Barnsley Hospital app wins innovation design awards

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A new app designed to improve care for people with learning disabilities when they visit Barnsley Hospital has won two awards.

Barnsley Hospital’s Learning Disability team scooped the prizes in the Digital Health Design Challenge, after working with digital design agency HMA to create the app.

The Digital Health Design Challenge brought together technology innovators, healthcare professionals and patients to co-create new products for the NHS and wider healthcare sector.

The idea for the Barnsley Hospital app came from the already existing ‘hospital passport,’ which is given to all vulnerable patients attending, to assist hospital staff in looking after them and including important information like the patient’s likes and dislikes and any adjustments they may require in their care.

The hospital passport is currently in paper format and the new app will allow staff to collect this data on a digital platform which will be more easily accessible for staff when accessing patient information.

Tracey Helliwell, learning disabilities liaison nurse, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our team and our hospital and we are extremely proud. It’s been a great experience to work with the design team at HMA and we are very excited to take our hospital passport to a digital platform.

“It’s so important that, as staff, we can understand a patient’s everyday needs and wishes and the passport has already enabled us to recognise a person’s health and social needs, allowing us to adjust our care accordingly.

“The app will allow us to take this to the next level and it will be developed and introduced to the public during national Learning Disability Week on June 20.”