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Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
New web application supports patients with learning disabilities

A new mobile friendly web application for supporting learning disability nursing has been launched at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP).

The service employs 60 learning disability nurses with a caseload of 1600 people. The new system helps nurses to follow a consistent process, ensuring that vulnerable people have the best opportunity to make key decisions that affect their lives and their care.

Twelve weeks to create the new application

When a Learning Disability nurse assesses a patient’s capacity to make an informed decision, they must follow the complex requirements of the Mental Capacity Act.

It’s easy to overlook key factors that may influence the outcome, so SABP wanted to use innovative technology to improve the quality of interaction and the way of working by taking the nurse through the requirements, ensuring all valid questions are prompted and explored.

Delivered using Agile methods in just twelve weeks, the web application ensures the assessment is carried out in a systematic and consistent way, and that nothing is forgotten.

Supporting best practice in nursing care

Previously the nurse made a pen and paper note and updated the electronic record later. The new web-application captures the data at the point of care, using responsive design so that it can be accessed securely using various browsers and on mobile/tablet devices.

Nursing practice has improved as a result. The application has also established a consistent, secure and authoritative repository of assessment information and associated audit trail.

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