The power of three

By Justine Brightwell, Programme Head NHS Digital GP IT Futures programme 4 September 2018

Justine Brightwell talks to her GP IT Futures team

Showing how we support general practice is an important theme at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018 – Justine Brightwell and the GP IT programme are thinking in threes….

On the eve of Expo, I’ve been thinking about the platform it provides to shout loud and proud about NHS Digital’s GP IT Futures programme, which is on the cusp of something exciting. Although we acknowledge that it’s not been without its challenges, it feels great to be able to tell the outside world about the progress we’ve made on plans to help change the delivery of GP IT for the NHS.

Preparing for Expo

The team’s preparation for this year’s Expo really made us think about what we want to tell people. Getting our messages right is hard. We want to explain how committed we are, how we work across the system and how we’re starting to realise our programme’s ambition. But incorporating this information into a short presentation and under two minutes of animation is tricky.

So, we decided to look at things in threes. For example, as a team, we have three aims – enthusing people, demonstrating that we’re moving forward/making progress and listening. And there are three areas we’re focusing on. Firstly, we’re working to ensure continuity for staff in general practices using IT systems, so that we’re balancing the need for change with the need for a practices to maintain business continuity. Secondly, we’re looking at making access easier to data that’s currently held by suppliers, so that will help deliver wider record access for clinical care. Our third focus area as a team is enabling digitised workflows in and between settings to support new care models. This will allow providers to link to each other’s digital solutions more flexibly in order to help support seamless working across a range of health and care environments.

Once we’d hit on the power of three it seemed to resonate throughout all our plans. At Expo we have three fantastic speakers lined up for Expo: Nic Fox, Director of Primary and Social Care Technology, Masood Nasir, National Clinical Lead in Primary care and Digital Transformation and Ash Vora representing Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Meeting GP needs

Whether it’s in multiples of three or not, in 2018 we’re focusing on meeting the needs of general practice. The GP IT Futures programme was born out of the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework. GPSoC. It’s about giving general practice more choice in the clinical IT systems they need to support their care for patients. To do this we’re creating the innovative opportunities to help transform GP IT.

So, why not join us at Expo this week to talk to us about this forward-looking area of innovation – and maybe keep the dialogue going by joining us for lunch at Exchange 8 in Manchester Central afterwards? As our animation says, “the future is yours”.

See you in Manchester!