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Salford GDE helps 'build an NHS for tomorrow' at flagship conference

THE work of Salford’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) is to be showcased today at a flagship healthcare summit aiming to build the NHS of tomorrow.

Dr Jim Ritchie (pictured), Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) and a Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining other digital innovators at a conference organised by the Health Service Journal.

Its Digital Transformation Summit will explore ways of harnessing the power of digital to empower patients and clinicians; optimising system-wide information flow; and improving clinical outcomes.

The Trust is host to a programme of more than 50 world-class NHS digital healthcare projects, which are being fast-tracked by its specialist GDE and Future Digital teams.

Jim will highlight the importance of the wider NHS keeping pace with technology, as well as share a first-hand insight into the success of innovations that are being brought to life across Salford.

This includes the development of an electronic assessment tool for delirium, which has paved the way for screenings of over-65s to increase from 800 a year to more than 5,600.

As a result, the number of hospital re-admissions for delirium patients has fallen from 15% to 13%.

The model has now been captured in a blueprint, one of more than 30 that have been created by GDEs nationally as part of a first wave designed to help other Trusts follow in each project’s footsteps safely and speedily.

Jim said: “GDE blueprints detail the important components needed for sustainable digital transformation such as organisational leadership and culture, technical and configuration guidance, and clinical and staff engagement.

“They also set out the people and processes required to deliver the benefits of technology successfully.

“They cover a range of digital initiatives to improve safety and quality of care, clinical outcomes, and patient and staff experience

“The first wave of GDE blueprints – some 34 of them - are now available for CIOs/ CCIOs and other implementation teams across health systems and NHS organisations to start accessing.

“Further blueprints are being made available at regular intervals throughout the year.

“We stand at a window of great opportunity in the NHS. Today’s summit is a great opportunity to encourage people to have a look at the blueprints and also encourage their teams to do so.”

You can find out more about our electronic assessment tool for delirium by clicking here

  • The two-day Digital Transformation Summit takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, and other speakers include Matthew Swindells, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS England; Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive, NHS Digital; Simon Eccles, CCIO, NHS England; and Will Smart, Chief Information Officer, NHS England. For the full programme, visit

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