Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious “Trust/Board of the Year” category for The ehi Awards.

The Trust, in conjunction with Healthcare Communications, introduced the Patient Portal Project in June which allowed new electronic patient letters to be issued to all outpatients who have registered a mobile phone number with the hospital.

The new system, while hugely cost-reducing, also greatly improves the patient experience and patients can confirm, cancel or re-book their appointment with one click. Once confirmed, the appointment can be added directly to the patient’s digital calendar reducing the risk of forgetting their appointment.

Simon Ainsworth, Associate Director of Operations, said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted – we’re really excited to be in some esteemed company with regards other nominees and it’s recognition of the work that we’ve done as a team here at Barnsley.

“The likes of Justine Britton (Business Support Manager) and Aadil Hussain (Senior Data Warehouse Developer) have worked tirelessly to get the project off the ground. It’s a simple concept but one, due to the fact it’s continually improving the routes of communication to patients, that we’re enthusiastic about.

“Healthcare Communications have played their part too, they’ve been great to work with and really responsive and cooperative in what we’ve done.”

Managing Director of Healthcare Communications, Mike Cunningham said: “We’re so proud of our team and Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for embracing digital innovation to improve patient communications and drive NHS cost savings. It’s great to see the ehi awards recognise this project and celebrate digital healthcare success.”

The 2017 finalists of the Team Award Categories will present their projects to the panel during the Judging Day held on Monday 30 October 2017 in Birmingham with the winners revealed live on the following day.

Also in contention for the award are:

  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, CW+ Chelsea and Westminster NHS Health Charity, Digital Health. London Accelerator
  • Kingston Hospital NHSFT
  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust