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Isle Of Wight NHS Trust Uses Digital Innovation To Secure Finalist Spots In Prestigious National Awards

Two Isle of Wight NHS Trust projects that use digital technology to enhance mental health services have advanced to the finals of a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The projects, one promoting digital inclusion and the other promoting physical health checks, have both been shortlisted for the HSJ Digital Awards 2024.

The national awards are open to individuals, teams, projects, and collaborations within the NHS which demonstrate technology delivering real benefit for patients.

Nikki Turner, Chief Transformation Officer for Isle of Wight NHS and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trusts, said:

“Congratulations to our teams for their outstanding achievement in reaching the finals of the HSJ Digital Awards 2024.

“These innovative projects demonstrate the transformative impact of digital technology in enhancing our services, promoting inclusivity, and prioritising patient wellbeing.

"Well done on this well-deserved recognition."

The digital inclusion project aims to tackle both the link between digital exclusion and health inequality and the stigma associated with not being online.

This was done through various linked initiatives including bespoke training for mental health teams and offering one-to-one digital coaching for service users from a digital coach with lived experience of mental health.

The physical health initiative trialled the use of 'Whzan blue boxes' to support clinicians to complete effective and efficient physical health checks with people with severe mental illness requiring support from the Home Treatment Team.

The aim was to improve service user outcomes through ensuring early identification of physical health needs and sharing of information with the appropriate medical professional.

The HSJ Digital Awards 2024 finals will be held in Manchester on Thursday June 6.

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