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BCHC named NDL Community Awards 2020 category winners of Overall Digital Project of the Year - Mobile Apps & eForms

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) has received an award for the innovative and timely use of digital transformation technology in response to the pandemic.


Catch up: AI & Bots4Good, hosted by UKA

NDL customers Swindon Borough Council, Conwy County Borough Council and West Suffolk NHS Trust discuss the very latest in RPA & AI at their organisations, joined also by NDL's Head of Digital Engagement.


Emergency planning hub introduced at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The COVID-19 Contingency Planning Hub helped the trust to manage the pandemic locally by allowing it to track its operations and coordinate the effort of its 4,500 members of staff, as well as the approximate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust approaches pandemic with a digital-first attitude

By utilising NDL's eForm technology, FX, the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) has prioritised the safety of it's staff, managed and organised PPE supplies, and preserved thousands of crucial hours with the swift mobilisation of a COVID-19 Contingency Planning Hub. 

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust develop an innovative new Photography App, positively impacting its health service and delivering on its Global Digital Exemplar status

Using MX, NDL’s Mobile App Platform, the trust has developed a photography app, giving clinicians the ability to easily capture and safely store patient records with the help of NDL’s RPA tool. With humble beginnings in the Plastic Surgery department, the App hanow been rolled out across multiple departments at the Trust including Podiatry, Ophthalmology and Occupational Health. 

NDL offers free e-Form software licenses supported by dedicated training to its community.

NDL recognised some customers used digital forms to quickly capture data as part of their COVID-19 response plans. Free for six months, FX, NDL’s easy-to-use e-form platform, complete with access to a library of templates was provided to help its Public Sector community.  

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust take their immunisations process paperless with NDL

Using software developed by NDL, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, are hoping to create online consent forms in a bid to reduce clinical risk.

Major player in UK public sector RPA and mobile sphere lands in New Zealand

NDL Software Ltd, a specialist provider of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Integration software tools are delighted to announce their expansion into the New Zealand market. NDL bring over 35 years of IT expertise in a variety of public sector, health and corporate industries.

Major player in UK public sector RPA and mobile sphere lands in New Zealand

NDL Software Ltd, a specialist provider of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Integration software tools are delighted to announce their expansion into the New Zealand market. NDL bring over 35 years of IT expertise in a variety of public sector, health and corporate industries and are looking to work with similar clients and partners across New Zealand. The market for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in New Zealand is forecast to rise exponentially over the next three years. NDL has long-established proven experience in RPA, working with many of the back-office systems that are being used by Health and Public Administration organisations in New Zealand today.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust digitises school immunisation consent process

Gone are the days of manually collecting the immunisation consent forms of more than 400 schools in Hertfordshire. As of September, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust successfully digitised the National Flu Immunisation (consent) process for schools in the area. Billy Aspinall, assistant director of Performance and Information at the trust said not only has it made the process more efficient for parents, but it has also contributed to significant admin, time and triaging benefits.

Staff culture holding back mobile working in the public sector, report says

Staff culture is still the most common reason for mobile working projects failing in the public sector, according to a new report on mobile working. The survey of over 200 respondents from local government and NHS explored people’s thoughts and experiences with regard to mobile working.

DigitalHealth.Net: Industry Round-up

NHS organisations win at NDL awards: Both the NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit and Mersey Care NHS Trust were among the winners at the NDL Awards. NHS South East CSU picked up the Most Innovative Project for its toolkit to analyse a patient’s healthcare history to identify those at high risk of future hospital admission. Mersey Care won Best Mobile Project for two apps it developed for Ashworth Hospital, a high security psychiatric hospital.

Microsoft CityNext: Delivering Remote Care and Case Management

Given an ageing population, budget constraints and higher citizen expectations, the move towards self-directed and personalised care - at the point of need, at any time and anywhere - is radically changing the way care services are commissioned and provided. Our experience is that this personalised and co-ordinated care can be enabled by technology in many ways and places - whether at home, in community centres or in the workplace - allowing cities and health organisations to continue to innovate with shrinking budgets.

Abertawe integrates portal and PAS

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in Wales has integrated its ward-based clinical portal with the national Myrddin patient administration system to give nurses easier access to real-time patient information.

