Connected Nottinghamshire’s PKB-NHS App programme shortlisted for HSJ Awards 2020

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HSJ Awards 2020

Connected Nottinghamshire’s PKB-NHS App programme shortlisted for HSJ Awards 2020

HSJ Awards 2020

Connected Nottinghamshire’s Public-Facing Digital Health and Care Services Programme is shortlisted for the HSJ Awards 2020 for revolutionising healthcare on behalf of patients and professionals using the NHS App and Patients Know Best (PKB) integration.

Ambition, visionary spirit and demonstrating collaboration

The partnership programme from Connected Nottinghamshire, NHS Digital, NHSX and Patients Know Best, is delighted to be announced as finalists for the regional deployment of the landmark NHS App – PKB integration. Pioneered by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Integrated Care Systems (ICS) Digital Transformation Team, the programme has been shortlisted for the ‘Digitising Patient Services Initiative’ at the 2020 HSJ Awards, recognising this outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

The partnership programme has been shortlisted despite tough competition from over 1000 entries. It has been selected based on its ambition, visionary spirit and ability to demonstrate collaborative working in order to meet the local needs for digital health and care services across Nottinghamshire’s health and care workforce and positively impact patient experiences within the health and social care sector.

Ground-breaking work accelerated by Connected Nottinghamshire

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS has given their population access to all personal health and care information through a single application. Using the national NHS App (powered by NHS Digital) interface, patients can access all their Patients Know Best features and functionality. As a result, PKB became one of the first products to integrate with NHS login’s new encrypted single sign-on and the first personal health record to integrate with the NHS App.

This ground-breaking work accelerated by Connected Nottinghamshire allowed the region’s population to become the first to benefit in March 2020. It supported the local Integrated Care System to fulfil the requirements of their Public-Facing Digital Services mandate for empowering local people to better manage their health; to self-care, self-manage and self-serve. However, the launch came as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was being realised. This propelled registered patients across the region to safely self-manage their care, with full control over who can see their information and provide support remotely. Furthermore, and most critically, it has allowed families to stay connected with their loved ones being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit at Sherwood Forest Hospital.

This partnership demonstrates the best of local care innovating on national strategy through supplier partnership.

Always committed to improving outcomes for the population

Alexis Farrow, Head of Strategy and Transformation at Connected Nottinghamshire said “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Digitising Patient Services Award, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implement the NHS App – PKB integration and offer our residents access and control of their health information, empowering them to take control and manage their health, particularly during this difficult pandemic. More than 60,000 patients have registered with the NHS App in Nottinghamshire to date and we are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our population. To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, and for our partners, and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve our services.”

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO and Founder of Patients Know Best added: “This programme demonstrates the best of local care innovating on national strategy through supplier partnership. Using innovation and the common goal of empowering people with access and control of their health information to support them to manage their health and care, we’ve been able to develop a pioneering approach in Nottinghamshire which is also now being rolled out in other regions. We’re absolutely delighted to be announced as finalists for the HSJ Awards 2020. A big thank you to all those individuals at Connected Nottinghamshire, NHS Digital and of course within our team at PKB, that have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months, even amidst this pandemic, to get us to this point here and now.”

..a tremendous boost to staff across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, and for our partners..

Healthcare's largest annual awards

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

This year’s judging panel is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.

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