and more face-to-face time with NHS staff. Technology enabled services are helping to meet the increasing demands for health care services, whilst controlling the costs of care provision. However, with the original budget cut by a third and the diversion of funds to other budgets, the NHS will need to pool resources efficiently into the correct technology. The Future of Nursing and Technology Conference will address how the NHS can integrate various new technologies into healthcare to benefit the delivery of care by nurses within the stricter budget constraints set by the government.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of Medicine, University of Buckingham,
"Innovation in cancer: the role of the nurse"
Dr Sikora has published over 300 papers and written or edited 20 books and is on the editorial board of several journals and is the founding editor of Gene Therapy and Cancer Strategy. He was a member of the UK Health Department’s Expert Advisory Group on Cancer (the Calman-Hine Committee), the Committee on Safety of Medicines and remains an adviser to the WHO.
Paul Jackson, Director of Sales, Ascom
‘Integrated Workflow Intelligence for Nurses’
Ascom Wireless Solutions is a leading provider of on-site wireless communications for key segments such as hospitals, senior care and independent living.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Industry Case Study
Lee Minall, Regional Sales Director, EMEA Spok
Spok helps organizations save lives with communications that are faster, more accurate, and more efficient.
David Hopkins, Business Change Manager – Health Community Programme, NHS Wales Informatics Service
David Hopkins will be discussing the Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS). This is an integrated electronic health and social care system that will enable the sharing of information across a range of services including: Community Health, District Nursing and School Nursing.
Richard Cox, Matron, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
‘Nurses at the forefront of change...The story of pioneering a brand new IT clinical system’
Dr Phillip Miller, Knowledge Translation and Evaluation Researcher, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (Invited)
The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network brings together the NHS, universities, industry and social care to transform the health of our 4.5m East Midlands residents and stimulate wealth creation.
Lunch and Networking
Clare Green, Senior Product & Business Development Manager, Workflow Solutions, Elsevier (previously NHS Resuscitation Officer)
Responsible for the roll out of Elsevier’s Care Planning solution – promoting collaboration between all members of the interdisciplinary care team and across care settings to reduce variability, standardise care and improve care coordination.
Dawn Jankowicz, Specialist Midwife, Maternity Information System, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became a Foundation Trust on April 1 2004 – among the very first in the NHS to do so – and employs just over 5,200 staff, serving a population of around 500,000.
Mark Holmes, Team Leader for Long Term Condition Nurses, Stapleford Care Centre
Stapleford Care Centre is part of the Linden Medical Group which runs many clinics for the management of chronic diseases and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
Refreshments and Comfort Break
Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer Northern Ireland (Invited)
Charlotte McArdle was previously Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Primary Care and Older People at the South Eastern HSC Trust since 2007. Charlotte qualified as a nurse in 1991 and worked in Beaumont Hospital Dublin before moving to Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast in 1992.
Wendy Kimber, Clinical Stakeholder and Public Affairs Manager, Hearst Health UK & International (Invited)
Wendy Kimber is responsible for clinical stakeholder management for Hearst Health's clinical decision support and health service improvement solutions in the UK and Middle East.
Conference Close from Chair
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Key points addressed on the day will include:
- Understanding the importance of technology to the future of nursing and embracing the extraordinary potential presented by new technology and shared information.
- Delivering transparency and information sharing, with clear accountability arrangements.
- Using a partnership approach to develop electronic care planning and integrated care pathways systems.
- Improving the level of service and quality of life for patients and carers.
- Creating a paperless health service, this will assist with nurse’s delivery of healthcare.
- Transforming community care through technology and using a partnership approach to develop electronic care planning and integrated care pathways systems.
- How to realise the massive benefits of mobile health solutions for patients and healthcare professionals
- Understanding the benefits of mobile health for patients and healthcare professionals
Who should attend?
Directors of IT, Heads of Informatics, ICT relationship manager, ICT Infrastructure manager, Directors of Public Health, Directors of Nursing, Leading Midwives, Clinicians, Nurse practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Care Support Workers, Directors of Adult Specialist Services, Directors of Children's Specialist Services.
These will be drawn from CCGs, NHS Trusts, Care Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Universities, further education colleges, voluntary and community sector, central government and the private sector and all practitioners who deliver health care services across health and social care settings