A new ideas group are set to help improve patient care and staff experience thanks to the announcement of this year’s Innovation Fellowship at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
The group of 19 clinical and non-clinical, internal and external innovators have been chosen to join the Fellowship, which was created to help advance improvements in patient care by encouraging and supporting its innovators to develop, test and advance new healthcare ideas.
Charlotte Williams, Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer at the Trust, who leads on Innovation, said: “We're delighted to welcome this, our fourth year of cohorts, to the Innovation Fellowship and look forward to supporting them to bring their new ideas to our patients and population.
“We support people to make these ideas a reality, discovering exciting new ways that technology can help benefit patients and support staff.”
Some of the highlights of this year’s ideas to bring about improvements include:
- HCA Support App – an app to help Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) to access information they need as part of their roles and support better HCA inductions and staff retention.
- Written Medicine – a software application which makes information about prescribed medicines accessible for patients with language and communication barriers to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare inequalities.
- Thyia – a digital health platform that allows women to order at-home self-test screening kits for high-risk HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer, and reducing the need for in-person appointments.
In a recorded message, the group were also welcomed by the Trust’s Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins. He said: “We are so proud to have so many great innovators across our integrated care system, driving us forward to deliver the healthcare of tomorrow, today. We need radical change and look to our innovators to come up with new ideas.”