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A trio of awards nominations for digital innovation at BSMHFT

Published: 28/06/2019

Digital technology leaders at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have recently been announced as finalists in two prestigious national awards programmes.

In the NHS Parliamentary Awards, Dr James Reed, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) has been named Midlands regional winner in the Future NHS category and as a result has been shortlisted in the national awards, with winners to be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 10 July.  His nomination was put forward by Julian Knight, MP for Solihull.  He has also been shortlisted in the CCIO of the Year category in the Digital Health Awards the winner of which will be announced on Thursday 18 July.

James (pictured) was among the first wave of Chief Clinical Information Officers in the NHS, and has provided clinical leadership to a range of digital transformation projects within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT. These have included electronic prescribing, digital observations and large-scale data sharing projects, and building on the high level of digital maturity already in place. 

James Reed

He is joined on the Digital Health Awards shortlist by Carl Beet, our Deputy Director ICT and Programmes, who has been named as a finalist in the CIO of the Year category.

The standard of entries for both sets of awards was extremely high and these nominations are recognition of the fabulous work that James are Carl are leading in digital innovation.

On being shortlisted, James said:

“This is a testament to the hard work done by a large number of staff across the Trust in making the most of technology to improve the quality of work and thus of patient care. I hope that through this process I will be able to raise the profile of mental health services in general, and of the innovative and exciting developments taking place both within our Trust and in the wider health economy.”

Dave Tomlinson, Executive Director of Finance, said:

“As a Trust that has been at the forefront of innovation in mental health services for many years, and was named as one of the first Global Digital Exemplars for mental health, it is fantastic that our that our exceptional work in this area has been recognised nationally through these awards nominations.  All of our digital innovations are driven by the aim of improving the experience of our service users and staff, whether that means sharing records with neighbouring trusts so that service users don’t have to repeat their story when in a mental health crisis, having real time information to increase safety, using technology to increase understanding of a person’s mental state, or replacing paper based systems with digital technology to improve care and release time for staff to spend on direct patient care.”