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On September 12, 2017

Wye Valley and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trusts selected to ‘fast follow’ Global Digital Exemplar Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Health Secretary reveals

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed the Department of Health’s decision to select two trusts to follow it in making rapid progress in using digital technology to improve patient care.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has now named Wye Valley NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as ‘Fast Followers’ in its Global Digital Exemplars programme.

This means that they will each receive a share of a £160m fund that is being made available to a number of selected hospitals across the country. The Health Secretary named a total of 18 Acute Fast Followers at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on Tuesday 12th September.

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust was named as a Global Digital Exemplar by the Government in 2016. It has worked with its exemplar technology partner IMS MAXIMS to implement an open source electronic patient record (EPR) and provide an effective digitisation model for the wider NHS.

Wye Valley NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation have a similar commitment to open source software and will subsequently benefit from developing and sharing enhancements with a community of users.

They are also keen to learn from each other as to how best to use IT for the benefit of staff and patients. The Trusts have today responded to the health secretary’s announcement.

Stuart Hill, Deputy Chief Information Officer at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We look forward to working with Blackpool and Wye Valley in making the most of digital technology to drive better and safer patient care. In using IMS MAXIMS open source technology, we are creating a more effective hospital environment, where informed clinicians have crucial information at their fingertips. We will be working with IMS MAXIMS, Blackpool and Wye Valley to continue the improvements to this system, so that they can be passed on at no cost to other parts of the NHS. This has always been part of the mission.”

David Warden, Associate Director of Information Management and Technology at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This is great news for our patients and staff. We recently went live with our MAXIMS electronic patient record. The announcement today means we can build on this good work and provide integrated care where information can securely and appropriately follow the patient.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and IMS MAXIMS as we enhance our digital maturity.”

Tim Bennett, Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Being named as a Fast Follower is welcome news in our digital transformation drive.

“Working with the support of our Global Digital Exemplar partner and with IMS MAXIMS we will continue our drive to provide frontline staff across our catchment area with access to a single digital patient record to help patients receive the best care possible.”

Partnering with IMS MAXIMS, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust became the first NHS trust in the country to go live with an open source EPR in 2015. Wye Valley NHS Trust went live with the EPR in August 2017 and Blackpool NHS Foundation Trust are currently deploying a version of the system with plans to upgrade and roll out added functionality in the autumn.

Wye Valley NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will now use their Fast Follower status to work with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and IMS MAXIMS to accelerate their digital achievements.

Together, they will also contribute to the national ambition to move towards ‘paperless’ working by 2020, in order to give NHS staff the information they need to deliver safe and effective care and to give patients the information they need to take empowered decisions about their treatment and health.

Shane Tickell, CEO, IMS MAXIMS, said: “Success in NHS digital transformation is absolutely imperative to ensure healthcare professionals can deliver the safest, most effective care possible. Our collaboration with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has helped us refine a model to achieve this, which can be easily replicated by other healthcare providers. This blueprint has underpinned the great work we have been doing with Wye Valley NHS Trust, who went live with MAXIMS this summer, and Blackpool NHS Foundation Trust who will be implementing a new version of our software this autumn, supporting both of their paperless ambitions.

“Our work together is founded on building strong and robust relationships, where we can support and also challenge each other to deliver the best solutions that are useful and useable by staff. The Health Secretary’s announcement that both MAXIMS sites, Wye Valley and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will become Fast Followers, will allow us to invest even more resource into helping deliver a digital NHS that works for staff and patients at scale.”

Announcing Fast Followers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We said last year we would have Fast Followers who would get £5m each which they would be expected to match. It is a very significant investment. Today I can announce who they are. Congratulations to our Fast Followers.”

About Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust includes Musgrove Park Hospital, the largest acute hospital in Somerset serving a population of over 340,000 as well as providing some specialist and tertiary services for the whole of Somerset with a catchment population of 544,000. It has an annual budget of nearly £246.7 million. The hospital has nearly 600 beds, 30 wards, 15 operating theatres, a fully equipped diagnostic imaging department and a purpose-built cancer treatment centre. The trust employs over 4,000 staff.

About Wye Valley NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.

By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.

With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

About Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of approximately 440,000 residents across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancashire and South Cumbria and the North of England. It employs more than 6,900 staff and operates on a budget of approximately £410m per year. It has around 830 beds across all sites and see more than 100,000 day-case and inpatients, 350,000 outpatients and nearly 90,000 A&E patients every year.


IMS MAXIMS is an award winning clinical technology specialist committed to improving the coordination of patient care in healthcare environments. Its expert team works in partnership with healthcare organisations to identify and deliver tailored, sustainable information sharing technology solutions supporting the provision of safer and more efficient care for current and future generations.

The organisation’s 30-year history of collaborating with clinicians has resulted in the development of proven, flexible, user-friendly, safe and interoperable open source electronic patient record software. With an ambition to meet today’s healthcare challenges, IMS MAXIMS makes its software available without a licence fee and offers flexible options to support healthcare providers with implementation and maintenance.

Its open technology has increased collaboration in the development of the software which has resulted in better clinical engagement and empowerment across hospital wards and departments. Deployment times are fast, meaning clinicians and patients can benefit from efficiency and safety improvements in rapid time.

In 2017 IMS MAXIMS was named Best Performing Company for Government and Healthcare Systems and Overall Winner at the Megabuyte Emerging Stars Awards.

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Natalie Chishick, Policy and Communications Director, IMS MAXIMS

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