CGI partners with Better UK and NHS to improve the delivery of mental health care

26th July 2022

CGI  announces the successful commencement and continued rollout of an e-prescribing framework with a consortium of NHS trusts, led by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The e-prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) solution, Better Meds, delivered in partnership with Better UK, will increase patient safety while encouraging a higher quality of care.

CGI announces the successful commencement and continued rollout of an e-prescribing framework with a consortium of NHS trusts, led by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The e-prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) solution, Better Meds, delivered in partnership with Better UK, will increase patient safety while encouraging a higher quality of care.

CGI is working closely with South London and Maudsley to employ a customer-centric process of e prescribing for patients receiving mental health treatment and support. The pioneering implementation will allow the trust to set up the exact procedures that best suit them and their patients through a combination of out of the box offerings and personalisation. The elimination of transcribed medicine lists between paper charts and real-time remote access to patient medication records will result in more transparent care, helping to prevent potential and avoidable mistakes.

The NHS trusts that make up this framework will capture and transfer complete and standardised medicine lists between systems and care settings, which will allow for more accurate and timely summaries to be shared with general practitioners. Not only will this improve data quality for mental health trusts and hospitals, it also will enable an increase in patient safety while, in turn, improving efficiencies.

Donna Kelly, Senior Vice President for South and Midlands at CGI in the UK, said,

“The digitalisation of certain administrative procedures will help prevent possible human error and increase the accuracy of everyday procedures. The ePMA will aid the trusts in providing a better and more consistent service, offering patients an improved quality of care. We are proud to support the NHS and look forward to continuing to support trusts with technological solutions in the future.”

The application follows an open standards approach, similar to open source. This means crucial medical data is not locked in and information can be retrieved quickly by all integrated trusts. This results in the more efficient running of medical exams with patients receiving the most accurate care possible, as administrators can access vital information instantaneously.

Stuart MacLellan, Acting Chief Information Officer, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are working to deliver our strategic aim to provide outstanding mental health care, as outlined in our five-year strategy Aiming High; Changing Lives.
“Our digital strategy is a vital part of this, which includes harnessing digital innovations, reducing digital exclusion and enabling people to adopt technology to improve our services. The e-prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) solution will improve patient safety while helping us to deliver high-quality care. We are really proud of our partnership with CGI and Better – this is a huge step forward for us and we are proud to be supporting the trust’s strategy.”

Christine Wadsworth, Clinical Lead at Better UK, said,

“As a pharmacist who has worked on mental health wards in the past, it was an honour and privilege to be invited onto the first ward in the Maudsley Hospital to go live with Better Meds, along with my colleague Alja Babič from the Slovenian office and colleagues from CGI, to see first-hand the nurses and doctors adapt quickly and calmly to their new way of working. CGI has worked closely with the excellent South London and Maudsley project team to get to this point, and I give huge credit to all involved on a thorough and successful deployment.” CGI has successfully rolled out similar frameworks and projects in the past, including University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and Musgrove Park Hospital. In all instances, the frameworks have led to an improvement in service, process and care. Alongside partners including Better, CGI is continuing to pioneer within the industry, shaping the ePMA space with stock integration and additional methods to create the most efficient systems.

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