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Seven Trusts to Drive Digital Mental Health Services

National Health Service (NHS) England has confirmed the name of seven trust that will become Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health and receive a share of £35m to develop and roll-out innovative technology for patient treatment.

The new funding for seven mental health trusts enables these organisations to improve online access to patient records, improve care for patients experiencing mental health issues, develop ways for staff to work remotely and boost the use of apps to help patients while they wait for face-to-face treatments.

The Funding will go towards a variety of plans, including a system that will allow all healthcare professionals working with a particular patient to have access to real-time records, from triage and initial assessment, through admissions and referrals to follow-up care.

The mental health trusts will also develop remote, mobile and assistive technologies to enable patients to manage their conditions and allow family and carers to provide the best possible support.

Here are listed the name of seven mental health trusts:

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT
  • Mersey Care NHS FT
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT
  • Oxford Health NHS FT
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT
  • Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS FT

Keith McNeil, NHS’s chief clinical information officer, said that healthcare professionals must embrace technology to deliver the best care to NHS service users and that the investment would help to provide both improved experience and outcomes for service users across the country.

Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood said that the excellent use of information and technology is fundamental to the transformation of the health and care system.

She further added that the Global Digital Exemplars will be world class in supporting high quality care with digital technology, providing a blueprint for excellence, not only to the NHS, but across the world.

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