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26.09.19

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT launch new health innovation

The CW Innovation programme has been launched, led by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+ with the aim of improving patient care and addressing some of the real-time challenges that healthcare organisations face today.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and CW+ have been developing a pipeline of ‘test and scale’ innovation projects to be rolled out across the Trust and disseminated throughout the NHS stakeholder network.

Examples include the UK’s largest study of wearable monitoring technology, the UK’s first cancer clinic of its kind fast tracking patients with clinical suspicions of cancer, and the Mum & Baby app that’s now being rolled out across the North West London catchment and to other national NHS maternity centres.

The trust has reiterated its commitment to design, attract, embed and evaluate new initiatives and technologies to transform operational efficiency and, critically, patient care and patient experience with the launch of CW Innovation.

Lesley Watts, chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “CW Innovation is designed to connect the frontline clinical and operational staff and partner organisations, both in and outside of the NHS.

“We strongly believe it will lead to improvements in the care we provide to our patients and the way we run our hospitals.

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“With over 70 projects in our pipeline, an increasing number of external partners and a growing innovation team, we are excited to officially launch CW Innovation today.”

Lord O’Shaughnessy, who served as parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department of Health and Social Care between 2016 and 2018, also spoke at the launch – praising the Trust for emerging as a leader in healthcare innovation – and added: “Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a proven track record as an early-adopter and designer of next-generation services and care tools.

“We have seen first-hand how the teams here have developed a proactive and open environment enabling the introduction and evaluation of the latest clinical and digital innovations.”

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