A £100 million fund to buy innovative technology to support nurses is now open, NHS England has announced.
Revealed in October last year, the Nursing Technology Fund aims to improve care by funding mobile and digital technology to allow nursing, midwifery and care staff to work more flexibly and effectively.
The funds will be split £30 million/£70 million for two projects which can be delivered next year or in 2015.
The fund will have a particular focus on practical mobile and digital technologies which will help improve communication, allow staff to do their jobs more easily and lead to better experiences for patients.
NHS Trusts providing hospital, community, mental health and ambulance services can all apply for funding. Applications must demonstrate that funding will be used to buy technology that nursing staff and midwives will see the practical benefit of using and ultimately that will benefit patient care.
Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings said it is “vital” for the health service to modernise to improve care.
She said: ““Technology is a tool that if embraced and used in the right way, allows healthcare professionals to work differently and more effectively so they can focus on what they do best – providing
compassionate, high quality care for patients.
“There are already many examples across the health service where technology is making a difference. This funding is a real opportunity to expand and build on this and provide nurses, midwives and care staff with the tools they need to deliver safer and better patient care.”
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Nurses and midwives chose their profession because they wanted to spend time caring for patients, not filling out paperwork. New technology can make that happen. It’s better for patients too, who will get swifter information, safer care and more face-to-face time with NHS staff.”