We’re delighted to confirm that Nigel Brokenshire has joined our Local Digital Roadmap (LDR) Programme as its new Director. Nigel (pictured below right) joins at an exciting time for the county as we make full use of the digital opportunity available to us.

Nigel Brokenshire

Putting the right information into the hands of health and care professionals to support care for patients and service users through digital technology is a key priority for the county, and we are already making progress in this area.

SHREWD Resilience supports urgent care

SHREWD Resilience is a transformative web-based portal providing a real-time view of system capacity across the whole Northamptonshire health and care economy. It determines where pressure is building, enabling a swift plan of action to be put in place quickly to alleviate issues across the system. Speedy intervention in the planning of urgent care services improves the care experience for patients and service users.

The system began rollout to urgent care pathway partners in September, starting with a period of training and testing in preparation for the service to go live in full in October. The system will be used as the primary information source to manage the urgent and emergency care process in time to support the easing of winter pressures.

Piloting eConsultation in general practice

As part of our goal to improve access to GP services, we have introduced an on-line eConsultation tool for patients seeking GP support. The tool works by efficiently triaging the patient so they can receive the most appropriate treatment or care. This means that in a GP practice’s most busy period, patient demand can be satisfied while reducing the burden on services.

Pilots are currently underway at Rushden Medical Centre, Lakeside, Headlands, Weavers Medical Centre, Saxon Spires, Brook Health Centre, Towcester Medical Centre, Nene Valley and Langham Place surgeries.