Nurse, the screen! How Lancashire Care NHS Trust's mobility programme is transforming the district nurse's job

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, which specialises in community mental health services, has 8,000 staff, two-thirds of whom are involved in visiting people across Lancashire and so are on the road a great deal. The Trust is using mobile devices and software to revolutionise the way that its services are delivered. However, across the NHS as a whole it is a slow revolution, as health informatics director Declan Hadley told the audience at the Enterprise Mobility Summit 2014 in London yesterday.


NHS trusts rush to mobile but many struggling to plan projects properly

Security and data network are issues. The number of NHS trusts with mobile working projects has more than doubled to 77 percent in a year, but many trusts are struggling to plan them properly, according to research. Specialist software house NDL interviewed 160 English acute, community and mental trusts and Welsh and Scottish healthcare trusts for its research. NDL focused on line of business mobile working, which allows healthcare professionals to carry out a transaction in situ to meet a patient or organisational need, rather than technology that simply enables individuals to access emails or calendars when they are out of the office.

Mobile working booms in healthcare, but misconceptions remain

Number of healthcare organisations with mobile working  projects more than doubles to 77% in little more than 12 months. Over three quarters (77%) of healthcare organisations now have live mobile working projects in place, up from just 30% a little over 12 months ago, according to a report produced by specialist software house NDL. However despite this rapid growth, suggesting the business case for mobile technology is largely proven, there are strong indications that project managers are still struggling to pinpoint the factors responsible for success or failure, suggesting growth could accelerate even faster in the future.

CIO interview: Mike Jones, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS IT infrastructure is going through major changes, with the Department of Health looking to make the work of doctors and nurses ‘paperless' with an increased use of digital technology. Some organisations within the NHS might be struggling with this target, but others, like Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, are fully embracing it, with mobile technology already deployed among those working in the field, as CIO Mike Jones explained.

Here's one we made earlier: App Showcase promises to speed through mobile projects

IT company NDL, which specialises in providing the public sector with software which helps integrate IT systems and mobilise workforces, has launched a free-to-use App Showcase, designed to allow customers to rapidly implement mobile working projects and to dramatically improve end user adoption.

Devon community does digital

Northern Devon community health staff are using mobile devices to electronically record more than 9,000 patient contacts a week. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust rolled out a mobile working programme to 800 community health professionals early last year.

The ComPAS project was created using integration and mobile working toolkits from NDL, in conjunction with the trust’s inhouse-built patient information system. It allows nurses and therapists working in the field to access and update information on the trust’s systems via Samsung Galaxy tablets.

Community health mobile project delivers savings for Northern Devon trust

Trust says £750,000 of cost savings realised through clinical staff spending less time on administration
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) says it has made cost savings of £750,000 as a result of rolling out a mobile working programme to 800 community health professionals.

The mobile working project, known as ComPAS, allows nurses and therapists working in the field to access and update information hosted on back office systems via Samsung tablets.



Blackpool goes mobile

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has deployed a range of integration tools from NDL to enable mobile working.

The tools means that community staff that use in-house applications on mobile devices can view and update schedules and clinical notes directly into the trust’s patient administration system. Blackpool recently merged with NHS Blackpool and NHS North Lancashire to achieve foundation trust status and is now operating on many disparate systems.

Best Practice: Implementing an effective mobile working scheme at an NHS trust

This case study offers up advice on setting up a mobile working project within a clinical setting to avoid collecting data by hand.

Government Computing: WWL NHS Foundation Trust to start using mobile working technology

Expects to use iPad minis to collect data for CQUIN targets while developing 'paperless' project
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is planning to trial mobile working technology on iPad minis before rolling it out to all 30 wards across the trust. The devices will be used to collect the data for the Department of Health's Commissioning for Quality and Innovation Payment Framework (CQUIN).  CQUIN, introduced in 2009, links a proportion of English healthcare providers' income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals. WWL is due to develop approximately 30 apps, with the first three in advanced stages of development. The apps are being developed using technology developed by specialist software provider NDL.


App wrapping: Unlocking the potential of BYOD?

With the Information Commissioner’s Office saying recently that 47% of UK adults already use a personal device for work and Gartner predicting that by 2016 50% of all apps will be hybrid across operating systems in order to accommodate BYOD, it’s vital that public sector bodies consider what apps need to do both now, and in the future, in order to ensure a sound investment of precious resources.

Next stop, paperless

In October last year, the NHS Commissioning Board’s national director of patients and information, Tim Kelsey, suggested that he would like the NHS to be paperless by 2015.

Come January, his boss, health secretary Jeremy Hunt, had set a slightly less ambitious deadline. He wanted the NHS to be paperless by 2018.