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Nurse recognised for IT drug management scheme

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A nurse in North Tyneside has won a national award worth £2,500 for her contribution to the delivery of mandatory staff training.

Kerry Watts, who works as a lead nurse for medicines management at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, developed an e-learning toolkit for medicines management training.

She has won the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacist’s IT Award for her work. The annual award, supported by First DataBank Europe, was set up in 2003 to encourage and promote information technology initiatives and best practice in the use of IT in healthcare settings.

Ms Watts worked with colleagues across the trust to develop, build and trial the system. Over 600 staff have used it so far and feedback has suggested it works well because it is convenient and can be completed anywhere.

The online tool, originally only available to staff in the trust, has now been rolled out across Northumbria.

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