A health organisation in the North East will help lead the way in pioneering digital services that aim to support people experiencing mental health issues.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) has been chosen by NHS England to be among its group of Global Digital Exemplars.
It will receive £5million additional funding over three years to develop and innovate digital solutions to improve patient experience, such as the development of online assessments and consultations, as well as improved secure information sharing.
The plans also include enabling patients to self-register and assisting clinicians with securely accessing records and supporting patients online.
Darren McKenna, director of informatics at NTW, said: “We are becoming increasingly used to interacting with organisations online, but the NHS is still very much paper based and this is something we are looking to change and develop.
“We will continue to offer traditional face-to-face services, but we are also looking to offer digital solutions to people who would prefer that option such as online consultations, email communication and the ability to provide immediate electronic feedback on their experience of our services.”
In addition to improving services for patients, the trust will be sharing its knowledge and expertise with the wider NHS.