Nursing Technology Fund

Background

In October 2012 the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Nursing Technology Fund to support nurses, midwives and health visitors to make better use of digital technology in all care settings, in order to deliver safer, more effective and more efficient care.

The funding was to be allocated to providers in two rounds. The first round, for £30M, was for funding to be spent in FY13/14.

Applications for the first round of funding were invited from December 2013, following publication of a prospectus.  In total 226 applications were received from 139 Trusts. Following an evaluation process, where applications were reviewed by a panel of senior nurses, successful organisations were informed in February 2014.

A further prospectus for the second round of funding will be published shortly. £70M will be available, to be spent in FY14/15.

First round successful applications

In the first round, 74 Trusts were awarded funding totalling almost £30m for 85 projects.  A list of successful applications is available to download, which has been updated to include project descriptions.

The funded projects represent the full range of geographies and care settings. The highest award to an individual project was £1M, and to an individual organisation was £1.46M (for two separate projects). All projects projected a Value For Money return greater than 2:1, with almost half projecting a return of at least 4:1. Of the successful projects, 90% will provide solutions for nurses, 23% for midwives, and 10% for health visitors. The majority of projects involve mobile technology, a quarter involve vital signs monitoring solutions, and eight projects involve digital pens.

Second round process

Over 300 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were received for FY14/15 funding. Information collated across the EOIs is feeding in to the design of the prospectus and application process for the second round of funding, including priorities, constraints and eligibility criteria.

Information provided within an EOI will not subsequently be considered in any award decisions. Therefore, if you have not submitted an EOI, this will not prevent you submitting an application in the second round. If you have submitted an EOI, any applications to the second round do not need to be constrained by the initial plans you have outlined in an EOI

Our intention is to launch the second round shortly. From launch, the Prospectus and application pack will be downloadable from this webpage. We will be inviting applications that are aligned with one or more of the following technology-enabled capabilities:

  • Mobile access to digital care records across the community
  • Digital capture of clinical data at point-of-care
  • Digitally-enabled observations management
  • Real-time digital nursing dashboards
  • Remote face-to-face interaction
  • Digital images for nursing care
  • Equipment tracking and monitoring
  • Safer clinical interventions
  • Smart workforce deployment
  • Digital transformation of pre-operative assessment

To support the upcoming launch, NHS England arranged a series of events for senior nurses and midwives, who were encouraged to bring along senior colleagues from their IT / Transformation teams. The details of these events can be accessed through clicking on a date below:

Delegates who attended these events will be e-mailed as soon as the second round is launched.

Any enquiries related to the Fund can be sent to england.nhsnursingtechfund@nhs.net.