Multimillion pound digital investment will benefit NHS patients in Sussex and Hampshire

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £3m from NHS Digital as part of a national programme to help improve patient care using digital technology.

The £3m funding, awarded as part of Global Digital Exemplar programme, will be paid over three years and has been matched with equal funding from Sussex Partnership. Sussex Partnership will be working closely with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to learn and to share experiences with the wider NHS.

The funds will be used to:

• use technology to improve patient experience, such as self-management apps and video consultations

• develop ways to securely share information with partner organisations to improve the way care is provided

• further improve Sussex Partnership’s electronic patient information system (Carenotes)

• improve the way clinical information is used and made available to staff to help plan, manage and improve clinical services.

Sam Allen, CEO of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We want to make best use of digital technology to help us improve patient, family and staff experience. We need to be bold, creative and focused about how we harness this potential to transform our services in support of patient care. We are looking forward to learning and sharing digital improvements with Oxford Health and other NHS partners.”

Stuart Bell, CBE, CEO of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “Increasingly healthcare is something that we do together and good technology creates a space where people and clinicians can share, understand and manage care more effectively. So we are very pleased to be part of the GDE programme and to support this initiative with our partners.”

Beth Lawton, Chief Digital Information Officer at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “NHS IT projects have sometimes become bogged down in the past by being too big, cumbersome and complex. Our ambition is to be nimble, effective, driven by patient need and clinical expertise.”