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 following an application and evaluation process. The first round, for £30M, was for funding to be spent in FY13/14. In the second round launched in November 2014, £35M of capital funding has been awarded to be spent across FY14/15 and FY15/16.

First round outcomes

In the first round, 226 applications were received from 139 organisations. 74 Trusts were awarded funding totalling almost £30m for 85 projects. A list of successful applications is available to download.

Second round outcomes

276 applications were received, and 62 organisations have been awarded funding totalling almost £35M. The successful applicants include 7 voluntary / community / social enterprises. The highest individual award was £1M. A list of successful applications will be published shortly. There may be an opportunity to fund a small number of further applications in FY15/16.

View a copy of the Prospectus for the second round.

The funded projects represent the full range of geographies and care settings, and beneficiaries include nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants. The range of projects covers the following technology-enabled capabilities (in order of popularity):

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

Procurement

To coincide with the second round of the Nursing Technology Fund, NHS England pursued a number of opportunities to support local providers achieve ‘Value for Money’ in their procurement activity. This has enabled the funding to stretch further, with additional organisations able to be funded to date, and the potential for further awards in 15/16.

For applicants to the second round of the Fund – both successful and unsuccessful – a number of catalogues have been developed (in collaboration with Crown Commercial Service) to achieve better pricing for mobile device procurement. Relevant information has been distributed to the applicant organisations. These catalogues are operational until the end of March 2015, but we are looking to keep similar arrangements in place for 15/16, and to open them up to all organisations. For further information, please contact us via the e-mail address below.

We have also secured savings in the procurement of solutions for ‘digitally-enabled observations’. If you are looking to procure such a solution, we are happy to share market intelligence and to put organisations together to help you secure a better price – please contact us via the e-mail address below. If you are a supplier in this market and haven’t engaged with us to date, please contact us

Further information

For queries regarding the Nursing Technology Fund, please contact england.nhsnursingtechfund@nhs.net