Four new GDEs and mental health exemplars revealed

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“Our intention is that, in the future, hospitals won’t merely choose an IT vendor, they will choose a hospital that they want to partner with and implement the same system,” reveals NHS England’s Five Year Forward View follow-up plan

NHS England sets out further plans to harness ‘technology and innovation’

[London, UK] NHS England has revealed the five other trusts that will join the Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) scheme and the seven mental health exemplars in a Five Year Forward View (FYFV) follow-up document published today.

Entitled Next steps on the NHS FYFV, the plan intends to set out ‘practical and realistic’ measures for the next few years; NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, called it a ‘course for practical care improvements’.

The 16 GDEs, thought to be ‘the most advanced IT hospitals in the NHS’, have made a ‘commitment’ to develop a ‘blueprint’ for digital transformation that can then be applied by other organisations. The five new trusts to join the scheme are Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with Chelsea and Westminster NHS FT (acting as one GDE) and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT.

“Our intention is that, in the future, hospitals won’t merely choose an IT vendor, they will choose a hospital that they want to partner with and implement the same system, keeping the IT 80% the same and making only the 20% of changes that are absolutely necessary to meet local needs,” it is stated in the plan, which also explains that Fast Follower organisations will be revealed ‘over the coming quarter’, after all the GDEs have identified partner sites.

BJ-HC reported last week that each GDE has been asked to recommend a strong, digitally mature organisations to work with to foster sharing of best practice across the NHS.

Updates on mental health exemplars

New announcements also focus on the mental health exemplar scheme, which includes the following trusts: Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT, Mersey Care NHS FT, Northumberland, Tyne and Ear NHS FT, Oxford Health NHS FT, South London and Maudsley NHS FT and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

Funding for this scheme is reportedly ‘subject to HM Treasury capital approvals’, although Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed earlier this year that each mental health exemplar will receive up to £5m which they will then have to match.

Further information relates to the NHS Digital Academy, aiming to ‘increase the chances of successful adoption’ of IT and ‘its use’, along with a ‘clear system’ that will deployed by December next year across STP areas to both book appointments and also access patient records.

You can find out more about NHS England’s plans to harness technology and innovation here.

Concerns regarding funding

At the last roundtable organised by HIMSS UK ahead of UK e-Health Week in May, which focused on the GDE scheme, health IT suppliers raised concerns regarding GDE funding.

Mark O’Herlihy, IBM Watson Health Imaging’s Managing Director, explained he is ‘torn’ whenever he hears about delays in regards to financial resources across the UK health and care system.