Two innovative projects funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity have made the final shortlist at the prestigious Health Service Journal awards – in the same category!
The Pocket Midwife and the NUH Guidelines app have both been nominated for the HSJ’s ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ award, which will be announced at a star-studded event in London on Wednesday 18th November.
The HSJ Awards exist to identify, celebrate and spread the finest examples of innovation, high quality and value for money across the entire health service and have become the most sought-after accolade in the NHS.
Both initiatives developed by teams at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will compete against nine other shortlisted projects on Wednesday to become HSJ award winners.
The Pocket Midwife, a free maternity app for mums-to-be is thought to be the only maternity app in the UK produced by a hospital and was developed by maternity matron Julia Gudgeon and other members of her team, with support from NUH’s established and trust-wide continuous improvement programme – Better for You. The Pocket Midwife contains general pregnancy information that is useful to all prospective parents and their families and was developed with feedback from 100 pregnant women, who were asked what information they would like.
Deputy Programme Director for Better for You, Richard Smith says: “I’m delighted that the Pocket Midwife continues to be nationally recognised, and we are currently working hard on innovative future developments to ensure that it continues its journey to become the number one resource for pregnant women and their families. We are extremely grateful to Nottingham Hospitals Charity for their support to date, without their foresight in sharing our vision; it would still be an amazing idea sitting in a drawer!”
The other initiative, the NUH Guidelines app is a free mobile app designed for all healthcare professionals working for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). Healthcare professionals affiliated to NUH (GPs, community midwives, District nurses etc) can also use this technology to help with the care of their patients as it provides quicker access to contact details and key documents as and when needed. Since launch the app has been downloaded over 9000 times and has 75 users per day accessing guidelines with the app.
Project Lead for the NUH Guidelines app, Dr Adrian Kwa says: “This innovative app has been recognised both regionally and nationally. We were winner in two awards and finalist in six others. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of the Nottingham Hospitals Charity and for that we are really grateful.”
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “It is rewarding to support two initiatives that have both been identified as industry leaders. We are proud to fund innovative technology, which can improve the way people work at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and revolutionise how patients receive treatment. These apps were created in our own hospitals for our staff and patients – it is exciting they are being recognised nationally at the HSJ awards.”