Nurses and midwives must continue leading digital revolution

NHS Digital’s acting chief nurse, Caron Swinscoe, has marked International Nurses’ Day by encouraging nurses and midwives to continue to take the lead on the digital revolution in healthcare.

Writing an NHS Digital blogpost about how small technological and information sharing advances have the chance to make a real difference to nurses and midwives on the frontline and the patients they care for, Swinscoe said that ‘the road to better care and experience is paved with technology’.

With more than 698,000 nurse, midwives and nursing associates on the NMC register, Swinscoe highlighted the efforts of staff at Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, which has used E-Sepsis, a clinical decision support tool, to screen patients for the blood-infection in A&E and on its wards. This has led to more timely antibiotic prescribing and improved administration of antibiotics, which of course, in turn leads to better care and outcomes for patients.

Directly addressing nurses and midwives, NHS Digital says that ‘without the nurse and midwife voice we risk implementing systems that are difficult to use in practice and detract nurses and midwives from the jobs they do’.

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