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Monday 26 July 2021
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Salford Royal wins technology funding

Salford Royal nurses will be able to use iPads to input patient observation details, thanks to a £767,000 innovation fund from NHS England.

The Trust was one of 75 NHS Trusts across the country to benefit from a £30million Nursing Technology Fund investment. This is the first round of investment of an overall £100million funding pool, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.


NHS England launched the application process last year and Salford Royal has been successful in its bid, gaining £767,667 for its Vital Signs Project.


This will enable the Trust to purchase iPads for nurses on all the Trust’s wards and departments. Nursing staff will be able to use the devices at the patient’s bedside to input readings from vital signs observations straight into the Trust’s Electronic Patient Record (EPR). The device will automatically add together the vital sign calculations that staff would otherwise have to make themselves. The EPR is the system, which stores all patient information, including test results, allergy information, prescriptions and other clinical documentation.


Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive Elaine Inglesby-Burke said: “We are absolutely thrilled to gain the funding. Providing access to the EPR at the point of care will deliver significant benefits to patients, nursing staff and other clinicians.


“Currently, vital signs results are written down by nursing staff and then entered manually on to the EPR. By entering the results directly from the bedside to the EPR will reduce the likelihood of errors recording this information. 


“Including vital signs information in the EPR also means that all clinicians involved in the patient’s care will have a far clearer picture of their condition, which will assist in clinical decision making and could also lead to the earlier identification of the deterioration of a patient’s condition, prompting earlier intervention.”