Trust shortlisted in HSJ digital awards

The Trust has been shortlisted in the HSJ Digital Awards 2023 in a joint entry with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Our initiative to replace the bleep system with the Alertive clinical messaging app has been nominated in the category for Improving Urgent and Emergency Care through Digital.

Bleeps have been used in hospitals for decades for urgent staff alerts. They have become increasingly expensive whilst providing only basic one-way communication. The two Trusts wanted to replace bleeps for all alerts including cardiac arrest crash calls, as well as enabling secure messaging for discussion of patient care. The Alertive app was selected and the app has been refined to meet our needs particularly for those critical crash alerts.

Some other trusts have replaced their non-emergency bleeps but we are the first NHS trusts to do this for all bleeps including emergency bleeps.

The full shortlist is on the HSJ awards website. The winner will be announced on 22 June.

John Wintour-Pittom, head of operations - telecommunications, said: "The unravelling of years of legacy practice and removing thousands of bleeps though initially daunting has quickly turned into one of the best things we’ve ever done. The level of collaboration between our clinical, technical and operational colleagues to shape the end product has been unprecedented."

The Trust was also recently recognised at the HSJ Partnership Awards on 23 March, with two collaborative projects being named as finalists in the Best Consultancy Partnership and Best Healthcare Provider Partnership categories: for developing the North West London Collaborative Bank and TrackIT. Read our news story on the HSJ Partnership Awards.