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New network established to support transformation role of digital lead nurses, AHPs and midwives

26th November 2020

A new System C network has been set up to provide support, mentoring and knowledge sharing between digital lead nurses, allied health professionals, midwives and pharmacists across the company’s customer base who are responsible for digitising and transforming the care process.

The Clinical Digital Leads Network was the brainchild of System C’s clinical adoption specialist, Jacqueline Davis.  Jacqueline set up the collaboration group after discussions with some of System C’s customers and explained the rationale: “We wanted to offer a supportive forum that aims to enhance patient care and user experience by coming together to review the national agenda, help shape the future of digital health and share best practice.”

The launch was kicked off today at the network’s inaugural meeting, attended by over 50 health professionals in digital roles.

Dione Rogers, chief nursing information officer at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Jacqueline Davis co-chaired the meeting to present the network’s ethos and purpose.  Dione outlined the national direction for digital nursing including defining job roles, mentorships, scholarships and addressing the gender imbalance.  She also shared her lessons learnt from implementing System C’s clinical collaboration system across KGH as part of the Trust’s response to Covid-19. 

The group will meet formally four times a year. The next meeting to take place on 4 March will include a session from Sara Nelson, the national deputy chief nursing information officer. Sara will also co-chair alongside Jacqueline Davis.

Dr Jonathan Bloor, medical director at System C, opened today’s meeting acknowledging that, “There is a growing recognition of the importance of digital leadership amongst the largest part of the NHS workforce – nurses, AHPs, midwives and pharmacists – and that is long overdue.” Appreciating the vast amount of experience across the whole of System C’s customer trusts, Jonathan added, “This network is an opportunity for people to share that experience and create a support network with people in different stages of their career.”

Jacqueline Davis closed the session by remarking: “Healthcare is not going to go back to paper, it’s going to become more and more digital. To achieve that transformation successfully, we need more experienced clinical people with the right digital skills. It’s absolutely key that we help and support each other through this process.”

The network is a subset of System C’s existing Clinical Engagement Group and in addition to the traditional user groups in place for the organisation’s solutions.