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Black Country nurses to get iPads with £89,000 fund

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Nurses in the Black Country will get new technology including iPads, digital pens and clinical software after a trust was given a £89,000 cash boost.

The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is one of only 75 trusts across the country to win their bid for funding.

The money, awarded from the Nursing Technology Fund will be used to buy new technology to support nurses and care staff in their work.

Bosses at the Trust, which provides mental health care to people in Sandwell and Wolverhampton, today said they were delighted to have been given the cash.

They say the new technology will help staff work more efficiently.

The Trust also provides specialist health learning disability services in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

It also provides community healthcare for children, young people and families in Dudley.

The cash has come from the Nursing Technology Fund, which was launched last year as part of the Prime Minister'??s £100million technology investment fund.

Joyce Fletcher, deputy director of nursing and professional practice at the Trust, said: "We are really pleased to have been given this money as it will allow us to support staff working on the front line to work more effectively and efficiently.

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"Nurses and care staff chose their profession because they want to spend time caring for patients, not doing paperwork.

"New technology can help make this happen, and the Trust is keen to get the most out of using technology for the benefit of our patients."?

It is the only Trustin the Midlands to win its bid for the funding.

The cash will be spent on mobile devices and will be used to develop more modern practices that will help nurses to work more efficiently.

It is hoped the move will give them more time to focus on care, leading to a better patient experience.

Some of the money will also be spent on new technology called the VITAL metrics tool, which helps measure the Trust'??s standard of record keeping around key practices.

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