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Health service's £35m nursing tech fund to be shared among 60 bidders

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More than 60 bids by NHS and other care providers have received a share of the second tranche of nursing technology fund, an NHS England director has revealed.

The second tranche of money from the flagship technology fund was originally worth £70m. But it was cut to £35m by the Department of Health, as reported by Nursing Times in November.

NHS England’s director of strategic systems and technology, Beverley Bryant, said 62 organisations would receive a share of the funding. The winners include 55 NHS trusts and seven voluntary, community or social enterprises.

Among the winners were Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, which has secured funding for its enhancing patient safety through electronic vital sign recording project, and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice for its shared electronic care plan for palliative patients project.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust’s bid focused on facilitating mobile working for community nurses. Devon Partnership Trust is using the funding to roll out video consultations for nursing staff.

NHS England was unable to provide a full list of winners, but a spokeswoman told Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal that full details would be provided in the coming weeks.

Ms Bryant refused to comment on news that the government has raided the £240m NHS technology fund – a completely separate fund set aside to help finance integrated care records – to bolster financial support for hospitals struggling with accident and emergency demand this winter.

An announcement on the technology fund was due in autumn last year but has still not been made. NHS England, in charge of administering the fund, said it could not comment on when an announcement would be made, which bids had been successful and how much money would be distributed.

The nursing technology fund was originally launched by David Cameron in October 2012. Seventy-five trusts received funding from the first tranche worth a total of £30m.

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