NHS Digital has launched the e-nursing week to help support the adoption of technology by nurses.
The launch coincides with the Royal College of Nursing’s “Every nurse an e-nurse” campaign which NHS Digital state it will support.
In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing’s congress passed a motion that every nurse should be an e-nurse by 2020. They stated that the effective use of information and digital technologies can help deliver better health and social care.
A framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff was launched last year by professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England last year. The Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) framework commits to using technology and informatics to ‘improve practice, address unwarranted variations and enhance outcomes’.
About the campaign, professor Cummings said: “I’m delighted that organisations across England are endorsing the ‘every nurse an e-nurse campaign’. Digital technology has a key role in improving delivery of care, health outcomes and efficiency and there is a real opportunity for all nursing, midwifery and care staff to take a lead on its development and use wherever they work.
“The significance of technology runs through Leading Change, Adding Value – the national framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – and the campaign will help make the commitments in the framework a reality.”
Anne Cooper, chief nurse at NHS Digital, said: “Nurses are the bedrock of health and care – so much is asked of them and yet they consistently deliver world class care for their patients. The RCN is absolutely right to be placing such a priority on ensuring nurses across the NHS have the tools, skills and resources they need to make the best use of technology and act as effective e-nurses.
“We are pleased to endorse that campaign, and commit to working alongside them and other partners to play our role in delivering their ambition of making every nurse an e-nurse by 2020.
“NHS Digital’s products and services are helping to transform many of the facets of nursing, midwifery and care across the country.
“From electronic patient records, which have allowed nurses, midwives and care staff to utilise mobile working, to enabling safe sharing of data, such as through our Child Protection Information Sharing project, we are delivering 21st century solutions to enabling improved patient care in the digital age.”