A team of cardiac specialists at University Hospitals of North Midlands have been nominated for a Nursing Times Workforce Award for their work to meet the needs of patients using a range of digital technology.
The project Cardiac E-Hab@work: improving access and efficiencies in our Cardiac Rehabilitation service has been nominated in the Best Use of Technology to Improve the Working Environment category.
The digital programme has been developed over the last five years and uses technology to aid communication and learning opportunities for staff that are spread over vast clinical areas and to improve the patient experience. The programme includes electronic patient registers, social media pages, phone clinics and a web-based cardiac rehabilitation service.
Senior Therapist Sonya Lockett said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this award. This project has dramatically increased patient uptake and adherence into our Cardiac Rehabilitation programme to 86 per cent, way above the national average of 50 per cent. Our digital programme has proven particularly popular and our social media pages have had more than 26,000 likes, shares and engagements over the past year."
Patients can also opt for a telephone consultation, which has resulted in an additional 200 clinic slots per month to be available, halving the clinic waiting times and reducing overall clinic non-attendance rates to just three per cent. This has afforded staff greater flexibility, reduced overall clinic costs and patient feedback has praised the overall convenience of the programme for both themselves and NHS resources.