A team from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been named as Team of the Year at a prestigious digital healthcare awards.
The eMeds Project Team bagged the prize at the Leading Healthcare Awards 2020 for the Trust-wide implementation of eMeds, an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system. This electronic medication management project has revolutionised prescribing and improved medicines safety, whilst being delivered at significant pace.
The Leading Healthcare Awards celebrate and share great work across health and care, and the winners were announced via an innovative digital awards evening on 2 April. Leading Healthcare provide healthcare news and opinion for healthcare leaders, and share best practice, ideas, innovation and learnings from the NHS.
The implementation of eMeds was achieved in under ten months by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical staff. It was rolled out to over 1,100 beds across nearly 50 wards, with training delivered to over 3,200 staff. This was well under the national expectation for eMeds to be live on 80% of inpatient beds within two years and highlights the substantial scale and complexity of the project, as well as the rapid pace at which it was delivered.
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. Patients have benefitted from 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.
The Trust’s eMeds project was also named as a finalist in the categories of Clinical Improvement and Patient Safety, and was presented with a highly commended award in the Patient Safety category, in addition to the Team of the Year honour.
Commenting on the Team of the Year award, Paul Curley, Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Mid Yorkshire, said: “The Project was a great example of how Senior Executive Director leadership and engagement, and close working between the Project Team, clinical colleagues, Pharmacy and IT can deliver real transformational change quickly to improve patient safety. It was also a great example of the NHS working together – in this case Mid Yorkshire sharing learning and expertise with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and how collaboration not competition is a core value in challenging times”.