The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories in the Leading Healthcare Awards 2020.
The awards celebrate and share great work across health and care. They are hosted by Leading Healthcare who provide healthcare news and opinion for healthcare leaders, and share best practice, ideas, innovation and learnings from the NHS.
The Trust has been named as finalists in the categories of Team of the Year, Clinical Improvement and Patient Safety. All three nominations are for the Trust-wide implementation of eMeds, an electronic prescribing and medicines administration system.
The eMeds project has revolutionised prescribing and improved medicines safety, whilst being delivered at significant pace. The national expectation for eMeds is to be live on 80% of inpatient beds within two years, however 100% implementation was achieved by the Trust in under ten months. This success was driven by the aims of improving patient safety and driving clinical improvement, and was led by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical staff.
The implementation of eMeds has been rolled out to over 1,100 beds across nearly 50 wards, with training delivered to over 3,200 staff. A number of positive impacts have been achieved, with staff now having a safe prescribing system with pre-built protocols to aid decision-making, accessible and legible drug charts, a simpler method to request medicines and document medicine supplies, and a clear audit trail of a patient’s medicines journey.
The benefits for patients include fewer missed doses of critical medicines, improved timeliness of medicine supply requests, fewer prescribing incidents in patients with documented allergies and standardised prescribing which reduces the risk of prescribing errors.
Paul Curley, Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Mid Yorkshire, said: “The eMeds project was large-scale, complex and challenging. It has highlighted a successful template for clinical and non-clinical staff partnerships working across disciplines to achieve a common goal. The delivery of eMeds at substantial scale and at rapid pace was an impressive achievement, and the Trust is incredibly proud of this implementation and the team involved.”
The winners and highly commended entries will be announced on 2 April.