Digital Health Partnerships Award winners

The Innovation Development Team, part of the Chief Digital Officer Directorate has launched the Digital Health Partnership Award. This has been created to help NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions focusing on supporting people at home.

The Award brings together partners critical to the scaling of digital health technology. These include technology partners, patient activation and adoption and outcomes, benefits realisation.

Phase 1 was launched in July 2021 to allow NHS organisations to bid for this funding. We awarded 14 projects in round 1 on 29 September 2021:


Phase 1 winners


Respiratory remote monitoring programme

Lead NHS organisations

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust (RDE)

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: patientMpower
  • Patient activation and adoption: Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and University of Exeter

Details

GSTT and RDE and partners will deliver a project to improve access to specialist respiratory services for the right patients at the right time, whilst supporting patients to better manage their health from home. The respiratory teams at GSTT and RDE will work together to utilise existing virtual consultation technology in conjunction with a new asynchronous remote patient monitoring platform, which combined will enable the transition of more face-to-face outpatient appointments to virtual, improve monitoring of disease, treatment response and support self-management.


Clinical messaging for hypertension support

Lead NHS organisation

One Health Lewisham on behalf of Lewisham, South East London ICS

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: Doctaly Assist
  • Patient activation and adoption: Lewisham Primary Care Networks
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: One Health Lewisham

Details

One Health Lewisham have worked with partners to create a model for completing patients long-term condition reviews using a digital clinical messaging solution. The flow uses a series of automated, asynchronous bot questions to request information from patients. The answers together with the patient's medical records are then presented to clinicians to allow them to make accurate clinical decisions. The solution will be scaled by implementing clinical reviews in other clinical areas; Health Checks, Diabetes, Asthma and COPD.


MSK care pathway

Lead NHS organisation

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: GetUBetter
  • Patient activation and adoption: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: Channel 3 Consulting

Details

GSTT are providing citizens with an end-to-end, ‘digital first’ MSK pathway that will be available to the population either through prescription or self-referral. It will personalise content according to patients’ to enable patients to self-manage their care.


Evidence based scaling of virtual wards

Lead NHS organisation

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: LUSCII Healthtech BV
  • Patient activation and adoption: RWTPCN – patient group affiliated with NAPP (National Association for Patient Registration)
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: West Midlands Academic Health Network

Details

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will deliver an expansion of their virtual ward project built on their innovative digital first model of oximitry@home. Working with partners to expand the project based on the learning and use of the technology into new pathways to include a COPD delivering both admission avoidance as well as early supported discharge.


Supporting eating disorder in children

Lead NHS organisation

East London NHS Foundation Trust

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: East London Foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust and Barnardo’s
  • Patient activation and adoption: East London Foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s and East London Business Alliance
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: East London Foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust and Barnardo’s

Details

ELFT will be developing a digital self-management and parental support resource for Disordered Eating in children and young people (CYP) that rapidly supports very early intervention around eating disorders (MHWB). The focus is on reducing the duration of an untreated eating disorder and in turn the intensity and impact on the young person and their family.


Surgical self-management prehabilitation

Lead NHS organisation

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS)

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: My mhealth Ltd
  • Patient activation and adoption: University of Southampton
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: University of Southampton, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Details

UHS will deliver a supported self-management prehabilitation intervention for all patients undergoing surgery. The aim is to initially support patients to use technology to optimise long-term conditions, cancer and preparation for surgery and improve physical and mental fitness for surgery. The aim is to transform surgical waiting lists into preparation pathways whilst introducing an expansion of additional surgical specialties.


Cardiac rehabilitation services

Lead NHS organisation

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System hosted by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners:
  • Patient activation and adoption: The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network

Details

South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS will be providing patients who require Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation services through remote monitoring. The project will also offer a range of devices such as blood pressure & pulse oximeter service which will enable a wearable activity tracker and smart scales. By using the service they will be able to provide more non face to face options of cardiac rehabilitation for patients who are at risk of COVID, enhance the number of patients completing cardiac rehabilitation, remotely monitor their patients physiological measurements (BP, heart rate) including during remote exercise classes.


