In October 2012 the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Nursing Technology Fund to support nurses, midwives and health visitors to make better use of digital technology in all care settings, in order to deliver safer, more effective and more efficient care. The funding was to be allocated to providers in two rounds. The first round, for £30m, was for funding to be spent in FY13/14.
East Cheshire’s application was one of 226 received from a total of 139 Trusts. Following evaluation by a panel of senior nurses, 75 Trusts have been awarded funding totalling almost £30m for 86 projects. A list of successful applications is available to download.
EAST CHESHIRE NHS TRUST
- Accelerating Integrated Care and improving Nursing Agility and Care Quality with mobile working – £734,97
- Bedside e-Observation System – £725,030
The latest news headlines from NHS Networks are regularly featured on our Home Page and today we focus on the Staff Friends and Family Test which NHS England is introducing in all NHS Trusts providing acute, community, ambulance and mental health services in England from April 2014.
NHS England’s vision for Staff FFT is that all staff should have the opportunity to feedback their views on their organisation at least once per year. It is hoped that Staff FFT will help to promote a big cultural shift in the NHS, where staff have further opportunity and confidence to speak up, and where the views of staff are increasingly heard and are acted upon.
The Staff FFT was developed by NHS England and a working group made up of representatives from provider trusts, staff side representatives and NHS Employers. Draft guidance was circulated across the NHS in December 2013 and views were sought from academic experts working in the field of staff engagement.
For the first year, NHS England has adopted a flexible approach to how organisations may implement the Staff FFT. This decision has been taken as a result of feedback received and because it is important that Staff FFT is an improvement tool which works at a local level.
Research has shown a relationship between staff engagement and individual and organisational outcome measures, such as staff absenteeism and turnover, patient satisfaction and mortality; and safety measures, including infection rates. The more engaged staff members are, the better the outcomes for patients and the organisation generally. It is therefore important that we strengthen the staff voice, as well as the patient voice.
The key principles of Staff FFT, the full guidance for implementation, and a list of frequently asked questions are provided below.
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