Trust proposes three areas for GDE blueprint

BJ-HC spoke to Kate Warriner, Healthy Liverpool Digital Lead, Royal Liverpool GDE Programme Director, NHS Liverpool CCG, at the recent King’s Fund event in Leeds on sharing health and care records.
By Leontina Postelnicu
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Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) has put forward three early areas for the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) blueprinting process.

Kate Warriner, Healthy Liverpool Digital Lead, Royal Liverpool GDE Programme Director, NHS Liverpool CCG, spoke to BJ-HC about RLBUHT’s progress within the GDE scheme at the recent King’s Fund event on sharing health and care records in Leeds.

Warriner explained the trust would be looking to work on the following three areas for their GDE blueprint: paper-free, sepsis and new build design.

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“I think paper-free has been an interesting journey for the Royal (…). It really is paper-free, and it’s not, you know, write things down and scan them in,” Warriner told BJ-HC.

In a blog for NHS England earlier this year, Matthew Swindells, NHS England National Director for Operations and Information, and Will Smart, CIO for Health and Care in England, explained they want to ‘minimise the costly replication and learning from scratch that seems to happen with every EPR project’ across the country through the GDE scheme.

According to RLBUHT’s latest board papers, exemplars in the north-west of England have set up a NW Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) collaborative which will be led for the first 12 months by RLBUHT and Salford Royal.

RLBUHT has also set up an international partnership as part of the GDE scheme and has started working with a number of organisations from Boston, as BJ-HC revealed in July this year.

The trust’s latest board papers describe the progress made within the GDE programme as ‘very good’, with the second major funding milestone believed to have now been approved.

Warriner explained the trust is now starting to see benefits from the digital capabilities deployed across the trust, adding that she is ‘very proud’ of their staff.

However, 2018 will be a ‘challenging year’ for the trust as it will start implementation of the InterSystems EPR, along with Liverpool Women’s and Aintree University Hospital.

Speaking at the InterSystems Joined-Up Health & Care conference last summer, David Walliker, CIO at RLBUHT and Liverpool Women’s, said the EPR represents a ‘fundamental game-changer’ for the three organisations:

“We’re really quite excited about our InterSystems deployment because that’s 76 improvements that we make, 76 clinical systems that will turned off, and a single patient system covering 70% of adult activity in Liverpool,” he explained at the time.

Liverpool Women’s and North Tees and Hartlepool were both confirmed as the trust’s fast followers in September and the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

As North Tees is an existing InterSystems EPR user, Warriner said the trusts will work together on ‘some of the key things’ that are expected to be delivered during the coming months.

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