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Applications under review for £100m nursing technology fund

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NHS England has received over 220 applications from 140 trusts around the country bidding for part of the £100m fund for nursing and midwifery technology.

The Nursing Technology Fund, which was announced in October by the prime minister and launched in December, invited NHS organisations to bid for money to buy technology to support nurses, midwives and care staff.

It focuses on practical mobile and digital technologies such as digital pens or tablets to help improve communication, allow staff to do their jobs more easily and provide improved care.

Chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings said the response to the fund showed a “real desire to embrace modern technology and new ways of working to improve patient care”.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

“Mobile technology can mean a community nurse doesn’t have to spend as much time travelling to and from the office, which means more time spent caring for patients and quick access to key information at the touch of a button means that staff can carry out their job more effectively,” she said. “Ultimately it means better care and a better experience for patients.

She added: “Health demands have changed dramatically over the years and it is important we have a modern NHS that is capable of meeting the challenges this brings. Effective use of technology is a major part of this.”

Funding is split between projects which can be delivered in 2013-14 (£30m) and 2014-15 (£70m).

NHS England is reviewing applications, which has included independent engagement with nurses across the country.

The successful applicants for 2013-14 projects will be announced later this year.

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