National NHS recognition for Gloucestershire health-tech firm

Synopsis

A digital healthcare project using technology designed by a Gloucestershire health-tech firm has been recognised as an example of best practice in NHS digital transformation.

Synopsis, based in Cirencester, has seen its project in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust approved at national level and added to the FutureNHS platform as an NHSX Blueprint.

NHSX is a joint unit of NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, supporting local NHS and care organisations to digitise their services, connect the health and social care systems through technology and transform the way patients’ care is delivered at home, in the community and in hospital.

The Blueprint, titled ‘Launching a digital pre-operative pathway to improve efficiency and maximise theatre usage at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’ is now helping educate and inform other NHS trusts across the UK researching and developing their own digital transformation projects.

Tori Dand, head of partnerships at Synopsis, said: “The FutureNHS platform is designed to empower NHS colleagues to co-develop, share, connect, and work together. It supports users to access and exchange knowledge, best practice and lessons learnt on digital transformation projects, across health and social care.

“Synopsis was approached by NHSX to write and submit the Blueprint for consideration after a series of award wins in 2020 demonstrated the successful application of our digital pre-operative health questionnaires at trusts in the UK.

“Working closely with NHSX and the team at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, we followed strict guidelines for the creation of the Blueprint, which was reviewed and amended over several months before being submitted for final review at national level and then gaining final approval for the FutureNHS platform.”

She added: “We are delighted this project has been formally recognised by NHSX as an example of best practice that other NHS trusts can use to help research, develop and plan their own digital transformation projects.

“This has been a special project for Synopsis as it saw the first deployment of the now award-winning Synopsis Home solution. It was also delivered throughout the first wave of the pandemic and lockdowns, causing disruption to Worcestershire Acute and ourselves. Despite these challenges, the project has been a huge success.”

Outlining the challenge, solution, costs and resources, and benefits, the Blueprint details how around 11,000 patients a year having operations at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can now complete their pre-operative assessment questionnaire at home or on the move using the Synopsis digital form.