- Cheshire and Merseyside in line for £20.79m tech-funding boost as part of £122.4 million for NHS in the north.
- Part of wider half-a-billion pound investment in technology improve patient care, reduce workload on staff and make every pound go further
Cheshire and Merseyside are in line for a £20.79m tech-funding boost as part of a £122.4 million package to benefit the NHS in the north of England.
The new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement last week, as he unveiled his vision to make the NHS the world’s most advanced healthcare system.
In his first major speech since taking post, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced the funding as part of a half a billion pound national package, available immediately to the NHS, to rollout innovative tech aimed at improving efficiency, enhancing patient safety and helping more patients access health services at home.
Under initial plans for the funding, the north is to receive up to £122.4million over three years until 2020/21, broken down into £30.8m for 2018/19, £27.4m for 2019/20 and £64.1m for 2020/21.
The funding will be formally allocated once bids from local ‘Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ are submitted and approved with £20.79m set for Cheshire and Merseyside partnerships.
Lynn Riley, the Conservative Group Leader at Cheshire West and Cheshire said: “This is great news for everyone across Cheshire. Utilising the latest in technology will help to deliver for patients across the region.”
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “Because we are one NHS, our health system is uniquely placed to become the most advanced health system in the world – one where technology addresses the user need - making care better for patients, but just as importantly making life easier for staff.
“For too long, decisions on health and care have seemed to involve a trade-off – improving patient outcomes at the expense of placing ever more pressure on staff, while reducing the demands on staff has been seen to have an impact on patient care.
“Technology and data innovation offers an opportunity to move past this binary approach.”
The Health and Social Care Secretary will point to existing technological innovations to demonstrate the many benefits that embed use of technology can bring – for example Scan4Safety where barcode tracking in hospitals is enabling staff to track all patients and their treatments, manage medical supplies and the effectiveness of equipment.
As part of the speech, Matt Hancock also outlined his three early priorities as Health and Social Care Secretary: technology, the health and care workforce and prevention.
Setting out his plans on the vital NHS workforce, he added:
“The nation’s health is determined by the health of the health and care workforce. So it is heart-breaking to see how undervalued you often feel. The sense of duty and public service that motivates you to go into health and care is one of the things that make the NHS the institution it is.
“I am determined that the commitment you show to your patients is matched by the commitment we show to you. So I have a clear message: I value you. I admire you. I will fight for you and I will champion you.”
The Government will launch a consultation exercise on workforce issues shortly, looking at issues including bullying and harassment and diversity.
The Health and Social Care Secretary will also convene a panel of a panel of clinical and professional advisers, from a cross-section of the NHS and social care workforce, to advise on issues affecting staff.