Self-care and remote monitoring support in Primary Care

Lead NHS organisation

NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: University Hospital Southampton (UHS) as supplier of My Medical Record electronic patient record
  • Patient activation and adoption: NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Details

To support the delivery of digital self-care and self-management HIOW is launching a digital self-care demonstrator programme across multiple practices and primary care networks. The project will work with practices to deploy and demonstrate a range of digital self-care and remote monitoring solutions to support practices and patients to better manage a range of conditions.


COPD management

Lead NHS organisation

North Bristol NHS Trust

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: My mHealth Ltd
  • Patient activation and adoption: University of Bath
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: West of England AHSN

Details

In order to promote digital healthcare North Bristol NHS Trust are introducing digital health technology for patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This will support recovery at home and allow patients to manage their condition effectively thus reducing the length of hospital stay.


Secure video sharing platforms

Lead NHS organisation

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH)

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: vCreate Ltd
  • Patient activation and adoption: Epilepsy Carers Uniting with Researchers
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C)

Details

This project enables patients and carers as well as their doctors to share seizure videos for remote clinical interpretation and management advice. GOSH will deliver an expansion of this service to include the wider neurology service and the movement disorder service and will support children with complex epilepsy.


Supporting children with type 2 Diabetes

Lead NHS organisation

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Children’s Hospital Diabetes Team

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: DigiBete
  • Patient activation and adoption: National Children & Young Peoples Diabetes Network
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: DigiBete, National CYP Diabetes Network, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, WYH HCP Children Young People and Families (CYPF) Programme: CYPF Diabetes Group, IMO & One Voice Blackburn and Salma Mehar (Consultant Dietician, North London Partnership)

Details

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will be supporting children and young people with Type 2 diabetes, their families and supporters, including the wider community and schools and health care professions. By empowering patients through improved awareness, education, training and ongoing support, this will create parity for those young people living with T2 helping address the inequalities that currently exist in the system.


Scaling remote monitoring to new pathways

Lead NHS organisation

Cambridgeshire Community Services, NHS Trust (CCS)

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: Doccla
  • Patient activation and adoption: East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), Central & North West London Foundation Trust (CNWL) and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS)
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), Central & North West London Foundation Trust (CNWL) and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS)

Details

CCS has already successfully implemented a remote health monitoring service and will be scaling up, introducing new clinical pathways starting with a general frailty pathway thus supporting additional cohorts of patients.


Hypertension remote monitoring services

Lead NHS organisation

Surrey Heartlands CCG

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: Inhealthcare remote monitoring platform / Intechnology Plc, Technomed Limited and AliveCor Ltd
  • Patient activation and adoption: Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: KSS AHSN

Details

Surrey Heartlands will be extending their hypertension remote monitoring service to all poorly controlled patients and also develop digital pathways for patients with CVD and other LTCs so that patients can use a single digital health technology to manage multiple long term conditions.


Collaborative virtual monitoring

Lead NHS organisation

North West London Clinical Commissioning Group

In partnership with (partner type and lead organisations)

  • Scaling through leveraging technology partners: Luscii and Patients Know Best (PKB)
  • Patient activation and adoption: London Northwest University Hospital, Imperial College Health Partners, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and In Community (CLCH)
  • Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting: London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP)

Details

NWL CCG will bring together three acute trusts to establish remote monitoring across all conditions, leveraging the partnership to share learning and accelerate pathway transformation. The benefits to the patient will be improved long term management of their disease, better and coordinated multidisciplinary team support during acute phases of illness, reduced complication through reduced length of stay less hospital admission and long term better management of their condition. This will also give equity of patient outcome across NWL, better patient experience through clinician support at every stage of their care pathway.

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