A Joined Partnership Created to Deliver the Best Care in the UK Begins

26 March 2015

West Yorkshire – 26/03/2015 – The partnership will improve patient care at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by giving staff rapid access to electronic clinical information has begun. It also has saved the organisations in excess of £12m by working together, versus procuring separately. Our target is to reach the highest digital rating for hospitals which has only been achieved by 1-2% of US hospitals and no UK hospitals.

The electronic patient record (EPR) project will introduce a standardised IT system across the two Trusts to give staff instant access to the patients’ digital records that will improve patient care and safety, prevent duplication and reduce costs.

Cerner Millennium will bring all available information about each patient into one single place, making it easily accessible while removing the need for paper records. The project will involve substantial transformation work that will ultimately simplify staff tasks and save them time to dedicate to their patients. It is a major step towards paperless healthcare and will firmly place both organisations and the wider health economy at the forefront of digital healthcare.

Cerner Millennium will help the hospitals improve the quality and safety of the care they deliver, reduce the average length of stay through proactive care, improve clinical coding, and deliver more integrated services for patients.  Extensive benefits analysis has been undertaken as part of the procurement and the full business case was presented and agreed by both Boards.

Both Trust Chief Executives, Clive Kay (BTHFT) and Owen Williams (CHFT) believe this is a truly exciting project for the Trusts. “We could have tried to adapt, develop or make do with our ageing system however, this would have been a long and risky journey.  Instead we have chosen a market leading electronic patient record – Cerner Millennium.”

This transformation project will be delivered with Cerner Limited, both Trusts’ new healthcare transformation partner, which was awarded the contract following a procurement process lasting 9 months and involving hundreds of staff from across all departments.

Geoff Segal, General Manager, with Cerner, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for Cerner Limited to be part of the Calderdale & Huddersfield and Bradford partnership. We are looking forward to working closely with the Trusts to successfully deliver their goals in this large transformation project and to ultimately be a part of the delivery of great patient care and service to the West Yorkshire community.”

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical IT lead, paediatrician Dr Alistair Morris, said: “Patients visiting our hospital or their GP will see a huge difference in the way their care is delivered over the next two years.  Everything we do will be electronic - from observations on the ward taken through an ipod, with live monitoring of a patient’s condition so a doctor can review and intervene as soon as is clinically needed, to electronic prescribing in hospital, as well as patients and their GPs being able to see their hospital record at the click of a button and vice versa.”

Dr Paul Southern, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical IT lead said “This is a very exciting time for the Trusts, allowing our medical staff instantaneous access to our patients medical records and information 24 hours a day seven days a week. Our patients will see their care handled even more safely and efficiently than at present, with world class systems to support medical treatments and investigations”.

About Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust runs the two main hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax – Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital - and provide outreach services in the local communities.
Last year more than 119,000 men, women and children were cared for as inpatients (stayed at least one night) or day cases and more than 414,000 people attended our outpatient clinics. Our A&E departments at both hospitals cared for more than 141,000 people. From April 2012 to March 2013 some 185,000 adult service and 90,000 children service contacts were provided by our community teams.
For more information please contact Caroline Wright: 01484-355 252, Caroline Wright, Caroline.Wright@cht.nhs.uk

About Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became one of the first Foundation Trusts in April 2004. A year earlier we became a teaching hospital to train the next generation of doctors.
We have a clear mission to deliver safe healthcare of the highest quality at all times for all our patients. We are committed to looking and learning from the experiences of others to ensure that our healthcare is consistently of the highest quality and responsive to the needs of our patients, families and carers.
We have a large and active Foundation Trust membership base and an excellent reputation for education and research. We recognise the diversity and specific health needs of our local and regional population, and our strategy is designed to ensure we work both internally and with partners to put the needs of our patients first.
For more information please contact:  Tanya Tarry: 01274 36 4700, Tanya.Tarry@bthft.nhs.uk

About Cerner
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information, and systems, at approximately 18,000 facilities worldwide. Recognised for innovation, Cerner solutions assist NHS Trusts and clinicians in making and documenting care decisions and enable organisations to manage the health of populations. The company provides clients with a wide range of in-house services, as well as an integrated clinical system to help organisations manage quality, outcomes and revenue.
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